St. Mary’s School in Cortland celebrated its 90th anniversary last week, marking the milestone with numerous community activities.
“The first thing that comes to mind when I think of St. Mary’s School is it’s a family,” Principal Denise Hall said. She has been principal of the school since 2010; she began as a teacher there in 2002. Her three children are also graduates of the school.
Marking 90 years for the school “means a lot,” Hall said. “We are very grateful to everyone who supports Catholic education.” She also noted St. Mary’s place in and contributions to the community: “We focus so much on putting others first, serving others. We see quite a bit of that from our alumni.”
St. Mary’s is currently home to nearly 150 students from preK to grade six. The students, families, and staff celebrated the school’s 90th with a week of activities: an outdoor movie showing; a fun run and 5K followed by a pancake breakfast; a buffet dinner; Sunday Mass presented by alumni; Mass on St. Francis of Assisi’s feast day (an important saint for the school, as Franciscan sisters were instructors at the school’s opening); and benediction followed by a chorus of “Happy Birthday” and cupcakes.