Centennial 1998 artwork

1898-1998: Our First Century at 150 Valparaiso Avenue

  • St. Madeleine Feast Day

    St. Madeleine Feast Day
    Rev. Mother Jane Fox accompanied by Mothers Weiss, Carrick, and Hogan traveled to Menlo Park to occupy the new building. Mass was celebrated and they began preparations to welcome the first pupils.
  • The Academy of Sacred Heart opens

    The Academy of Sacred Heart opens
    Mary and her sister, Gertrude Casey (age 7) were the first students to cross the threshold. School started with 23 students, "surpassing our expectations."
  • First Graduate from our Campus

    First Graduate from our Campus
    Eleanor Deming is the first graduate. Archbishop Riordan of San Francisco presides at the graduation, Later Miss Deming enters the Society of Sacred Heart and serves as Superior at Convent of the Sacred Heart Menlo on two occasions.
  • 5+ Acres are donated for St. Joseph's School

    5+ Acres are donated for St. Joseph's School
    On March 4, 1904, the feast of St. Joseph, Mrs.Joseph A. Donohoe (Emilie) deeds 5+ acres to the Society of the Sacred Heart to build a grammar school for the local children of Menlo Park. The school is named St. Joseph's after her late husband. St. Joseph's School opens to 74 girls and boys from the Menlo Park.
  • 1906 Earthquake Damage

    1906 Earthquake Damage
    Attic damage in the Main Building
  • 1906 Earthquake Fallen Arches

    1906 Earthquake Fallen Arches
    These fallen pillars are on our campus next to Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto across from Oakwood.
  • 1906 Earthquake

    1906 Earthquake
    The new parochial St. Joseph's school becomes a refuge for the nuns and Academy of the Sacred Heart students after the 1906 Earthquake damaged the Main Building.
  • Mother Mary Foley

    Mother Mary Foley
    Mother Mary Foley becomes Principal of St. Joseph's, a position she holds until 1949. She rules like a General, but as General as much loved as she is respected. This story describes her spirit, "Little Tappy Kimball came to school with her black airedale dog Marco Polo who would follow Tappy's horse each day, waiting at St. Joseph's until the school day ended. When Tappy graduated, Mother Foley bestowed on Marco Polo a diploma for his eight years of perfect attendance.