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DEDICATION To the teaching sisters of the Order of St. Francis, the many priests, lay teachers and support staff, who taught and worked in the Austin Catholic Schools for more than a century, often for no pay or low pay, we thank you and owe a debt of gratitude for the wonderful education we received.


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1913-1923 The new Columbus School was built as an elementary school and in 1909 after the first school year was completed the Nuns were so pleased that they convinced Father Devlin to start the first year of a high school program. The first graduate of Columbus High School was Lawrence Gavin in 1913. He was working at Hormel and with the help of Father Devlin, the Sisters, and night school he attained his credits and degree a year earlier than his classmates and went on to enter the Seminary. He would be the first of many graduates from this school who entered the religious life. The class of Columbus High School in 1914 had 17 graduates. In these early years the Classical Program required four years of Latin, English, religion, math, history and two years of French, science, penmanship and music. It has been noted that the Latin was often spoken with a German or Irish accent in these first years. The girl’s basketball team wore middy blouses and red and blue bloomers as uniforms and the boys were active in the basketball league and cadet training. During the 1916-17 season the Basketball team under Coach Dugan acquired a record of five wins and one loss. Students provided their own transportation to school, the town students walked and those from the country often came by horse. The horses were stabled downtown and those students then walked the few blocks to school. The class of 1919 had 14 members who were required to present individual memorized essays in early April. Dancing was not allowed at school activities at this time so there would be no senior prom. The class supported the war effort by selling thrift stamps and often sewing their graduation dresses of simple plain cloth. In 1921 there were 13 girls and 1 boy who graduated. The College of St. Teresa in Winona MN provided full tuition to the girl holding the highest 2 | Pacelli | 1913-1923

Columbus School 1917

scholarship average while at Columbus. Students were now allowed to choose between a Classical or Commercial course for their last two years of school. These commercial classes would provide everything necessary for entering the business world. All of the students studied and worked hard for state examinations and state passes at the end of the school year. The Senior Class Play was “Miss Somebody Else” and music was highlighted by the Cecilian and Mozart Clubs at many events. In 1922 a High School Glee Club was organized, interclass games of basketball were continued and the baseball team was reorganized after being absent for a few years. Each year the classes worked diligently to earn money for the missionary cause of supporting needy orphans and “pagan” children in all parts of the world. Father Devlin, the Superintendent and “truant officer” would track down any wayward students, often from the pool hall downtown,, and bring them back to school in his Ford touring car. He was still disapproving of dancing and the students would gather at local farm spaces to do their square-dancing. The Class of 1923 included 15 girls and 1 boy, which eliminated the possibility of athletic teams because sports were an exclusively male activity. There were no electives in the curriculum and the Sophomores had to decide whether to follow the Classical or Commercial curriculum.


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1917 Cadets

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1920 8th Grade Basketball Team

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Class of 1923 Graduates

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1924-1933 In 1925 ground was broken on the corner of North Kenwood Avenue and Moscow Street for St. Augustine High School and the school was completed and opened to students the following year.

The seniors of 1928 presented the play “Cyclone Sally” in the St. Augustine Auditorium in May of their final year. The school Principal was Sister Alonzo McCarthy and no tuition was charged for attending the school.

The class sizes in these 10 years ranged from 9 in 1926 to 26 members of the 1933 class.

About 1929 the sports uniforms were ordered in the customary rose color and when the box was opened uniforms with the shamrock logo spilled out. The students loved them so much they were not returned and the “Shamrock” became an important signature of the school.

The class of 1927 was the first to graduate from the new St. Augustine High School and had the first basketball team to be invited to a National Catholic School Tournament which was held at Loyola University in Chicago. By this time the classes were able to hold school dances in the old study hall of Columbus School.

The “Echoes” of ’33 was quite literary with many poems and stories including class prophecies and wills. The class motto was “Onward.”

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Class of 1933

1932 Football Team

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Class of 1924

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1934-1943 By 1934, tuition was being charged for education at St. Augustine School. The tuition was one dollar in 1935 and was raised to nine dollars per year by 1939. Enrollment varied from 20 to 27 in this decade. The 1935 Shamrocks went through the football season undefeated for the first time with the highest score recorded in the state. On Nov.1st , in celebration, a parade led by the Austin Sea Scout Band, the team and many football fans wound its way through the streets of Austin. Coach Francis Deig then led the basketball team in 1936 to the National Catholic Basketball Tournament in Chicago . The Latin Club under the organization of Sister. Millicent was organized. After many students submitted designs an official emblem was chosen---Marie Giovannetti ‘38 was the winning artist. The 1936 Senior Banquet featured “Mock Chicken Legs” which was actually ground veal covered with corn flakes ---a treat during the depression years. Monsignor Pescheges allowed the class to hold parties after they acquired a large record playing machine from the Eagle Theater and borrowed records from the Kresge store. The class of 1937 attended the Catholic State Tournament in basketball and just missed being the champions by two points. Many of these 25 students enjoyed working on the class play “Miss Collegiate.” The School Orchestra under the direction of Rev. Richard Speltz made its initial appearance at the Christmas program pleasantly surprising the audience.

