St. Mary High School (Guttenberg, Iowa)

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St. Mary High School
Guttenberg, Iowa
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1921
Closed 1968
Grades 9-12

St. Mary High School in Guttenberg, Iowa, was a Catholic high school that operated from 1921 to 1968.


The early clergy for this French and German immigrant people were missionaries traveling the Mississippi as early as 1833. The first resident pastor, Rev. G.H. Plahte, was assigned in 1851.The most significant pastor, in relation to St. Mary School, was Rev. J. H. Brinkmann who built the present (Junior High) brick structure in 1894 and the former High School addition in 1921. In 1894 the enrollment was 160 with four Sisters teaching. The High School, fully accredited by the State in 1925[citation needed], closed in 1968 with the Archdiocesan reorganization of schools.[1]

Religious who served St. Mary[edit]

Through the years, Sisters of various communities have staffed St. Mary School: Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration from LaCrosse, Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque, Sisters of Notre Dame of Omaha, Sisters of Mercy from Detroit and Sisters of Charity, BVM, of Dubuque.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 16, 2006. Retrieved March 29, 2009.