The school doors will close for the final time Wednesday at Immaculata Catholic High School, bringing an end to Catholic secondary education in Leavenworth after more than 100 years.
“To our seniors, I strongly encourage you to continue to use your God-given talents to the betterment of our society and helping others,” said Immaculata principal Rick Geraci at last Saturday’s graduation ceremony. “I believe all of you have what it takes to be positive role models.”
The first graduating class for what was known as Catholic High School in Leavenworth was in 1913.
Catholic secondary education has been part of the Leavenworth community ever since.
But the Board of Directors of the Leavenworth Regional Catholic School System recommended to the archdiocese in January that the school should close, citing declining enrollment. The school had approximately 60 students in ninth through 12th grade this year.
“The class of 2017 is referred to as the ‘last of the legacy,’” said Lisa Forge, academic adviser at the school.
The school is hosting what is being called a Legacy Event. The two-day event will be June 2-3 at the school.
Alumni of the school are invited to walk the halls and visit classrooms one last time.
Immaculata alumni will have an opportunity to obtain items at the school such as uniforms, trophies, banners and plaques. There is no cost to obtain the items, but the school will accept a free-will offering.
Class photos will be on display during the event, but not available to purchase. They will be displayed at the Knights of Columbus hall.
It is still uncertain what will become of the school building. Ownership of the building will be turned over to the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas.
“This family that we have been privileged enough to be a part of will always will be there for us, even after the doors to IMAC have closed,” said Eleanor Melero, class valedictorian.
Several more graduations are slated for this weekend.
Seniors at Lansing High School graduated at 11 a.m. Saturday in the school’s gymnasium.
Leavenworth High School seniors will graduate at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Pioneer Stadium. The graduation will move inside the gymnasium if there is inclement weather.
Seniors at Pleasant Ridge High School will graduate at 2 p.m. Sunday.