The following statement is in response to recent conversations on social media and questions from our constituents regarding Page 193 of the 1979 edition of Acres, the Ursuline Academy yearbook, which shows students, including two in "Blueface," and teachers at a student fundraising event entitled "Senior Slave Day":
Unquestionably we regret this awful incident in our school's history, and we sincerely apologize for the distress it has caused our students, our alumnae, and others in our Ursuline community.
Ursuline Academy is a place where we strive, each day and in every way, to be sure every single student feels she belongs. We are extraordinarily proud of our student body, more than 850 young women of many faiths, ethnicities, and socioeconomic groups.
We are a family characterized by inclusion and community. These values are fundamental to our mission as an educational institution and as a center of culture and faith.
Nevertheless, there is no question that what we see as unacceptable today should have been unacceptable 40 years ago. We are truly sorry.
Gretchen Z. Kane
President Ursuline Academy of Dallas