Badin to commemorate 50-year anniversary of school closings

Badin High School will commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the closing of Hamilton Catholic and Notre Dame high schools with a special Heritage Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Badin opened in the fall of 1966 and this year’s graduating class represents the 50th graduating class of the school, according to Dirk Allen, director of admissions and media relations for the private Hamilton high school.

“We have invited graduates of Hamilton Catholic and Notre Dame high schools, our predecessor schools, to attend as we continue our efforts to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the final year those two schools were open,” Allen said.

Hamilton Catholic was an all-boys school founded by the Society of Mary. It opened with 63 students.

The Notre Dame Academy for Girls opened in 1886 with 16 students, and was eventually known as the Notre Dame High School when a separate school building was constructed in the mid-1920s, It was founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.

“We’re excited to welcome back our alumni to campus as we celebrate the heritage of these two outstanding schools,” said Kim Graham, director of alumni relations. “Both schools laid the groundwork for an excellent education in a Catholic environment, and we take great pride in celebrating the legacy of Hamilton Catholic and Notre Dame high schools.”

Hamilton Catholic High was located on Dayton Street. The building now serves as the headquarters for the Hamilton City School District.

Notre Dame High School’s classrooms were converted into 58 senior housing units now called the Nathaniel Sherman Jr. Manor at the corner of South Second and Hanover streets.

Father Ed Pratt, Badin’s chaplain, will be the Mass celebrant on Wednesday.

Nearly 40 alumni dating as far back as the 1940s plan to attend the Mass, according to Graham.

The most senior graduate who is scheduled to attend is Jack Kirsch, a 1945 graduate of Hamilton Catholic and the former city manager of Hamilton.

Brother Don Neff, the last principal at Hamilton Catholic High School, is also scheduled to attend.

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