Strict but Trusted, Sister Dolores Is Irreplaceable at Fontbonne
One of the first lessons a Fontbonne girl learns is that no good can come from crossing Sister Dolores.
The Sister, principal of Fontbonne Hall Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school in Brooklyn, once jumped out of her 2004 Toyota Corolla, confiscated a girl’s beer, emptied it into the gutter, explained that as a certified alcohol counselor she could have the girl arrested, then waited while the shellshocked child called her parents to report herself.
By the time the girls are seniors, they understand that when Sister Dolores says they are free to choose their own graduation dress, she means if it passes inspection.
Starting in early May, they bring them to the principal’s office and change in the bathroom.
“Let me see you,” Sister Dolores said to Alessandra Fodera, who will be attending Georgetown University in the fall. “Turn around.”
The dresses cannot be strapless. Straps must be at least one and a half inches wide. Hems are to be one and a half inches off the floor. Shoes must be white and can be high heels, but not too high.
Gowns will absolutely not be off-white, diamond white, or eggshell white. Only white-white.