Diocese Of Worcester - St. Bernard's Central Catholic High School, Fitchburg, MA

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St. Bernard's Central Catholic High School, the Diocesan Catholic High School in Northern Worcester County, proudly educates its students in a Christ-centered, student-focused, college preparatory environment. By providing a safe and structured academic climate, St. Bernard's recognizes and promotes each student's unique gifts and talents, in both the curricular and extra-curricular realms. A St. Bernard's education builds a bridge to the future, while maintaining ties to the school's rich past. In doing so, St. Bernard's strives to produce community leaders who embrace the school's maxim: "love one another."
THE HISTORY OF ST. BERNARD’S HIGH SCHOOL:
The first mission of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the United States was to begin a Catholic high school in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.


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In 1920, during the pastorate of Rev. James J. Donnelly at St. Bernard’s parish, the Sisters began a high school for young women named St. Bernard's High School. Eight students were educated in a commercial course and housed in the basement of St. Bernard’s Girls’ School.

In the spring of 1925, the Page Estate on Summer and Harvard Streets, owned by Henry T. Page, was purchased. The house was used as a convent for the Sisters and the stable and rose garden would be replaced by a high school. Construction began in July of 1926.

In temporary quarters at the Girls’ School, fifty-four boys and girls began an extended curriculum including Classical Course.

On September 4, 1927, doors opened at the new high school at 45 Harvard Street. Eight Sisters instructed 185 students. A newspaper account of the event stated, “…the new school will occupy a prominent part in the education of boys and girls of the city in the future.”

Due to the large number of students seeking entrance to the school, a portable building was installed on the campus in 1935. Four portables, known by the students as “chicken coops, ” were in use by 1939.
Today, with a college prep curriculum, the student body of St. Bernard’s Central Catholic High School hails from two states and 32 communities. 96-98% of our graduates attend prestigious colleges across the country. There is a STBCCHS graduate living in every state in the U.S. and in ten countries around the world. Graduates are prominent in the church, business, politics, education, and service to our country. The words printed in the 1927 yearbook, “…the new school will occupy a prominent part in the education of boys and girls of the city in the future, ” have been realized and surpassed.
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