Catholic education in Harrison County has a solid tradition of academic excellence. The long and rich history began in 1866 as St Joseph’s Academy for girls. St. Mary’s opened in 1914 as a boys’ preparatory school. The two schools consolidated in 1928. Notre Dame High School opened in 1955 with St. Mary’s becoming a grade school. Today St. Mary’s Grade School and Notre Dame High School are the only Catholic schools in Harrison County.