Students Old and New Celebrate Rice Memorial Centennial

South Burlington, Vt - The classrooms are once again filled at Rice Memorial High School for the new school year.

It's also a big year to celebrate for Rice.
 
Rice Memorial has been around for 100 years.
 
New students met some of the oldest graduates of Rice.

Some as far back as the 19-40's. 
   
Tuesday, they held a special ceremony celebrating the beginning of this milestone centennial year.
   
The school's interim principal says catholic schools nationwide have seen a decline in enrollment, but they're seeing more families sign up.

"You see people wanting to return to the foundations, regardless of where their faith is." Said interim principal Lisa Lorenz. "They want to come back to the basics and that is starting with faith in God and learning more steeped in the truth and academic rigor and you can see it, the kids are happy."

The school opened in 1917 as the Cathedral High school in downtown Burlington.
   
As the parishes got larger the  school quickly outgrew its space and moved to South Burlington in 1959. 


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