St. Joseph High School (Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania)

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St. Joseph High School
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Address
800 Montana Avenue
Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania, (Allegheny County) 15065
United States
Coordinates 40°37′15″N 79°43′39″W / 40.620764°N 79.727512°W / 40.620764; -79.727512Coordinates: 40°37′15″N 79°43′39″W / 40.620764°N 79.727512°W / 40.620764; -79.727512
Information
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) St Joseph
Established 1915
Founder Bishop Regis Canevin
Status Open
School district Highlands School District
CEEB code 392855
Principal Beverly Kaniecki
Headteacher Rosanne Pucciarelli
Grades 912
Average class size 50
Color(s) Red, White and Blue             
Slogan "What Kind of School Do You Want?"
Athletics Basketball, Swimming, Volleyball, Track, Baseball, Softball, Golf, Bowling, Tennis, Soccer, Cheerleading
Athletics conference WPIAL (PIAA District 7)
Team name Spartans
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Publication Emporium (literary magazine)
Admissions Director Shane Palumbo
Athletic Director Chris Oshnock
Known For Beautiful traditions with strong teacher personas and a familial student body
Clubs Farm Club, Board Game Club, Glee Club, Book Club, French Club, Chinese Club, Latin Club
Website
Catholic School of Excellence

Saint Joseph High School is a private, parochial Roman Catholic high school in Harrison Township, Pennsylvania. It is the only parish-operated high school in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

History[edit]

Saint Joseph High School was established in 1915 by Bishop Regis Canevin as part of Saint Joseph Church, a parish in Natrona, Pennsylvania.[2] Originally, the high school only housed 9th and 10th grade students until becoming a four year institution in 1922.

The school opened the Walter Dlubak Athletic Center in 2009, home to the SJHS Spartans; math and science classes are also held in the building.[3] It shares its main school building with Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School, an elementary school for grades Pre-K through 8

In September 2015, Saint Joseph High School celebrated their Centennial which continued with other celebrations throughout the 2015-16 school year. Some of these included the rental of a snow cone truck, a pilgrimage to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, pep rallies, and a special red centennial school uniform sweater with the centennial logo.

Traditions[edit]

On the first day of each new school year, SJHS holds a Moving in Ceremony, in which new students are welcomed into the school community. A few days later, the students travel to Harrison Hills Park for an all school picnic. This picnic formerly contained a freshman vs. senior football game until it was cancelled in 2015 and replaced that same year with a class-against-class whiffle ball tournament.

On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the students enjoy an 11:30 dismissal as the previous year's senior class returns to the school to collect with yearbooks and reconnect with underclassman friends still at St. Joe's. Following the shortened school day, the underclassman face off against the seniors in the annual Turkey Bowl football game, a tradition that has lasted over 30 years.

On the last night before the students leave for Christmas vacation, the school semi-formal dance is held. As St. Joseph lacks a football team and thus has no homecoming dance, this dance holds much prestige among the students.

In May, the freshman and sophomores each hold separate parties for the senior class, known as F&S and S&S respectively, as their "going away" celebrations. The junior class funds and organizes the junior-senior prom.

The last day of school is an 11:30 dismissal, and is also Moving Up Day. As the senior class has already graduated, the juniors are called upon to become the new leaders of the school, while each class is recognized to have "moved up" into the next grade.

Alma mater[edit]

All hail to St. Joe's High! Noble and strong.
Through the dear portals lies the truth of our song.
Fly thy colors, red and blue, Wisdom echoing.
Lead on, O guiding light, of thee we sing.
All hail to St. Joe's High! Our voices raise.
To the Alma Mater, the tribute of our praise.
Live, O Alma Mater! Humble hearts we bring.
Bearer of truth and light of thee we sing.[4]

This is sung by the student body at nearly all school functions and after all basketball games and school dances, much to the student body's everlasting shame.

Athletics[edit]

Saint Joseph High School offers a variety of athletic programs. The SJHS Spartans field men's and women's teams in the WPIAL in: baseball/softball, basketball, bowling, volleyball, golf, tennis, swimming, and soccer. In addition, St Joseph students can participate in ice hockey through Burrell High School. By PIAA rule, if a St. Joe's student wishes to participate in a team sport not provided by the school, such as football, they may play with the high school for the school district in which they reside.

Student body profile[edit]

As of June 2013, St. Joseph has 204 students total through grades 9-12

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  2. ^ "School Mission Statement". Saint Joseph High School. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-11-11. 
  3. ^ Thomas, Mary Ann (2009-10-17). "There was much to bless at St. Joseph High School in Harrison". Valley News Dispatch. Tribune-Review Publishing Company. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  4. ^ "Student Handbook". Saint Joseph High School. 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2007-11-11. 

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