Mercy Academy

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Mercy Academy
5801 Fegenbush Lane

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United States
Coordinates38°10′12″N 85°38′24″W / 38.17000°N 85.64000°W / 38.17000; -85.64000Coordinates: 38°10′12″N 85°38′24″W / 38.17000°N 85.64000°W / 38.17000; -85.64000
TypePrivate, all-girls
MottoExcellence and Compassion for Life
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
FounderCatherine McAuley
PresidentMike Johnson
PrincipalSarah Peace
Enrollment542 (2018)
Student to teacher ratio13:1
Campus typeSuburban/industrial
Color(s)Columbia Blue and Gold         
MascotJaguar (formerly Missile)
Team nameJaguars
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools [1]

Mercy Academy, in full, The Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, is an all-girls Roman Catholic high school in Louisville, Kentucky that opened in 1885 and is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy.

In 1869, the first Sisters of Mercy in Louisville arrived from their community in St. Louis to run a struggling Federal Marine Hospital. They began a teaching ministry. By 1872, they had established St. Catherine Academy, and in 1885, they conferred the first high school diplomas under the name of The Academy of Our Lady of Mercy. The high school program continued to grow until a new facility was needed. The Sisters opened a new Academy building at 1176 East Broadway in 1901, where it was to remain until 2007.[2]

Mercy Academy is in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville, and is currently located on a 24-acre (97,000 m2) campus at 5801 Fegenbush Lane in Southeast Jefferson County near the Hurstbourne Lane Extension, with General Electric's Appliance Park complex on the opposite side of Fegenbush Lane, though hidden from direct view by a wooded buffer zone. Mercy was named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in 2000.[3]


  1. ^ "AdvancED - Institution Summary". Retrieved June 3, 2016.
  2. ^ Mercy Academy History
  3. ^ "National Blue Ribbon Schools Recognized 1982-2016" (PDF). National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved 20 April 2017.

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