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Rev. Michael J. Ahern, S.J.




This photograph shows a long hallway with a door on the left and a window on the right, leading to a set of stairs. The stairs at the far end lead to a classroom in the turret. Back in 1951, it was classroom 2G. It was also where a student went for an hour after class if he misbehaved. If you were caught disrupting the class or any other infraction of the rules, you had to report to a classroom after school and completely conjugate a Latin verb which took about an hour (no computers, all handwritten). This after school session was commonly referred to as "JUG". (Information courtesy of Mr. Gordon Kelsen, '53.)


McAuliffe Hall, formerly called the Mailands, was the forty-room French Renaissance style home of Oliver Gould Jennings, a businessman, philanthropist and politician. As World War II began in early December 1941, the Jesuits purchased the 76-acre Jennings estate for $42,089 to found Fairfield College Preparatory School. Renamed McAuliffe Hall in honor of His Excellency Bishop Maurice F. McAuliffe of Hartford, the building was adapted to become the first classroom building for the college. The building included classrooms, laboratories, a cafeteria, a library and a chapel. Image date is approximate.


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