Academy of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

a/k/a I H M Academy, and l/k/a I H M High School,

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho USA

last update: 14 Dec 2018

History and Miscellaneous Links

aerial video Awesome aerial video of St Thomas/IHM/LV Brown gym, and Coeur d'Alene. 3-1/2 minute video.

Keenan Book Cover Excellent History of IHM Academy, from the book The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scranton, Pennsylvania: 1919-1974, Paths of Daring Deeds of Hope, and Gift of Fire (2005), by Sr Michel KEENAN IHM '41, who was born in Payette, Idaho, and grew up in Spokane, Washington, boarding at the Academy.

A wonderful PDF list and graphic display of every grave in St Thomas cemetery, created by Debbie FRISBIE of City of Coeur d'Alene, and updated regularly. Clickable links for each resident take you right to an aerial view of the cemetery, and headstone location. 'Way cool! Similar maps exist for Forest and Riverview Cemeteries in Cd'A.

Find-a-Grave listing for St Thomas Cemetery, (fairly complete); most entries managed by Bill '66 KAPAUN, who compared cemetery records and photos of gravestones. Includes links to family members buried anywhere. If you have additional information, contact Bill (preferred: use the "Edit" tab on a cemetery memorial; otherwise email bkapaun *at*

Look at a Picture of 1906/7 Juniors & Seniors in a classroom of the old fort building. (only 9 graduates among 1907-1910, so this "description" is questionable.)

Picture of all Academy students, taken about 1916 in front of St Thomas Church.

Photo of St Thomas interior in 1912, with news story about the official dedication.

Read the 1987 booklet (PDF) on the history of St Thomas parish, produced for the 75th anniversary.

100th Anniversary celebration (PDF) of St Thomas Parish (news story).

See an excerpt from Wm B McFARLAND's recollections of early Cd'A and Fort Sherman, published in the NIC Sentinel (Dec 2011).

1964 St Thomas Family/student directory shows students in Sept 1964, who were members of IHM classes graduating in 1969 and later. Useful for connecting siblings, and identifying grade school classmates who did not attend IHM.

Brief history of the IHM building after 1971, and efforts to save/close Sorenson School (nee IHM), in this Cd'A Press article. --sorry, Press removed this from free site; I will post it when I get a copy.

Read a brief history and reminisces of IHM in this June 2000 Spokesman-Review article, with quotes from Tim RARICK '64, John HALLGREEN '61, Linda (STOCKWELL '66) HALLGREEN, Sr Mary RASSLEY '50, and Mary Ann DUNNIGAN '33. sorry, S-R removed this from free site; I will post it when I get a copy.

In March 2006, this IHM site moved to it's own URL: (also *.net, *.org, and *.info).

Extensive biographical updates and census data completed for all years.

Federal census data for priests and nuns for 1910, with boarding students; also for 1920; and for 1930.

Always something in Obituary abstracts for alumni.

Senior Composite Pictures, 1907 - 1971

Pictures of nuns who served at IHM.

Museum of North Idaho archive listings.

Reunion information page.

In 1903, St Cyril, which later became IHM Academy,opened in Coeur d'Alene. The original buildings for the convent and school and dormitory were the old Fort Sherman hospital and opera house, moved in 1905 to Ninth & Indiana. [Remember the aerial walkway between the convent and school/dorm building?]

Read two articles from the Coeur d'Alene Press in 1953, celebrating IHM's 50th anniversary.

In 1922, the high school became the first accredited Catholic High School in Idaho. The modern school building was built c1957.

IHM and St Thomas Grade School closed in 1971 when the IHM Sisters  [based in Scranton PA] withdrew from all western operations because of dwindling numbers of sisters.

In August 1996, The old St Thomas School building re-opened as   Holy Family Catholic School, serving grades K-8 in the Idaho Panhandle, especially the parishes of St Thomas, St Pius X and St George [Post Falls]. phone 208-765-4327 to donate or support the school, which now serves over 200 children at a new site, 3005 Kathleen Avenue. Or e-mail

Calling Scranton: connect to the Sisters of IHM Web Home Page to check out the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM's). Has an e-mail directory [find Sister Barbara (DuMont)!] and links to other IHM sites. There is also a group picture of the nuns in Cd'A.

Call-a-priest: St Thomas Catholic Church 919 Indiana, Cd'A 83814, is listed on the Parishes Online website, and has it's own site, too. (no confessions by e-mail)

St George parish in Post Falls once had Mass in Latin and Spanish; the Latin Mass is now part of St Joan of Arc Chapel in Cd'A.

St Pius X Parish, Coeur d'Alene. (Watch Mass live on your device.)

NEW LISTINGSt Thomas parish 100th Anniversary slide show (PowerPoint), from May 2011. Find-a-Grave listing for St Thomas Cemetery, (complete); entries managed by Bill '66 KAPAUN, after comparing cemetery records and photos of gravestones. Includes links to family members buried anywhere.

Jim MAKOVEC's 1997 List of permanent residents in St Thomas Cemetery, Cd'A

Longing for those 1950's & 60's Thursday hot-dog sales? Sorry! But for medals, rosaries, scapulars (with 500-day indulgence), Divine T-Shirts, jewelry, Catholic remedies and slide-shows of approved Marian apparition sites, contact IHOMM, not affiliated with IHM HS or author.

Look at a Picture of 1906/7 Juniors & Seniors in a classroom of the old fort building.


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IHM Alumni home page

web-page maintainer: Mike Ransom, IHM 1966. PO Box 1754, Albany OR 97321
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