"In the beginning: Construction began on St. Mary Catholic School in 1930. St. Mary Parish, once called the "white Elephant’ because of its large size, was rapidly growing with 2,200 members in its congregation.
The school was eventually completed in the fall of 1940, and opened its doors to a total of 181 students, grades 1-8. By 1956 the parish school was again overcrowded, and a cafeteria and gymnasium were needed. The result, after much brainstorming, was the decision to build the St. Mary Center, a massive architectural undertaking for the time. It was heralded as a structure of "unusual modernistic design and beauty." Its architect, Mr. Hollis, had pictures of the center published in various building journals and magazines with hopes of winning honors.
"Today: St. Mary School is a pre-school through 6th grade elementary school. It is fully accredited through the State of Kansas. Families come to St. Mary from all areas of the city, as well as surrounding small communities. St. Mary students and staff celebrate their unique ethnic blend through various religious and cultural activities throughout the school year.
"Students wear school uniforms to signify their attachment and significance to the St. Mary Parish family. We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to incorporate our belief in God in all that we do throughout the school day – whether it be playing on the school playground, attending Mass twice weekly, preparing academically, or working on a local community project. We attempt to continually reinforce the importance of academics, respect for others, and Catholic values."
|St. Mary School|
|503 W. St. John Street
Garden City, KS 67846
|Principal: Michelle Mead