She expects excellence in whatever the girls do — even fire drills. “Our average is 2 minutes and 10 seconds,” she said, standing in the street on a recent day, watching the girls leave the building.

After the last girl had filed out, the assistant principal, Gilda King, checked the time and said, “One minute and 40 seconds.”

“A record,” Sister Dolores said.

At a party held by the school before the annual prom, girls bring their dates to meet Sister Dolores. “She looks deep into the boys’ eyes,” said Effie Maldari, the school’s finance director and a member of the class of ’68. Sister Dolores is checking to make sure they are worthy of a Fontbonne girl.

Plus it unsettles the boys a little.


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