Our History

Maroon & Gold Through the Years

1960s:

  • Building work begins on the new co-institutional school, run by the Marist Brothers and the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
  • The new building at 2320 Huntington Turnpike opens, with Brother Joseph Kelly as Principal of the boys, and Sisters Alphonsine as Principal for the girls.
  • PSATs make their first appearance at St Joseph High School, and the terrifying words ‘College Boards’ soon enter every Junior’s vocabulary.
  • Somewhere in Shangri-la is the theme for the first Junior Ring Dance.
  • St Joseph High School presents the first graduating class from both the girls and the boys schools.

 

1970s:

  • St Joseph High School ceases to be a co-institutional school, and becomes a co-educational facility. Brother Edward Caffrey is the first Principal to serve in this capacity. His warm smile and accessible personality are his legacy to the halls of the school.
  • The first Director of Development is appointed.
  • A faculty room and senior lounge are instituted, and become the favored spots on the first floor.
  • In 1976, Monsignor Richard Shea is appointed Principal of St Joseph High School.

 

1980s:

  • St Joe's embarks during this decade on an ambitious schedule of expansion: a new school wing housing the Guidance Suite, an art room and additional teaching space is built, and the athletic complex is realized.
  • With detail-oriented and gregarious Brother David in charge of Student Activities, St Joseph High School hosts a successful Walk-a-thon and the message of ‘Go for Joe’ is born.

 

1990s:

  • The Advisory Board of Directors for St Joseph High School is established.

 

2000s:

  • The adoption of the Principal/President model and appoints Richard Bishop as President, and Matthew Kenney, PhD as Principal.
  • Five new science labs are opened in the school, providing expanded opportunities for both teaching and learning in Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Earth Sciences.
  • Kenneth Mayo is appointed as Principal.
  • A new Altar is dedicated in the Alumni Chapel, and the newly renovated and expanded fields, tennis courts and track are named the Dalling Sports Complex.
  • William J Fitzgerald, MDiv, PhD is appointed as President.
  • The commitment to 21st century learning continues with the installation of whiteboards in every classroom.

 

2010s:

  • St Joseph High School completes construction on the O'Keefe Academic Center, which adds 19,000 square feet of instructional and collaborative space for the St Joseph High School Community.
  • St Joseph High School celebrates 50 years of continued excellence in Catholic education, with over 800 students enrolled, a wait list for all four classes, and an excited eye turned to the future.
  • Dr James P Keane is appointed as Principal.
  • Completion of the Wetlands & Nature Boardwalk in 2017
  • Completion of the Health & Wellness Center in 2018
  • In 2019, Mrs Nancy DiBuono was named the new Principal of St Joseph High School.
     

2020s:

  • Dr Fitzgerald retires as head of school on June 30th, 2020. As of July 1, 2020,  David Klein is appointed the new Head of School. 

Mission Statement:
St Joseph High School strives to be the premier college preparatory school in Southern Connecticut. The school provides a learning environment that embraces the Gospel values of the Roman Catholic faith and promotes a commitment to family and community.  

The school prepares our young women and young men to realize their potential, helps them to excel in higher education, and provides a foundation to guide them throughout their lives.


 

 

 

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