The 2019-2020 academic year marks 70 years of Sacred Heart Academy Taking the Lead. Originally opened with 58 students as the Mary Louis Academy Annex in 1949, Sacred Heart Academy has continued to flourish with 858 students, including a freshman class of 223, enrolled during this anniversary year.
Over 70 years, the Mission of the founding Sisters of St. Joseph to educate and empower young women has remained the same. The current students learn in interactive classroom spaces and state-of-the-art science research and business labs; they excel on the playing fields, consistently recognized among the top athletic teams on Long Island and in the nation, and they give back to the community with more than 10,000 hours of service each year. Sacred Heart boasts over 11,000 strong and confident alumnae who are making a difference in their professions and communities.
In celebration of its history, success and mission, Sacred Heart embarked on a strategic planning process to plot a course to ensure a successful future. This strategic plan directs the school’s focus and resources and prepares SHA for new opportunities.
To recognize the 70th Anniversary and to honor all members of the SHA Community, past and present, Sacred Heart hosted a 70th Anniversary Liturgy and Reception on September 22. A mission display, reminding all who visit Sacred Heart of the history and leadership of the Sisters of St. Joseph, was unveiled for the occasion. The afternoon ended with the blessing of SHA’s new replica sculpture of the Fearless Girl, which sits in the courtyard representing female empowerment and women in leadership, and was generously donated by Kathleen and Lawrence Moringiello P ’00.
Representatives of SHA’s history – alumnae from each decade, former and current faculty, staff and administrators, and current students and families will joined together in celebration of all that Sacred Heart Academy means to them.
In her reflection that day, Sister Jean Amore, CSJ, Principal of Sacred Heart Academy, said “Our Sacred Heart Academy story is one of successful changes and growth -- without compromising our identity or tradition. We are alive and well because we are not only carriers of SHA’s past, we are its creators and developers of its future as well. God’s creation story is on-going, still evolving; and so the story of SHA is unfinished, still evolving, and open to new great possibilities."