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Author Pat Conroy Shares His Favorite Orlando Memory

“My year at St. James was the happiest in my childhood… every time I visit Orlando, I return to that sacred spot where I first shot a basketball.”

In this first issue of  The St. James Legacy   newsletter, Summer 2003, vol. 1, No. 1, Alumnus Pat Conroy, bestselling author, recalls his school days at St. James Cathedral School on Ridgewood St. in downtown Orlando.

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St. James School Panthers on the Court

The Panthers pose for a court photo at St. James Cathedral School on Ridgewood Avenue in downtown Orlando.

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The St. James Legacy Newsletter

In this first issue of The St. James Legacy  newsletter, Summer 2003, vol. 1, No. 1, Alumnus Pat Conroy, bestselling author, recalls his school days at St. James Cathedral School on Ridgewood St. in downtown Orlando.

"My year at St. James was the happiest in my childhood... every time I visit Orlando, I return to that sacred spot where I first shot a basketball."

"A Century Of Growth At St. James Cathedral School"

Details the history and contributions of St. James in the Orlando area beginning with the founding of St. Joseph's Academy in 1889. St. James School changed its name to the Cathedral School of St. James in 1977 when St. James Church was renamed St. James Cathedral for the Diocese of Orlando.  St. James opened Orlando's first Catholic Montessori school in 1989. Some of the many community acts of giving are highlighted in the history such as the St. James Cathedral School Golf and Tennis Tournament to scholarship funds, the Junior Civilian Club 10 district awards for collecting for the needy in Orlando, and the students collecting school supplies for children in the Dominican Republic.


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