The History of Holy Family Catholic School
Holy Family Catholic School was opened on November 7, 1956, during the pastorate of the parish’s founding pastor, Fr. James S. Honnen. The classes were held in three portable buildings. Seventy-five students were enrolled the first year. The faculty consisted of two Dominican Sisters and one lay teacher. The first principal was Sister Andrew Irene, O.P.
In 1961, the present two-story masonry building was dedicated and two of the portables were sold. In 1967 the parking lot was paved and the basketball court was added. The science room was opened in 1974. In August of 1977 the school welcomed its first Kindergarten class and later that year an addition to the building was finished and dedicated by Bishop Charles B. McLaughlin. By 1985, the additions to the building were completed, including a computer lab, multi-purpose room, media center, art room and extended Kindergarten classroom.
In 1988, a change in the school’s leadership saw the introduction of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary after 31 years of Dominican administration. Sister Regina Peltz, S.N.J.M. assumed the role of principal for the school. Sister Regina remained at the school for seven years and then retired from active ministry. At that time, Sister Florence Marino, a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, became principal.
Under Sister Florence’s leadership the school saw a dramatic period of curriculum development in the 1990s. New technology was added to the classrooms, including access to the Internet and computer learning stations for student use. The middle school math program was enhanced in 1994, when advanced math courses (including Algebra) were added to seventh and eighth grade. The addition of a bi-weekly news program, The HFS News, was begun in 1996 by the school’s media specialist to teach the middle school students journalism.
During the last decade, the school has continued to enhance its program. The Starfall Curriculum was introduced to Kindergarten in 2006, and expanded into first grade in 2008. In 2011, the school started a relationship with the University of Notre Dame Alliance for Catholic Education, bringing the teaching staff of the school to a new level. Also in that year, the school contracted with an outside source to bring an extra-curricular band program to grades 3-8. Finally, in 2014, the middle school iPad (1:1) program began, providing additional opportunities for the students to work with current technology.
In 2015, Sister Florence retired after an incredible term as the school principal. Mr. Chris Meyer, the school’s first lay principal, began his tenure in July 2015.