Divine Savior High School admits first lay students

1952 May Crowning

Encouraged by 2,000-plus students attending Mother of Good Counsel Grade School and their success as educators, the sisters opened enrollment at Divine Savior High School to female lay students. Initially, the sisters planned to accept only incoming 9th grade girls, but a group of incoming sophomores convinced the Sisters to accept them too. The sisters welcomed 36 freshman and 20 sophomores on the first day of school that year. With men returning home after WWII drew to an end, class sizes would continue to grow.

Baby boomers filling hospital maternity wards in the 1950s soon made their way into Catholic schools. The sisters saw the need to expand to accommodate incoming students. Having already purchased 60 acres on 100th Street, they began construction on the new Divine Savior High School in 1950. The partially finished school opened its doors to 186 students in 1951. Along with classrooms, the school featured a chapel, small gym, home economics center, cafeteria and science labs.

Principal Sr. Marie Estelle Li Pomi poses with DSHS students at first prom in Madonna Hall.
1949 May Crowning

Our 125 Year Celebration

As we look back on our 125th anniversary of coming to the USA, we invite you to reminisce with us. We've launched all 5 time lines with historical milestones and stories that bring to life the experiences of our sisters who came before us.

Era 1: 1895-1920
Responding to Immigrant Needs

The missionary response of hearty immigrant women religious characterizes the first 25 years of Salvatorian Sisters’ presence in the United States ...

Era 2: 1920-1950
Expanding in an “American” Church

By 1920, life for a Salvatorian Sister in the USA was radically different than it had been 25 years earlier. World War I ....

Era 3: 1950-1970
Embracing Renewal

Bob Dylan’s 1964 classic, The Times They Are A Changing, captures the high energy of this era.  Change was afoot both outside and inside the Salvatorian convent walls...

Era 4: 1970-2000
Building Collaboration

Events of the mid-1960s renewed the collaborative energy that had always characterized Salvatorian life. Cloistered living ...

Era 5: 2000-2020
Searching for New Footing in a Changing World

When the new millennium arrived on January 1, 2000, Salvatorian Sisters were already five years into our second century on USA soil.  Our ...