175th Anniversary


Save the Date

Saint Mary's 175th Anniversary Gala
Friday, May 12, 2017

Saint Mary's is throwing a fun, festive, and historic 175th birthday party, and you're invited! The 175th anniversary gala will be held this spring on campus on May 12, the day Saint Mary's opened in 1842. The chairs, gala committee, and sub-committees are hard at work making exciting plans for a Saint Mary's night to remember that you will not want to miss. Gala co-chairs are Laura Norris Raynor '69HS '71C and Joan Comer Johnston '87C. Honorary chair is Blanche Robertson Bacon '53HS '55C. Save the date and register now for May 12, 2017, a night that will go down in Saint Mary's history!


Celebration Gala sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from $2,500 to $25,000. Click here to see a list of opportunities. If interested, please contact Julie Ricciardi, Director of Development, at jricciardi@sms.edu or (919) 424-4114.




"An educated woman can make a difference."

The Rev. Aldert Smedes
Founder, Saint Mary's School


A Remarkable History

Few institutions can stand the test of time. Even fewer thrive. Saint Mary’s School is the second oldest Episcopal all girls’ school in the country, and our history tells the story of courageous leadership and of the power of resilience. For 174 years, Saint Mary’s has been living in to its mission, which in its most essential articulation, has never changed. We believe in educating girls. Our solid foundation is built upon the belief that educated women can, and should, make a difference in their world.

Our enduring mission to prepare girls is as relevant today as it was in 1842. We challenge each young woman to embrace the habits of an intellectual life and empower her to serve and shape her world. We understand that the values of respect, integrity, and honoring the worth and dignity of every individual are as important today as they were when the school was founded 175 years ago. These values are enduring and never go out of fashion.

We celebrate our 175th anniversary year filled with appreciation for our past, excitement about our present, and inspiration for our future.


Celebrate Saint Mary's 175th anniversary with a
commemorative scarf, champagne flutes, or other specialty item.

Visit our shop1842 for more information!


175th Events Calendar

Click here for a list of members in the 1842 Society.


Read our Winter 2017 edition here!

Read about Saint Mary's past and present in this July 2016 edition of our magazine.

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