St. Jude Educational Institute

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St. Jude Educational Institute
2048 West Fairview Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama
Coordinates 32°21′11″N 86°19′37″W / 32.353°N 86.327°W / 32.353; -86.327Coordinates: 32°21′11″N 86°19′37″W / 32.353°N 86.327°W / 32.353; -86.327
Type Private, coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Opened 1946
Closed 2014
Principal Anthony Brock
Faculty 15
Grades 712
Enrollment 160
Color(s) Maroon and white         
Team name Pirates
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Athletic Director Fred Brock
City of St. Jude Historic District
St Jude School June09 01.jpg
St Jude School
St. Jude Educational Institute is located in Alabama
St. Jude Educational Institute
St. Jude Educational Institute is located in the US
St. Jude Educational Institute
Built 1938
Architect William P. Callahan, Joseph C. Maschi
Architectural style Late 19th- and 20th-century Revivals, Italian Renaissance
NRHP Reference # 90000916[2]
Added to NRHP June 18, 1990

St. Jude Educational Institute was a private, Roman Catholic high school in Montgomery, Alabama, United States. It was located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mobile, and was built as part of the City of St. Jude by Father Harold Purcell for the advancement of the Negro people.[3]

St. Jude was opened in 1946. It offered a full college preparatory program as well as basic skills and trade programs at night for adults.[4]

During the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965, the march camped on the St. Jude campus. The "Stars for Freedom" rally was held, featuring singers Harry Belafonte, Peter, Paul and Mary, and Tony Bennett, and comedian Sammy Davis Jr..[5] The campus was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990, and is part of the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, created in 1996.[2]

It closed after the end of the school year in May 2014 due to falling enrollment.[6]

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  1. ^ SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  2. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ "Father Harold Purcell - Former Passionist". Passionist Historical Archives. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  4. ^ SJEI. "St. Jude Educational Institute Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31. 
  5. ^ "Selma-to-Montgomery 1965 Voting Rights March". Alabama Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  6. ^ Moon, Josh (7 May 2014). "St. Jude closing at end of current school year". Mongtomery Advertiser. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 

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