Thursday, September 3, 2015

Treasures from the Archive: Concordia Academy

Week 3: Concordia Academy

New bus of Concordia Junior College and High School, St. Paul, Minn.

For those of you who paid attention and still remember our first post, you may recall that Concordia did not start out as a university, but as a high school and junior college. Like all things in life, change must come, and such was the case in the transition from high school to four year college. Up until Concordia became a coeducational school in 1950, the all-male high school dominated Concordia’s educational focus. However, Concordia was striving to become a four-year college and for accreditation purposes, a separation of high school and college needed to take place.

In 1967, a four-year merger between Concordia High School and the St. Paul Lutheran High School Association (LHSA) began. The LHSA owned a high school in Roseville, just six miles north of Concordia, making it an ideal candidate for consolidation. As Concordia High School was formerly a residential campus, during the four year transition, students that were previously enrolled in the high school lived in Luther Hall were bussed to Concordia Academy. After the four year transition, Concordia Academy was officially owned and operated by the LHSA and the 74 year era of the all-male high school here at Concordia ended.

Concordia High School graduated 2,146 students over its 74 years, many of whom continued studying to enter professional service in the church.

- Michael

Below are some images from our postcard collection. Campus life was a little different before those girls showed up and started "distracting" all the boys...

Michael Hernick recently graduated from Concordia University, Saint Paul with a major in History. He spent his summer buried in the Archive digging up interesting nuggets of Concordia's history. We will be highlighting his work with Throwback Thursday post, Treasures from the Archive, throughout the year!