SJB School History


Opening Registration 1955

The following is a historical timeline highlighting the growth and development of St. John Brebeuf School from 1955 to the present.


  • St. John Brebeuf Grammar School opens with six sisters, three lay teachers and 420 students in grades one through six.


  • Contracts are issued for the construction of six more classrooms and a hall.
  • The school has grown to 550 children.


Fire Prevention

  • SJB students win the first of three consecutive awards for Fire Prevention activities which culminated in a “First” prize in 1980.



1st graduating class

  • SJB School has its first 8th grade graduation with 62 students.


  • The school population had grown so large that the primary grades were on split sessions, one group attending in the morning, the other in the afternoon.


  • Twelve classrooms were added to the school to accommodate 1,470 children.


  • The last addition to the school is completed.  This brought the school to 38 classrooms.


  • School enrollment peaks at 1,600 students.  There were five classrooms for each grade from one through five.


  • An elected School Board was created with nine lay members to work with the Pastor and the School Principal in all matters related to curriculum and finance.


  • SJB School opens it doors to the first Kindergarten class.


  • “Jubilee Year” for St. John Brebeuf Parish marks its 25th Anniversary with 2,620 families and 699 school children being taught by 12 sisters and 20 lay teachers.


  • Sr. Rita Green became Principal of St. John Brebeuf School.


  • In spring, the after-school program for students in grades Kindergarten through eighth grade begins.


  • The first Gala, a cocktail and dinner party with a silent auction, was started as a new vehicle for raising additional parish funds.  Proceeds from Gala go to support the parish school.


  • Margaret Whitman is hired as Principal of St. John Brebeuf School.


  • The Commemorative Walkway between the church and the school was started as a way to help support special school projects.  The committee was Fr. Robert Banzin, Principal Margaret Whitman, Pete Zonsius, Tony LaCorte, Joe LoVerde Jr., and Don Wiedemann.


  • SJB School receives a gift of art.  A wood carving, life size, sculpture titled “Jesus Welcoming All Children” is installed at the front entrance of the school.


  • An all-class reunion held on April 11th for all SJB graduates to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Parish.


  • STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) Lab opened


  • STEM Lab dedicated to former teacher and visionary to the program, Lynn Baer
  • Mrs. Whitman retires after serving the school for 17 years


  • Robert Gawlik is hired as Principal of St. John Brebeuf School. 


  • Elise Matson is hired as Principal of St. John Brebeuf School. 
  • As part of a new technology initiative, Nexus 7 tablets and Google Chrome books are piloted.


  • St. John Brebeuf School celebrates its 60th anniversary. 
  • SJB School introduces a new state of the art K - 8 science curriculum that is designed for STEM.
  • As part of the new one to one computer initiative, each SJB student now has his/her individual Chromebook or Nexus tablet.




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