Timeline

1929

Villa Duchesne opens as a boarding and day school for girls

1968

The Academy of the Sacred Heart (City House) in St. Louis merges with Villa Duchesne

1970

Boarding school closes

1971

Boys admitted to the lower school (kindergarten, pre-primary, and first grades)

1973-1974

Restructure of classes, lower school through grade 6 named Oak Hill and enrollment of boys extended through grade 6

1986

School's first capital campaign, Heritage with a Future

1988

Groundbreaking for Duchesne building completed

1988

Philippine Duchesne's canonization in Rome on July 3

1989

Villa Duchesne celebrates 60th birthday, Duchesne building completed

1990-1991

Villa Duchesne receives the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award from the U. S. Department of Education

1991

Service Learning Program, incorporating community service into the school schedule and curriculum for grades 7-11; track dedication recognizes service and generosity of past parent and trustee Sid Holthaus-track has special rubberized surface; Science Center with 5 State-of-the-art science labs is dedicated in honor of Katherine Kramer Danis '24; administrative offers are computer linked

1992

Sacred Heart Schools become computer-linked through SOFIE, Villa library begins computerization while science department computer lab is added to the Science Center

1993

Villa Thespians are one of 12 high school groups in the nation chosen to perform at the International Thespian Festival

1993-1994

Block schedule is established for grades 7-12, allowing longer and fewer classes each day

1994

New computer lab is created with 22 multi-media Macintosh computers

1996

ISDN line installed allowing access to the Internet from Mac Lab, second computer lab opens with 20 Macintosh computers, 3 mobile computers made available for the use within classroom, computerized chemistry curriculum adopted

1997

Foreign Language Department commits to multimedia workbook to supplement textbook; Library becomes completely computerized; 21 schools become part of the network of Sacred Heart Schools

1998

Villa wins Midwest Field Hockey Tournament, increase in 7th graders

1999

New Oak Hill Library built, Women's Day put together by senior Liz Smith; Sr. Rives is honored by the Archdiocese of St. Louis for her service in Mexico; golf team is 1st in state.

2000

Archbishop Justin Rigali visits Villa Duchesne; Advanced Technology Applications integrated into the high school curriculum; Mr. Sam Scoirtino becomes new Oak Hill principal; Mac Lab becomes equipped with ethernet and fractional T1 installed; 13 new teachers begin at Villa Duchesne; Condie Field dedicated.

2001

Sister Ann Caire retires as headmistress after 24 years; Villa's Golf team takes second in state; Cross Country team takes third in state; Field Hockey team wins Midwest championship; Computer pilot program begins with 30 laptops and wireless access in selected areas

2002

Dr. Sam Sciortino transitions from Oak Hill Principal to Head of School; Student led Kairos retreats are introduced to Seniors; New laptop carts and SmartBoards are available at Oak Hill; Interactive SMART Boards are installed at Villa

2003

The Tablet PC program rolled out with Villa Freshmen and Sophomores; Athletic Director Debby Watson achieves her 500th field hockey win; Director of Instructional Technology, Stephanie Moore, named National Ed Tech Leader of the Year; The YWCA honors Villa's Service Learning Program; A global partnership is established with Taipei, Taiwan

2004

The Dance Marathon replaces Mission Carnival as a fundraiser for Sacred Heart projects in Haiti and Uganda; The Tablet PC program is extended to include all Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors; The digital foreign language lab opens; 1929 Main Building preservation project is completed; Curriculum Mapping is introduced; Villa wins Catholic Schools for Tomorrow Innovations in Education Award from Today's Catholic Teacher; Villa's Service Learning Program is awarded an honorable mention by Champions of Character and the Community Partnership Service Award by Grace Hill Head Start

2005

Villa exchange program with Taipei students is initiated; Sister Mary Pat Rives is honored as one of 25 "Ageless-Remarkable St. Louisians" by St. Andrew's Resources for Seniors; Some Sacred Heart students displaced by Hurricane Katrina are able to continue their studies at VDOH

2006

The Tablet PC program is opened to 7th and 8th grade students; The Board approves a record Financial Aid initiative for Oak Hill and Villa families; VDOH admissions publications receive five Case VI awards including Excellence in Communications; The Doorways to the Future Capital Campaign is completed after raising more than $9.8 million.

