Celebrating 175 Years


"An educated woman can make a difference."

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


A Remarkable History

Saint Mary's School has stood the test of time - and has thrived while doing it! The second oldest Episcopal all girls’ school in the country, Saint Mary's history tells the story of courageous leadership and of the power of resilience. For 175 years, Saint Mary’s has lived 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.

Saint Mary's Year 175

Perspectives on giving...

Alumnae reflections...

Elizabeth Gardner '87C talks about her Saint Mary's experience and what it has meant to her.

Student perspectives...

Click here for more student perspectives.

Read our Winter 2017 edition here!

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

Saint Mary's 175th Anniversary Gala

May 12, 2017

Saint Mary’s School marks its 175th year with a gala celebration on Friday, May 12, 2017 – exactly 175 years to the date that the “Original 13” girls arrived for their first day of school at Saint Mary’s 1842. The gala will take place on the school’s beautiful, historic campus under an extraordinary big-top tent. Click here for more information!

Visit our 175th Anniversary Media page for more information.

Celebrate Saint Mary's 175th anniversary with a
commemorative scarf, champagne flutes, or other specialty item. Visit our shop1842 for more information!

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