Holy Family Cathedral School

We look forward to seeing our staff and students on our campus August 25, the first day of the new '20-'21 school year.
About Us » History


We believe that every facet of life is important: spiritual, physical, intellectual and emotional. We believe that every child is unique and valuable because his life comes from God.

We believe that one of the purposes of life is to improve the life of all people everywhere.

We believe that if we have helped a child to become more human, less racist, more able to believe in the ultimate value of life, more helpful - then we have prepared him/her for life.

-Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange

On Sunday, March 13, 1949, Bishop Timothy Manning turned over the first spadeful of earth in the official ground breaking ceremonies of Holy Family Cathedral School. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange were given charge of teaching in the school.

By August, 1949, the school was completed and opened with an enrollment of 225 students. In September of 1953 additional classrooms were being constructed to accommodate a growing student population.

In 1976, Holy Family was chosen as the Cathedral for the Diocese of Orange. The following year registration increases demanded that the school plan for two classes per grade. Through the years the census fluctuated, but in 1989 the parish saw the creation of both a kindergarten program and an on site extended day care program. In the summer of 1995, three classrooms were constructed in the second story of the Parish Center. Two fourth grade classrooms and one fifth grade was placed upstairs.

 Holy Family Cathedral School offers two classes for each of the grade levels. In addition we have three learning support classrooms, a technology lab, library and an accelerated math classroom.  In addition, PE, Music and Art are taught in all grades.  We have a staff of teachers, specialty teachers, aides and support staff numbering fifty-two. 

Holy Family Cathedral School serves children within the city of Orange and other parishes throughout the county. Our strong Catholic Identity and challenging academic program have attracted generations of families and secures our future!