St. Mary's to celebrate 50th anniversary

TICONDEROGA - Half a century ago Catholic schools opened across the North Country at the urging of then-Bishop James Navagh.

Only a few remain - including St. Mary's School in Ticonderoga.

"It's been a lot of hard work and dedication on the part of our parish, community, faculty, parents and students," Sister Sharon Dalton, St. Mary's principal said. "The same things had brought us here will keep us here."

St. Mary's School will celebrate its 50th anniversary the weekend of June 5-7.

There will be a dinner and dancing for adults Friday, June 5, at 6 p.m. at the Ti Armory. The band Category 5 will perform. Reservations are required by calling the school.

Family Day will be held at the school Saturday, June 6. It will begin with the Nun Run road race at 9 a.m. followed by a pig roast noon-3 p.m., a Mass at adjacent St. Mary's Church at 4:30 p.m. and alumni basketball games at 7 p.m.

The celebration will conclude Sunday, June 7, with a commemorative Mass at 9 a.m. at the church followed by a breakfast at the school.

All St. Mary's graduates, their families and friends of the school - "basically, everybody" - are invited, Dalton said.

For information call the school at 585-7433 or go online at www.sschool3@nycap.rr.com

At the urging of Bishop Navagh, who wanted a Catholic school in every community, St. Mary's Church committed to building a school. Sept. 30, 1957, the Knights of Columbus hosted a kick-off dinner and raised $46,000 that night.

Construction started on the school on Amherst Avenue in March 1958 and the first students attended classes in September 1959.

When St. Mary's School opened it welcomed 171 students in grades 1-4. An additional class was added each year until the school had eight grades in 1963-64.

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