St. Rose School celebrating 100 years

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Later this month, St. Rose School in Girard is having a series of events to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

The school has undergone some renovations, but it is still on the same site where it originally was built in 1913. Principal Linda Borton said the site of the new playground is where the original school was located. The new portion was built in 1955.

“It has undergone some great changes over the past several years,” Borton said.

St. Rose pastor Msgr. John Zuraw said a new roof was put on this year, as well as new doors, windows and an alarm system with surveillance cameras.

“It’s like a house. Each year, you have to take a project and run with it,” Msgr. Zuraw said.

There are 249 students at the school in grades kindergarten through 8, and there also is a preschool run by the parish. Borton said the student population fluctuates depending on the economic climate, but it has remained stable over the past five or six years.

She said at it peak, St. Rose School had 1,200 students and at its low point it had 150.

Zuraw said many of the teachers have been with the school for a long time and some are now teaching the children of former students.

“I think that is beautiful,” he said.

Zuraw said school officials are not sure which parishioner is the oldest graduate of the school. He said the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown have staffed the school from its founding as teachers, administrators and other staff. Now, as individuals, they provide students with extracurricular help, he said.

A weekend of 100th anniversary events will kick off with a pep rally at 1:50 p.m. Sept. 26. A luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 27 will honor teachers, both past and present, and the 2014 graduating class, which will be the 100th class to graduate from the school.

On Sept. 29, there will be an open house from 1 to 2:30 p.m., followed by a 3 p.m. Mass celebrated by Youngstown Bishop George Murry. A dinner will be held at 5 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Social Hall in Youngstown.

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