20 years after tornado, Archbishop Neale School’s legacy continues

Memories remain vivid of the F4 tornado that roared through La Plata, Maryland 20 years ago in April 2002, when the storm destroyed the Archbishop Neale School building, but fortunately hit on a Sunday evening when there were no students or staff members there.

“That was terrifying. It was very scary. We were left not knowing what to do in the beginning,” said Cathy Robinson, who was then teaching first grade at the school.

Her whole classroom was destroyed, but somehow a statue of Mary remained, standing on a shelf.

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