St. Patrick High School (North Platte, Nebraska)

St. Patrick High School (North Platte, Nebraska)

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St. Patrick High School (North Platte, Nebraska)

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St. Patrick High School is a Roman Catholic high school in North Platte, Nebraska. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Island. St. Patrick High School is part of North Platte Catholic Schools, which also includes McDaid Elementary and Little Leprechaun Pre-School.


Nativity Convent School (St. Patrick) was established on September 8, 1891. Among the first students was Irma Cody, daughter of William F. Cody. Five young women were the first graduates in 1895.

In 1916, St. Patrick School was constructed at Fourth and Walnut Streets, at an expense of $52,000. The building was described as the "finest educational structure in the area."

The current St. Patrick High School building was opened in 1955 near E and Silber Streets. The former building continued to serve as the elementary school. In 1967, it was renamed McDaid Elementary, in honor of Father Patrick McDaid, the pastor of the parish from 1910 to 1948.

Increasing enrollment in the late 1950s and 1960s necessitated expansion of the facilities, which took place in 1963 and 1967. During that time, the junior high program was established at the high-school building.

In 1968, Bill McGahan was appointed principal of McDaid Elementary. He became the first lay school administrator in the Diocese of Grand Island. In 1970, he was named principal of both the...
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