Saint Dominic Academy (Maine)

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Saint Dominic Academy
Saint Dominic RHS.jpg
Address
121 Gracelawn Road
Auburn, Maine, 04210
United States
Coordinates 44°07′39″N 70°14′05″W / 44.1274°N 70.2348°W / 44.1274; -70.2348Coordinates: 44°07′39″N 70°14′05″W / 44.1274°N 70.2348°W / 44.1274; -70.2348
Information
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1941
Oversight Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland
Principal Donald Fournier
Asst. Principal Joline Girouard
Faculty 29
Grades 712
Enrollment 300+ (2010)
Average class size 17
Student to teacher ratio 11:1
Color(s) Black and White         
Team name Saints
Admissions Director James Boulet
Athletic Director Lee Hixon
Sport 1.Hockey, 2.soccer
Rival Lewiston
Website

Saint Dominic Academy is a Catholic grammar school and high school located in Lewiston, Maine, and Auburn, Maine, respectively, in the Diocese of Portland. It has two campuses: one located at the in Lewiston, Maine, for Grades Pre-K to Grade 6; the other located in Auburn for Grades 7 to 12.

History[edit]

Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn region is rich with Franco-American history, and families that immigrated to the area for opportunities that the textile mills and shoe shops along the Androscoggin River offered. In 1881 those families united to open the first Catholic schools in the Lewiston-Auburn area. With the growing Franco-American population, more Catholic schools opened until nearly every parish supported its own elementary school.[1]

In 1941, those parishes united to found St. Dominic High School. The first construction undertaken was the St. Dominic Arena. It was reasoned that the profits from the arena would help finance the new St. Dominic High School. The community responded with contributions of land, heavy machinery, and manpower. At the same time, Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul (Lewiston, Maine) Parish began what became known as "La Marche des Dix Sous," a parish collection that went to the St. Dom's Fund. This collection went on for fifteen years under the sponsorship of the Holy Name Society of the parish. This feat was accomplished by the community in order to obtain their Catholic high school.[2]

In the late 1900s, parishioner numbers began dwindling due to many factors that included area out migration. Due to the loss of the two major industries, parish elementary schools began to consolidate. Eleven original parish schools consolidated into four. Then in 2006, in an effort to maximize educational resources, a decision was made to consolidate all of the parish elementary schools which formed Trinity Catholic School.

In the year 2000, Bishop Joseph Gerry made the decision to build a new high school facility in the city of Auburn on 72 acres of land donated by the Schiavi Family. The Libra Foundation was one of the many benefactors who made this project a reality and in January 2002 the new building opened.

Throughout these consolidations our school families have responded with grace and support. And in 2010, the consolidation was completed in the formation of Saint Dominic Academy that merged Trinity Catholic Elementary School and St. Dominic Regional High School.

The elementary campus in Lewiston houses grades pre-school through 6 and the junior/senior high school campus in Auburn houses grades 7 through 12. The total enrollment the combined school stands at 600.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ History of St. Dom's RHS, St. Dominic's RHS website.
  2. ^ History of St. Dom's RHS, St. Dominic's RHS website.