Immaculate Conception School

The Immaculate Conception School opened formally on September 4, 1882, with 520 pupils under the tutelage of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky. The first school was located on Court Street on the site now used as the parish parking lot.
The following year saw an influx of an additional two hundred students. The increase caused the parish to rent two vacant public school buildings in order to make Catholic training possible for the maximum number of children.
A high school was inaugurated the following year, but because only a small number of students went on to secondary training in those days, Catholic high school training was declared impractical. The high school closed for boys in 1889 and girls in 1905.
In 1937, the parish purchased the vacated Newburyport High School building which was located right next to the church, and used the facility until it was destroyed by a tragic fire on May 9, 1945.
In 1946 the high school was reopened and served the parish well until economic conditions forced the closing in 1964.
The Sacred Heart Chapel and its adjoining hall were converted to classrooms, and the Immaculate Conception School reopened its doors the following September in a refurbished facility serving close to 400 students.
A long time dream became a reality in 1955 when a new brick building was constructed consisting of eight classrooms, a large auditorium/gymnasium and a spacious cafeteria.
Our present-day facility is equipped with up-to-date technology for our eager students, including SMART boards and iPads. We continue to educate our children with state-of-the-art computer and science labs, and recent additions include a brand new security system, a newly renovated auditorium/gymnasium, an updated cafeteria that serves hot, healthy lunches, and renovated hallways, stairways, and restroom facilities. Thanks to the generosity of our families and friends, we continue to make regular upgrades to our school to ensure our children learn in a stimulating and safe educational environment.

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