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Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep Rings 60 Years! – A Special First Day of School for New and Returning Students.
Miami, FL…August 20, 2013…It was an historic moment when the bell rang yesterday at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep. This year, the school celebrates its 60th year. Back in 1953, students carried heavy textbooks and used typewriters. Now students carry iPads with ETexts stored inside. “We are excited to celebrate our diamond anniversary,” commented Douglas Romanik, ACND’s Principal. “Our school has endured and flourished long past the merger of Notre Dame and Archbishop Curley. And, with the rapid growth of Miami’s urban core, we are happy to be part of a community that focuses not just on residential and commercial development, but also on culture, academics, and lifestyle amenities.” From the founding of Archbishop Curley High School and Notre Dame Academy in 1953-54 and through the eventual merger in 1981, the now, 6 to 12 school has been enriched by the educational traditions and charism of the Priests of the Archdiocese of St. Augustine and Miami; the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary; Sisters of St. Joseph; the Brothers of Holy Cross; and the Congregation of Christian Brothers. In 2012, ACND welcomed its first lay principal, Douglas Romanik, a graduate of the Class of 1983. “Our motto this year is: faith, family, excellence,” concludes Romanik. “Whether it’s Food Truck Knights, the Hall of Fame Gala, or Heritage Day, our graduates continue to return home. We are family.” The anniversary celebration will officially begin with the Opening School Mass at 10:00 am on Thursday, August 29, 2013, and held at the former site of the Notre Dame Academy for Girls -- Notre Dame d"Haiti Catholic Church 110 NE 62nd Street, Miami, Florida 33138. The Media and Community are invited. To know about all of the 60th Anniversary events at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep, visit www.acnd.net or contact Monica Metcalf ’09, Alumni & Special Events Coordinator, 305.751.8367 *19, firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos: (1) Fr. Daniel Kent presides over the Orientation Day Mass held on August 19th at ACND Prep.
(2) Orientation Day provides students an opportunity to acclimate to their new environment. ACND Prep celebrates its 60th year as a Catholic high school and, for the past 4 years, has included a middle school. (3) Today, iPads and ETexts have replaced typewriters and textbooks. All students ACND Prep students receive an iPad. Archive photo from Archbishop Curley 1956 yearbook. ###