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Our School History

Sacred Heart School is a member institution of the Office of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Corpus Christi and is a principle part of the education ministry of Sacred Heart Parish, Rockport, Texas. It is a not-for-profit PreK-5 school, serving students ages 3 years through the fifth grade.

In 1923, Sacred Heart School was founded in a small one-room building where classes were taught by the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament Sisters of Corpus Christi.
In 1960's-1970's, Sacred Heart School was closed for a time.
In 1981, the school was reopened and enlarged under the direction of Reverend Gregory 'Rory' Deane. 
In the 1993-'94 academic year, it was marked the inauguration of the School’s highly acclaimed Primary Montessori instruction program for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. A fully-accredited elementary classroom setting and curriculum continues to challenge students in grades one through five.
In 1996-'97, the facility was extensively remodeled and expaneded under Monsignor Louis Kihneman III. 

In 2017-'18 academic year, SHS began the school year with 146 students. After suffering the effects of Category IV Hurricane Harvey on August 25, 2017, the school was in such a poor state that the main building and the cafeteria building were closed. Students enrolled in other Catholic and public schools across the state. Modular buildings were ordered.
On January 4, 2018, the school re-opened using the Msgr. Kihneman Activity Center as the main building housing the school office, cafeteria, and gym to finish the second semester of 2017-2018.
In 2018-'19 academic year, the school resumed service to its families with the addition of an art room, office, library, and computer lab.
Plans are underway to build a new school building and cafeteria on the grounds of the former school building across the street from Sacred Heart Catholic Church. 
Fr. Ray Yrlas, Sacred Heart Church and Parish, the Knights of Columbus Council 8028 and the Columbian Ladies, and the Gregory Ladies & Gentlemen, have all played instrumental roles in the re-establishment and continued growth of this progressive Catholic institution.