One of the prized trophies given in the Spring was to the outstanding speaker in the oratorical contests held at the assembly programs. 1937 saw the blessing and laying of the cornerstone for the new Queen of Angels parish auditorium and school. These students would then join the St. Augustine students in their sophomore year to complete high school. In 1939 Father William Griffin was the new pastor at St. Augustine’s and taught some of the religion classes at the school. Sister Lorraine was the principal and the head coach was Mario Retica. The 1940 class produced the “Pinafore” and contributed to the growth of the “Shamrock” as the school newspaper. “Annie Laurie” was the successful class play with the St. Augustine orchestra making an appearance. In 1941 war was declared and many in these classes eventually were members of the armed services. During these years the school paper the “Shamrock” was the important publication as there was not a yearbook. The class of 1943 was a small class of 22 members and saw some of the boys leave in the senior year to go into the NavyV12 program. This was the year Sister Lorraine asked the students to write words for a school song and girl cheerleaders were allowed.

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1939 Queen of Angels Auditorium and School Class of 1937 Graduates


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1941 Father Genan Early

1937 Basketball Team

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1935 Football Team Undefeated

The Right Reverend John H. Peschges

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1944-1953 The class of 1944 began the end-of-the-year book titled “Mari-Log” and presented the musical “Pirates of Penzance.” The Senior class play was “Leave it to Mother.”

of the seniors in 1948. The operetta “Carmelita” showed off the musical and dancing abilities of this class. In 1949 the athletes captured the conference crown in both football and basketball.

The yearbook in 1945 was dedicated to the young men and women serving in World War II. The play “The Leavenworth Case” and the musical “The Mikado” were the all-school productions for this year.

Sixty students graduated from St. Augustine in 1950. Father Edward Mountain was the Superintendent and Sister Callista served as Principal. Many of the seniors had starring rolls in the operetta “The Outlaw King” including Vern Gavin as Robin Hood and Janet Prehoda as Maid Marion.

The “STARecord” made its debut as the first hardcovered yearbook in 1946. Also in 1946 the Girls Athletic Association was introduced to St. Augustine and girls could now begin to officially organize and compete. These years saw the Prom being held in the elaborately decorated gym with lunch served in the library. The St. Augustine Orchestra was always a strong part of the extra-curricular activities greatly enhancing the musical productions Lawrence Gavin, a member of the 1946 class, was beginning his studies at Loras College in Dubuque IA which would lead him on to the seminary and priesthood. “April Showers “ was the theme for the 1947 Prom with many hours spent decorating the gym with flowers and metallic droplets (rain) on cellophane strips suspended from the ceiling. With over 20 members each, the STARecord and Shamrock staffs represented the wonderful literary talent

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The new addition to the school was begun in 1951 and this class was the last one to use the old gym for their prom. The yearbook was dedicated to the two Austin pastors, Father Francis McCarthy and Father Donald Cunningham. The class of 1952 was able to enjoy three new floors of classrooms and a beautiful new gym and theater. The football team won the SMCC title that year and the basketball team had a winning record. There were 55 proud graduates in this class. 1953 classmates were proud of all of their achievements; athletic success, high academic success (18 Distinguished Honor Students), the production of “The Gondoliers”, and the leadership of class officers--Dick Sherman, Bob Heimer, Bill Wagner and Mary Ann Bartsch. “Yukon” Schmitz took over the individual scoring record for the season previously held by Bill Christopherson with 494 points.

1945 “The Mikado”


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1950 Hobby Club

1948 Shamrock Editors

Leo Redding, 1950

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1946

1945 Championship Basketball Squad

1946 Libs

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1945 Class Officers

ine 1947 St. August Liturgical Choir

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1948 “Carmelita”

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1946 St. A’s Emblem

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1954-1963 In 1954 the cost of attending St. Augustine High School was a twenty-five dollar “book bill”. This class was one of the first to enjoy the new gym, home economic department and several new classrooms. The Senior Class Play was “The Song of Bernadette”. The class play in 1955 was Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” directed by Sister Baylon. The St. Augustine basketball and football teams enjoyed successful seasons and track was a fairly new sport coached by senior Frank Sherman. Eleven hundred fans in a full house watched the Region 5 tournament in the St. Augustine gym. The 1956 class graduated 126 students in what would be the last year using the name of St. Augustine High School. The first yearbook under the direction of Sister Baylon was introduced ---titled “The Chio Rio.” After an intense political campaign John Knauer was elected President, with Dave Reuter, Joe LeTendre and Rosie Collins rounding out the slate. More than 175 students presented the first musical production of the year including the boys’ and girls’ glee clubs, mixed chorus and the orchestra. In a mock election the Democratic candidates of Stevenson, Kefauver and governor Orville Freeman were victorious. The Girl’s Athletic Association was introduced to Pacelli and began with field hockey and continued on throughout the year to basketball, volleyball, ping pong and tennis. This class of 1957 watched the demolition of the old Columbus Grade School. “The Fortuneteller” an operetta by Victor Hubert was the school production. The Pacelli

