Holy Rosary School kicks off 50th anniversary celebrations

Sep 25, 2014
Courtesy of: Holy Rosary Church (from left to right) Father Kenneth Haydock and Principal Sue Venable accept a proclamation from Mayor Dave Earling, commemorating Holy Rosary’s contributions to the community.

Holy Rosary Catholic School is celebrating 50 years of Catholic education in Edmonds with a series of golden anniversary events for the community this year.

“It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come in 50 years,” said Holy Rosary’s Principal Sue Venable. “As a longtime Holy Rosary parishioner and former Holy Rosary School parent, I know what an incredible gift it is to be part of this Holy Rosary family, and we are excited to celebrate this important milestone with our community.”

Events kicked off with a school assembly on Sept. 19, where Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling issued a special proclamation commemorating Holy Rosary’s contributions to the community.

“Today we celebrate a joyous achievement in the life of Holy Rosary Parish –– the 50th anniversary of our school,” said Holy Rosary Pastor Father Kenneth Haydock. “Over the life of this school, many other parish schools have closed under financial duress. The flourishing of this school through tumultuous times attests to the persistent dedication of Holy Rosary parishioners, parents, teachers and administrators to passing on our faith through Holy Rosary School.”

Holy Rosary has scheduled special events throughout the school year to celebrate its golden anniversary, including a special anniversary mass and dinner with Archbishop Peter Sartain on Nov.15, an Alumni Reunion Evening on Jan. 30 and the school-parish Golden Gala Auction on March 7.

A full list of events can be found on the school’s website at www.hrsedmonds.org.

“Celebrating our golden anniversary is a wonderful opportunity for us to acknowledge and thank all the dedicated parish members, students, families and community members who have so generously supported our school over the past 50 years,” Venable said.

“We hope to see many familiar faces throughout this year’s celebrations. And please feel free to contact us throughout the year to schedule a campus tour and see what’s new at Holy Rosary.”

Holy Rosary School opened Sept. 25, 1964, as a primary ministry of Holy Rosary Parish, with about 120 students enrolled in the first three grades and plans to add another grade each year.

Fifty years later, more than 250 students are now enrolled in classes Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade, on a campus with a renovated school, full-size gymnasium, cafeteria, library, parish center, courtyard, soccer field and extensive playground.

In 1996, Father Kenneth Haydock became Pastor of Holy Rosary Parish and guided the school renovation.

Today, the school is fully accredited by the WCEA, provides Spanish instruction to all grades, offers state-certified Pre-K and Extended Care programs, as well as an acclaimed music program, physical education program, annual speech tournament, STEM curriculum, and community service projects.

Over the past 50 years, more than three thousand students have graduated from Holy Rosary.

Holy Rosary School in Edmonds is a fully WCEA accredited, Catholic school engaging students in Pre-Kindergarten to grade 8 that has been inspiring life-long learners since 1964. For more information, visit www.hrsedmonds.org.


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