For more than a century, Sacred Heart Parish--and then Sacred Heart School--of Glyndon has had a long and proud history of supporting the spiritual and educational needs of the surrounding community.
1873: Sacred Heart Parish is established as a mission of St. Charles Borromeo Parish of Pikesville.
1887: Construction of the Little Church (now the Sacred Heart Chapel) is completed, with a dedication celebration on May 21, 1887. The chapel has been in continuous use for more than 100 years.
1928: The Sacred Heart of Glyndon Parish School is established under the direction of Fr. Ambrose Beaven of St. Charles Borromeo. The school is staffed by the Daughters of Charity from St. Charles who commute from Pikesville to Glyndon each day. The school remains active throughout the 1930s, but is closed sometime during the following decade. Students are transported to the school at St. Charles for daily instruction.
1946: Sacred Heart is named an independent parish.
August 1956: Pastor Thomas Caulfield arranges for a new parish school to be staffed by three members of the Sisters of Charity from Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
October 1956: School begins on October 29. Teaching takes place in a parish hall as staff and students await the completion of three classrooms.
November 1956: The school is officially dedicated. Throughout the next two decades, the school grows to sixteen rooms, housing students in grades one through eight. Eventually, enrollment increases to 800 students.
1965: In June, the White Building is built adjacent to the school lobby, providing two additional classrooms
1978: Sacred Heart School successfully completes an archdiocesan self-study.
1983: The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
1984: The Sisters of Charity staff the school until June. In July, Sister Madonna Geis, a Sister of Mercy, begins a three-year tenure as the school’s administrator. (Sr. Madonna leaves Sacred Heart in July of 1987 to provide missionary service in Appalachia.)
1987: The new Sacred Heart School Board is established. Sacred Heart School begins the 1987-1988 school year with an all-lay faculty and administration.
1988: Refurbished classrooms and a new science lab enhance the facilities and academic offerings at Sacred Heart School.
1989: With the closing of St. Charles Borromeo, Sacred Heart School is designated an inter-parish school serving the children and parents of St. Charles in Pikesville and Sacred Heart in Glyndon.
1990s: Sacred Heart undergoes major expansion efforts, to offer an enriched curriculum and school-life experience for our children. During this decade, a preschool and full-day kindergarten program are implemented; four new classrooms are added; the library is expanded relocated to its current room; a new gymnasium is completed; and our new computer lab becomes operational.
2000s: Owing to the success of two parish capital campaigns, Sacred Heart School welcomes the new millennium with a major expansion of the school building. Our school facility now proudly includes a new second-floor middle school wing, state-of-the-art science and computer labs, a library/media center, a foreign language lab, additional school offices and parish meeting rooms.
October 2006: Alumni and parish families celebrate Sacred Heart School’s 50th anniversary with a special Mass, a parade and family festival.
2014: Sacred Heart welcomes Mr. Zachary Coyle as principal, dedicated to working with faculty and parish to maintain an innovative curriculum, increased enrollment and a vibrant school community. Together with parish leadership and the school board, we embark on a strategic planning initiative to guide our efforts for the next three years.
Sacred Heart also expands its Pre-kindergarten program to meet the needs of our community’s busy, growing families. We begin offering full-day programs for five-day and three-day students, as well as half-day three- and five-day programs. We’re proud to be a trusted resource, providing today’s parents multiple options for the quality care and education they want for their youngest learners.
June 2015: We adopt a new mission statement—“At Sacred Heart School, we are committed to developing the unique, God-given talents of each student in a safe, nurturing environment through innovative academics, service to others and spiritual preparation for a fulfilling life following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.”
August 2015: Each student in Grades Four through Eight receives a notebook computer, to enhance the learning curriculum and support our commitment to innovative academics through technology integration. This technology complements our SMART Boards in use in every classroom, as well as the laptop pods in all intermediate classrooms.
September 17, 2015: For the first time in our school history, our entire student body from Grades One through Eight gathers in the main church to pray the rosary together. We are proud to begin this tradition, which reinforces our commitment to creating a Christ-centered learning environment that nurtures spiritual growth and faith exploration.
A qualified, caring, and dedicated staff, advanced instructional technology, and enhanced course offerings continue the Catholic tradition of quality education at Sacred Heart School. Today, with a vibrant, beautiful church for prayer and worship, the restoration of our historic Little Church and a thriving school, we are proud that Sacred Heart School continues nurture the intellectual and spiritual growth of our community’s children, so that they may follow in His footsteps.