Orchestra under the direction of Sister Genovefa was honored to be invited to perform at the National Catholic Music Educators Convention in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1957 the Columbus building is torn down. The new grade school opens nearby with 18 classrooms for grades one through eight. St. Augustine High School is renamed Pacelli after Pope Pius XII, Eugene Pacelli, who was pope at the time. In 1957 and 1958 the Austin Rocket Society under the direction of Sister Duns Scotus launched Mousenik I and Mousenik II and then a third rocket containing a mechanical mouse rather than a live mouse because of opposition from the Minneapolis Humane Society. They received much national attention from these endeavors and went on to launch rockets at the speed of 254 miles per hour which reached altitudes of 3250 ft. The basketball team under the direction of Coach Marty Crowe became the state champions at the St. Paul Armory. This was the year for Austin teams as Austin High School was also the State Champion. Both teams had enthusiastic celebrations when they returned to Austin. Ninety-four seniors traveled to Chicago for the first Pacelli Class Trip under the direction of Father Robert Maher in 1959. The Shamrocks appeared in the National Catholic Invitational Basketball Tournament in Washington D.C. and were awarded the sportsmanship trophy. Father John Tighe rejoined the Pacelli Faculty as principal and teacher of senior religion. “This above all: To thine own self

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be true,” taken from Shakespeare’s Hamlet was chosen as the motto for the 105 graduating seniors. Sister Bruce’s social class toured the Faribault State Hospital including 40 buildings housing about 3,500 patients-- observing the work done by the doctors, nurses and social workers. Sister Sylvia of the biology department instructed students in new methods of taxidermy. Father John Tighe rejoined the Pacelli faculty for the 1959-1960 school year as principal and senior religion teacher. The traditional snake dance heading to the bonfire and pep rally at the Athletic Field began the Homecoming activities for the year. ”The Emperor’s New Clothes”, an operetta, was scheduled for February performances with Michael Smith selected to play the leading role. The senior English class wrote satires in the style of “Gulliver’s Travels” and also tried to write four-line epigrams using iambic pentameter and rhyming couplets. The school year 1961-1962 saw the opening of the St. Edward’s Grade School with an enrollment of 225 students under the direction of Rev. Dan Corcoran as the pastor of this new Austin parish. Pacelli’s production of the Broadway musical “Brigadoon” was the very successful production in November 1961 playing to a total of 1,800 people in three performances. The Pacelli football team was undefeated for the season. The Reading Club was organized this year to help students develop a

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background in literature of all ages. Father Paul Nelson, newly ordained, began his teaching career this year. The mile relay team set a new state record at the state meet with a time of 3:36:8. The celebrity, Ann Landers, spoke to students from Pacelli, Austin High and Austin Junior College and also met with editors from the school papers after her formal speech. In June of 1962 the graduates numbered 127 and they chose the motto, “It matters not what you are thought to be, but what you are.” Four members of the Pacelli orchestra; Janet Jacobson, Gregory Biedermann, Diane Plunkett and Janet Holton will play with the Austin Symphony Orchestra this school year. Pacelli’s foreign exchange students, Genevieve Dhonte from Lille, France and Luis Merino from Santiago, Chile were welcomed to the class of 1963. The Choral Concert presented a variety of selections including orchestra and chorus combining for “God’s Trombones” based on American Black folk sermons and spirituals. “Mrs. McThing,” a two-act fantasy written by Mary Chase was presented by a cast of nineteen. Mr. Don Carlson, coach and teacher, related that “hustle and good attitude will take you a long way in life.” Ray Anderson and Bill Combs led the baseball team to a 21-2 record. Ken Ruzek was awarded a pin for his high score in the National Mathematics contest and Michael Hennessey was given an award for his achievements in science. The Class of 1963 chose as their motto “To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”

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1962 Traditional Quill and Scroll

1957 Banquet Plaudits Seniors

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1956 Field Hockey

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1958 Austin Packers and Pacelli Shamrocks State Basketball Champions

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1963 Pacelli Graduates

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1964-1973 The class of 1964 saw the introduction of a uniform dress code for Pacelli girls. The green plaid skirt, white blouse and green blazer became a trademark. One student suggested that the class motto, “One Man with Courage Is a Majority” was lived out in many aspects of the students’ lives, as it “took courage to walk around in that green plaid skirt”! Hopefully, the numerous activities at Pacelli overshadowed those uniforms. During the summer, a group of Pacelli students had an opportunity to volunteer at the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation in Montana and work with the Crow and Chippewa-Cree Indians. They helped construct cement sidewalks; paint the church and the girls assisted the women with their work. Throughout the school year the Reader’s Club was busy with discussion of books such as “The Making of the President 1960”, “The Fire Next Time”, “Catcher in the Rye”, “Oedipus Rex” and many others. The Science Club, with approximately 18 members, under the direction of Sister Bernarda carried out monthly experiments, including a tobacco vs. cancer study using live white mice. The Pacelli Consumer Economics class, under Sister Caritas, visited a local car dealership and learned the ins and outs of purchasing a vehicle. Many Junior and Senior girls were members of DePaul’s, with a function of the group being to visit the sick, aged and shut-ins of St. Augustine’s parish. In February the drama Club was busy with the musical production of “Fiorello”, which was said to be “a big hit”. The class of 1964 saw 134 graduates at a ceremony on Sunday May 31 with Father Charles MacDonald as the speaker. The class of 1965 was not only the largest graduating class up to this year, they also won the AllState Catholic Basketball Championship, under coach Don Carlson, when they defeated Winona Cotter 86-56, and the Pacelli Jolly Green Giants as they were nicknamed, claimed the largest trophy on display in the school. As for those “uniforms”, the green plaid skirts had to be worn at every school function, with the exception of outdoor activities, such as football games, when slacks could be worn. The class of 1965 had talent outside of athletics and to prove this they had a talent show “Variety ‘65” and with 164 graduating seniors they were certain to have had a lot of talent. The show with dramatic and humorous readings, vocal solos, skits, ensembles and a drum solo at the end, played to a near capacity audience in the school 26 | Pacelli | 1964-1973

