Yellow fever forced it into bankruptcy. Fire reduced it to ashes. And several hurricanes have threaten to wipe it off the map. But 150 years after it first opened it doors, St. Stanislaus College is still helping transform boys into men of character.
Mario Faranda went a long way to get to an American History Class at the all boys Catholic school. He says St. Stanislaus has an academic reputation that reaches across the world.
"My mom wanted me to become independent and live a better life than the one I was living in Peru, so they decided to send me here," Mario said.
The Religious Order of the Sacred Heart founded the school in 1854. School leaders say in many ways boys are the same now as they were 150 years ago.
"I think the externals have to change. We certainly don't teach the same way we did back in 1854, but I think the basic values that you believe in, and the basic values that you want to guide your actions, and the basic values that you want to impart to your students can remain pretty constant," Ronald Talbot said.
Students believe generations continue to come here because much of learning that takes place at St. Stanislaus doesn't involve books.
"The teachers don't just focus on the academics, but on the way we live and the stuff that we go through every single day," Mario said.
More than half of the school's 500 students live on campus. The school plans to celebrate its 150th anniversary with several festivities throughout the year.
Here's a list of some of the activities:
- Sept. 6th - Mass of Thanksgiving
- October 17th - Golf Invitational
- October 18th - 5k Run
- May 8th, 2004 - Gala
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