Principals of St. Mary’s
Sister Mary Lioba
Sister Mary Petranda
Sister Mary Alberta Boegemann
Sister Mary John Hartleib
Sister Antoinette McCarthy
Sister Euphrasia Balge
Mother Loretto Gies
Sister Mary Stella Murray
Sister Mary Antoinette McCarthy
Sister Mary Carmelita Farwell
Sister Gemma Golino
Sister Barbara Frank
Sister Maureen McGoey
St. Mary’s High School has undergone many changes throughout its history. From its beginnings as a convent school, St. Mary’s has transformed itself many times. Not only has the focus and purpose of the school evolved over time, so has its physical shape changed.
The evolution of the school has been traced below. But this in no way is a complete history. The full history of the school lives on in the memories and legacies of former students. The spirit and traditions of the alumni continues in the students of St. Mary’s today. We honour the sacrifices and the dedication of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the founders of St. Mary’s High School.
— The History of St. Mary’s High School —
(updated November 2021)
The Story of St. Mary’s High School
(as recorded in the SMH Yearbook, 1961)
St. Ann’s Convent School. Preparatory school for candidates interested in becoming School Sisters of Notre Dame and girls eager to obtain a Catholic High School Education. First class opened with nine students in the Old Pierce Terrace(White House) later referred to as the Choir Studio.
First Graduating Class prepared for Teacher’s College
School transferred to the new Mother house Academy at Waterdown, Ontario.
Grades 9 to 12 opened in St. Mary’s Elementary School. Classes were also taught at Sacred Heart and St. Louis Schools.
Grades 9 to 12 accommodate in four classrooms offered to the Separate School Board by St. Mary’s Parish. These classrooms had been built above the Parish Hall and Gymnasium.
School became known as St. Mary’s High School and opened its doors to 45 students
Grade 13 established with Grade Nine graduates.
Commercial Department incorporated onto the curriculum