auditorium. The newly organized Pacelli High School French Club under the direction French instructor Sister M. Franz was composed of approximately 22 students. They met every two weeks to practice French, read and discuss books in French, learn customs and foods and another item on their agenda was to obtain pen pals in French schools. Music was big at Pacelli and the Orchestra and soloists, under the direction of Sister Genovefa, received a “number one rating” at the annual Winona Diocesan Instrumental Clinic. At the end of the school year, three senior girls burned their green blazers in a “death by fire” ceremony. In 1966, the Pacelli cheerleaders brought home the State Cheerleading Award and the class prom, which was held at the Terp Ballroom, went down in history as being the first “open prom” at Pacelli. The drama group presented “Arms and the Man”, a comic satire, directed by Sister Stephanie. Six Pacelli journalists were inducted into Quill and Scroll, with 100 in attendance, including parents and other journalism candidates. With many students receiving awards, 138 graduated in 1966. The Pacelli class of 1967, with 159 graduates, published the Talisman, the first yearbook since 1956, with Mr. Norm Wallace as advisor. “With Hope As Your Sword, let Charity be Your Talisman”, this book was dedicated to Father John Tighe, the school Principle. Pacelli now has 700 students who share lockers and belong to numerous clubs, such as Mu Alpha Theta Math Club, Geometry-Math Club, Science Club, Spanish, French, Latin and Readers Clubs and Debate Team. The members of the Latin Club also belonged to the Jr. Classical League. New this year was an “open Homecoming” in order to have greater attendance. The Guidance department hosted a “College Day” in the fall and representatives from 17 area schools came to Pacelli for this event. This class also boasts “the first ever crosscountry team “and the 1967 baseball team was the State Baseball Champions. Five Priests and one Sister are teaching religion classes. The Chorus has 95 singers and hosted a clinic for schools throughout the Diocese and 16 seniors are members of the Pacelli Orchestra. The cantata “Magnificat”, was presented this school year, as well as “Bye Bye Birdie” which was such a “resounding success” that it was held over for a fourth day due to popular demand.


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The class of 1968 saw 175 graduates and four seniors in the semifinals for the National Merit scholarship Program. The cross country team went undefeated for a second season, while the wrestling team captured a regional title. Two of the novels studied this year by the Readers Club were The Great Gatsby and The Grapes of Wrath. French, Latin, Spanish and Debate Clubs continue to motivate student interest in language. The Student Council was revised, with representation from all classes proportionate to their size and this year had 68 members. The Pacelli staff consisted of 37, thirtyone of whom teach and 15 of the teachers are Franciscan Sisters. This was the second edition of the Talisman yearbook and it was dedicated to Sister M. Olga, the assistant principal. The class of 1969 claims many “firsts,” including the first class with a number of students who were the first to graduate from eighth grade at St. Edwards School. Wrestling was introduced into the curriculum and 1969 was the first class involved in a state wrestling tournament. The class of 1969 was also the first class to participate in the Central Catholic Conference in basketball & football. The Pep Club was started and student activity tickets went on sale for the first time. 137 seniors graduated in 1969. The class of 1970 had 166 graduates and as one student put it, “the class of 1970 was a mixture of good athletes, good students and best of all, good friends.” The Student Council, for the first time held open meetings to give Pacelli students more say in the decisions which would directly affect them and the Readers, Speech, and Science Clubs were all vital entities at Pacelli. The Shamrock newspaper, under the direction of Mrs. Crandall, was published quarterly, with its main objective being to keep the students informed. Pacelli had a staff of 37 this year and this includes Sisters and Lay teachers, office workers, counselors and custodial. 1971 saw a new principal at the school and “sweeping school-wide changes” as Father Richard Engels took over. The tuition was increased to a flat rate of $150 per student and a scholarship fund was established for all students who cannot afford the tuition. Father Engels was quoted in the Austin Daily Herald, “We do not want to make a bigger increase in the tuition rate at this time. We do not want this to become a rich kid’s school. This school is here for all students who wish to enroll”. He was also quoted as saying “In the face of growing pessimism, I insist that Catholic non-public schools are here to stay”. Some other changes, the closed noon hour was lifted; a 28 | Pacelli | 1964-1973

“Coke room” was added which gave students a place to relax between classes and study halls were made optional during the first and sixth periods. The Shamrock newspaper changed its name to Citation-X after a famous race horse, but reverted back to the Shamrock the next school year. Girl’s track was started and surpassed the boy’s team with seven state records. In golf the boys took second in the state and the basketball team went to State after winning the regional title and came in third with a junior guard being named to All-State. The Pacelli cheerleaders took best in state for their efforts and Art Club and Ski Club are among the many organizations for students. The class ring was “revamped” and 147 seniors graduated in June, with Father Tighe delivering the commencement speech. In this year, over 2,000 students were enrolled in Catholic Schools in Austin. 1972 saw Pom-Pom Girls added to the curriculum and they performed during half time at football and basketball games, and the cheerleaders in 1972 took first place in state for the second year in a row. The wrestling team had the highest finish ever for a Pacelli squad and in golf one student set a new record for the school. The all school play was a melodrama, Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the senior class play was a comedy The Man Who Came To Dinner. 138 seniors graduated this year. By 1973, the dress code had “relaxed” somewhat and the 126 seniors replaced the traditional bonfire for a sock hop. “Electives” was the key word in Pacelli’s new class curriculum, where students could choose from an extensive variety of courses each semester, allowing them to choose subjects suitable to their interests. Several performances highlighted the class year. “West Side Story” was said to be a “smashing success”, as well as the “Wizard of Oz”, by the Dramatic Arts class and the senior play, “Arsenic and Old Lace”. The faculty also got into the act this year, with a presentation of a farce.