2007

The cloister in the 1929 Main Building is renovated into classrooms and offices as part of the Bridge to our Future Capital Campaign; Villa Duchesne Field Hockey team is 2007 Midwest Champion; Softball is added to the Villa Duchesne Athletic Program; Superior General Sister Clare Pratt visits VDOH; Barat Hall reunion held at VDOH; Keepers of the Flame established to support faculty and staff in their Sacred Heart mission.

2008

Sixth Grade parents achieve 100 percent participation in Annual Giving; A commemorative book celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Chapel of the Convent of the Sacred Heart; Sacred Heart alum and award-winning journalist Cokie Roberts speaks at VDOH.

2009

Oak Hill launches a Junior Kindergarten program for 3-year-olds; Sister Lucie Nordmann is appointed Head of School; Villa Duchesne Volleyball team goes to state for the first time and places second; VDOH creates a Facebook group for its alums to reconnect online; Former Athletic Director Debby Watson is honored at Field Day; VDOH hosts its first all-school open house for JK-Grade 12; VDOH launches new burgundy and navy school logos; VDOH hosts its first Gingerbread Houses with Santa for alums.

2010

Villa Duchesne Academic Competition team wins first place in Private School League; Villa Duchesne Mock Trial Team wins second place in state competition; Villa Duchesne Golf wins first place in state; First Oak Hill-Barat Hall Alumni Association Reunion held in June; Oak Hill performs first all-school review; Mums of Alums host first Grandbaby Congé; Sophie the Squirrel children's book published; Sacred Heart Commission on Goals (SHCOG) self-study commences.

2011

Barat Hall Scholarship Fund announced; Faculty and Staff achieve 100 percent participation in Annual Giving; Stan "The Man" Musial honored at Field Day; Archbishop Carlson celebrates May Crowning Mass; Villa Duchesne launches literary magazine, Villa Ink; Villa Duchesne Volleyball wins Class 3 state championship.

2012

New school website highlighting international scope of Sacred Heart education is launched; Linda Potter receives Coach of the Year Award from Missouri Coaches Association for girls’ golf

2013

Villa Ink earns American Scholastic Press Association’s highest award: First Place with Special Merit; Campus hosts Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District; Oak Hill celebrates Congé at Busch Stadium; Villa Duchesne places first in state in the medium-school division for the 2013 Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge; Villa Duchesne advances to state finals for Mock Trial; Oak Hill fifth grade boys basketball team wins 2013 CYC Division Championship, Villa Duchesne team places first in Battle of the Burets; Nancy Ghio, RSCJ celebrates 60th Jubilee

2014

Stubblefield Alumnae Internship program is launched for college students seeking "real world" experience; The Acorn Club, an extended-care program for Oak Hill students, opens in the fall; Villa Duchesne offers the first online course open to all Sacred Heart students, AP Computer Science

2015

Team Turf campaign builds a $1.2 million artificial turf field; Villa Duchesne Volleyball wins first place in state; VDOH hosts Aim High program on campus; Sacred Heart educators Nancy Ghio, RSCJ, Irene Herbst, RSCJ, Francesca DiRollo, and Linda Potter retire

2016

Michael F. Baber joins as Head of School; Strategic Priorities "Sacred Heart Strong" is published; Sacred Heart educator Dr. Connie Schmollinger retires after 39 years of teaching English

2017

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for new student commons grades 9-12;  Villa Duchesne Field Hockey wins first place in state; Coach Kate Graft’s 200th career win in field hockey

2018

STEAM rotation introduced to middle school curriculum; ribbon-cutting ceremony for Kenefick Gym renovations; Villa Duchesne Field Hockey wins first place in state; Global Studies and Exchange Office established

2019