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ECC has seen many changes over the past 50 years

September 10, 2012

Photo by Victoria Stanish – Elk County Catholic High School opened its doors 50 years ago today.

ST. MARYS – Fifty years ago today, on Monday, Sept. 10, 1962, Elk County Christian High School officially opened its doors to students for the first time, replacing Central Catholic High School.
The newly constructed high school was under the direction of Headmaster Rev. Daniel J. Martin and boasted an enrollment of 725 students and a faculty of 40 teachers.
A number of noteworthy occasions took place at the school during that first year. According to the school inaugural yearbook, in September "Memories" was selected as the name for the school's yearbook and "Blazer" was chosen as the name of the school paper. In October, the chess, coin, and stamp clubs were all formed and the first edition of "Blazer" was published. It was also in October that the carpeting arrived for the school's auditorium. November 1962 saw the sacred vessels and vestments arrive for the school chapel, and the first student congress meeting was also held. In December, lockers were assigned and the school's flagpole was erected. Faculty changes began in January 1963 as Fr. Martin replaced Fr. Nicolas on staff. Faculty members also held their first Mass in the school's chapel. Other pieces continued to fall into place as well as blackout drapes that arrived for the school's lab windows. The Mothers and Fathers Association was also formed. The first Mass for students was held in the school's auditorium in February and the Crusaders were named City Champs with their second win over Public in basketball. A school science fair was held in March, an annual variety show took place in May, and the school's first class graduated in June.
An article published in The Daily Press on Saturday, Sept. 1, 1962 detailed some of the unique characteristics of the newly constructed school, explaining that "the imposing front of the building is of Indiana limestone with aluminum sash and panel trip. The panels and facade at the doorways are of mass mosaic from Italy, all with deep blue motif."
With the exception of a few noticeable additions, the outside appearance of the school building itself may look fairly similar to how it did 50 years ago; however, a lot of changes have occurred inside over the course of the last five decades.

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