St Mary of the Mount High School - St Mary Yearbook (Pittsburgh, PA)

 - Class of 1956

Page 44 of 180

 

St Mary of the Mount High School - St Mary Yearbook (Pittsburgh, PA) online yearbook collection, 1956 Edition, Page 44
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At its inception the school was organized as a grade school, but just one year after its opening, Father Griffin saw fit to add a two-year Commercial Department. Graduates from the school had no difficulty in securing positions with the various business firms of the city. To provide for those pupils who desired a more complete education than that offered by the commercial department. Father Griffin added the academic course of four years. Under the wise and efficient direction of Mother M. Cyril who, after the completion of her term of office as superior-general, had been assigned as principal of the school on the Mount, the growth and sticcess of the school were rapid. In 1917, just three years after St. Mary of the Mount High School was established, registration by the Bureau of Education was secured. The first academic class, graduated in 1918, were Daniel O. McFadden, J. Howard Devlin, J. Raymond O ' Donnell, Gladys Heg- ner, and Rosalia Krill. From the very beginning the pupils of St. Mary of the Mount School distinguished themselves in scholastic endeavors. For example, in 1924 the following write-up ap- peared in the Pittsburgh Catholic: ST. MARY OF THE MOUNT ADDS TO DIOCESE LUSTRE Children of Father Griffin ' s Paristi Capture Tliree Prizes in Hibernians ' Nation- wide Contest St. Mary of the Mount School, the pride of the big congregation of Father E. P. Griffin, Ph.D., Mt. Washington, winner of many scholarships and other prizes, has again added lustre to the Pittsburgh Diocese by capturing first, second and fifth prizes in the nation-wide contest for essays on Irish history initiated by the Ancient Order of Hibernians . . . Also, in 1924, the following headline prefaced a very laudatory article commending Mary Billante, a student at the Mount at that time: St. Mary of the Mount High School Girl 16 Wins First Prize for Girls in $18,000 Contest of Electric League of America Gets First Honors in More Than 4,000 Primers and Essays Turned in by School Children of the Pittsburgh Section. St. Mary of the Mount Takes Three in Twelve of Total for Girls to Go Up to Judges for National Judging As the Catholic is going to press it learns that Mary Billante, 16-year-old Italian pupil of the St. Mary of die Mount High School, Mt. Washington, has won the first jsrize, Pittsburgh section, in the $18,000 contest conducted by the Electric League of America. This same high school won in the girls ' division, also the eighth, ninth and twentieth prizes, so that this single school has three, or one- fourth of the total of twelve winners whose primers and essays will now go on to New York for national judging for the capital prizes, the first of which is a

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