Mission Statement

The Academy of the Holy Cross, a Catholic college preparatory school sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross since 1868, is dedicated to educating young women in a Christ-centered community which values diversity. The Academy is committed to developing women of courage, compassion and scholarship who responsibly embrace the social, spiritual and intellectual challenges of the world.

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Alumnae News

Rhamat Alhassan '14 is a senior at University of Florida where she is a three-time All-American volleyball player. During a match on Sunday, November 5, Rhamat broke the Gators' 14-year record for career total blocks with her 602nd career block. The Gators are currently ranked fourth.

Rhamat was a Gold Medalist in the 2017 USAV National Team – Pan American Cup and a Bronze Medalist/Best Blocker in the 2016 USAV National Team – Pan American Cup.

See story here.

"Not only is she a leader, but anyone that watches Dunston play can see the energy and passion she approaches the game with," noted The Michigan Daily in the article "Jillian Dunston: the unsung hero of Michigan women's basketball" on Monday, November 6. The feature notes how the influence of Jillian has helped the team grow and how being on the team has helped her grow. Her college career has grown from playing only nine minutes per game as a freshman to being recognized during her junior year as an "impact player" as a starting forward averaging 5.8 points per game and a team high 7.7 rebounds.

The article highlights the influence of her father Joe Dunston, who instilled a strong work ethic in his daughter along with "a lively personality and an appreciation for the game." Going into her senior year, the article notes that the Wolverines will "look to Dunston to continue their success."

Read the entire article here.


More than 50 alumnae from the classes of 1945-1959 returned to their campus on Upton Street in Northwest Washington, DC on Sunday, October 22. The annual Upton Street Reunion, which is usually held on the Kensington campus, took place at the special location this year in celebration of the 150th anniversary.

The group attended Mass in the chapel, with music provided by the Holy Cross Madrigal ensemble, followed by a reception in the main lobby. During the reception, alumnae sat together in class groups, posed for group photos, reminisced about their time as high school girls and caught up on the latest news with each other. Some brought spouses who also remembered attending dances at the campus. For many of the alumnae the event marked their first time back to the campus in many years. For some it was their first return since their high school graduation. "It was so wonderful to come back here!" said Sister Ann Shaw, CSC '56. "I'm so glad the Academy arranged this for us!" Her sentiment was echoed by the other alumnae in attendance.

The former campus is now part of the Howard University Law School.


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The Class of 1967 recently attended celebrations for their 50th anniversary of graduation from Holy Cross.

On Sunday, June 4, nearly 50 alumnae gathered on campus and enjoyed rekindling friendships and reminiscing about their high school years. One alumna traveled from Australia to attend. The celebration was organized by a small committee of ’67 classmates, who ensured a good time was had by everyone. The Ladies of the Academy remembered favorite teachers and events that impacted their lives. A wonderful slideshow was a highlight of the evening. Several of the women shared about the impact Holy Cross had on their lives. They encouraged one another to look for opportunities to be involved in the school community today–either by mentoring or financial support. A special display remembered the class members who have passed away.

On Monday, June 5, a group of the 50th anniversary alumnae attended a luncheon on the Holy Cross campus and the Commencement ceremony at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The ladies led the procession to begin the ceremony and were given the front row seat in front of the Class of 2017 graduates. 

Debbie Brown, Holy Cross Onyx Club moderator and Director of Human Resources, is the recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Big 12 Conference, in partnership with the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers program. More than 100 student-athletes featured in the “Big 12 Champions for Life” campaign have been given the opportunity to recognize a teacher who made a lasting impact during their academic journey.

Alumna Lanay Montgomery ’12, who is one of the “Big 12 Champions for Life” student-athletes nominated Debbie for the award. In her nomination, Lanay wrote, “She had a great impact on my high school transition. With the help of Ms. Brown, I grew to love and learn a lot about my alma mater!” In addition to moderating the Onyx Club, Debbie is a passionate Holy Cross basketball supporter and fan. She remarked, “I am extremely honored and appreciative of this recognition. Lanay is a wonderful young lady and I have been so proud of her accomplishments at West Virginia University. I look forward to her continued success in the WNBA.” 

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby noted, “One of our goals with this initiative is to tell the often-overlooked stories of our student athletes. A huge part of these stories are the teachers and coaches who have helped our student-athletes grow as individuals and have left a lasting, positive impact.”

Debbie will designate the grant to support technology assistance in the classroom.

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