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Diocese of Brooklyn

Bishop McDonnell Memorial High School for Girls

Info and photos provided by Eileen Gildea, CSJ

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Online Alumnae Site for Bishop McDonnell Memorial H.S.

Location: Eastern Parkway & Washington Ave., Crown Heights, Bklyn

Address: 260 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn 25, NY (11225)

Opened: September 1926

Closed: June 1973

Opened under Bishop: Thomas E. Molloy

Closed under Bishop: Francis J. Mugavero

Known as/Nickname: Referred to as "Bishop's." Students were known as "Memorialites"

Staffed by: Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, Sisters of St. Dominic, Amityville, Sisters of Mercy, Brooklyn, Daughters of Wisdom, The Sisters of Charity of Mt. St. Vincent (The only all-girls school in the Diocese to be equally staffed by more than one congregation of Women Religious.)

Average enrollment: Just under 2,000 girls

Principals: Reverend John F. Ross

Chaplain: Reverend William J. Cavanaugh

Faculty Members: See link under "Vintage photos"

School colors: Purple & Gold

School song: Memorial

School newspaper: The Laurel

Yearbook: The Mitre

Uniform: None until early 1960s

Building is now: St. Francis De Sales School for the Deaf

Notes from a 1967 graduate: The school officially closed in June 1973 (and the juniors were offered a chance to accelerate and graduated July 20, 1973.

I believe the school newspaper of the Bishop ANNEX in Flushing was called the Laurelette. All annexes closed in the 60's due to low enrollment in the main school (Bishop McDonnell)

The school was built as a scholarship school having no tuition until the early 60's. The school uniform which began in 1963, was a plaid green skirt, weskit (vest) white shirt and green tie. Additionally a spring dress was added the following year in two colors.


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