85th Anniversary Celebration

On September 8, 1931, St. Stephen School opened its doors for the first time! During the 2016-2017 school year, we marked our 85th anniversary!  

A former pastor, Fr. John Fannon, purchased our first school bus in 1929 in order to transport 52 students (23 boys and 29 girls) who began attending St. Margaret School in Bel Air.  In July 1930, Fr. T. Vincent Fitzgerald replaced Fr. Fannon, and the plans for the construction of a school of our own proceeded in earnest.  The 1930-1931 school year saw 77 St. Stephen children attending St. Margaret’s School while logistics were being worked out for a school of our own.  Fr. Fitzgerald contacted the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, who readily agreed to expand their field of mission to St. Stephen.  At an expense of $22,735.18, both the school and a convent for the sisters were completed.  The 1931-1932 school year opened on September 8, 1931, to 144 children separated into 4 classrooms in 1st – 8th grade.  The formal opening was complete on December 13th of that same year when Archbishop Curley arrived to administer the sacrament of confirmation.  During that visit, he also blessed the school and dedicated the convent.  Archbishop Curley was a great supporter of Catholic education, overseeing the establishment of sixty-six schools in the Archdiocese including our own!  He once declared, “I defy any system of grammar school education in the United States to prove itself superior to the system that is being maintained in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.”  

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:
Gordon Feinblatt LLC
FenceMasters, Inc.
Archbishop Curley High School
Sylvan Learning Centers
Mark Miller Ameriprise Financial
Lochte & Co.
Northwestern Mutual - Brent Seward and Associates
Tom and Sue Keilty
TJ, Caitlin, and Casey Keilty
George and Mary Pat Cumberland
Marion and Phyllis Kowalewski
Bill and Linda Ballwanz
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Tidewater Cruise and Travel
Amrhein Foods
St. Stephen Parish Council
P.D. Valle Electric Co. Inc.
Edward's Boat Yard
Theresa and Shawn Cox
F.M. Harvey
Looney's Bel Air
Canton Car Wash
Brendan Schruefer Thirty One
Bushmill Tavern
Under Armour
Jordan Atkins Marked in Grain
April Kurth LuLaRoe
The Fathers' Club
The Home and School Association
Shake Shack
The Maryland Science Center
Baltimore Orioles
Captain Jim's
DeSanti's Pizza Grill and Bar
Coffee Coffee
Yorktowne Sports
Winter's Run Golf Course
Texas Road House
Steelefish Grille
Horizon Cinemas
Uncle's Hawaiian Grindz
Italian Sensations
Spa on the Boulevard
Grace Herpel Mary Kay
The John Carroll School
Huskins Builders
Calvert Hall College High School
The Catholic High School of Baltimore
Mercy High School
The Andrychowski Family
The Gay Family
The Falcone Family
Dance Moves, Susan Joines and the Sneddon Family
The Baseball Card Outlet
Johnna Magliano and Jen Klein from Prive Salon