St. Joseph Catholic School

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St. Joseph was founded in 1952 by the Reverend James B. Doyle, whose portait hangs in the Parish Hall. Father Doyle had a vision, and, with the support of many parishioners from Mountain View and Los Altos, he was able to purchase property in the area for the elementary school (and, eventually, property for two high schools as well).

Housed in temporary quarters on what is now the St. Francis High School campus, grades 1 through 3 were taught by the Sisters of the Holy Cross. Sister Mary Leo, C.S.C., was the school's first principal (1952-1957). One grade was added each year until the school had eight grades. The students moved into the newly constructed elementary school at 1120 Miramonte Avenue in 1954.

Sister Martha Ann chats with students at the Miramonte site in 1957.

The first graduating class of 1958.

In 1982, the Sisters of the Holy Cross Order ceased to staff the school. Upon their departure, Sister Virginia Boos, O.S.F., became the principal and the sole religious on staff. During her tenure the Fine Arts Program was instituted in 1984, as was the extended day care program in 1985. Also, she was instrumental in developing a plan for a future kindergarten. In 1986, the kindergarten became a reality when Miss Kay Ingalls became the first lay principal.
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Sister Estelle Marie

Sister Vincent de Paul
Sister M. Aquinas
Sister M. Joseph Ann

Sister M. Marina
Sister Francis Agnes
Sister Mary Romanus
Sister Virginia Boos

Miss Ingalls instituted more programs: advanced mathematics and a computer lab. New rooms were provided for counseling and tutoring. An advisory school board was chartered in 1987. Enrollment increased steadily from 1986, with a current student population of approximately 300. The school accommodates grades K-8, and the parish religious education programs. In recent years campus improvements included playing fields, playground, parking lot and landscaping making a pleasant and safe environment for the students and parishioners. The summer of 1995 saw the addition of a science lab and new eighth grade classroom with an expanded library and new computer lab.

The 1997 school year found Ms. Leonor Bölle at the helm as the principal. The enthusiastic and generous parish support found during the early years continued and under Mrs. Bölle's supervision the school continued to grow and thrive. During Mrs. Bölle's tenure, a forward moving academic, spiritual, and financial plan was put in place. She put in motion the ability for the school to expand instructional space, established the position of Vice-Principal/Religion Coordinator, added the preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation to the program, and led the faculty through a comprehensive self-study of the Religion Curriculum which resulted in more and varied opportunities for students and staff to celebrate the Faith together.


In 2000-2001, alumna Ms. Stephanie Mirenda-Knight, became principal. As the first St. Joseph graduate to hold this position, Mrs. Mirenda-Knight is moving the school forward in the spirit of Holy Cross and with respect for the history and culture of the school and parish. The facility was seismically retrofitted in 2000. Ms. Mirenda-Knight over saw construction of a new roof and a new playground in 2001. The computer lab was upgraded to state of the art computers and she invited alumni, parents, clergy and staff to a well-attended 50th anniversary celebration in the fall of 2002. An outdoor covered pavillion was completed in 2002 as well. Slingerland training was provided for all staff and integrated into the curiculum starting in 2006.

Ms. Mirenda-Knight on her first day of school at St. Joseph


Three generations of Mirendas supporting the school: parishioners Mr. & Mrs. Mirenda, teacher Ms. Mirenda-Knight and students from the Mirenda-Knight family

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