History


Partners in the mission to educate, the Jesuits and the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary organized the first parish school in 1907, enrolling fourteen boys and sixteen girls in the small classrooms located in the basement of the church.

The school grew to forty-three students by 1910. The nuns and priests created a legacy of high academic standards for the children while encouraging involvement in music, theatre and athletics.

By 1917, overcrowding in the small classrooms contributed to the decision to shift the girls to Holy Names Academy. This arrangement continued for more than forty years until the last all -male class graduated from St. Joseph School in 1963.

The decade from 1920 to 1930 saw rapid growth in population and housing in Capitol Hill neighborhoods. The close proximity of fine schools to the parish neighborhood created an enduring bond and identity that sustained generations of Capitol Hill families. At one time, Capitol Hill was referred to as “Catholic Hill.”

The Jesuits, Holy Names Sisters and school leadership seized the opportunity to begin a remarkable series of construction projects that would define the block between Aloha and Roy Streets for the next one hundred years. These capital campaigns were launched to expand the campus, including the expansion of the campus (now known as the middle school) in 1960, the Wyckoff Gymnasium, the new Parish Center, landscaping and pedestrian walkways in 1999, the installation of a bell and stained glass windows in the Church in 2004, and the further expansion of the campus including a Learning Resource Center in 2014.

For a full and rich history of the St. Joseph School read the decade story boards below.


In 1904 , the Jesuits had already built the Immaculate Conception Parish, and its pastor, Adrian Sweere, SJ, arranged to purchase the block bordered by 18th and 19th Avenues, Aloha and Roy Streets.

St. Joseph School (Beezer Brothers Architects) occupied by 182 students on November 13, 1923.

Principals Over the Years

Mr. Patrick Fennessy

2012- present

Mr. George Hofbauer

1990-2012

Mr. George Hofbauer
President

1989-1990

Mr. Ronald Cromwell
Principal

1989-1990

Mr. George Hofbauer
President

1986-1989

Ms. Deborah Gedaro
Principal

1986-1989

Sr. Jocie-Rhea Chism
Co-Principal

1977-1986

Mr. George Hofbauer
Co-Principal

1977-1986

Mr. James M. Eisenhardt

1972-1977

Sr. Mary Michael Archangel

1969-1972

Sr. Mary Dana – Hartney

1966-1969
Sr. Mary Roseen – Dolores Hurley

1962-1966

Sr. Marcia Ann

1961-1962

Sr. Mariam Michael

1955-1961

Sr. Mary Zoella

1952-1955

Sr. Mary Aquinas

1946-1952

Sr. Mary Wilfrida

1943-1946

Sr. Catherine Mary

1941-1943

Sr. Mary Doloreen

1939-1941

Sr. Bernadine Mary

1938-1939

Sr. Mary Gabriella

1934-1938

Sr. Veronica Mary

1930-1934

Sr. Mary Rita of Jesus

1929-1930

Sr. Mary Digna

1922-1929

Sr. Mary Rita of Jesus

1918-1922

Sr. Mary Maxilinda

1917-1918

Sr. Mary Everildis

1916-1917

Sr. Frances of Rome

1915-1916

Sr. Mary Alice

1911-1915

Sr. Mary James

1909-1911

Sr. Mary Eusebius

1908-1909

Jesuit Pastors Over the Years

John Whitney, S.J.

2009- present

Christopher Weekly, S.J.

2004-2009

Craig Boly, S.J.

1992-2004

Peter Ely, S.J.

1990-1992

Peter Byrne, S.J.
Co-Pastor

1984-1990

Patrick O’Leary, S.J.
Co-Pastor

1984-1986

William Hayes, S.J.

1982-1984

Patrick Hurley, S.J.

1974-1982

Michael McHugh, S.J.

1970-1974

Leo T. Eckstein, S.J.

1960-1970

Emmett J. Rinn, S.J.

1944-1960

Philip J. Soreghan, S.J.

1941-1944

Francis J. Blaes, S.J.

1937-1941

John J. Keep, S.J.

1936-1937
John A. McHugh, S.J.

1931-1936
William J. Deeney, S.J.

1925-1931
John A. McHugh, S.J.

1921-1925
James Brogan, S.J.

1920-1921
John A. McHugh, S.J.

1913-1920
Patrick Mahony, S.J.

1907-1913
Alexander M. Diomedi, S.J.

1906-1907