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Marywood High School, California

Former teacher Sister Joan Kirkpatrick (formerly Sister Joan Patrice) shares her memories of Marywood

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We Sisters of Providence would like to thank the Marywood High School alumnae for your monetary gifts of support throughout the years dedicated to the care of our retired sisters. We are grateful!

The Sisters of Providence lovingly acknowledge Marywood Alumnae Association who received the Rooted in Providence award at the 2018 Donor Dinner. This award honors companions who have made lifetime gifts of $100,000 or more to the Sisters of Providence.

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To obtain a transcript, please contact Nanci De la Rosa-Ricco at the Department of Catholic Schools at nricco@rcbo.org.

Class notes

  • Julie Mulroy

    Class of 1966

    I just watched the video of Sr Joan Patrice’s memories of teaching at Marywood in Orange. I was particularly interested in the story of the fire. I was part of a group of volunteers who planted iceplant to stabilize a steep slope on the downhill side of the school when we first moved in. That and the big parking lot on the other side, in addition to the materials used in the school would have been big fire deterrents. (February 2024)

  • Nancy Phillips Jimeno

    Class of 1972

    Just watched Sr. Joan talk about Marywood and her memories of the school. I wasn’t smart enough to take her classes, which were STEM-type classes, but I remember her well. She was so patient with us and I never once heard a cross word from her, although heaven knows we deserved a good tongue lashing now and then.
    What was special about Marywood? I answered that before Sr. Joan did – EVERYTHING! To begin with, the campus was, as Sister mentions, simply beautiful. It felt to me as such a privilege to be accepted as a student at Marywood. My parents were not much interested in my education, but the Sisters of Providence most certainly were. All of the faculty expected the best from us and the standards we were expected to meet were a stretch but with the help of the faculty and administration, we mostly met them.
    I must say that I am particularly grateful for the intellectual curiosity that was encouraged and which helped me to yearn for further education. My parents discouraged me from college, telling me that I was “not college material.” But my experience at Marywood kept the desire to learn burning in me. At 38 years old I finally made it to California State College, Fullerton and graduated summa cum laude. I went on for a Ph.D. in political science at UC Riverside, returned to CSU Fullerton where I was a political science professor for 20 years and have recently retired. None of this would have been remotely possible had I not attended Marywood. (February 2024)

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History of Marywood High School

The former St. Joseph Academy was purchased in 1934 from the Dominican Sisters whose motherhouse was in Cuba. Marywood High School was primarily a college prep high school for girls of Orange County and a boarding school for girls of other localities. A limited number were accepted for grade school; this discontinued in 1949. Expansion of enrollment led to a new location at Nohl Ranch in Orange County and was dedicated on Dec. 5, 1964. The school also attracted international students from nine countries. Marywood was closed in 1980.

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