10/21/19—During the 2019-2020 school year, Western High School, which was founded in November 1844, celebrates its 175th anniversary, making it the oldest public school for girls in the United States.
In honor of Western’s remarkable legacy, the school has established the new Western High School Foundation through the Fund for Educational Excellence. From November 2019 through November 2020, Western alumnae volunteers seek to raise $175,000 for new initiatives to enhance the school’s academic progress, build a system for sustainable private funding, and upgrade the school’s facilities. The campaign is called Western 175 Years of Light in honor of the school’s motto, Lucem Accepimus, Lucem Demus, which means “We have received light; let us give light.” “That motto continues to guide Western High School girls in pursuit of their education, career success, and significance within their communities. Certainly, today we face challenges as a city school, however the spirit of Western High School—its students and alumnae, never dims,” said Principal Michelle White, herself a Western alumna.