On the early morning of Sept. 5, 1957, Sister Marie Josepha, resplendent in the striking black and white habit of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, opened the doors to a new school in Saratoga. Sacred Heart School began meeting the needs of the growing Catholic community in the City of Saratoga.
Father Gerald J. Geary led the campaign that made the school campus and building possible. Sacred Heart School was the first school of the newly established City of Saratoga and its parish was located a mile away from the school’s current location. Sacred Heart Parish was a Saratoga landmark built as a mission in the 1800s. The parish recognized the need to create a school that would serve the growing Catholic community of the city, and the school opened with grades first to fourth with the goal to open a new grade every year.
Fast forward to the morning of Sept. 5, 2017, when Sacred Heart’s Student Council led the student community in a rousing version of “Happy Birthday” at the morning assembly. At the end of the day, Principal Thomas Pulchny surprised the students by calling them all to gather at the lunch tables to celebrate with birthday cake and fruit for all. Needless to say, the students were ecstatic and joyful.
Continuing the month’s celebrations, the Student Council planned a fun and exciting Spirit Day with a 1950’s theme. Students arrived to school wearing their 50s attire and enjoyed the feel of the “fabulous 50s.”
The month ended with a whole-school dance with the theme, “Dance like it’s 1957.” More than 300 kids and adults attended and dressed up in the 50s theme, and at the helm of the turntables was DJ Curtis, entertainer extraordinaire! Poodle skirts were popular, as were letterman jackets, rolled up jeans, and white t-shirts. The Cronin Family, new this year to the school, donated a 1953 Dodge Coronet as a photo prop. Everyone had the chance to feel what was like to sit in a car of that bygone era. Our “Mustang Mascot” even made its appearance on the dance floor to the joy of all!
Sacred Heart’s school year will be filled with more events celebrating the rich Catholic tradition that has characterized the school since it’s inception, offering its students an academic excellence with the values of faith and service.