Ladywood School, Indianapolis (1926-1970)
The 2018 Ladywood Reunion has been canceled. Stay tuned for updates.
Alumnae events for Ladywood School are coordinated by Sister Jackie Hoffman. Contact her for future reunion dates at email@example.com or by phone at 812-535-2795.
Connie Gualano is the alumnae/I relations manager for the Sisters of Providence. You may reach her at 812-535-2811 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
History of Ladywood School, Indianapolis
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.