1301 Rollin St. South Pasadena CA 91030 ▪︎ Summer Hours Monday - Friday 9am - 1pm

About Us

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Our History

Holy Family Catholic School has a rich tradition of academic excellence serving the parish and the community at large since 1937. The school was founded by the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross on September 7, 1937 with 94 eager students in four classrooms. Initially, the school covered grades 1 through 8, but in 1939, the school added a preschool. Kindergarten was added two years later.

Teaching has always been a core strength of Holy Family. The first principal was Sister Constantine, and Reverend James Morris served as the school’s first pastor. Its first faculty consisted of 5 sisters, four full-time classroom teachers and one music teacher. In 1938, Holy Family graduated eight students from the eighth grade. As Holy Family’s reputation and the parish grew, enrollment increased to 361 in 1958, a mere 20 years after its founding. In 1980, the school became entirely lay-staffed as the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross needed to meet other obligations in the religious community. The school continued its strong religious curriculum coupled with rigorous academic classes.

Over the next 40 years, the demands of a growing religious community and the educational needs of an evolving and challenging curriculum required the facilities to be expanded and redesigned. A new Education Center was specifically built and opened in 1999 to provide for these needs. In addition to large, state-of-the-art classrooms, the school offers a fully equipped science laboratory, computer facilities, a library, and visual arts and music rooms. In the Fall of 2020, our school community grew again as we welcomed our youngest Knights to a new Transitional Kindergarten program!

Last year, we started the Faith in Our Future Capital Campaign for phase two of our Master Parish Community Plan. The campaign motto, “Faith in Our Future,” means that Holy Family has been here in South Pasadena for nearly 100 years, and we have faith that by putting in new renovations, we will be here for another 100 years. 

In the summer of 2024, we will begin renovation construction on the lower level of the Education Center, which is home to our school and Religious Education. On the bottom floor, we will be completely renovating the ceilings and foundations, the science lab will be transformed into an innovation lab. We will also be integrating a wellness center.

In the summer of 2025, the Church will be retrofitted for earthquakes, and the roof will be secured more safely.

In the summer of 2026, we will renovate and expand our library with collaborative spaces, study nooks, a balcony, and a broadcasting center.  We will also reconfigure our offices and entryway to live out our motto of All are Welcome.