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Founded in 1878, Creighton University is a private, co-educational university in the United States founded by the Society of Jesus, one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Located in Omaha, Nebraska, the school educates more than 6,000 students each year in nine schools and colleges.
The school is named after a wealthy family of philanthropists who helped develop the institution since its inception. Mary Lucretia Creighton left USD $100,000 for the establishment of the university in memory of her husband's dream of creating an exclusive school for higher education in Nebraska that taught local students with the values of Catholic faith in mind. Also key to the establishment of the university were John A. Creighton and Sarah Emily Wareham . Both were honored by the Pope in 1895 with formal papal titles for their service to the faith through the university.
In its early years, Creighton educated students from kindergarten to graduate school. Creighton Preparatory School became a separate entity in the 1950s, moving to a new campus in what was then West Omaha near 72nd and Dodge Streets. Today, Creighton Prep educates about one thousand young men and consistently ranks as one of the finest secondary educational institutions in the state of Nebraska.
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