Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful
committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” 

– Margaret Mead

History of St. Joseph High School


Established in 1904 in historic downtown Brooklyn, St. Joseph High School was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, New York. Nationally recognized leaders in the education of young women, the Sisters believed then, as they believe today, that if you educate a woman, you educate a nation.

In the beginning, SJHS provided a two-year commercial curriculum to the daughters of immigrants and the working class. In 1936, SJHS became a four-year high school, and in 1965 it adopted a college preparatory curriculum.

Today, St. Joseph High School provides academic rigor and excellent college and career preparation to young women with diverse backgrounds and faiths from all five boroughs of New York City.


History of the Sisters of St. Joseph

 Brentwood, New York


In 17th-century France, in the small village of Le Puy, six courageous women envisioned a community rooted in the “great love of God and neighbor without distinction.” Living among the people and moved by this love, these “sisters of the neighborhood” responded to whatever were the needs of the times.

In the spirit of their founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph continue to work tirelessly for social justice and to bring God’s inclusive love to schools, hospitals, health care centers, educational programs for immigrant women, the imprisoned and the forgotten.

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