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April 20, 2012

The much anticipated release of the school′s historical book occurs

For 175 years St. Mary′s Hall, now Doane Academy, has defied convention and long odds to become a small yet vibrant, transformative and overall exceptional school.  Founded as the first church-run girls′ boarding school in the nation, St. Mary′s Hall has continually pushed the boundaries of education, first in the area of womens education, and more recently as an Episcopal co-educational day school that challenges its students to “Change the World”.

In St. Mary′s Hall & Doane Academy we get to see not only the fascinating history of the school - emerging from challenges of public perception, wars, disease, fire, etc. but also how Doane Academy is truly woven into the fabric of local, national and even international events.  The book illustrates, among many other things, the school′s ties to major players of both the North and the South in the Civil War, the evacuation of children from England to St. Marys Hall during World War II, and the current students′ commitment to go to Guatemala each year to help and serve those in dire need of aid.

This book contains not only the stories of the school, but also a collection of 200 photos, paintings and lithographs illustrating the first 175 years of this remarkable school.  It is part of Arcadia Publishing’s Campus History Series and is available for purchase ($21.99) at Doane Academy, local bookshops, many Burlington merchants, and online at Amazon.com.