Did Amarillo Use to Have a Catholic College You Could Attend?
We were having a discussion the other day and I thought I knew a lot about Amarillo. I mean I have lived here most of my life. Being a part of this community over thirty five years has given me some knowledge about the area.
How Could I Not Know About This College?
When I heard about this I was taken aback. Someone brought up the fact that Amarillo use to have a Catholic college? Really? How did I not know about this? I mean I grew up Catholic. When I lived in Chicago it was never a question of what religion you were. Everyone was just Catholic.
So I didn't know there was a need for that question until I moved here to the Texas Panhandle. So this conversation about the a college here really came as news to me. So I had to do some digging.
I reached out to my friend Jeff. Luckily I have a lot of friends that are heavily involved in the Catholic community here so I knew he would be able to shed some light on this topic.
What's in a Name Anyway?
So yes, there was a place called Price Memorial College that was established back in 1929 but it was not a college. According to Jeff:
So, I presume the Catholic College they are referring to was Price Memorial College, which was established circa 1929. It was actually a high school. It eventually became Alamo Catholic High School in 1966.
I can see where the confusion would be. I mean it does have college in the name. It, though, in fact was not. They actually changed the name to Price Catholic High School in 1964. That was done because of the confusion with college in the name. That does make sense.
You can read more about the school HERE. So Amarillo did have a Price Memorial College, the only problem is that it was not actually ever a college. So no that is a mystery that was solved.
Downtown Amarillo Over The Years