Saint Joseph High School has become a staple in South Bend as well as in thousands of families’ lives. Sixty years ago on Sept. 20, the doors of Saint Joseph High School opened to welcome students from across the South Bend area.
To celebrate the occasion several members of the class of 1954 will serve up some birthday cake during the students’ lunch periods on Friday.
In 1953 it was the first consolidated, co-institutional Catholic high school around—meaning it accepted both male and female students from Central Catholic, Saint Hedwig, Saint Joseph’s Academy and South Bend Catholic High Schools.
The school maintained separate divisions for boys and girls until 1968 when the sexes merged in the classroom. Other changes have taken place like the transition from a faculty consisting of primarily priests, nuns and brothers, to one made up of lay people.
Now the school says its mission remains firmly rooted in Catholic traditions. As each class passes through the school many alumni stick around to send their children and even grandchildren through the hallways.