Catholic School Makes Historic Register

Sheridan's Holy Name Catholic School will be honored as a National Historic Place in ceremonies Friday morning (Oct. 18) in the school gym.

Alliance for Historic Wyoming President Mary Humstone will be the keynote speaker. The presentation will begin at 10 and will be followed by a reception and architectural tours of the building. The school is at 121 S. Connor Street, and the event is open to the public.

Holy Name School was completed in 1914 at a cost of just over $19,000, and is one of seven Catholic schools still active in Wyoming today. It is the second oldest continuously operating Catholic school in the state, and the oldest Catholic school building remaining. Construction of the school building was financed by an $8,000 loan from the Diocese of Cheyenne, along with individual donations and assessments from the Holy Name Church parish.

The school was initially staffed by three nuns from the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas, who taught 68 students in grades one through eight their first year. The student count is now up to 111 and the school has two pre-kindergarten teachers, one teacher for each grade, kindergarten through eighth, plus teachers for art, music, physical education, religion and Spanish.

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