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SHA's History

On September 8, 1949, fifty-eight girls began school at the new Mary Louis Academy Annex in Hempstead.  On June 20, 1952, on the feast of the Sacred Heart, Bishop John J. Boardman blessed and laid the cornerstone to complete the new Sacred Heart Academy.


In 1978, ground was broken for the Sister Virginia Crowley Theatre and additional academic space. By 2012, the Joseph House and Corde House Guidance Complex along with Three Sisters Fields became an impressive part of the campus.


Today, Sacred Heart Academy remains a school of excellence for young women with strong academic and leadership potential. In a nurturing, yet challenging faith environment, students and over 12,000 alumnae live out the mission of SHA and the Sisters of St. Joseph rooted in the Gospel of Jesus. In a world in need of nothing less, they bring inclusive love, unity, reconciliation, justice and peace to their professions, families, Church and world.


CSJ Leadership at Sacred Heart Academy


Sister Alta Maria Brock                                                                 Sister Virginia Crowley

Sister Mary Inviolate Gunn                                                           Sister Edyth Fitzsimmons

Sister Mary Alonzo Boyan                                                            Sister Jeanne Marie Ross

Sister Mary Basil Butler                                                                Sister Joanne Forker

Sister Rose Alonzo McKinney                                                      Sister Jean Amore

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