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History of St. Francis High School

Sisters with students in front of St. Francis High School in 1965

St. Francis High School was founded in 1940 with a class of twelve young women on the top floor of St. Francis elementary school on K Street. The current campus opened in 1965 and underwent a major expansion in 2003-2004. Now, with an enrollment of over 1,000 and alumnae numbering over 8,000, St. Francis High School continues its legacy of spirit-filled community and educational excellence; of athletic merit and artistic accomplishment; of peace and goodness (Pax et Bonum).

At St. Francis, young women integrate their faith, knowledge, and experience of community to become effective Christian witnesses in our global society. This special mission makes St. Francis much more than an outstanding college preparatory school in the Sacramento region. St. Francis graduates understand that they can make a difference in today’s world – and make it!

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Beginnings of St. Francis High School

In the fall of 1940, St. Francis Elementary School at 2500 K Street extended its educational program to include its first ninth grade class. Twelve young women thus became the first class to attend St. Francis High School. After spending two years at St. Francis, the class was transferred to St. Joseph’s School, a three-story structure then located at 8th and I Streets. The young women who began their freshman year in 1941 became the first graduating class of St. Francis High School in the spring of 1945.

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Campus Expansion

In 2004, the first phase of campus renovation and expansion was completed, resulting in several new campus facilities. The Fine and Performing Arts Complex includes space for visual art, music, dance, and drama classes and a 500-seat theater. The Library Resource Center serves as the information hub of the campus, offering an integrated approach to research, study, and technology experience.

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