Dating back to 1870, St. Thomas More’s illustrious history also includes its predecessor schools: Pio Nono High School (initially founded as Catholic Normal School and Pio Nono College), St. Francis Minor Seminary, and Don Bosco High School.
Initially focused on music education for high school and college students, starting in 1923, Pio Nono High School served exclusively as a Catholic boarding and day school for young men, and the school was expanded in 1931 and again in the mid-1960s. In 1941, Pio Nono was temporarily converted into St. Francis Minor Seminary, which served high school students planning to enter the priesthood. Once de Sales Preparatory Seminary opened in 1963, steps were taken to re-open the school again as Pio Nono High School.
In 1945, Marianist brothers and priests from St. Louis opened Don Bosco High School, located at the intersection of 12th Street, Becher Street, and Windlake Avenue on Milwaukee’s south side. Don Bosco flourished throughout the 1940s and into the early 60s, earning a reputation for fine academic preparation as well as excellent extra-curriculars. With enrollment declining as families moved from the city to the suburbs, in 1972, Don Bosco and Pio Nono merged to form St. Thomas More High School. The school welcomed its first class of female students in 1989.
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SAVE THE DATE
150th Anniversary Mass & All-School Reunion
June 19, 2021
Chancellor Award Presentation to Tom Knitter
Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki, Archbishop of Milwaukee
Camaraderie, reminiscing, and fun to follow
In celebration of our 150th Anniversary, throughout the 2020-21 school year, St. Thomas More, with the assistance of our newly formed Communications Committee, will release a series of engaging stories and spotlights to highlight and celebrate influential figures and memorable moments from our school’s 150-year history.
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