Alumni Houses

In the fall of 2020, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School officially launched their "House System," a strategic plan created to enhance the overall student experience. The House System allows for students to individually develop in their faith, leadership, community and service. It establishes new opportunities for the growth and formation of relationships with peers across all grade levels, which organically increases a student’s sense of identity and belonging. 

This initiative is in alignment with STVM’s mission statement as well as the Marianist charism that provides the foundation for the school’s beliefs and daily practices. “We are excited to see the positive impact that the House System will create for our entire school community. Our focus in planning this has been to provide our students with an intentional educational and social experience that allows them to thrive during their four years at STVM and beyond. The House system will undoubtedly transform the student experience at our school,” said STVM Principal Kim Gorr.

The benefits from the House System are not just for current and future students. We believe that as we proudly call ourselves the "STVM Family," we want to incorporate alumni in this exciting program. Below you will find your graduation year and which house your class belongs to. Learn more about the STVM House System

Students and staff members overwhelming believe that the symbol of the tree best represents the history of St. Vincent-St. Mary, its mission, its long-standing traditions and its place in the history of Akron. Here is some more detail behind the decision:

stvm history and tradition

  • “Caring for God’s Creation” is included in our school improvement plan.
    • This includes planting trees around campus, maintaining our victory garden, and beautifying our campus through intentional programs and planning.     
  • With almost 20,000 alumni from St. Vincent, St. Mary, and St. Vincent-St. Mary, our family tree is continuously growing and is deeply rooted in tradition.
  • Shillelagh's are generally made of Oak or Hawthorn trees

a long-standing akron institution

  • Akron is one of 3,400 designated Tree Cities in the US.
  • Akron has deep roots in our community.
  • St. Vincent-St. Mary High School is the *oldest operating high school in Akron.
    • *This includes St. Mary and St. Vincent as individual schools
  • All four trees can be grown in Northeast Ohio.
  • Types of the Ash, Oak, Holly, and Hawthorn trees are native to Ohio.

Alumni Houses

Classes in bold denotes a class year with a current faculty member on staff

Ash House
Irish emigrants to America took pieces of the ash with them as a charm against drowning. Ash was thought to have power over water. Celtic mythology refers to the ash tree as "The World Tree," a tree that spans between worlds. The Ash tree represents longevity, endurance, and productivity.

Classes in Ash House: 1903, 1907, 1911, 1915, 1919, 1923, 1927, 1931, 1935, 1939, 1943, 1947, 1951, 1955, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1971, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1990, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2016, 2019

Hawthorn House
The Hawthorn is a tree of magical enchantment and is strongly associated with Beltane, the ancient festival celebrating spring. In Celtic mythology it is one of the most sacred trees and symbolizes love and protection.

Classes in Hawthorn: 1904, 1908, 1912, 1916, 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1991, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2012, 2015, 2020

Holly House
Traditionally, the Holly tree is highly sacred in Celtic mythology and symbolizes peace and goodwill. Due to its resistance to lightning, it is associated with the Celtic and Norse gods of thunder, Taranis and Thor, and so was planted near dwellings to protect people from lightning strikes. Holly also symbolizes fertility and eternal life.

Classes in Holly House: 1902, 1906, 1910, 1914, 1918, 1922, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1938, 1942, 1946, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1967, 1970, 1977, 1974, 1981, 1986, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2005, 2010, 2013, 2018

Oak House
The word "druid" actually comes from the Celtic word for Oak, which is "Duir." The Druids also believed that the Oak tree is host to the strength and energy of their gods and so to catch a falling Oak leaf brings good luck and prosperity. In mythology, the Irish Oak symbolizes truth, courage and wisdom.

Classes in Oak House: 1901, 1905, 1909,1913, 1917, 1921, 1925, 1929, 1933, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1949, 1953, 1957, 1961, 1966, 1969, 1975, 1976, 1982, 1985, 1989, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2007, 2008, 2014, 2017

Learn more about the STVM House System