History of Mother of Mercy High School

Mother of Mercy High School is sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, a religious community founded in 1831 in Dublin, Ireland. The Sisters from their earliest days were dedicated to the education of young women and to the needs of the sick and the poor. At this time, Mother of Mercy is one of more than forty Mercy secondary schools in the western hemisphere.

Mother of Mercy Villa was founded in Westwood in 1915 as a result of the changing population in this area of Cincinnati. Originally planned to be a secondary school for young women, it was expanded to include elementary students in the early years at the request of area parents. In 1923 construction of the first permanent school building was begun and in 1928 the east wing was added. The school became known as Mother of Mercy Academy. The change to interparochial status in 1943 by request of Archbishop McNicholas resulted in a large increase of students from the local parishes as well as the most recent name, Mother of Mercy High School. Five years later the school became part of the North Central Association of Secondary Schools.

As the school continued to grow plans were made to add an additional building to house a new gym and nine classrooms. Groundbreaking took place in 1965, and as the building took shape plans were in place to eliminate the grade school as enrollment had swelled to such a degree. By 1977 student enrollment in Grade 9-12 reached 875 young women.

With the advent of technology and the need for more space for science labs, major planning began in the mid nineties. Through grants and a very successful capital fund drive, total renovation of the science department took place, followed by the renovation of the school chapel, the theater and a large investment in technology. Several classrooms became computer rooms. Meanwhile plans were in place for the addition of two classrooms to the 1965 building as well as a major overhaul and enlargement of the gym and accompanying facilities. The last addition was completed in 1998.

By 2005, Mercy recognized the need to further increase the way in which technology would be available to students.  Major planning took place both in what spaces were  needed for better learning and what kinds of courses and curriculum changes should be a part of our students' education today.  A master plan for the addition of a whole new Technology Wing along with major renovation in the classrooms and other resource areas for students was constructed. 

The Tech Wing was begun in the summer of 2007 and was dedicated on September 15, 2007.  This wing provides three new computer lab spaces for student use, a Mac Lab, a PC lab, and a Graphics Arts computer lab.  These spaces provide up to date equipment for all students and a beautiful and appropriate space to use this equipment.  The library media center was a major focus for this addition, provided a beautiful space for students to use technology and other resources.  The location of the library off both new main entrances provides a readily available space for students and attracts them to use the learning tools located there.  A new TV studio was also added with the intent of providing courses to enhance students' grasp of more complex technology while increasing their ability to communicate effectively.

The main building renovation included a complete renovation of the Guidance Offices to make space for better delivery of services especially in recognition of the importance of the college search process.  The small classrooms that had been used for class but were inadequate for current technological needs have become resource areas and offices.  Five new large and well equipped classrooms were constructed in the main building allowing students to have space to use equipment and tools currently available

Mother of Mercy has a long and very successful history of updating with new learning styles as needed by society as well as maintaining strong, Christian and family values.  Through the wonderful foresight of an excellent staff and parent and alum community, Mercy is a major contributor of highly qualified and principled  alums to the Cincinnati and world community.