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History and Traditions

Cardinal McIntyre asked the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ) to establish a high school for girls in Lakewood and on September 14, 1964, Saint Joseph High School officially opened.  The pioneer freshman class of 1964 with 103 students began school while construction was still in progress.
 
An additional class was added each year until the first graduation in 1968.  Saint Joseph High School steadily grew to a peak enrollment of 864 in 2006.  Presently there are 600 students and over 8,000 alumnae.
 
SJHS is sponsored by Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and our connection to the Sisters is integral to who we are as a high school for young women. From the beginning until now, the charism of the Sisters has flourished in each of us and in how we educate each of our students--in an Ignatian-Salesian climate in which we strive for "excellence tempered by gentleness, peace and joy" (CSJ Consensus Statement).
 
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, and those who work with them, are called to live the charism of the Sisters—a charism of unity, reconciliation and service to the “dear neighbor without distinction.” Since 1964, Saint Joseph High School has journeyed with the Sisters in this mission. We invite all new members of our school community to join with us as we continue to strive for unity, reconciliation and service to the dear neighbor in the spirit of love, hope and zeal—our school motto.
 
 
Traditions
 
School Motto
The motto of Saint Joseph High School is illustrated on its seal. Love, Hope and Zeal are not only words, they are the true spirit of the students of Saint Joseph High School.
 
School Colors
The colors of Orange and White stand for the spirit of the students of Saint Joseph High School. They not only brighten but lighten the students' expression of their zeal (orange) for the school and their hope (white) for the future.
 
In addition to our school colors, each class is represented by a unifying color.  For the 2016-2017 school year, the class colors are
 
  • Seniors, Class of 2017, YELLOW
  • Juniors, Class of 2018, GREEN
  • Sophomores, Class of 2019, BLUE
  • Freshmen, Class of 2020, RED (handed down by the Class of 2016)
 
The Jester
The symbol of the Court Jester had its origins in Christ's Passion, one who accepts pain and returns only joy, love and light. The fruit of the Resurrection becomes the promise of eternal joy offered to us by One who paid the ultimate price and invites participation by those who discover the clown in their hearts.
 
The Jester, a clever, happy, friendly, and lively character, spreads kindness and happiness to others, makes work pleasant and encourages students to participate in the curricular and co-curricular activities of the school. The Jester, thus, represents the students of Saint Joseph High School.
 
The School Seal
The seal of Saint Joseph High School is a shield to represent the strength that comes through knowledge.  It contains the initials of St. Joseph (St. J), patron of the school. The cross in the background stands for our faith.
 
The fleur de lis in the upper left-hand corner may be small but represents the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ) who founded Saint Joseph High School in 1964.  The CSJ congregation  originated in France in 1650 and the fleur de lis is a component of the CSJ seal.
 
Salute To The Cross 
I pledge loyalty unto the King eternal, immortal and invincible
to the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Alma Mater
Saint Joseph our patron,
Saint Joseph our aid,
May your dear memory never fade.
Be our beacon: Be our light,
Help us always to do what's right.

May our Alma Mater ever stand
As a guide for all the land
A symbol of love and hope and zeal
And a pride that everyone should feel.
 
Saint Joseph our patron,
Saint Joseph our aid,
May your dear memory never fade.
Be our beacon: Be our light,
Help us always to do what's right.
 
Orange and white our colors bright and bold
Will win for us glories untold
So students, raise your hearts to the sky
To our Alma Mater-Saint Joseph High.

Lorena Cash Sweet, '68
Sister Veronica Brutosky, CSJ