Hartford's Last Catholic School Closes Doors For Final Time

Hartford's last Roman Catholic school has closed its doors for good. 

Tuesday was the last day of classes at St. Augustine School, which first opened in 1932 and in its heyday had nearly 1,000 students. 

Church officials said that old building needs $8 million in structural repairs and enrollment had dropped to less than 150. 

Next fall, St. Augustine students will attend St. Brigid School about three miles away in West Hartford. The newly-renamed St. Brigid-St. Augustine has much more updated facilities, which church officials said will benefit students. 

St. Augustine alumni are lamenting the loss of the school. 

Former City Councilwoman and 1959 graduate Geraldine Sullivan told The Hartford Courant the school was a focal point and stabilization factor in the city's South End for decades.

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