Houston was founded in 1836 when the Allen Brothers landed on the banks of the Buffalo Bayou about a mile northwest of where Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and School community is presently located. In 1911, with the onset of political unrest in Mexico, Houston saw a great influx of Mexican nationals seeking refuge. With a sudden wave of Mexican Catholics drawn to this community, it became necessary for the sacraments to be given in Spanish. In 1912, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate were asked to start the Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, named after the Patron Saint of Mexico. This gave the new population a sense of stability and faith in the community that was lacking in their native land of Mexico. The first mass was celebrated by Father Robert Chatillon on August 18, 1912. On September 8, 1912, Our Lady of Guadalupe School opened its doors to 50 pupils. The Church and school shared a two-story building erected earlier that very same year with the Church on the top floor and the school on the bottom. It is the oldest Catholic grade school in Houston that is still in operation.
The Sisters of the Divine Providence (CDP) took the responsibility of teaching the students, making sacrifices as they commuted from the already established Immaculate Conception School. They offered a free education and took no pay in the early years and had a presence in the school for 87 years. Their inspiration of trust and humility in the Divine Providence has imprinted itself indelibly upon the history and spirit of the school. After their withdrawal from the school, Bishop Morkovsky asked the Dominican Sisters to administer the school for a temporary amount of time, which they did for 5 years. During that time, several Religious of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ) from Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart began teaching as volunteers and eventually full time as teachers. In 1983, the RSCJ took over the administration of the school and thus begun the ties that bind with the RSCJ community that still continue today.
In 1948, the present two-story fireproof building was completed under the supervision of Father Agapito Santos. During his pastorate, Father Santos oversaw the construction of the gymnasium in 1952, and the construction of the convent for the Sisters in 1954. In 1985, individual air-conditioning units were purchased for each of the classrooms. 33 years later in 1995, the gym was renovated to include a cafeteria wing that still serves the community while the habitat for the Sisters now is home to the Parish office. Following the renovation, a playground was installed immediately next to the school building.
Over the course of the last 20 years, the school acquired Eagle Field, an overgrown piece of land which parents and friends of the school cleared for the children. Following this, the Archdiocese allowed the school to take over the small house formerly used by Catholic Charities. This building is currently used for Art and Music classes. The grotto of Our Lady of Guadalupe was built in 2000, followed by the acquisition of the land currently used for the parking lots. Hurricane Ike in the Fall of 2008, proved devastating for the city of Houston. Although the building incurred water damage, the strength of this building held. Many of our families, however, lost jobs and homes. Four years ago, the covered area, allowing for movement between buildings during inclement weather, was completed. A new roof and tuck pointing and sealing of the 1948 school building is scheduled to be completed this summer.
Our Lady of Guadalupe School continues to educate the population it was intended, which is anyone who wishes an affordable Catholic education. Graduates continue to distinguish themselves in high school and college which encourages present students to strive for success. The dedicated faculty and staff continue to set high standards for academic achievements and continually incorporate the best in proven techniques and materials into the curriculum. Our Lady of Guadalupe School still upholds the same values and goals as the Sisters did in 1912, showing love and respect for each other continually looking for guidance upon the love and protection of our patroness.
It celebrates its 100 years of service to students in the Houston area in September of 2012.
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Our Lady of Guadalupe is a Catholic School
Community dedicated to instilling Catholic character, to strengthening academic
excellence, and to empowering the students to serve others, confident in the
love, protection, and guidance of God, through the intercession of Mary, our
are challenged by a program of studies rooted in Catholic traditions and
values.They are encouraged to assume
responsibility for their work and their behavior.Affirmed in a sense of their own giftedness
and values, students at Our Lady of Guadalupe School are empowered to meet with
confidence and seriousness of purpose the choices they are called to make each
day.They experience what it means to grow
in faith in God and in the belief that they must serve as involved Christians
wherever they may be.
of Guadalupe School will be a faith-filled Catholic community providing a
quality education to its students. We shall remain committed to growing
students academically, socially, emotionally, and physically through service
and leadership opportunities.
1. Environment - Our Lady of Guadalupe School will:
2. Faculty and Staff - Those who minister at
Our Lady of Guadalupe School will:
a safe and nurturing environment
the accomplishments of students and teachers in all areas of school life
open communication between parents, students, and staff to effectively help a
child to experience success
that prayer and developing a relationship with God is at the center of all that
3. Students - The students at Our Lady of Guadalupe School will:
the school’s mission, vision and philosophy
an environment that is both welcoming and challenging to our students
students in a Catholic atmosphere
their faith and professionalism through integrity and ethical behavior
high expectations where all students are motivated to reach their highest
deepen their own faith so as to encourage others in theirs
open minded toward change in themselves for the betterment of our students
4. Curriculum - The curriculum at Our Lady of Guadalupe School will:
responsibility for their learning and behavior
their best effort to achieve their highest potential
in a Christ-like manner toward other students, teachers, family members, and
guests at all times
one another in an atmosphere of kindness and respect
a sense of service in all they do
5. Family Support -The larger
family community of Our Lady of Guadalupe
intellectual curiosity, creative thinking, and challenging problem solving
academic standards with high expectations
on faith development, respect, integrity, and social skills, integrated into
the academic program
toward high levels of achievement through measurable goals and varied tools of
an active role in the faith development of our students
with the faculty and staff in providing a strong foundation in the education of
their time and talent to serve as an example to our students of the community
responsibility for the success of the school
of the school’s mission, vision, goals and philosophy