St. Mary's Dominican High School
ST. MARY'S DOMINICAN HIGH SCHOOL, 7701 Walmsley Ave., New Orleans – One hundred fifty years ago, seven valiant women from Cabra, Ireland, laid the foundation for what is today St. Mary’s Dominican High School.
This college-preparatory high school offers young women the four components of Dominican Catholic education – prayer, study, community and service – with a goal of helping students grow intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, physically and socially.
The foundation of Dominican is “Veritas” – Truth. St. Mary’s Dominican High School teaches students to pursue “truth” in all aspects of their lives and to preach the Gospel through the example of their lives. Spiritual life upholds an integral part of Dominican, as evidenced by the adoration chapel located at the center of the school. Students participate in activities such as daily prayer, school liturgies, student retreats and community service, which foster their spiritual growth and development.
The Class of 2011 completed more than 35,000 hours of service. Academically, Dominican challenges all students to excel. Members of the Class of 2011 received more than $13.3 million in scholarships and 397 college credit hours before completing their Dominican education.
St. Mary’s Hall, the academic building, includes spacious classrooms and labs, two chapels, a guidance center and the Erminia Wadsworth Technology Center, which houses the library and Veritas Presentation Room/Media Center and comes equipped with networked wireless computers for use in multimedia instruction and presentation. The Writing Center affords students the opportunity to learn the writing process, while the Math Lab provides students the tools with which to visually explore mathematical concepts. The Foreign Language Lab promotes a greater capacity for students to learn their target language and explore cultural resources.
In 2006, Dominican opened the Siena Center, which includes a state-of-the-art gymnasium with a walking track, fitness and weight room, coaches’ offices, training room, dance studio, seminar rooms and a lobby linking the new entry plaza with the existing gymnasium. The O’Farrell Student Complex adjoins the Siena Center, along with an auxiliary gym, cafeteria and musical rehearsal facilities. A courtyard featuring a beautiful fountain, trees and benches for gathering rests adjacent to the complex.
As a member of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association, Dominican competes in sports at the varsity, junior varsity and eighth-grade levels. Sports include volleyball, basketball, softball, swimming, track, cross country, soccer, tennis, golf and gymnastics. Athletic honors from the 2010-11 school year include a state championship title in soccer, and state runner-up titles in volleyball, cross country, and singles tennis.
Dominican’s dedication to the arts is evidenced by the band and chorus consistently receiving superior ratings at competitions and performances in Disney World. The Fine Arts Festival, which includes the spring musical and student art display, draws the largest attendance of any activity. Extracurricular activities are a fun and vital part of Dominican. More than 30 clubs meet the varied interests of the student body, develop leadership skills and help to make friendships and memories for a lifetime. More than 80 percent of students are involved in extracurricular activities.
There are opportunities for academic scholarships, and financial assistance is available through a work/study program.
St. Mary’s Dominican High School continues to celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary, as Dominican’s founding sisters arrived in New Orleans in 1860 and officially opened the school in 1861.
As a school community, Dominican will celebrate the journey of faith exhibited by its founders and subsequently carried on by 150 years of Dominicans in New Orleans. Throughout the past 150 years, members of this school community have overcome monumental challenges, experienced historic recoveries and triumphs, and sustained a powerful tradition of Catholic education in New Orleans. During the sesquicentennial year, the school will celebrate the rich legacy that has embodied and continues to embody the true Dominican spirit.
St. Mary’s Dominican High School: A legacy through generations … An eternity of truth.