After being closed for nearly six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Duchesne Academy campus welcomed back students on September 8, 2020 — exactly 60 years to the day after the school first opened its doors on September 8, 1960. The school remains located in the same area of the Memorial neighborhood, but the campus has completely transformed over the past six decades from a heavily wooded landscape with only a few buildings to a robust campus with multiple buildings and athletic facilities.
The Founding Headmistress, Sister Ann Caire, who was part of the original group of nuns that opened the school, still resides on campus today. In January 2020, she celebrated her 90th birthday and was honored by Mayor Sylvester Turner who declared her 90th birthday as "Sister Ann Caire Day" in the City of Houston.
Over the years, Duchesne Academy has grown from 55 students to more than 700 students in Pre-K3 through 12th grade. Innovative academic programming, highly ranked athletic teams, an award-winning robotics team, and a robust arts program are some of the hallmarks of Duchesne today. But regardless of how programming has evolved to meet modern educational developments, Duchesne's roots in the Sacred Heart tradition remain unchanged. The video below showcases some memories and highlights from the past 60 years at Duchesne.