St. Mary's High School

High School
12:00 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Closing Of St. Mary's School Reflects Declining Enrollment In Catholic Schools

St. Mary's High School in Independence will close after this year. It's been around for 160 years.

The St. Mary's community is reeling from what they feel was the abrupt and insensitive way the diocese of Kansas City and St. Joseph closed their 160-year-old school.  Many of the families in the Independence,  Sugar Creek and Blue Springs areas are alums and have children and grandchildren there.

But the diocese says closing the 160-year-old school was strictly a business decision; the diocese couldn't pay the bills to keep the school open. The reason, they say, is the tumbling enrollment.  Only seven students enrolled for the 2013-2014 freshman class.

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High School Sports
7:28 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

St. Mary's Final Basketball Season Comes To An End

Emily Echlin cheers at one of St. Mary's final basketball games.
Greg Echlin KCUR

Four basketball games took place last Friday at the St. Mary’s High School gymnasium in Independence for the last time. 

The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph announced last month the school will close at the end of the school year because of declining enrollment.  It has been around for 160 years.

The captain of the cheerleaders, a senior, shares her thoughts. Her name is Emily Echlin, the daughter of KCUR sports contributor Greg Echlin.

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