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1969 Snow Week Royalty

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1974-1983 The class of 1974, with 109 graduates boasted an “all girls” Shamrock newspaper staff. The seniors gave a “smashing performance” in “Little Abner” and later in the year “Camelot” was performed with faculty as actors. In the music department, The Ambassadors performed under Mrs. Muzik and both boys’ and girls’ athletics are going strong. The class of 1975 had many musically talented students, several of whom were Music Award winners. The class showed much talent, both in drama and comedy. The girl’s track had an outstanding season. The theme of the student council is “Action” and the Shamrock paper not only covered all school activities, but also stories on national and local issues. In 1976, a new chapel was added to the structure of Pacelli and Liturgies were Tuesday and Thursday mornings before school. The school boasted four choral groups and a wide variety of sports and the student council was busy raising money for the Off Campus Day expenses. In the drama department, two plays were performed, “Splendor in the Grass” and “Finian’s Rainbow”. In 1977, several new activities were added to the Intramural Program. A cross-country race called the Turkey Trot; bowling; wrestling; tennis and a softball hitting contest were these activities. “Boy With green

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Hair” was the first Pacelli play to have a student director (Chris Smith). The spring play was a musical, “Guys and Dolls” with a cast of 45. This year’s graduating class of 89 was the 65th class to be graduated from Columbus/St. Augustine/Pacelli and over 4,000 students have now received diplomas. The 1978 girls’ basketball team had the most successful year in the history of girls’ basketball at Pacelli. The Student Council started a bi-weekly newspaper drive which raised over $2000 for the school and the Council. The Drama department put on two productions with the involvement of over 100 students, and these were, “Death Takes a Holiday” which was the first serious drama at Pacelli in three years and the second was “Once Upon a Mattress”. Acting awards were presented to 3 students. The chorus presented a non-traditional Christmas concert, by narrating modern drama in song and the spring concert was “Wednesday Night Fever.” For the first year, the Shamrock paper was not produced in a class and both the Shamrock and the Talisman had a new advisor in Ms. Reistroffer. On June 4th, 94 seniors were given diplomas by Clayton Meyer and Edmund E. Smith addressed the students. 110 students graduated in 1979. The overall curriculum was revised and new courses and new text books were added. In the Religion Department, a

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shared time program is offered, so students from AHS could participate. Math, science and all other courses are still going strong and in athletics the girls’ basketball team went to state. The drama department offered in the fall, “The Curious Savage”, and it was called “a huge success”. “Oklahoma” was the spring musical. In 1980, three bus loads of Pacelli students went to Des Moines, Iowa to see and listen to Pope John Paul II. This was noted by the Talisman, as “probably the biggest event” for the 1980 school year. The Talisman faced many challenges this year, including working without an advisor. As in all other years, the Student Council was involved in numerous activities and a writer for the Shamrock paper placed third in a state news writing contest at MN High School Press Association fall convention. In athletics, a member of the boy’s tennis team went to state. The musical “Bye, Bye Birdie”, directed by Sue Heimsness, was said to have “captured the largest attendance record in recent history due to its universal appeal.” Apparently there was some controversy over the Prom, which was “moved to the Country Club”, but in the end “went smoothly.” There were about 30 staff in 1980 at Pacelli and the Franciscans continue to have a presence, albeit small. 82 graduated in 1980.

Worker”, which was “emotionally draining for the cast and the audience”. The Pacelli Players sponsored “Strangers in the Wind”, a one act contest and placed third in Districts. The Music department put on two “spectacular productions” with the winter concert held at St. Augustine Church and “Listen to the Music” in the spring. Among the various fundraisers, the Walkathon raised over $10,000 for the school. The 1983 class had 73 seniors. The Student Council had an active year with fund raisers and drives, and brought about the renovation of room 111 into a student lounge. The Boy’s Track team captured their first State title and broke many old records. The fall musical was “Calamity Jane” and the spring play, was a farce “Pools Paradise”. This year’s Shamrock newspaper staff consisted of the 6th hour Journalism class.

In 1981, fifteen of the 86 seniors made the National Honor Society. Fifty-eight Pacelli athletes, from the various teams, had the chance to experience state competition, with a female contender gaining the title of State Champion in the 100 low hurdles. A new Buick was raffled off to help raise money for the gym roof. On December 4th of this school year the Drama Club was formed by Mrs. King and the Pacelli Players was organized. Two performances highlighted the year, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and “The Flower Drum Song”. The Student Council bought a new set of encyclopedias for the Pacelli library with some of the funds they raised. In the Religion Department, 185 students (and 12 adults) were confirmed by Bishop Loras Waters. In 1982 there were 101 seniors. Gone, at least for the time being, are the girls’ uniforms. No more green plaid skirts and blazers; in fact fashion trends in dress were highlighted in the Talisman. The Shamrock paper which was hindered this past year by financial difficulties, but “kept alive” by student initiative, added a new logo. The “Thumbs Up” column was new to the Shamrock and the Austin High Centennial traded an article or two which ran in the Shamrock. The Drama Department put on two spectacular productions with a fall musical, “Mame” and in the spring “The Miracle

