Mercy High School (Connecticut) Article

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Mercy High School
Mercy High School Crest
Address
1740 Randolph Road

, ,
06457-5155

United States
Coordinates 41°31′57″N 72°40′33″W / 41.53250°N 72.67583°W / 41.53250; -72.67583
MERCY HIGH SCHOOL (CONNECTICUT) Latitude and Longitude:

41°31′57″N 72°40′33″W / 41.53250°N 72.67583°W / 41.53250; -72.67583
Information
Type Private, All-Girls
MottoConfident. Competitive. Committed. Compassionate.
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
PresidentSr. Mary McCarthy
Grades 912
Enrollment540 (2017)
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
MascotTiger
Team nameTigers
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges [1]
PublicationMuse (literary magazine)
Newspaper"Tiger Times"
YearbookEpoch
Tuition$14,300
Dean of Academics and technologyMelissa M. Bullock
Dean of StudentsAnn Drewry
Admissions DirectorDiane K. Santostefano
Athletic DirectorTimothy Kohs
Website

Mercy High School is a private, Roman Catholic, all-girls high school in Middletown, Connecticut located within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich. Their brother school is Xavier High School (Connecticut).

History

Recognizing the need for Catholic secondary education in Middlesex County, the Diocese of Norwich opened Mercy High School for girls and Xavier High School for boys in 1963. Mercy High School's first class of young women began school under the direction of the Sisters of Mercy in temporary quarters on the second floor of Xavier High School. On Palm Sunday, March 22, 1964, the groundbreaking ceremony for Mercy High School took place. City officials and members of the clergy from throughout Middlesex County assisted His Excellency the Most Reverend Vincent J. Hines, D.D., Bishop of Norwich. The blessing ceremony of the Mercy High School building was held in September 1965 and classes began at that facility.The first class graduated from Mercy High School in 1967.

Mercy is an all-girls high school that is class LL and offers sports. Their mascot is a tiger and the school basketball team won the state championship in 2013.

A senior student at the school launched a petition on Change.org in March 2017 to change the school's policy on not allowing students to bring a female guest to the school prom. [2] While the first petition was taken down a few days later, the student making a verified claim that she was pressured to remove it, a second was launched by a local resident with a similar request. [3] In response to the petition, the school's president stated that it requires students to attend the prom "alone or in the company of a friend or friends of their choosing" but that "the expectation has been that a Mercy student's date be male." Many students wore rainbow-colored ribbons on their school skirts for the rest of the year in the only way of protest that is permitted. [3]

Sports

Interscholastic sports offered at Mercy include: Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross-Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, and Volleyball.

Notes and references

  1. ^ NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Archived from the original on 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  2. ^ Detelj, Tina (March 6, 2017). "Petitions aim to change catholic school prom policy". WTNH News 8. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Beals, Shawn R. (May 10, 2017). "Catholic Schools Try To Find Balance On LGBT Issues". Hartford Courant. Retrieved May 24, 2017.

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