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Holy Cross High School began operations in the former Our Lady of Perpetual Help grammar school in the Fall of 1988.

Holy Cross High School of Everett, Washington opens its doors

Archbishop Murphy was a big believer in the value of Catholic education. He felt very strongly how Catholic schools play a meaningful role in shaping the future of the local church and community.

A local group of Catholics identified a need for a new high school in Everett, WA – approximately 20 miles north of Seattle. At the time, there was not a single Catholic secondary school between Seattle and the northern border of the state. Archbishop Murphy enthusiastically supported this group. He worked through the Archdiocese of Seattle to secure a $200,000 line of credit for the new school. The archbishop also made a sizable personal donation.

Holy Cross High School opened its doors in the Fall of 1988. The first graduating class of 23 students received their diplomas in 1991.

Click here to read the full text of the homily Archbishop Murphy gave at the Baccalaureate Mass for the Holy Cross Graduating Class of 1996.

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