Saint Joseph High School History
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.