The Saint Mary’s School Song Book of 1915 and 1921 feature more than a dozen school songs, class songs, an alma mater adapted to the tune Believe me if All These Endearing Young Charms, and a since forgotten St. Mary’s Hymn with lyrics written by Margaret Cruikshank for the Class of 2013. Yet only two official works have stood the test of time – Hail, Saint Mary’s, our school song, and The School Hymn, We Build Our School on Thee.
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The Kicking Post was for a time among Saint Mary’s most iconic traditions that has enjoyed two lives on campus. The original Kicking Post was a white wooden post topped by a simple finial knob located at the end of the walk on west campus that led to the beloved “little store” on Hillsborough Street. The tradition held that kicking the post would bring a letter from someone special.
The Kicking Post is one of those unwritten student traditions of which we don’t know how or when it started, who started it, or how it went away, but we do know it was an important part of everyday school life from at least the 1950s through the 1960s.
Athletics are in full swing for the 2023-2024 school year, and our Victory Bell is tolling!
This significant tradition was born in 2010 when Saint Mary’s Victory Bell was tolled for the first time on August 31 by the members of four athletics teams who won that day - varsity field hockey, jayvee field hockey, varsity volleyball, and jayvee volleyball.
The Victory Bell, located on back campus, was a gift from the Class of 2010, inspired by Susan Heyman ’10, an outstanding student-athlete at Saint Mary’s. Susan, an all-state 3x4 Varsity Award winner who played three varsity sports in each of her four years at SMS, knew of a victory bell tradition at her former middle school in Virginia and wanted Saint Mary’s to have its own bell. Her classmates loved the idea and voted it to be their class gift to the school upon graduation. Through the gift of the bell tower, the Class of 2010 left a permanent legacy and created an enduring tradition for Saint Mary’s.