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Philadelphia is site of the first
free Catholic high school for boys, and girls, in the United
States. The "Roman
Catholic High School for Boys"
was founded for the education of boys in 1890 (referred to as
"Roman Catholic," occasionally as "Catholic High,"
or most commonly as "Roman"). The "Catholic
Girls High School" was founded
in 1911. Mrs. Mary McMichan, one of the schools founders, requested
in her last will that the school be renamed in honor of her brother.
The school became "John
W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School"
after her death. Both schools are still in existence.
Roman Catholic High School for Boys from May 1898