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History of the School


A forty-year dream for a Catholic High School in the Upstate became a reality when, in 1993, the works and prayers of many individuals, united by the desire to improve the choices for secondary education in the area, culminated in the opening of St. Joseph’s High School in Greenville.

The school’s beginnings, or what those close to the school often refer to as “The Miracle”, began with a group of nine lay founders: Louis Beck, Mary Cotter, Janelle Malone, Barbara McGrath, John McGrath, Nancy McGrath, Tom McPartland, Margaret Ann Moon, and Bradley Van Name. Armed with a single donation of $800, these founders set out on a massive mailing campaign to “get the word out” that after many years of planning and discussions, the school was finally going to open.

On August 26, 1993, classes began at St. Joseph’s High School for thirteen ninth grade students in a small house leased to the school for one dollar by St. Michael’s Lutheran Church on Augusta Road.

A Conversation with SJCS Founding Board Chair Margaret Ann Moon (August 17, 2012)

Part 1

Part 2