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Founded in 1877 by the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, Sacred Heart Academy has established many special traditions that bond even our newest Valkyries with the distinguished alumnae of our past.



Senior Prom

This unique and treasured tradition dates back to World War I and World War II. Senior prom is a formal dance hosted in December. During war time, it was difficult to find dates because so many young men were enlisted in the military, therefore senior prom was scheduled around the Christmas holiday when the soldiers would be on leave.




During the Freshman Mass, seniors present each freshman with a single red rose to symbolize the beginning of their journey as a Valkyrie. Upon graduation, graduates carry a bouquet of red roses to symbolize all that they have gained during their time at SHA. At the end of the ceremony, instead of throwing their caps, graduates tear off roses petals and throw them into the air to celebrate. The student council president has the honor of leading her class in the turning of tassels and the toss of the roses.



Junior Ring Ceremony

SHA students receive their class rings in March or April of their junior year. At the ring ceremony, each junior is presented her ring by a special female role model in her life. The ceremony focuses on their responsibility to serve as the senior leaders in the coming year. The juniors can spend the rest of the day with their families and friends. The celebration continues into the evening as students attend their junior prom. 




Why be just a girl when you can be a Valkyrie? Our mascot is the Valkyrie – a Norse mythological woman who carried the bodies of brave deceased warriors to Valhalla (heaven). At SHA, we consider a Valkyrie to be a strong woman of great faith!