I never ever though this day would happen. Some of the best years of my life were spent at my All Girls High School St Scholastica and now I hear that that school will be no longer. It is truly a tragedy for all potential Susie's -now called Stingers - that St. Scholastica will be closing. I know it might be old fashioned for me to exclaim the virtue of single sexed education- but believe it or not, it worked for this girl. I may not have any fashion sense at all due to lovely school uniforms(which btw I still have!), but this school made me what I am today.
It was my own little Eton or Harrow in Chicago. It had tradition and academics worthy of those hallowed schools. All my sisters went there and it was the best decision that my Mom and Dad made to send us there. The school was so old that the gym was unusable and Michael Jordan filmed his first commercial there because it was so classic. The Chapel was written up for it's frescos and the restoration. SSA used to be a boarding school and the third floor had tilted mirrors so that the little girls could see themselves while they did their hair. The reunions were amazing and the grounds were mythical.
This is the time that I wish I was wealthy because this school is such a lose to woman and Chicago. It was the last standard bearer for single sexed education and it will be missed.
from NBC NEWS
Faced with continued financial issues and a dwindling enrollment, the religious order that has run Saint Scholastica Academy for nearly 150 years has decided to close its doors at the end of the year.
"We are deeply saddened by the need to close SSA," Sister Patricia Crowley, Prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago, said in a statement. "St. Scholastica Academy has educated thousands of young women who have served our world well in business, religious and civic spheres."
Among the students at the academy is Amy Blagojevich, one of the daughters of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. News of the closure hit the family on an especially difficult day. Blagojevich heads to federal prison on Thursday.
"That is a grievous blow to both Patti and me. And it is hard on Amy, and we hope... that if there's anybody out there who cares about that beautiful little Catholic school, St. Scholastica, and they want to help keep that school open, if you can open up your hearts and do whatever else is possible to keep that school open, that sure would mean a lot to all of us," Blagojevich said during his farewell remarks outside his Ravenswood Manor home.
Crowley said she didn't see the former governor's statement but had received several emails about it.
"Amy is a wonderful girl," said Crowley. "She has done well here."
The academy said juniors at the school will have the option to continue their education at what will be called St. Scholastica Senior Academy and earn their SSA diplomas upon graduation. If juniors choose to transfer to another Catholic high school, The Benedictine Sisters of Chicago will work with that school to try to arrange for SSA students at that school to receive St. Scholastica Academy diplomas.
Alumni of the school includes former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne.
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