St. Louis, MO (KMOX) A big ceremony in the Shaw neighborhood Sunday.
Left to right: Maureen DePriest, Archdiocese Associate Superintendent for Elementary School Administration; 8th Ward Alderman Steve Conway; SMOS Pastor, Father Matthew O’Toole; Archbishop Robert Carlson; SMOS Principal Julie Hesed; Tom Purcell, Jr.; Tate Purcell; Ginger Purcell; Mayor Francis Slay (Photo by KMOX/Debbie Monterrey)
With bagpipes and a police escort, hundreds walked through the Shaw neighborhood from St Margaret of Scotland Church to the School campus for the dedication of their new middle school, the first new free-standing elementary Catholic school construction in St Louis in more than 50 years.
Walking from St. Margaret of Scotland Church to the school for the blessing of the new middle school. (Photo by KMOX/Debbie Monterrey)
Mayor Slay was among the guest speakers. He told the crowd this project “took a lot of leadership, a lot of people working together, vision, and a lot of generosity.”
Slay said of all the things we try to do to make St Louis a better city “nothing is more important than the education we provide to our children.”
Archbishop Robert Carlson presided over mass prior to the ceremony and blessed the new school.
The new building was officially named Purcell Hall, after Tom Purcell, Jr., a 1985 St. Margaret’s graduate who donated a large sum to kick off the $2-million capital campaign. The building previously referred to as “the new building” built in 1966 was officially named Faith Hall.
St. Margaret of Scotland School currently has 455 students in pre-K through 8th. About 30% of the student body is non-Catholic.
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