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One last walk through the halls of St. Francis Upper School

The school closed in 2017
Posted at 12:35 PM, Dec 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-15 14:35:43-05

BILLINGS — A trophy from 1970 with the players' names engraved and a couch that one student used for reading.


This was just some of memorabilia found at what was last known as St. Francis Upper School in downtown Billings.

Fagg Family Properties, LLC opened the doors of the Fratt building at 205 North 32nd street.


It was a chance to see the school before it's remodeled into offices or apartments.

With a donation to Mayfair, the largest fundraiser for the Billings Catholic Schools, alumni, teachers and others could take home some memories.

About 300 people came through for a look at the building that closed as a school in 2017.


"This is a hundred years old, which in European standards or Egyptian standards isn't very old," said Russell Fagg, who owns the building with his family as part of Fagg Family Properties, "But for Montana it's pretty old. This is a piece of history. Literally probably 35,000 to 40,000 kids have been through the school over the hundred years. A lot of good memories came out of this school and the teachers and the relationships and the friendships. A lot of reminiscing. I think people had a lot of fun."

Fagg said his family plans on preserving the history of the building and it will keep original name on the outside, the Kate Fratt Memorial Parochial School.