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Frozen In Time: Cathedral High School [VIDEO]

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ST. CLOUD — This week in our Frozen In Time series we visited a St. Cloud school that predates the Wright Brother’s airplane invention and  Henry Ford’s Model T.

Cathedral School opened in 1884 as an elementary school. It wasn’t until 1902 that the school had their first freshmen class.

That same year the Baltimore Declaration announced the need for each parish throughout the United States to have its own school system.

Sisters from the Order of St. Benedict were instrumental in establishing the school.

Cathedral president, Mike Mullin says the High School wouldn’t exist as it is today without the sisters, “they were the ones that donated in large part their labor, their expertise, their energy and there vision.”

Cathedral had its first graduating class in 1905. It was made-up of just one student whose name was Emily Ladner.

At the time tuition was $18–today it’s $8,600. The campus has nearly doubled in size since being established. Today it spans about six square blocks.

Cathedral has had many students go on to be lawyers, doctors and professional athletes. A recent 2010 graduate, Nate Schmidt was just recruited to play defense for the NHL’s Washington Capitals.

Mullin says the school continues to stay true to their Catholic values but is moving forward with technological advances.  The school recently added the Laptops For Learners program into their curriculum which gives each student their own personal laptop or tablet.

See a video of Cathedral High School below.


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