Welcome to St. Anne’s School, home of the Trojans. Our Catholic School is one of welcome, inviting students and families from all faiths to join with us in our pursuit of excellence.
St. Anne’s School is very dear to my heart. I graduated from St. Anne’s School and look back on those formative years with such gratitude for the school and appreciation for my family. I know that my parents sacrificed many luxuries so that my siblings and I could attend. Now, many years later, I send my own children to St. Anne’s. The financial sacrifice that my husband and I accept is far outweighed by the education and faith formation that my children receive. Also, the ability to openly live out one’s faith and discuss the Christian tradition is a major component that only St. Anne’s can offer to students in the Porterville area.
As a mother of St. Anne’s students, and also as the principal, I am secure that the children of our school are surrounded by teachers and staff who are dedicated to both academic and spiritual growth in the classroom. I encourage members of our community to learn more about St. Anne’s School. Often times people are surprised by all that our small school has to offer. It is our prayer that our school family will continue to grow in faith, hope, and love.
Mrs. Kayla Trueblood, Principal
A History of Excellence Since 1925
St. Anne’s School was established in 1925 by St. Anne’s Parish. Located at 385 North “F” Street in Porterville, a new structure was built in the Mission-Revival style to accommodate the school, as well as a new home for the church. Construction was completed under the pastorate of Rev. Patrick Daly. Upon completion of the new church/school in 1925, the original St. Anne’s Church building was demolished. By 1951, a new church building was completed and dedicated across the street from the school.
The school’s first commencement program was held on June 3, 1927. The eighth grade graduates of the first class were Joseph Duggan, Jack Roberts, Alphonse Gagnon, and Walter O’Reilly. The following year there were eight graduates. By the beginning of the twenty-first century, St. Anne’s School had graduated over 1,300 students. Walter O’Reilly, who gave the first commencement address in 1927, remarked:
“…our hopes are high, that before many years have passed away, St. Anne’s may be sending forth her pupils from well crowded portals, from a school noted for its ideals and its achievements…We pray that we may always strive for the good, the noble, and the true. That …we may be true to our Church, to our country, and to our school.”
In the early 1970’s the Sisters of the Love of God joined the Diocese of Fresno, where they worked at Sacred Heart School in Fresno under the guidance of the pastor, Monsignor Maurice Lahey. Monsignor Lahey became pastor of St. Anne’s Parish in 1977 and asked the Sisters of the Love of God to succeed the Sisters of Saint Mary of Namu.
Sister Caridad Reguera, Sister Maria Cristobal, Sister Bernadette Bartolome, Sister Rosario Mediavilla, and Sister Milagros Martin were the first Sisters of the Love of God to arrive in Porterville on July 25, 1977.
Over the past eighty-seven years, we have grown from a small, enthusiastic group of families to a thriving school with over 200 students in grades preschool through eighth grade. We are proud that some current students are second-generation St. Anne’s School students! Extensive renovations and upgrades through the years have enhanced the outreach of the school and broadened our educational program.
St. Anne’s School continues the celebration of our Catholic faith with a long history of providing an academically rich and faith-filled education. The majority of St. Anne’s School graduates enter honors or college preparatory courses at local high schools. Most then go on to colleges and universities throughout the United States. We are blessed to contribute to the intellectual and spiritual growth of these fine students and to be recognized in our community as a school of true excellence.
Cornerstone at St. Anne's School