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Ladywood School, Indianapolis (1926-1970)

Alumni information

Contact Mary Add (Wilson) Baker at MaryAdd@frontier.com.

Ladywood School Alumnae Association has celebrated its final reunion. No other reunions are planned for Ladywood School, Indianapolis. Individual classes will continue to gather as they wish. If the sisters can be helpful to you in any way, please contact Cami Pritchett, Constituent Engagement/Planned Giving Manager, who is heading the alumnae/i relations area of our department at this time. You may reach her at 812-535-2807 or email cpritchett@spsmw.org.

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Class notes

  • Patricia H. Tummey

    Class of 1947

    Patricia H. Tummey 94, of Randolph, NJ, passed away peacefully at her home of 67 years on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2024. Pat was born in Fort Wayne Indiana, to the late Al J. and Mildred Hoffman. Pat graduated from the Ladywood School and attended St. Mary-of-the-Woods.

    Patricia H. Tummey Obituary

    (April 2024)

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History of Ladywood School, Indianapolis

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, St. Mary’s Institute. Accrediting agencies were not in favor of colleges and high schools sharing the same facilities, so 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, and in 1926, the Sisters of Providence purchased 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 resident and day school, officially began.

In 1926, Laurel Hall became Ladywood School for Girls, and 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.

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