Celebrating our 150th Anniversary
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St. Thomas More Celebrates 150 Years

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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150th Anniversary Mass & All-School Reunion

June 19, 2021

3:00 PM
Chancellor Award Presentation to Tom Knitter

4:00 PM
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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Sisterhood of Success: STM Girls Volleyball

With two state championships and 12 conference titles, girls’ volleyball at St. Thomas More is a tradition like no other By Will O’Brien (TM ’07) The big banners hanging in the Jerry Huennekens Gymnasium say it all. St. Thomas More has enjoyed 150 years of sustained athletic success, from the early days of its predecessor

STM Announces Results of 2021 Virtual Auction

April 8, 2021: St. Thomas More High School proudly announces that the school’s virtual auction event and one-day online fundraising campaign has raised over $147,000 to support school operations and student scholarships. Supported by a committee of volunteers, the St. Thomas More Auction represents the school’s largest annual fundraising event. Under normal circumstances, this event

Renaissance ’84: The First Auction

Have you ever attended an STM dinner auction? Do you know how the event got started? In 1983, school administrators were faced with a growing gap between the cost of tuition and the full cost to educate Thomas More students. Not wanting to make up that difference with a drastic tuition hike, the leadership team

Reflecting on Norb Wishowski (DB ’54)

By Mike Mikula (TM ’84) Teacher. Coach. Mentor. Colleague. Friend. Those were just some of the many words that described Norbert Wishowski (DB ’54). It is difficult to capsulize the many facets of this man in just a few paragraphs. I was fortunate, like many, to have known Norb on these various levels. To the

From 1972: Don Bosco-Pio Nono merger proposed to preserve Catholic education

The story below is an edited version of an article first published in Spring 1972. The article, which appeared in a Marianist newsletter known as the Allatonce, was written by Bro. James Gray, S.M., a member of the Society of Mary’s provincial leadership in St. Louis. In consultation with the Marianist Province of the United

An Interview with Richard Blohowiak (DB ’49)

Allen Halas (STM ’09) conducted this interview with this grandfather Richard Blohowiak (DB ’49) about the early years of Don Bosco High School.     In celebration of our 150th Anniversary, throughout the 2020-21 school year, the St. Thomas More Communications Committee will release a series of engaging stories and spotlights to highlight and celebrate

On the Track: An Alumnus’s Journey to the Olympic Luge Team

“Hey. I want to try that luge thing.” Growing up in the Milwaukee area, Paul Dondero (TM ’75) was no stranger to close-knit communities and water in both its liquid and frozen forms. As an avid sailor, Dondero loved the objectivity of individual sports and was drawn to luge the first time he saw it

99.1 The Mix and St. Thomas More Remember Jennifer Ramus (TM ’99)

December 23, 2020: Elizabeth Kay (TM ’00), host of the Elizabeth & Radar morning radio show on 99.1 The Mix and a member of the St. Thomas More Alumni Hall of Fame, recorded a special episode of her podcast, 50 Shades of Kay, about her cousin Jennifer Ramus (TM ’99). Twenty-two years ago today, on

St. Thomas More High School Raises $20,000 on GivingTuesday

St. Thomas More High School proudly announces that the school’s one-day GivingTuesday campaign raised nearly $20,000, with a median gift of only $100. Featuring video testimonials from school administrators and a parent volunteer, St. Thomas More’s GivingTuesday campaign raised funds to increase the connectivity within our school community, allowing students, parents, alumni, and other guests

St. Thomas More Announces 2020 Giving Tuesday Campaign

November 24, 2020: Next Tuesday, December 1, St. Thomas More High School will join nonprofits across the world participating in GivingTuesday, the global day of giving and generosity. As the COVID-19 pandemic has required the world to rethink how we interact with each other, for this year’s Giving Tuesday campaign, St. Thomas More will raise

Questions about our 150th Anniversary celebration?

Dan Steffes (TM ’03)
Alumni Director & Events Coordinator
(414) 481-8370 x122 |

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