St. Rose School celebrates 100 years

St. Rose pep rally
St. Rose School in Girard held a pep rally Thursday to celebrate its 100th birthday.

GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) — St. Rose School in Girard held a pep rally Thursday to celebrate its 100th birthday.

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.

The celebration also marked the end of a capital campaign that began four years ago. Over the past four years, St. Rose has upgraded its technology and security system, plus gotten a new roof, windows, doors and boilers. The school hopes to replace the gym floor next year.

Its history includes plenty of students going over to the other side of the desk and in front of the classroom.

“Our teaching staff is dedicated to our students. They are dedicated to the school. Many of our teachers also went here to St. Rose School and they believe in its legacy and that’s why they are teaching our students now,” said St. Rose principal Linda Borton.

There are 249 students at the school in grades kindergarten through 8, and there also is a preschool run by the parish. Borton said at it peak, St. Rose School had 1,200 students and at its low point it had 150.

The celebration will continue Friday with a luncheon to honor teachers, both past and present, and the 2014 graduating class, which will be the 100th class to graduate from the school. Youngstown Bishop George Murry will be in attendance.

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

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