Dear Stone Ridge Community,
It’s time to celebrate! The much anticipated Centennial school year has arrived.
One hundred years ago, the pioneering spirit of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat inspired the sisters at the Convent of the Sacred Heart on Massachusetts Avenue to open a school, which began with three young women in attendance. Today, Stone Ridge continues to motivate hundreds of eager young learners to realize their special gifts and bring Christ’s love into the world.
This year, the Stone Ridge community pays particular attention to Goal V: Personal Growth in an Atmosphere of Wise Freedom. As we reflect on our roots and remain grounded by the timeless values of the Society of the Sacred Heart, we continue to innovate, meet new challenges, set new goals, and move confidently into the future.
Catherine Ronan Karrels '86
Head of School
In every school and convent of the Sacred Heart around the world, there is always a picture of Mater Admirabilis, Mother Most Admirable, hanging in a prominent place. This depiction of Our Lady as a young girl just before the Annunciation changed her life forever is an image unique to the Sacred Heart Order.
The changes that would rock the Stone Ridge’s equilibrium a decade later started with the first spade of dirt dug for the foundation of the next “new” building during the summer of 1958.
As the School grows, so do the clubs, activities, and its surroundings. Take a trip back to life at Stone Ridge in the early- to mid-fifties with tea dances and “hops.”
Reflections from alumnae who remember life at 1719 Massachusetts Ave.
In 1900, George Hamilton paid $6,000 for twenty acres of farmland along the dusty, unpaved Rockville Pike. In 1904, he added thirty more acres to his property and built a white clapboard summer home in the colonial revival style. The Hamiltons called their home “Stone Ridge.”
Calling all Alumnae to join us on Saturday, January 21 for the Centennial Social Action Day!
We are collecting stories, photographs, or any other memorabilia for the School's archives! Please visit submit your materials and let us know how you would like to help.
Welcome to the new Centennial website. Please click around and enjoy the photos and stories.
Also, we would value your contribution to the School's Archives for the Centennial Celebration year. We are collecting stories, photographs, and special items throughout the year and plan to share with the Stone Ridge community.
We thank all the employees, alumnae, past employees, and parents who have volunteered to assist with the Centennial events. Stay tuned for more to come.