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1984-1993 In 1984 Volley Ball was added to the sports schedule at PHS. The girls’ basketball team was new to the Hiawatha Valley Conference and took first place in ‘84 and the Boy’s tied Lourdes’s in the Hiawatha Valley Conference. Homecoming was highlighted with a car painting contest; there were the spring, fall and winter plays; 12 mile walk for non-public education and Snow Week, among the many memorable events. Sixty-nine graduated in June. 1985 saw long time boys basketball coach Lee Koll, step down after 18 years. The Pacelli girls’ basketball team was Region 1A runner up. Pacelli students became involved in a new program called Renew, which was started by the Pastors in the Diocese of Winona. The Choral Department which ran into some budget problems was able to continue due to financial help from some of the adults in the Parish. 62 graduated this yea

1987 saw 45 seniors’ graduate. The football team was “small but tough” and the wrestlers were “small but strong.” In girls’ sports the volleyball team had “the best season ever” and all other athletics were alive and well at Pacelli in “87. The Student Council raised money to buy a colored TV for the school and assist with a video camera. They also purchased an artificial Christmas tree and decorations to be used for years to come. The Shamrock newspaper was done by Mrs. King’s Senior English class thus keeping this very important paper “alive” for another year. A tribute was paid to a former student, who would have been a member of the class of ’87, but died in a car accident in 1986.

1986 saw 44 graduates. The Shamrock paper celebrated its Golden Anniversary this year. Many of the members of the senior track team broke school records. It was “decade of sharing”, as Pacelli continues the Christmas basket program, which this year raised $4,400 to help 24 needy families. In regards to this program, Mr. Murray is quoted, “the purpose is to live our Christian beliefs outside the classroom.”

1988 saw 35 seniors’ graduate. The numerous events and activities left many memories for students and some of these were Christmas gifts for the needy; Homecoming; plays; Prom; Sadie Hawkins; Snow week; Awards day and not to mention a full schedule of athletics. During the summer of 1988, Pacelli had its first “all school reunion” with a very large number of alumni returning to Austin to take part. Over 1,400 people attended the all-school Mass at the arena on Sunday morning. In a spring 1989 news release, then Principle Terry Nelson said, “There has been a real revival of the “Shamrock” spirit, starting with last summer’s all-school reunion. A message came through loud and clear from the many alumni attending the

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festivities. There is a need for Catholic education in Austin. Pacelli High School is not about to close its doors this year and we are already looking forward to celebrating our centennial in 2013.” 1989 had 23 seniors, with five on the National Honor Society & nineteen who were active in Pacelli athletics. Some of the athletic programs mentioned were cross country, track, wresting, football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, golf and tennis and of course, Pacelli Cheerleaders. The Pacelli Junior-Senior Prom, “One Moment in Time,” previously planned for the Austin Country Club, which burned down in October, was moved to the Corcoran Center and twenty-eight couples “enjoyed the fine food and great music to create a beautiful moment in time.” The spring play “the Loud Red Patrick”, a comedy, was presented in the basement of Queen of Angels, as the auditorium at Pacelli was under construction. Foreign exchange student Monica Espinosa from Columbia said farewell after her year at Pacelli and as put by one student, “having a student from a foreign country has added a special dimension to our school.” Nineteen seniors took a class trip to the Ozark Mountains. 1990’S class had 34 graduates. Pacelli athletics continued to be alive and well and the class was able to participate with Austin High school in some shared activities, such as band and orchestra; football; gymnastics and hockey, as well as football cheerleaders. Four foreign exchange students attended Pacelli and they were from Columbia, Mexico, Japan and Germany. The Pacelli golf team had a very successful season, sending ten to Districts and five to Regions. 1989-

1990 marked a “new beginning” for the “Shamrock” newspaper, as it was returned to an extracurricular. In 1991, thirty four seniors graduated. The Drama Club had a new Directress this year and presented the “Odd Couple”. The students were busy with fund raisers like the Magazine Drive; the Calendar sale and the Walkathon, to help the Austin Catholic Schools financially. Pacelli has a staff of seventeen, 11 of whom are teachers. This was the second year of the Pacelli Students for Life, part of the Respect Life group, to give a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. In 1992 twenty-five seniors graduated. The Shamrock boys’ basketball team was State Champions under Coach Gary Erlandson and two seniors advanced to the State Golf Meet. In Track & Field, under Coach Parlin, one student finished as an All Conference Runner. The newly formed Pacelli Singers, under the direction of Jan Muzik, rehearsed mornings to perfect their talents and the sounds of the Pep Band marching in the streets, brought people out of their homes to cheer for Pacelli. 1993 saw 30 graduates. According to the Talisman, 1993 was the first year “in a long time” that Pacelli had a successful music program. The Pacelli Singers, a group of twenty-five “dedicated singers” performed outside of school, as well as in school, and did so as a “completely extracurricular activity”. The fall play by the Drama Department was “Lilies of the Field” and the spring presentation, “A Majority of One”. New this year was Intramural volleyball and a girl’s dance line.

