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
Superintendent Msgr. David L. Tressler
Principal Anita M. Sirak
Chaplain Fr. Joseph P. Elston
Faculty About 75
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 635
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.

Principals of Holy Redeemer[edit]

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


Year Population
2007 860 students
2017 635 students

Alma mater[edit]

Holy Redeemer,
Hail the red, white, and gold;
We are faith, hope, and love.
We are one from the many,
United and proud,
With courage from above.
In the Spirit of Christ,
Our story is told.
Our Redeemer sustains us
As our lives do unfold.
Loyal, united with pride de we hail;
We are Holy Redeemer Royals;
We are Holy Redeemer High.


Holy Redeemer High School is located within Wilkes-Barre Area School District (seen in blue). It is currently the only Catholic high school in Luzerne County.

Holy Redeemer School System[edit]

The coat of arms of the Diocese of Scranton
Superintendent of Schools
Msgr. David L. Tressler [5]

High school[edit]

  • Holy Redeemer High School, Wilkes-Barre

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Good Shepherd Academy, Kingston
  • Holy Family Academy, Hazleton
  • Holy Rosary Elementary School, Duryea
  • Saint Nicholas/Saint Mary Elementary School, Wilkes Barre
  • Saint Jude Elementary School, Mountain Top
  • Wyoming Area Catholic Elementary School, Exeter