California Genealogy and History Archives
is assuredly no more important element in the progress of a community,
in its welfare and moral standing, than education, and in this
particular there are few if any states in the Union which are equipped
with such splendid schools of learning and culture as California. In
Sacramento there is located a private school which has contributed no
small amount to the development of educational progress, and this
school, which is known as St. Joseph's Academy, ranks among the best
equipped, having for its teachers the most cultured and intelligent
ladies in the Sisterhood. It is a ladies' seminary, and has a career
which dates back to the early history of Sacramento.
October 2, 1857, Rev. Mother Mary Baptist Russell of St. Mary's
hospital, in San Francisco, was interested in founding the St. Joseph's
convent and school, located at Seventh and K streets, the site now
occupied by the postoffice. A few years later she was enabled to
purchase the block between F and Gr streets on Eighth and Ninth streets,
and here was erected a large building which served for both grammar and
primary schools. The systematic conduct of these schools early commanded
recognition and the attendance so increased that larger and more
commodious quarters were required. In 1872 the present large building
was erected and in 1875 it was incorporated under the name of St.
The courses include primary, grammar, high school and academic studies, and there are various departments which embrace business and commercial courses, music, painting and embroidery, every opportunity being afforded to the ambitious and clever student to develop latent talents and acquire the culture and knowledge which go to create the charming and refined personality. There are now about four hundred pupils in attendance, and the school is presided over by the Sisters of Mercy, who not alone provide the intellectual training which as a matter of course is an essential part, but also add the requisite of a quiet, refined manner and unselfish Christian living which has proved the superior element that has influenced their pupils. The school is beautifully situated and every precaution is taken to insure a healthy environment for the girls, the best-known methods being followed in every particular, and it is needless to say that the graduates rank among the most accomplished and intellectual women of the state.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011