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St. Mary's Leaves Tradition Behind

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RALEIGH — Saint Mary's College and High School took thefirst steps toward ending a long-standing tradition Thursday when theschool's board of trustees voted to phase out its two-year collegeprogram.

Saint Mary's will now be an all-girl prep school for grades ninethrough 12.

Many students were visibly upset about the changes, but other said itwas a change that had to come. Board member Mazie Froelich said theschools' traditions had become outdated.

"We saw the demographics coming years ago," Froelich said. "There's alesser appeal for women's junior colleges than there used to be andthere's a great demand for boarding schools up in the Triad, in the east,certainly in the Triangle area."

Some students said listening to Thursday's announcement was like goingto a funeral for a friend.

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