The Hill Neighborhood
The Hill Neighborhood is located in St. Louis City. Its boundaries are Manchester Avenue to the north, Kingshighway on the east, Southwest and Columbia to the south and Hampton Avenue to the west. Besides the boundary streets, other important streets for the neighborhood are Marconi, Macklind, Sublette Ave, Wilson and others. Called "The Hill" because its original boundaries included the highest ground in St. Louis, about where Sublette Avenue intersects Arsenal Street, where the old State Hospital is located. Surrounding neighborhoods are the Southwest Garden Neighborhood on the south and east, Forest Park Southeast Neighborhood on the east, Kings Oak and Cheltenham neighborhoods on the north and the Ellendale and Clifton Heights neighborhoods on the west.
The Hill is a neighborhood that is proud of its Italian heritage. Famous for being the birthplace of "toasted ravioli" and for its wonderful Italian restaurants, bakeries and grocers, visitors will also enjoy the annual Columbus Day Parade and the fire hydrants brightly painted the Italian colors of green, white and red. Quaint brick "shotgun" homes are predominant throughout this tightly woven and stable community. Since the late nineteenth century, Italians, such as Yogi Berra, have called "the Hill" home and today many of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren still do!
St. Ambrose Catholic Church has been the center of the neighborhood since 1903. The parish was established for the predominately Italian speaking Catholics in the area. Many community events in the Hill Neighborhood are sponsored by the parish. Those events include the St. Joseph Day Celebration in March, La Festa held in October and the Christmas on the Hill festivities in December, all are held at the St. Ambrose Church. Another annual community event is the Columbus Day Parade, held in October, which winds through the streets of the Hill and ends in Berra Park where the Columbus Day Festival is held. The Jaycees "Thrill on the Hill" Soap Box Derby is held each year in June in the Hill Neighborhood and takes place on Macklind Avenue.
The neighborhood is served by the St. Louis Public School District. The district's Gateway STEM High School , a Magnet high school with a focus of Math, Science and Technology, and the Shaw Visual and Performing Arts Elementary School, also a Magnet School, are both located in the Hill Neighborhood. A private school is also found in the neighborhood, the St. Ambrose Catholic School that has grades Kindergarten through 8th grade.
The neighborhood has one of the many St. Louis City parks, Berra Park. The park features almost 5 acres of parkland with athletic fields for soccer and softball and a playground, restrooms and water fountains.
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