The Manor House of Fletcher Estate, Ladywood Hall.

In the 1920s, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College was thriving as well as the high school, namely, St. Mary’s Institute. Accrediting agencies were not in favor of colleges and high schools sharing the same facilities. A decision was made to locate the Academy elsewhere.

Much thought was put into the choice of a location. Property became available in the northeast part of Indianapolis. In 1926, the Sisters of Providence bought some of the property of the Fletcher Estate which included Laurel Hall. The process of changing Laurel Hall into a select finishing school for girls, both as a resident and day school, began.

In September of 1926, Laurel Hall, now to be known as Ladywood School for Girls was opened with six young women in Sophomore year and eight in Freshmen year. Due to an increase in enrollment, Loretto Hall was built and opened in 1928. Ladywood School was maintained as an exclusive finishing school for 37 years. In 1963, a new school building was erected and Laurel Hall and some other property were sold. In 1970, St. Agnes Academy merged with Ladywood. The young women who graduated from Ladywood became very influential in the local area as well as in many areas of the world.

Alumnae information

The Ladywood School reunion is Sept. 22, 2012, at Hollyhock Hills Restaurant, 8110 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, Ind., 46240. The luncheon is $30.

Register by Sept. 1. Download the registration form here to print and mail to Sister Jackie Hoffman at Woodland Inn, 1 Sisters of Providence Road, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., 47876.

Ladywood Alumnae, start gathering information for our next “Ladylore Revisited.” You will receive a postcard in the fall requesting news. If you have photos we can post on our web site, please email them to Sister Jackie Hoffman at jhoffman@spsmw.org.

For more information, contact Sister Jackie at jhoffman@spsmw.org or 815-535-6450.