Phoebus in Hampton, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Saint Mary Star Of The Sea And Its School
Catholic Education in Phoebus and Fort Monroe
As the church grew, Father Thomas J. Wilson saw the need for a Catholic school and by 1920 had raised enough funds to start. Three years later, the church acquired "Brightview," a mansion on Mill Creek that had been used as a post-Civil War convalescent hospital and as a hotel, converting it for classroom use.
At the same time, Father William A. Gill wrote to the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia in Nashville, Tenn., to ask whether they could staff the school, and they agreed. The relationship continues to this day. Four sisters, Principal Mary Isabel Rice, Gabrielle Brennan, Mary Rita Cody, and Borgia Cobb, arrived in September 1923, when the school opened
The next several decades, especially during the post-World War II baby boom, saw a remarkable growth in student population, reaching a peak of 910 in 1960-61. Throughout the 1950s, major construction projects were undertaken, and several wings were built. Finally in 2004 a gym and cafeteria were added. Today, the school enrolls students from Saint Mary Star of the Sea at Fort Monroe, Saint Joseph in Buckroe, Saint Rose of Lima in Wythe, and Immaculate Conception in Riverdale, as well as from other Catholic churches around Hampton Roads.
Saint Mary School etiquette luncheon, an 8th grade tradition.
The 1957 Boy's Basketball team with Rev. Walter P.Sullivan
The first graduating class of Saint Mary School, 1946
All images Courtesy Saint Mary Star of the Sea School
Erected 2010 by Bringing History to Life.
Location. 37° 0.938′ N, 76° 19.122′ W. Marker is in Phoebus, Virginia, in Hampton. Marker is at the intersection of East Mellen Street and South Willard Avenue, on the left when traveling east on East Mellen Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hampton VA 23663, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Camp Hamilton (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Phoebus - The Gateway To The New World (approx. ¼ mile away); Phoebus (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Phoebus (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fort Monroe Arsenal (approx. 0.8 miles away); Hampton Monument (approx. 0.8 miles away); Emancipation Oak (approx. 0.8 miles away); Hampton Institute (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Phoebus.
Also see . . . Saint Mary Star Of The Sea School. (Submitted on May 29, 2017.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 79 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 29, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.