Holy Savior Menard's roots date back to 1884, when Father L. Menard became the eleventh pastor of St. Francis Xavier Commercial College Catholic Church. On October 10, 1892, the works and prayers of Father Menard became a reality with the construction of the first school for boys in Alexandria. It was located on Second and Ogden Streets and was named the St. Francis Xavier Commercial College. In 1903, the school was rebuilt on the corner of Fourth and Beauregard Streets, next to the present St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. In 1915, the school was raised ten feet to provide a third floor and additional floor space to handle the increased enrollment.
Father Menard was also responsible for bringing the Sisters of Divine Providence and the Brothers of the Sacred Heart to Alexandria. The sisters taught at the St. Francis Xavier Girls Academy, founded in 1894, and later at Providence Academy, Providence Central, and currently at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Elementary School. The Brothers taught at the Commercial College and later at Menard Memorial High School.
The schools of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Alexandria exist as the Church's response to the Gospel message, "TO TEACH AS JESUS DID." Each school espouses Catholic doctrine and the spirit
Through its philosophy, admission policies, curriculum, and facilities, Holy Savior Menard strives to create an atmosphere for learning and self-growth. Such an atmosphere provides each student the opportunity...
One of the most important facets of the Christian life is regular prayer, and as such, prayer is an integrated part of campus life. Each school day begins with the Pledge of Allegiance, the HSM Mission Statement...
The schools of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Alexandria exist as the Church's response to the Gospel message, "TO TEACH AS JESUS DID." Each school espouses Catholic doctrine and the spirit of Vatican II in worship, community, justice, and social concerns. For a school to be Catholic, it must be seen, and it must see itself as an integral part of the Church's mission to spread God's word and to bring all peoples to Christ, helping them to grow in faith and love. Holy Savior Menard is the only diocesean school in the Diocese of Alexandria.
It is the mission of Holy Savior Menard Central High School to provide a Catholic educational program rooted in the traditions of:
Holy Savior Menard Central High School's philosophy is founded in the teachings and example of Jesus, particularly as depicted in the parable of the Good Shepherd (John 10: 1-21). Inspired by our Lord’s love and concern for each individual as truly unique and special, we strive to provide an environment that affords a quality education supporting each student’s spiritual, moral, intellectual, physical, and aesthetic development.
One of the most important facets of the Christian life is regular prayer, and as such, prayer is an integrated part of campus life.
Every year, students in each grade level are given the opportunity to experience a one-day class retreat. Traditionally, these retreats are conducted by the MAC Team.
Formed with the mission of uniting Menard Memorial, Providence Central and Holy Savior Menard alumni, the Eagle Alumni Association is proud of its ongoing work to bring together the more than 5,000 alumni and friends who make up our Menard family. Check this page often for updates on Eagle Alumni Association events and activities. Also, remember to like us on Facebook!