Alumnae Information

Alumnae events for Ladywood School are coordinated by Sister Jackie Hoffman. Contact her for future reunion dates at jhoffman@spsmw.org 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 cgualano@spsmw.org.

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, 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 resident and day school, began.

In September 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.