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The Burgess School was the predecessor to Notre Dame High School.  This school was built in 1917.

In 1902, through the untiring efforts of the Reverend E. D. Mackey and the generosity of the parishioners and friends, ground was broken for St. Patrick's School. Its site, at the corner of Madison Avenue and Emery Street, is ideal.
The school is affiliated with St. Kieran's Church, and is under the supervision of the Reverend E. D. Mackey, who is also pastor of the church. Although primarily for children of the parish, it is non-sectarian, and comprises among its graduates children of different faiths and nationalities.
The erection of the building was started in 1902, and upon its completion in 1903, it was considered one of the most impressive structures for school purposes in the city. It is a brick building and contains eight airy and spacious class rooms. Since its erection the building has not been enlarged although several improvements have been made.
It was first opened for educational purposes in September, 1903. At that time it was conducted by the Presentation Sisters, Mother John being the Superior. At first only four grades were taught, but an additional room was put in use each successive year, until the school consisted of eight grades. The first enrollment was about one hundred ten pupils.
The first class graduated in 1908, a group of fourteen pupils, eight girls and six boys. Many of the earlier graduates now have children attending their Alma Mater.
In September, 1911, the Presentation Sisters were replaced by the Sisters of Mercy, who have since been the instructors. The school then registered about 290 pupils, but in three years the number of students had increased to 525, which was as large a number as the school can accommodate. Sister Alice was the first Sister of Mercy Superior, and was followed by Sister Eugene, Sister Antonio (now deceased), Sister Helena, and Sister Ruth, the present Superior. Sister Valerian has been teaching at the school longer than any other Sister, having begun her work there in September, 1914.
St. Patrick's School follows the same curriculum as the public schools of the city. Its pupils are promoted to the different grades in strict accordance with their ability, and its graduates procure a good fundamental education which prepares them for secondary school work.

Berlin, New Hampshire Centennial 1829-1929

In 1918, a new parish formed by a detachment of the Ste. Anne parishioners, was founded on the east side of the Androscoggin River in Berlin.
By his zeal, the Reverend J. R. Leclerc, pastor of the new parish, soon made possible the construction of brick building which is in the form of the Roman numeral one. This building was dedicated to the use of the parishioners as a parochial school under the name of "The Angel Guardian School."
On September 2, 1918, thirteen rooms were opened to the parishioners and six hundred and fifty-six pupils attended school here under the supervision of the nuns of the Presentation of Mary, who deserve a great deal of credit for their efforts and splendid results.
In addition to the regular courses of the elementary grades typewriting, music, and French are taught.
The school sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Two hours of this time are spent in French studies while the rest is devoted to English subjects.
In 1922 a great event took place, the graduation of the first class of sixteen pupils. Since then, graduation has been an annual affair, and each year has seen an increase in the number of pupils.
Five new rooms have been opened, and this has made it possible for more pupils to attend the school. The number now attending is a little more than nine hundred.

Berlin, New Hampshire Centennial 1829-1929

On May 2, 1910, a contract was signed between the Reverend C. J. Paradis, pastor of St. Anne's Church, and Mr. J.B. Gilbert to build a new school for the benefit of the children of this parish.
The children, who attended school in the old church, took an active part in raising funds for this new building. On March 18, 1910, they presented the pastor with a purse of eight hundred dollars, and two months later, May 31, the Sisters in charge with their pupils offered an additional sum of one thousand dollars.
On June 16, 1911, the Sisters opened the new school. The first graduation in 1912 was, indeed, an important event to the pupils.
St. Regis Academy is built on Main Street opposite the Androscoggin River. It contains twenty class rooms and one music room. French and English are taught by the devoted Sisters of the Presentation of Mary.
In 1927, the Sisters held a convention at the Albert Theatre to unite all their former pupils. The entertainment was given by the pupils of the school, and speeches were made by some of the former students. A bouquet of thirty-two roses was presented to Sister St. Loyola as a token of appreciation for the thirty-two years she had devoted to the interests of the children.
Berlin, New Hampshire Centennial 1829-1929


The Sisters of the Presentation of Mary

How many of us owe our early education to these devoted sisters.  The Presentation of Mary Sisters have been part of Berlin's history since 1889 when they started teaching school in the basement of the original St-Anne's church.  Here's a list of the schools in Berlin in which they taught.


St Regis Academy

Berlin, NH

1918-1981 Guardian Angel School Berlin, NH
1930-1971 St-Joseph School Berlin, NH
1941-1972 Notre Dame High School Berlin, NH



Original high school (from a pen and ink drawing, circa 1890)- When this school burnt down, it was replaced by the Burgess School.

Built in 1922

Built in 1906

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