Education: St. Mary's Resurgent

A scant five years after it was founded by San Francisco's Archbishop Joseph Sadoc Alemany in 1863, little St. Mary's College foundered, was saved only when Pope Pius IX appealed to the Brothers of the Christian Schools, a lay order, to take it over. The college burned down in 1894, rose from its ashes, was razed again by fire in 1918, made still another fresh start. In 1921, when it hired Edward Patrick ("Slip") Madigan to coach its football teams, St. Mary's began an era of prosperity that culminated when it moved,...

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