Resurrection High School (Mississippi)
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|Resurrection High School|
|520 Watts Avenue
Pascagoula, Mississippi, (Jackson County) 39567
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Accreditation||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools |
|Affiliation||National Catholic Educational Association |
The history of Resurrection Catholic School dates back to October 6, 1882, when five Sisters of Perpetual Adoration arrived in Pascagoula to establish a convent and conduct a school. The Sisters began teaching in the school, called the Academy of the Guardian Angels, immediately; initial enrollment was 47 students. Since that date, there has been continuous Catholic education for the people on the same site.
Five years later, in 1888, the Catholic population of Pascagoula had grown to 1,000 people; this comprised 30% of the total population of the area. Enrollment in the school had also grown significantly, with 150 students enrolled.
The first commencement exercises were held in 1889. Three students graduated in this first class.
In 1932 the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration officially changed the name of their religious order to the Sisters of the Most Holy Sacrament (MHS) and celebrated the golden jubilee of their order.
In 1937, Our Lady of Victories (as the school was now called) received certification by the State of Mississippi. A new school building was erected in 1947; the gymnasium/auditorium was added in 1956. In 1959, a new grammar school was erected. In 1964, Sacred Heart Elementary School was dedicated and opened with a large enrollment. In 1967, the high school became inter‑parochial with all area parishes assuming responsibility for its direction. In 1974, due to declining numbers, the Most Holy Sacrament Sisters relinquished leadership of the school; the Sisters formally withdrew in 1988, the same year that Bishop Howze announced the merger of OLV Central High School, OLV Elementary, and Sacred Heart Elementary School into one school system, Resurrection Catholic School.
Throughout its more than one hundred years, service to the community has been a goal of the school. The achievement of this goal was recognized in 1976 by Governor Cliff Finch and Senator Trent Lott. Governor Finch stated, "For 94 years this institution has served as a beacon of hope and light by offering superior instruction not only in the skills of learning but also in solid Christian ethics." Senator Trent Lott remarked, "Since coming into Jackson County, Mississippi, in 1882, the Catholic schools have contributed substantially to the educational and ethical development of the community."
The school suffered major damage due to Hurricane Katrina and has finally finished rebuilding with the help Principal McKennah's leadership and positive attitude. After rebuilding, Resurrection also started a football and have been balling out these past couple of years. Last year they made it to the state championship and are hoping to acquire ring. With dawgs on the team like Norman Douglas, Hunter Sharp and Blake Porter. Who ever gonna shake some, take some. Also FREE KODAK
The Resurrection Catholic sports team mascot is the Eagle. RCHS has several sports teams, including Football, Track and Field, Cross Country, Fast and Slow pitch Softball, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Tennis, Cheerleading, and Baseball.
There are many clubs and activities at RCHS, including:
RCS Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide a nurturing atmosphere where each student can reach his full potential as a well-educated, caring, and responsible Christian who can meet the challenges of a challenging society.