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1994-2003 The thirty three seniors, who graduated in 1994, took a class trip by bus, to the “Windy City”. The Youth Ministry from Pacelli had a large participation in World Youth Day, where Pope John Paul II made his presence and they also took part in the 30 hour famine. Homecoming week was filled with fun and excitement and the theme “Where Everyone Knows Your Name” definitely described the school spirit. The Walkathon for Catholic Education saw people walking, running, riding and blading and raised $9,412 for the schools. The Drama Department’s fall play was “Little Women” and the one act play, “If Men Played Cards As Women Do” was Mrs. King’s last play as an actress and directress. In the spring they put on “Prisoner On 2nd Avenue”. In 1995 there were 34 graduates. The band made a trip to Washington DC and played in front of the White House. There was the very active Student Council, Math League, plays put on by the Drama Department, Homecoming and Prom, to mention a few of the activities, and there were of course, athletics. 1996 there were 20 graduates. The class continued to contribute greatly to the shared sports program in football, hockey, wrestling and gymnastics, helping

Austin High achieve success. The Pacelli staff consists of 16, twelve of whom teach classes. ” A proposal to close Pacelli High School on July 1, 1997, is put on hold until Austin Area Catholic schools closes its books for the 1995-1996 school year. Twenty six graduated in 1997 and once again the Senior Class made their annual trip to Chicago. The fall play was “The Foreigner”. The Pacelli students bought food and Christmas gifts for the needy and Snow Week was as expected, a memorable event. The annual marriage course gave seniors some idea of what it is like to be married. CAP (Community Awareness Program) was an elective for upperclassmen to give them experience in and outside of school. In the music department, the senior high and junior high singers combined and “put on a great show.” 1998 saw 20 graduates. This year in the music department, most of the singers were underclassmen, with only one senior participating. Five Pacelli students performed with the Austin High School band and Orchestra programs. “Homecoming 1997 was a new experience for everyone.” This was the first year that Pacelli shared a sport with Lyle, becoming the

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Lyle-Pacelli Lions. As an elective, 27 students continued to take part in the Community Awareness Program by helping in a daycare; acting as teacher assistants; helping on the playground and other important jobs. The Pacelli math team continues to compete and do well. 1999 saw fifteen graduates. Three foreign exchange students attended Pacelli this year from Venezuela, Brazil and Poland. Music continues to play an important part in the curriculum, both vocal and instrumental. The softball team made its first ever trip to the State Softball Tournament and came in fourth in the State. The Talisman continues to highlight area as well as national and international news. The drama club presented “Rest Assured” under the direction of Mr. Peterson. In 2000 many of the 21 graduating seniors took the class trip to Chicago. The combined Lyle-Pacelli volleyball team was Southeast Conference Champions. The Spanish III class took a mission trip to Mexico to assist in building a children’s home with “Oasis of Love”. The tradition of the “senior marriage”, a custom unique to Pacelli continued, as well as “Baby Think It Over” dolls to take care of during the duration of their “marriage”. “The Fatal 50’s Affair” was the first ever dinner theatre put on by the Pacelli Drama Department and the spring melodrama “Melody’s Hotel” was the first play with Lyle and some students from Queen’s helped also.

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2001, nineteen seniors graduated this year. A classroom was converted into Saint Patrick’s Chapel, with art students painting spiritual images on the shades and pews were purchased from an old church. Lyle/Pacelli sports continue and the Austin Area Catholic School’s discovery auction raised a lot of money for the school. Nine of the twelve staff members at Pacelli are instructors. 2002 graduates numbered 25. The fall play, a dinner murder mystery, “Murder in the Manor”, was a “huge success,” as was the annual AACS auction for Catholic education. The spring play, “Androcles and the Lion,” was a musical comedy that utilized a cast of 29 students from Queen’s and Pacelli. Tug of war matches continue to take place between students at assemblies and the senior class trip took them to Omaha, NE. In 2003 there were 12 graduates and the faculty numbered 13. Pacelli students continued to participate in athletic activities not offered at Pacelli, through shared time with Austin High School, such as bowling, swimming, hockey, soccer, gymnastics and wrestling, which produced a state champion who was a Pacelli student! Pacelli’s choir continued to be very active, as well as the Student Council and for the first time there were two journalism classes, one working on the school newspaper, the Shamrock and the other on the Talisman, the yearbook. A number of students were on the national Honor Society and Pacelli felt “lucky” to have a foreign exchange student from Germany.

