Timeline

1845 January 1, 5:30 am., The Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph arrived from Emmittsburg, Maryland to open St. Vincent's Institute.
1850 The Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph became the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. The Old Convent building was completed to serve as a hospital.
1861 Hospital closed due to lack of funding — 13 orphans accepted.
1862 Federal troops took New Orleans and bombarded and burned Donaldsonville. Orphans were given refuge in the Sacred Heart Convent when St. Vincent's Institute was threatened to be burned. Sgt. Scott, who killed the Union Lieutenant who ordered it burned, saved the building, but was later executed for his act.
1885 The Sisters of the Holy Family opened St. Augustine's School for Black children.
1887 December 20, The Brothers of the Sacred Heart opened St. Joseph Commercial Institute for boys located on Paradise Alley.
1894 St. Joseph Commercial Institute was chartered as an institute with power to grant degrees.
1929 Football team was in existence.
1930 St. Joseph Commercial Institute became Catholic High School.
1931 St Marie Fogerty assigned to St. Vincent Institute.
1941 Football team was State Champs.
1942 St. Augustine's School was renamed St. Catherine School.
1953 School band established.
1955 Ascension Catholic High School built. St. Vincent's Institute was on one wing and Catholic High School was on the other wing.
1961 New convent completed for Daughters of Charity.
1963 Catholic High School discontinued boarding students.
1964 The Daughters of Charity exchanged their traditional habits with the white coronet for a more practical dress.
1965 St. Catherine High School was dosed; the students were allowed to transfer to Ascension Catholic with grades 5-8 housed at St. Catherine, renamed ACMS.
1968 The Brothers of the Sacred Heart departed.
1969 All three schools, St. Vincent's, Ascension Catholic Middle, and Catholic High School were amalgamated into Ascension Catholic Interparochial School to serve 14 church parishes. The schools were under the direction of the Daughters of Charity assisted by the Sisters of the Holy Family.
1970 Catholic High School (old rectory) burned.
1969-1975 Ascension Catholic Primary school built 11 new classrooms, but they continued to use space in the St. Vincent Institute building (built in 1850). Four new classrooms were built at Ascension Catholic Middle School, and a new administration building, library and class rooms were built at Ascension Catholic High School.
1973 Football team was State Champs.
1977 Ascension Catholic High School was accredited by Southern Associa­tion of Colleges and Schools.
1978 St Natalie Marengo awarded prize in national contest by Scholastic Magazine.
1980 ACIS Development Program was established with a major fund raising drive.
1981 Sr. Marie Fogerty died in January The Sisters of the Holy Family withdrew in June.
1987 The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul withdrew.
1992 Football team was State Champs.
1993 Baseball team was State Champs.
1994 Baseball team was State Champs. Blue Ribbon Committee reactivates the ACIS Development Program.
1995 150 year anniversary "The Tradition Continues" Ground Breaking Ceremony 9/11/2001 – America was changed forever…. Terrorist attack World Trade Center and the Pentagon 2004 Groundbreaking for new Science Lab and Computer Labs on the High School Campus
2005 Danceteam places 1st in the National Danceteam competition in Orlando, FL
2005 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the New Orleans area. Ascension Catholic took in over 200 new displaced students from the New Orleans area
2006 Marie U. Fontana, Founder of the Ascension Catholic Alumni Association died on April 28, 2006. Alumni Association was founded in 1983.
2008 Renovation and dedication of four classrooms on the second floor of the "old convent"
2008-09 Consolidation of Middle School with the Primary and High School campuses

Primary School Division

Grades PreK - 6

618 Iberville Street

Donaldsonville, LA USA 70346

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High School Division

Grades 7 - 12

311 St. Vincent Street

Donaldsonville, LA USA 70346

Phone: 225.473.9227  Fax:  225.473.9235

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