Students from Cardinal Gibbons High School hosted sixth through eighth grades students from Cathedral School today as both educational centers began celebration of their 100th anniversary. Both have events scheduled throughout the year.
The day began with the celebration of Mass with Bishop Michael F. Burbidge presiding and Bishop Emeritus F. Joseph Gossman concelebrating. The occasion also marked the start of Catholic Schools Week in the Diocese and the nation. This year’s theme is Catholic Schools Celebrate Service.
Cathedral and Cardinal Gibbons are among the oldest Catholic schools in North Carolina and both have a rich tradition of providing quality education in a faith-filled environment to students and families in the Raleigh area. The schools, which began under the same roof, opened in 1909 as Sacred Heart Parochial School and Sacred Heart High School. They were initiated under the guidance of Msgr. Thomas Griffin and the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Newburgh, New York. The first high school graduation took place in 1912 with three graduates.
When the Diocese of Raleigh was established in 1924, Sacred Heart Church became the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and the names of the schools were changed to Cathedral Parochial School and Cathedral Latin High School. After years of using various buildings in Raleigh, an educational facility was built in the late 1930s, which housed the twelve grades. The building is the current Cathedral School.
In 1962, as a result of growing enrollment, the Diocese built a separate high school on a tract of land adjacent to the former Nazareth Orphanage in West Raleigh. The school was named Cardinal Gibbons Memorial High School. It remained at that location until a new, larger facility was constructed and dedicated in 1999 on Edwards Mill Road. Today, the high school has an approximate enrollment of 1,166 students. Cathedral School has an enrollment of 256 students.
In his homily, Bishop Burbidge referred to the First Reading of the day from St. Paul, where the apostle wrote, “I am grateful to God.” The Bishop spoke of a personal list he composed of blessings he received from God. He said at the top of his list were the gift of life, his vocation and his Catholic education.
“At this Eucharist we give thanks to the Lord,” the Bishop said, “and, on this happy occasion, we particularly thank Him for the gift that Cardinal Gibbons High School and Cathedral School have been and continue to be for you and the entire Diocese of Raleigh throughout these 100 years.”
The Bishop told the students, “We are also thankful for you. You are the reason these schools exist. You inspire us with your enthusiasm and we are filled with hope as we anticipate the great leaders you will be in the Church and in your community.”
Additional information on centennial events for Cardinal Gibbons High School is available at http://centennial.cghsnc.org/ or by contacting Rachelle Garbarine at (919) 834-1625. Additional information on centennial events for Cathedral School is available at http://www.cathedral-school.net/ or by contacting Ms. Trudi Williamson at (919) 832-4711.