St. Joseph Parish was founded February 25, 1949 by the Most Reverend Charles P. Greco, Bishop of the Diocese of Shreveport. The Parish’s first pastor, Fr. Joseph B. Gremillon, and parishioners recognized the need for a school and their plans were put in action with the breaking of ground for the original school building (now the 1st and 2nd Grade hall) on May 1, 1950. St. Joseph Catholic School opened its doors for the first time in September 1951, surrounded by the expanding Broadmoor neighborhood. Since that day, our school has grown from five classrooms, four teachers and 102 students, to its current size of thirty-plus classrooms and nearly 400 students. In 1957, the middle school building was built next to the original building just in time for the first graduating class of 20 students.
The Sisters of the Order of Divine Providence served St. Joseph Catholic School from its opening in 1951 until 1976. The Sisters had a reputation as educators- The Mother House of the Sisters was located in San Antonio, Texas, also home to Lady of the Lake College, founded by their Order. They were later reassigned from St. Joseph School to other areas served by their Order.
Principals to serve St. Joseph Catholic School from the Order of Divine Providence were Sister Theonilla (1951-1957), Sister Bernard Marie (1957-1963), Sister Virginia Claire (1963-1964), Sister Leone Therese (1964-1967), and Sister Rita Louise (1967-1975). In 1976, Glenna Arnold took over as the first layperson to serve as principal.
When St. Joseph Church began construction of the Family Life Center in 2001, the homes in proposed location were moved to the corner of Atlantic and Patton to create our “Kindergarten Village”, which serves our pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students, easing the transition into school by providing a cozy, home-like atmosphere.
Today, St. Joseph Catholic School proudly continues its tradition of academic excellence by offering a rigorous curriculum that allows middle school students to receive 2 Carnegie Units in Algebra I and Spanish. Students participate in weekly Mass and begin each day with the school prayer, the school vision statement and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Over the past 65 years, thousands of students have spent their formative years walking the halls of St. Joseph Catholic School, learning the importance of the vision of St. Joseph Catholic School: To become responsible members of family, Church and community. Our students have gone on to many successful careers- doctors, lawyers, business owners, but all leave the halls of St. Joseph with a strong Catholic foundation, and an appreciation for their school and church.