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    October 06, 2015

    St. Rita School for the Deaf celebrates 100th anniversary in Cincinnati

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    St. Rita School for the Deaf will celebrate its 100th anniversary, Wednesday, October 14,  11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Fountain Square.

    Founded October 17, 1915 by Father Henry J. Waldhaus, St. Rita School for the Deaf was named after the saint of impossible. The School was built on 237 acres of land, housing eleven students and a staff of three Sisters of Charity, at the time. “100 years ago deaf children were pushed out of the educational system. There were very few places for those children to go. Father Waldhaus built a school, a community, for these children to grow and flourish,” said Gregory Ernst Sr., Executive Director of St. Rita School for the Deaf. 

    Over the years the school has grown exponentially remaining committed to high quality and innovative education. The school now educates 180 students with special needs, beyond just the hearing impaired. Utilizing innovative technology and language-intense programs, St. Rita School encourages students to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom. “The most rewarding aspect of my job is seeing the progression our students make. Many children enter the school feeling frustrated with limited communication. They leave feeling confident and able to openly communicate via sign language. The difference we’re making in the lives of our students and their families is evident in the overwhelming number of alumni who come back to visit, “ continued Ernst Sr. 

    A caring environment of educational excellence, St. Rita School for the Deaf will continue to impact the lives of children and their families for many years to come. “I couldn’t be more proud to be a member of the St. Rita community; a community of genuinely caring individuals. I look forward to seeing what the next 100 years brings,” states Ernst Sr. 

    St. Rita School’s 100th Anniversary Fountain Square Day will feature live entertainment from St. Rita School Hands of Love student choir as well as various interactive and informative booths. The community at large is invited to attend the event to experience sign language, view historical photographs and visit with St. Rita alumni. In honor of the St. Rita School’s commitment to the community and longevity, an official proclamation from the City of Cincinnati will be presented designating October 14 St. Rita School for the Deaf day in Cincinnati. St. Rita’s Fountain Square Day is a free event. For more information please visit Facebook, Twitter or: or

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