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Visit St. Mary's School in Tampa

St. Mary’s is one of the oldest Episcopal Schools in the diocese, founded in 1953, around the same time as St. John’s, also in Tampa. The school's founding priest, the Rev. Warren I. Densmore, arrived in 1949. He had great ambitions for the school and parish, which grew rapidly under his leadership. In 1955, the national Episcopal magazine The Living Church published Densmore’s essay on the church’s Maundy Thursday Watch before the Altar of Repose. Densmore had set up a plywood altar borrowed from a Sunday School room and asked the parish and school to keep watch. He was touched by the response: