Holy Saviour School

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Holy Saviour School of Holy Saviour Roman Catholic Parish was an elementary school located on Virginia Avenue in the Westmont section of Haddon Township, Camden County, New Jersey, United States, from 1929 to 2008. Holy Saviour parish (Emerald Avenue) was formally incorporated on December 7, 1928, after receiving a charter from the Bishop of Trenton in 1927 as “Church of the Holy Saviour,” a parish in what was then the Trenton Diocese.[1] Holy Saviour became part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden when it was formed in December 1937.[2]

Holy Saviour School opened with the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, of Halifax, Nova Scotia in September 1929. There were 142 pupils and by 1949, the school enrollment was 200 students.[3]

A new school building next to the original building was dedicated in 1958. It was financed principally through a 25-cent “seat collection” taken at all masses for a number of years.[4] By 1965, the school enrollment (first through eighth grade) was 615 students.[5] Throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s, Holy Saviour School’s graduating classes averaged 50 students or more.

In 1972 after 44 years of service, the Sisters of Charity ended their connection with Holy Saviour School. In September 1972, another order of sisters came to Holy Saviour. Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary served the school and parish for the next 36 years remaining at the school through its merger with St. John’s of Collingswood as Good Shepherd School in September 2008. Throughout the years, Holy Saviour School had graduated a total of more than 2100 students. There were 20 students in the class of 2008, the last graduating class of Holy Saviour School.[6]

School Mascot: Spartans
School Colors: Blue and Gold
County: Camden

References[edit]

  1. ^ Source: Dedication program, Dec. 14, 1941 (HS historical material collection)
  2. ^ Source: History, Diocese of Camden Wednesday, 18 March 2009
  3. ^ Source: 50th anniversary program (HS historical material collection)
  4. ^ Source: “The Suburban” (newspaper), June 24, 2965 (HS historical material collection).
  5. ^ Source: HS school materials, compiled by Frank Parker (at HS rectory)
  6. ^ Source: HS school materials, compiled by Frank Parker (at HS rectory)

Coordinates: 39°54′54″N 75°03′06″W / 39.91512°N 75.051534°W / 39.91512; -75.051534