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St. Angela Merici, Louisville, KY

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The Ursuline Sisters opened Angela Merici High School, off Dixie Highway in Louisville, on September 14, 1959. The school was named after the foundress of the Ursuline Sisters, Saint Angela Merici, who lived in Northern Italy in the 15th century. The first year, 128 young women were enrolled in levels nine and ten. (A year was added for the next two sessions to bring the school to levels nine through 12.)

The enrollment grew until the late 1970s. Projections of enrollment decreases and rising costs led to the merger of Angela Merici High School and neighboring Bishop David High School for young men, an institution sponsored by the Archdiocese of Louisville. The new coeducational high school, named Holy Cross High School, opened on the site of the former Bishop David High School in September 1984. At the time of the merger, the enrollment of Bishop David High School was 505 and that of Angela Merici 468.



Cross of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, KY