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1995 Upper School Groundbreaking
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Founding of the RSCJ

Constitutions of the Society of the Sacred Heart are approved by the first general council of 1815. Later, in 1826, Pope Leo XII formally approved the Constitutions of the Society.

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St. Madeleine Sophie Barat statue

Mother Mary Ann Hardy opens first Sacred Heart School in Maryland in September 1871. The school closed by 1873 due to overwhelming hardship in obtaining supplies.

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Mass ave

In September of 1923, Mother Clara Meigs Sands, RSCJ, opens Sacred Heart School at 1719 Massachusettes Ave. in DC, and becomes the School's first headmistress through 1931.

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Mother Agnes Barry, RSCJ, becomes Mother Superior at the convent and begins to look for new grounds for the Sacred Heart School. A venture that faced many challenges and took almost 20 years to come to fruition.

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Painting of Madeline Sophie Barat holding cross.

On May 25, 1925, Madeleine Sophie Barat was canonized a saint. Her feast day is celebrated each year on this day.

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Silver Jubilees for Mother Sands and beloved nun Ma Mere M. du Plessis de Grenedon are celebrated in February.


Mother Emilie Hickey, RSCJ, becomes Headmistress through 1939.


First Alumnae Association is formed. Mary Catherine Mundell Coffey, class of 1934, was elected the Association’s first president.

Photo of the Pope with tabard.

Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, who later became Pope Pius XII, visits the Washington, DC Sacred Heart School on October 22.

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Permission to purchase Stone Ridge estate granted from the Bishop of Baltimore and Washington.


First Christmas Bazaar is a huge success, even more successful than other fundraisers to date. Doll Pageant and Tableaux with Tea events are eclipsed.


The Ridgean, first school newspaper, is established.


Juniors and Seniors go to Capitol Hill to visit SR Congressional fathers, Senators Ben Smith and John Pastore, and House Representatives William Miller and Hale Boggs.


First school Horse Show fundraiser is held at DeFranceaux family farm raising $1878.


Bishop Philip Hannon blesses School's newest building.


Anniversary Memorial Mass held for late President John F. Kennedy; Jackie Kennedy sends letter of gratitude.


Stone Ridge students appear on the television show It's Academic for the first time. They win second place in the competition.


Mother Mouton retires.


Black Student Union is formed.

Painting of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne crossing the Atlantic on a boat.

Rose Philippine Duchesne is canonized on July 3. St. Philippine is celebrated at the National Shrine on November 17, Stone Ridge’s new Junior Children’s Choir sang during the celebration Mass.

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Here and Now publication wins second place in Quill & Scroll Award—an international honorary society for secondary school journalists.


The new academic building takes shape.


Bishop Alvare Corrada del Rio blesses new wing of Upper School academic building.

Barat Award Medal Logo

Barat Medal awarded for first time. Mass of the Holy Spirit in October celebrated 75 years of Sacred Heart education in DMV, and 50 years at Stone Ridge campus.

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Prayer Grotto with Mater Statue on campus.

Sacred Heart Bicentennial celebrations and blessing of Prayer Garden and Grotto dedicated to Mater, “cathedral in the woods.”

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CALLITHUMP, Upper School annual art and literary magazine, wins 2001 Gold Medalist Certificate from Columbia Scholastic Press.

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Photo of the Academy of the Sacred Heart Rosary in New Orleans.

Stone Ridge hosts 14 students from the Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

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Stone Ridge students sweep foreign language awards bringing home 63 medals and certificates from the National Spanish Exam, 13 medals from the State of Maryland for proficiency, and 35, medals in the Le Grand Concours national French contest.

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Stone Ridge celebrates the 200th Anniversary of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne and her courage to cross frontiers.