Holy Redeemer High School

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Holy Redeemer High School
HRHS seal.jpg
159 South Pennsylvania Boulevard
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, (Luzerne County), 18701
United States
Coordinates 41°14′29″N 75°53′3″W / 41.24139°N 75.88417°W / 41.24139; -75.88417Coordinates: 41°14′29″N 75°53′3″W / 41.24139°N 75.88417°W / 41.24139; -75.88417
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto Omnia per Christum
(All Things Through Christ)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 2007
Principal Anita M. Sirak
Vice principal Michael D. Booth
Faculty About 75
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 860
Color(s) Red, White and Gold             
Team name Royals
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]

Holy Redeemer High School is a high school of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton. It is located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States. It is currently the only Catholic high school in Luzerne County.


In January 2007, Bishop Joseph Martino announced the consolidation of four schools into a central Catholic high school for Luzerne County. On February 27, 2007, James J. Redington, then-principal of Seton Catholic High School in Pittston, was selected to be the first principal of the new Holy Redeemer High School.

The school opened on July 1, 2007. It is a consolidation of Bishop Hafey High School in Hazleton, Bishop Hoban High School in Wilkes-Barre, Bishop O'Reilly High School in Kingston and Seton Catholic High School in Pittston. The school is housed in the former Bishop Hoban building. Holy Redeemer's team name is the Royals and its colors are red, white and gold. Classes began in late August 2007. By fall of that year, its students and faculty had celebrated the first Opening Liturgy at St. Nicholas Church, the first Spirit Week, and the first Junior Ring Ceremony.

The school was not in session on February 28, 2008, because a majority of faculty members called in sick to protest the diocese's refusal to acknowledge a teachers' union. The following day, over 200 students conducted a walkout in support of the teachers and their position. The diocese did not accept the union's terms.[2]

On April 29, 2008, the high school conducted their first official ceremony for the National Honor Society. Holy Redeemer's first prom and talent show were held in May 2008. Later that school year, the high school community celebrated their first senior awards ceremony and senior graduation.

The high school's first student government election was held on December 17, 2008. The first student body officers were: President Joseph Sebastianelli, Vice President Matthew Powell, Secretary Moses Sam, and Treasurer Robert Gawlas.

On December 23, 2008, a car accident in Edwardsville, Pennsylvania, claimed the life of a junior from Holy Redeemer High School. Two other classmates were injured in the crash. Today a memorial plaque and a scholarship honor the deceased student (Ian Pope).[3]

In June 2010, the school's first principal, James Redington, retired. The assistant principal, Anita Sirak, succeeded him.


Activities at Holy Redeemer include:[4]

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling Club
  • Chess Club
  • Chorus
  • Color Guard
  • Cross Country
  • Diving
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Forensics
  • French Club
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Investment Club
  • Library Aides
  • Mock Law
  • National Honor Society
  • Pro-Life Club
  • P.J.A.S.
  • Royal Singers
  • Saint Michael's Society
  • School Musical
  • Ski Club
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Stage Crew
  • Student Leadership Council
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • T.V. Club
  • Volleyball
  • Yearbook Staff

Principals of Holy Redeemer[edit]

Principal Term
1 James J. Redington 2007–2010
2 Anita M. Sirak 2010–present