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2004-2013 In 2004 there were 24 graduates. This year saw a dinner theatre performance, “The Last Dance of Dr. Disco” and the juniors and seniors “kicked off” the first bi-annual trip to Washington D.C. . Homecoming and Prom continue to add to the school spirit as well. A Pacelli student wrestling for AHS, through the shared time program, was first at State and a Pacelli student in Lyle-Pacelli Cross Country was a State participant. Girls’ athletics also continue to do well. 2005 saw 19 graduates. The Pacelli Singers and the Lyrix continued to entertain and for the first time the choir put on a Madrigal Dinner. Hobby Day, Flurry Day and the senior retreat are a vital part of the program. A Pacelli student qualified for the 2004 – 2005 State Cross Country and girls’ tennis, golf and volleyball continue to do well. The fall of 2004 saw the transfer of the seventh and eighth graders to the Pacelli High building. 2006 class has 16 graduates. The Lyle/Pacelli football team was West Division Champions and two Pacelli students went to the State wrestling meet. A senior boy reached 1000 points in his basketball career. Student, Kellsey Hogan was killed in an accident just before the start of the new school year. Her death was mourned by her classmates and the community. 2007 has 20 graduates. The Pacelli choir went to Savannah and Atlanta GA and the Pacelli boys continue to contribute to the success of Austin High in the shared sports program in hockey, tennis, soccer and wrestling. 2008 has a dozen graduates. This year saw nine foreign exchange students enter Pacelli from South Korea, Columbia and Germany. The Pacelli Drama Department presented “The Fourth Wish” and the Junior High students put on a variety show. 2009 had 20 graduates and the foreign exchange students were from Columbia, China, Germany and Korea. Music was big at Pacelli this year, with Concert Choir, Shamrock Singers, Pacelli Singers, Lyrix and Four of a Kind. The fall play was “Murder Can Be Habit Forming” and in the spring “The Mysterious Act of Advertising.” Also, a one act play, “The Storm” was presented. 48 | Pacelli | 2004-2013

In 2010 twenty two seniors graduated. In the music department, there is now a Men’s Quartet. There are cheerleaders for the fall and winter seasons, and to name a fraction of the achievement activities, there is the Americanism Award, Boys’ and Girls’ State, KIMT Scholastic All Stars and National Honor Society. In 2011 Pacelli Catholic Schools, had twenty two graduates. Fall sports now include swimming and besides a Men’s’ Quartet, there is now a Women’s’ Quartet to compliment the Music Department. In February, the school and community mourned the death of Pacelli senior, Joe Lewison, due to a car/train accident. 2012 saw seventeen graduates. Pacelli students, faculty and friends, continue to participate in the annual Walk-a-thon for Catholic education and sharedtime sports with Austin High now includes girl’s hockey. Pacelli President Joseph Steepleton retires and a new President, Lori Waltz, is hired. June 5th, 2013 saw twenty one students graduate from what would be the school’s 100th graduating class. The ceremony was held at St. Augustine Church. Amanda Enstad and Paige Smith were Valedictorian and Salutatorian respectively. Eleven of the graduates had attended Pacelli since kindergarten and were presented with the Alpha Omega Award. Earlier in the year, the play “Fools”, a comedic fable was presented by grades six through twelve. The long standing Pacelli Golf day took place on June 21 and seven former students were inducted into the Pacelli Hall of Fame. The money raised at this event covers the extracurricular program costs and the Lyle-Pacelli girls’ basketball team will be competing in the TriCounty League this summer. James Hamburge is the new Interim President. The following paragraph was written by 2013 graduate Amanda Enstad for the all-school reunion: “The most valuable characteristic that I saw in Pacelli can be summed up in one word: family. For most of us, Pacelli is more than a school, it is a home away from home. The students genuinely care about each other, and the teachers strive to make sure that each person is challenged to reach his or her potential. I strongly feel that Pacelli has shaped me into the person that I am today, and that makes me proud to call myself a Shamrock.”


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2010 Winter Cheerleading

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Pacelli through the years 1871 1890 1909 1920 1927 1929 1933 1938 1951 1956 1957 1973 1997 2011

Rev. Claude GenĂ­s of St. Augustine Parish purchases the Lamoreaux residence in Austin and makes it into a girls Catholic school with two teaching sisters. A boys school is established around the same time, on church grounds approximately where St. Augustine Church stands today. An Austin Register newspaper article lists Austin as having a total of 120 Catholic school students.

St. Columbus opens, a $35,000 three-story brick building staffed by the Sisters of St. Francis in Rochester. The following year, a news story lists the school as having "eight teachers with crowded classrooms." The first students would go on to graduate in 1913, a year recognized as the start of Pacelli's 100 years. The Lamoreaux residence is purchased again and moved to the west of Columbus School, mostly to serve as a dormitory for students attending from rural areas. The basement was renovated to provide classroom space. St. Augustine High School opened at its present location, which is Pacelli High School today.

The Shamrock becomes St. Augustine’s logo.

The school starts charging tuition at $1 a year.

St. Augustine High School wins its first state title in basketball after defeating Mankato Loyola 22-14.

St. Augustine High School is renovated and enlarged to accommodate 150 more students.

Construction begins on a new St. Augustine Elementary School. In November, work starts on The Chi Rho, which would become Pacelli's first yearbook.

The Columbus building is torn down. The new grade school opens nearby with 18 classrooms for grades one through eight. St. Augustine High School is renamed Pacelli after Pope Pius XII, Eugenio Pacelli, who was pope at the time. Catholic elementary school students from St. Augustine and St. Edwards consolidate to form one school. Queen of Angels now includes early childhood and kindergarten. First year of joint sports programs with Lyle.

St. Augustine Elementary School re-named Pacelli Elementary School.

This book was compiled by dedicated volunteers of Pacelli Catholic Schools. Information was pulled together from yearbooks, newspaper articles, library resources and personal photos. While every effort was made to confirm the accuracy of every name, date and piece of information, it is possible that there may be some inaccuracies. Every attempt was made to include as many names, photos and memories as possible. Including everything that has taken place at Pacelli over the last 100 years was simply beyond the scope of this publication. Enjoy this book for what it is, a brief overview of the first 100 years of Pacelli Catholic Schools. Go Shamrocks !


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Pacelli Celebrates 100 Years