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Village of Menomonee Falls - St. Mary’s Parish School will turn a century old on September 11.

The school first opened its doors on the same date in 1916.

The school was first constructed as a two-story brick building. Originally, there were two classrooms and living quarters for the two sisters who were the school’s first teachers. The two classrooms held students from first through fourth grade and fifth through eighth grade.

St. Mary’s was dedicated on Sept. 8, 1916, and opened its doors three days later.

A celebration of the school will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. The event is free and all graduates and community members are welcome to attend.

Jenny Grieb, a 1996 St. Mary’s alum, is one of the event chairpeople. Grieb shared what she thinks will be the highlights of the centennial celebration.

“So much has changed in the building itself,” Grieb said. “The mass with the archbishop is going to be really special, and just seeing people and hearing stories about the school. Just from my research, I had no idea we had a high school at St. Mary’s for a couple years. The actual existing foundation of the original school is still on the property – it’s buried underground, but it’s still right in front of where the parish office is right now.”

The event will include school tours by current students, mass with Archbishop Jerome Listecki and a reception in the activity center, where the parish is providing food.

So far, 150 people have RSVP’d to the event, but Grieb estimated the attendance would be closer to 300.

For more information about the centennial event, call 262-251-1050.

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