Villa Maria Academy (Erie, Pennsylvania)
|Villa Maria Academy|
Faith, Family, Excellence, and Tradition
|2403 West 8th Street
Erie, Pennsylvania, (Erie County), 16505
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Principal||Sr. Mary Drexler|
|Asst. Principal||Kathleen DiNicola|
|Campus size||30 acres (120,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||Blue and White|
|Accreditation(s)||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Admissions Director||Kathleen M. Roach|
|Athletic Director||Dan Ek|
Villa Maria was established in 1892 as an all-girls school by the Sisters of St. Joseph. It is the oldest Catholic high school in Erie. It was originally located at 8th and Liberty Streets before being moved in 1954. The original academy buildings were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.
The school became coeducational in 1989. On January 8, 2009 Villa announced a merger with Cathedral Preparatory School because of financial issues and no longer accepts male students. Villa returned to all-girls but allowed current males that are already attended to stay until graduation. In the 2012/2013 school year, Villa became all-girls.
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