Saint Bernard School Celebrates 60th Anniversary.
Submitted by Kimberly S. Hodges
1956 was a pivotal year full of first time events. The United States embarked on a massive public works project, the Interstate Highway system. Prince Rainer of Monaco married Grace Kelly. Elvis Presley had his first hit record “Heartbreak Hotel.” The movie “The Ten Commandments” premiered in the United States. His Holiness Pius XII was the Pope and Saint Bernard High School opened its doors in New London.
Under the direction of Bishop Bernard J. Flanagan of the Diocese of Norwich and with generous contributions, Saint Bernard High School was established. Father Benedict was the school’s first principal. and was supported by a number of religious and lay teachers. The school opened in 1956 as an all-girls school.
Over the years, Saint Bernard High School became co-educational, moved to Uncasville, admitted students in grades 6-12, changed its name to Saint Bernard School and became one of 13 distinguished Xavieran Schools in the nation. As the school grew and changed with the times, the history of academic excellence remained. Saint Bernard School has educated countless students including CEO’s, doctors, lawyers, military, business and civic leaders but more importantly, compassionate individuals who are committed to making the world a better place.
In honor of its 60 years, Saint Bernard School will be hosting a yearlong celebration. The first day of school will kick off the year with a birthday cake and ribbon cutting for the new chemistry lab and renovated hallways.
On Tuesday, September 13th at 10am, Bishop Cote will celebrate the opening Mass. All alumni, family and community members are invited to attend the Mass. After the Mass, a Tea will be held on the campus for the alumni and families of the first two graduating classes of 1959 & 1960. To attend the Tea, please contact Ruth Kilburn at 860-848-1271.
On October 20th – 23rd, the school will host an art show, open house, bonfire and homecoming activities. A series of events including educational talks are planned for students and the community throughout the year. For more information or to attend upcoming events, please visit our website www.beasaint.us.