‘You can go for the stars, and we did’: Savannah’s St. Pius X crushed barriers to classical education for African A…


St. Pius X High School was a groundbreaking venture in 1952 that offered classical education to African American students in Savannah, turned out a high percentage of graduates who successfully impacted their communities, and closed after only 19 years because of desegregation.

The memories shared by St. Pius graduates follow a similar theme of receiving a solid classical education in a well-rounded environment within the walls of the greater Savannah area’s only co-ed Catholic school for African Americans and the second such school in Georgia. They were being prepared for success in life.

St. Pius opened to ninth and 10th graders in 1952, graduating its first class in 1955 and its last in 1971.

The St. Pius building on Anderson Street is now the home of Savannah Classical Academy…

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