Keywords: Catholic school
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1881–1886 Location: Lewiston; Lewiston Clients: Dominican Fathers; French Catholic Society Architect: George M. Coombs; Coombs Bros. Architects
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1896 Location: Lewiston; Lewiston Client: Catholic Church Architect: Coombs, Gibbs, and Wilkinson Architects
John Bapst High School was dedicated in September 1928 to meet the expanding needs of Roman Catholic education in the Bangor area. The co-educational school operated until 1980, when the diocese closed it due to decreasing enrollment. Since then, it has been a private school known as John Bapst Memorial High School.
Father John Bapst, a Jesuit, knew little of America or Maine when he arrived in Old Town in 1853 from Switzerland. He built churches and defended Roman Catholics against Know-Nothing activists, who tarred and feathered the priest in Ellsworth in 1854.
Like many cities in France, Lewiston and Auburn's skylines are dominated by a cathedral-like structure, St. Peter and Paul Church. Now designated a basilica by the Vatican, it stands as a symbol of French Catholic contributions to the State of Maine.
Sarah Jane Poli: Biddeford’s first female school superintendent
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center
An Italian immigrant's daughter is key to a family grocery store and a leader in the school system