hill & murray become one
Combining two traditions, faculties, cocurricular programs…and two cultures was not always easy. Both student bodies had misgivings about the new school, though most recognized the need for it. It took the willingness to compromise, the commitment to succeed, and the dogged determination to push on – always looking for God’s guidance along the way. And that’s what the founders of Hill-Murray did.
In 1971, the doors opened to 1,200 boys and girls. It was a transition marked by new friends, new schedules, crowded halls and cafeteria, and classes in the Monastery and at Hill. In athletic competition, the new school celebrated a state championship in hockey, a state tourney berth in wrestling, Central Catholic Conference championship in baseball, the best record ever for the school’s boys’ basketball team, and a CCC second place finish for the football Pioneers.
A new student council was organized, with new responsibilities, including the sponsorship of a “Get-Together” dance to kick off the year. Three girls earned a spot on the tennis team, which had been an all-boys’ team, and went on to become members of the “Letterman’s Club.” The first Omega rolled off the press, the largest yearbook created in either of the former schools’ histories. And the first prom was held at the Leamington Hotel in Minneapolis, with Jules Hermann and his orchestra as the featured entertainment. The Mothers Club also prepared a dawn breakfast for the partygoers in the H-M cafeteria. Three band and choral concerts were held, and a tradition begun by Murray students – the Christmas party for Franklin Elementary students – became a part of the Hill-Murray tradition, still alive today. The Matchmaker, Oliver, and a homecoming victory over rival, Cretin, were also memorable events for the school’s inaugural year.
The first year became the bedrock for Hill-Murray as it is today. New tradition, blending the histories and cultures of both Hill and Archbishop Murray are still woven into the fabric of the Hill-Murray community. It is a fabric rich in its texture, so durable that it has stood the test of time. We still celebrate that richness.