School of St. Elizabeth
The School of Saint Elizabeth opened on November 18, 1916, thanks to the vision of Monsignor William I. McKean, the pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at the time, and the generosity of James Cox Brady, and his wife, Victoria Mary Pery Brady.
Born in Belfast, Ireland, McKean was a popular and able administrator whose pastorate was marked by extensive improvements to the parish. He quickly set his sights on starting a parochial school on parish property and struck up a timely friendship with a wealthy couple, the Bradys.
Brady, a Yale graduate and a prominent, wealthy businessman, had amassed a fortune from his father, Anthony N. Brady. The elder Brady, a business partner of Thomas Edison, was among the railroad tycoons during the Gilded Age who turned profits from railway transactions into Wall Street fortunes in gas and electric companies, mining enterprises and the tobacco industry.