1995 - 1997
In the fall of 1995, the parish family, under the guidance of our Pastor, Reverend Anthony J. Massi, began the process of building a new school. Construction of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish School started in the spring of 1996; the doors were opened for 学生 on August 21, 1997. 博士. Maria Avellar-Fleming as the founding Principal, the school initially had a total of sixteen classrooms, offering classes from pre-school to fourth grade, accommodating 170 families, 226名学生, 和 25 工作人员 members.
The spiritual goal of the school from the start has been to provide its 学生 the opportunity to develop their life in Christ through religious instruction 和 the practice of their faith so that they may receive the Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Apostolic 教堂. The ultimate goal of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish School is to provide a balanced environment of prayer, 和 prepare 学生 for their future life as a “New Generation in Christ.”
2000 - 2002
The building of additional classrooms began during the year 2000. Expansion of additional grades has been continuous. In the spring of 2002, the school graduated the first eighth grade class.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of administrators, teachers 和 工作人员, the Home 和 School Association, Homeroom Parents 和 volunteers, the school holds an excellent reputation in the “Three A’s”: 学者, 皇冠体育官网, 和艺术. The school provides a strong academic curriculum 和 an exemplary Physical Education 和艺术 program.
The school has grown dramatically in its short existence, creating the need for additional members of the administration 和 工作人员. In August of 2000, with 433 学生 enrolled, 夫人. 玛丽莲年代. Bimonte joined the school as the Assistant Principal. Additions to the physical plant were also made.
2004 - 2006
On March 5, 2004, the school dedicated the new track 和 on October 19, 2005, a baseball field. This expansion was a wonderful enhancement to the physical education 和 competitive sports program.
在博士. Maria Avellar-Fleming’s resignation in the spring of 2004, 夫人. 玛丽莲年代. Bimonte became the Interim Principal for the school year 2004-2005.
The school has earned recognition in academics 和 athletics, being voted “Most Outst和ing Physical Education Program of Dade County” by the Sports Society in the school year of 2004-2005. It also received the overall academic award at the Columbus High School Academic Olympics in the school year 2004-2005 和 once again in the 2006-2007 school year at the Archbishop Coleman Carroll High School Academic Olympics.
Mr. 托马斯·E. Halfaker was appointed Principal of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish School in July of 2005. The school’s enrollment was 402 families, 622 学生 和 61 工作人员 members. 夫人. 劳拉•克. Sanchez joined as the Assistant Principal in the 2006-2007 school year, when the school nearly reached its capacity with 652 学生 和 two classrooms of each grade level from Pre-K3 to 8th grade.
During the 2007-2008 school year, the school began its initial accreditation process. The eighteen month process was a joint effort between the administration, 工作人员, 学生, 父母, 和 parishioners. It was completed in April of 2009. The Florida Catholic Conference fully accredited the school in July of 2009.
The construction of the final phase of the school began in July, 2008, under the leadership of Reverend Father Fern和o Isern 和 Mr. 托马斯·E. Halfaker. 这个美丽的, two story building was inaugurated in June of 2009, with a special blessing from Archbishop John C. gavalora. This parish expansion houses the church accounting offices, school administrative offices, 诊所, physical education office, 自助餐厅, 艺术套件, 音乐套件, computer lab 和 media center.
A historical moment for our parish took place in October, 2009, when our Pastor was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Pueblo Colorado. Bishop Fern和o Isern's ordination took place on December 10, 2009 in Pueblo Colorado. We bid farewell to Bishop Fern和o Isern 和 extended a warm welcome to our new Pastor, Msgr. Kenneth Schwanger, who came to us from St. Jerome Parish in Fort Lauderdale. He commenced his duties as our Pastor in January, 2010.
在Msgr. Kenneth Schwanger's leadership, our parish continues to grow as a faith based community. Many new ministries have been developed to faithfully serve the needs of the growing community. Renovations 和 improvements have been made to our church 和 school grounds.