St. Hugo’s Alumni
Celebrating 75 Years of Catholic Education
We are calling on all of our alumni to reach out and reconnect with us. You can contact us through our alumni contact and let us know what you’re up to and find out all of the latest alumni news!
Ask your friends and classmates to reach out and let us know what they’ve been up to as well. We’ll share your stories and memories on our Facebook page.
A Brief Outline of Where We Came From and Where We Are Going!
St. Hugo School began on September 17, 1940, with fifty pupils from kindergarten through the sixth grade. The first two weeks of classes were held in the chapel, as the workmen had not completed the building, and “brown bag” lunches were taken in the convent garage. Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, from Monroe, Michigan staffed the school….
On October 27, 1940, St. Hugo of the Hills School was formally dedicated by Edward Cardinal Mooney.
In 1941, the seventh and eighth grades were added.
In 1942 the first graduation from St. Hugo School was held. Six young ladies graduated.
St. Hugo’s has always been interested in a “total education” program. In the beginning, in addition to its fine curriculum, an athletic program was carried on by the classroom teachers or by a senior student. Father Wholihan Field was the place; volleyball, football, basketball and baseball were the sports. By 1949, athletic coaches for the boys and girls were hired.
In September of 1953, the parish numbered about two hundred families. At this time the Ushers’ Club undertook a building campaign to enlarge the school and convent, and provide for church parking. The original school building was comprised of seven classrooms, an office, cafeteria and gym.
Two classrooms, commonly called the “B” corridor, were added in 1955.
A third, or “C” corridor, followed in 1959 with the construction of seven more classrooms.
June 26, 1967, ground was broken for another school addition. “The expansion provided nine more classrooms, a library, art room, science room, and a girls’ locker room.” At this time a new convent was also proposed. With the new school facilities, nine new teachers joined the faculty bringing the total staff to twenty-eight.
The seventies saw an influx of students to St. Hugo School. Eight hundred and forty students were enrolled, and a long waiting list for each grade was on file in the school office.
“Whereas the first graduating class at St. Hugo School consisted of six students, the 1980 eighth grade class totaled an even 100.”
From the 80’s through today, St. Hugo of the Hills continued to expand its facilities by adding the Fr. Esper Room, Band Room, expanding and updating the gym, and adding a new computer lab and Head End Room.
From the present vantage point it hardly seems possible that in the earliest years of St. Hugo School there were no subdivisions near the school.
“The school children looked across Hickory Grove Road to a large stock farm and the Grand Trunk Railway tracks. A big event of the day for first and second graders was watching the few trains go by.”
Parents of St. Hugo students believe in the Catholic school system and are proud to send their children to St. Hugo School. Most parents, products of Catholic schools themselves, and some from St. Hugo School, want a Catholic School education for their children. St. Hugo parents believe that such an education is the best preparation for their children’s continuing education.
Our pastor, Msgr. Anthony Tocco, and his associates are most supportive of the school. They are available for school liturgies and reconciliation services regularly, and for classroom visits and instruction upon request.
St. Hugo School parents are involved in the school as members of the PTG. Parents are also involved as members of committees such as Special Services, Hospitality, Library, Health & Safety, Athletics, Room Mothers, The Herald, the Viking Voice, Music, Publicity, Art.
As one walks through St. Hugo School, you observe parent helpers in the school office, in the copy room, taking part in the reading lab program, in the library, in the health room, and on the playground assisting the primary grades.