History

HISTORY OF

OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL

Founded by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes School welcomed its first pupils on September 13, 1949.  Three Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Miss Bernice Fay, taught two hundred twenty- five children in grades one through six.

Sister Mary Carla taught first grade and Sister Mary Baptist taught second and third grades.  The fourth grade teacher was Miss Fay.  Sister Mary Gilberta was in charge of fifth and sixth grades.  She was also the Principal.

Two units of the projected three units were completed by opening day of the first year.  These units consisted of four classrooms and an assembly room.

The playground was for a time provided by nature, but later the rocky ground was leveled and topped with asphalt.

In the second year of existence, the seventh grade was opened.  Enrollment increased by one hundred and a new member was added to the faculty.

Enrollment in the school increased by fifty in the third year and it continued to do so; eventually there were two classrooms for each grade.

In 1960, eight more classrooms were added across the street to increase the number of classrooms to sixteen.

In the years between 1971 and 1978, one classroom at each grade level was closed, thus returning the classroom count to eight rooms.

In September of 1986, Our Lady of Lourdes opened its Kindergarten class.

In 2003, under the supervision of a new Principal, the sixth grade was moved to the northwest campus to form a departmentalized junior high school. The former sixth grade classroom was converted to the Library. The former library was transformed into the new Teachers’ Resource Center and Lounge.

In 2004, a Science Lab and Literacy Center was formed for the Junior High students.

In 2007, the afterschool day care program was transformed into the Afterschool Curriculum Enrichment Program (ACE).  In 2009, O.L.L. began construction of a Preschool for three and four-year-old children.

In 2011, the parish preschool, Our Lady of Lourdes Rose Cottage Preschool, opened.

2015-16 celebrated the school’s 67th anniversary of the school and the 96th anniversary of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.