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New Catholic High School Opens in Baldwin County

Fr. Steele, Monde Donaldson and Dr. Puto attend the opening of St. Michael Catholic High School in Baldwin County.
Fr. Steele, Monde Donaldson and Dr. Puto attend the opening of St. Michael Catholic High School in Baldwin County.

Spring Hill President Christopher Puto, PhD, Chancellor Rev. Greg Lucey, SJ, Rev. Phil Steele, SJ, and Monde Donaldson were among the hundreds in attendance on a sunny Sunday afternoon in August when St. Michael Catholic High School — the first Catholic high school in Baldwin County — was dedicated by the Archdiocese of Mobile.

Several college alumni connections make the bond with the new Fairhope school even richer. Principal Faustin Weber is the son of the late Neff Weber ‘60 and Kathy Weber ‘63. Three members of the faculty and staff at St. Michael are graduates, and numerous alumni served as a dedicated group of volunteers who led the effort to see the school become a reality. Trin Ollinger ‘93 and her husband Ellis ‘91 were among the volunteers.

“Because I attended only Catholic schools (kindergarten through completion of SHC) I could truly see the value of an education rooted in our Catholic values and traditions. The Catholic community of Baldwin County needed a school that was their own, and after many years, we have one,“ Ollinger said. Spring Hill College hopes to welcome some of St. Michael’s first graduates in 2019.
 

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