History of Holy Family Catholic School
Holy Family Parish was founded in 1974 and grew in tandem with the rapid growth of the Southside/Baymeadows neighborhoods in Jacksonville. In the fall of 2000, discussions began in consideration of the high demand for Catholic elementary education and Holy Family embarked on a unique opportunity to begin a legacy – a legacy that would show the love of Christ and neighbor and a legacy that would ensure students would have a place to learn about the Catholic faith.
On Sunday, June 24, 2001 at 12:45 p.m. with Most Reverend Bishop John J. Snyder in attendance, ground was broken for a 38,000 square foot facility complete with twenty-one classrooms (2 each for Pre-K through Grade 8, and one learning resource classroom) plus necessary offices. A full media center, complete with a library and computer lab, and gymnasium was included in the design of Howard Davis and Associates. The total cost of construction was $4.5 million dollars.
Holy Family Catholic School opened for classes on August 14, 2002. 177 students in grades Pre-K through Grade 5 were in attendance with Mr. Michael P. Corrigan named as the first principal and Father Gregory Fay as the school pastor. Mr. Corrigan served as principal until 2006. Mrs. Rosemary J. Nowotny was Holy Family’s second principal, serving for seven years from 2006 until 2013.
In 2012, Holy Family Catholic School was named a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School, the only Catholic school in the state so named in that school year.
Today, Mr. Marcel De Maio is principal and the school pastor is Father Timothy J. Cusick.