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Local School To Celebrate 80th Anniversary With Gala

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Catholic Felician Sisters of Coraopolis will be honored with a Legacy Gala on March 2 at the Pittsburgh Airport Hyatt Regency.

The event will celebrate the anniversary of a school founded by the Sisterhood 80 years ago.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School Principal Tim Plocinik says classes were small back in 1933.

“You’re looking at very small classes of three and four and five, and it’s not until the 1940s that they get into the teens in the class size,” said Plocinik. “And really, they started off very small, and it was very much geared to young women who came here and were going on to become novitiates, and into the sisterhood.”

The year 1970 was a big one for OLSH. The former academy was transformed into a high school and began admitting boys for the first time.

“It was more of an economic decision than anything, and a wise one at that, as our school this year has the largest enrollment in its history,” says Cheryl Karashin, the OLSH High School vice president for advancement.

Sr. Augustine, 95, class of ’36, and later became the principal, says core values and mischief haven’t changed.

“When we were kids, we were intimate with our teachers,” she recalls. “We would talk to them, would run around them, and run away from them. And hide from them sometimes. But it was a joyful life.”

For information on the Legacy Gala, log on to: http://www.olsh.org/advancement/olsh-legacy-gala/

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