About Holy Rosary School

School History

Bishop Henry Grimmelsman, the first Bishop of the Evansville Catholic Diocese, being a strong supporter of Catholic education, wanted every Catholic child in the diocese to have the opportunity to receive a Catholic education. To further that goal, the Bishop began construction of several new parishes and schools . In 1950, Holy Rosary Catholic Church was established with Monsignor Maurelius Bilskie as its first pastor. Under his leadership, the parish grew from a small parish in the midst of cornfields and gravel roads to be the largest Eastside parish in the midst of Evansville’s suburban expansion.

In 1950, Holy Rosary Parish began building its temporary church building. It was renovated in 1995 and it now houses the school’s computer lab, science lab and library. Holy Rosary Parish opened its school on September 8, 1953. Since that time, it has undergone several additions and renovations. In 1961, an additional eight classrooms were built; in 1988 another wing with a gym, kindergarten rooms, and office space was added; most recently, in 2001, the Children’s Center was renovated to provide space for preschool aged children (see Totten Hall).

In 1953, Holy Rosary School was completely staffed by Benedictine sisters from the Monastery of the Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Indiana. The school is now completely staffed by lay men and women; however the Benedictine tradition of “Prayer and Work” is still very much a part of the school’s tradition.

Central to this school is its faith – the Catholic tradition. “Christ is the reason for this school.” In 1975, the first Mass was said in the new Holy Rosary Church. This church replaced the temporary church built in 1950. Liturgies are celebrated weekly in this church with the school children. The Church has become the symbol of our commitment to providing a Christian atmosphere in which to grow and learn.

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Excellence in Education!


All Holy Rosary Teachers are certified by the State of Indiana. The faculty includes 21 full-time teachers, including music and physical education instructors and a technology teacher/coordinator. Part time faculty includes an Art teacher for grades K-8, a resource teacher for all students, Kindergarten Assistant and a librarian.

Special needs of students are met by a part-time speech therapist, a band instructor, a part-time school social worker, a Catholic Charities counselor all of whom are shared with other area schools.


Holy Rosary Catholic School places strong emphasis on academics and encourages each student to develop spiritually and personally in preparation for high school and college. Our commitment to small class sizes allow us to give our students the individual attention the need for future academic success. Holy Rosary Catholic School follows the Curriculum Guidelines established by the Department of Schools, Catholic Diocese of Evansville, and the Department of Education, State of Indiana.

Exceptional ISTEP Results

Holy Rosary consistently scores well above state and local schools in ISTEP results.

Holy Rosary Totten Hall

Holy Rosary provides a preschool program which prepares children to be academically, socially and emotionally ready for their kindergarten experience.

Caring for Students

On-site supervision between 7:00am – 6:00pm for enrolled students. For more information call the school office at 812-471-7228.

Summer Camp

Holy Rosary offers daily supervision during the summer for children with working parents. Program include arts and crafts, library visits, computer time, and a variety of field trips and outdoor play. Lunch and snacks are provided.

Parental Involvement

Holy rosary enjoys a strong partnership with its school parents. A large percentage of our parents volunteer their time and talents through the PTO, Athletic Booster Club and the School Board. Parents serve as classroom readers, library and classroom volunteers, club supervisors and more! Visitors are always welcome.

School Community

Holy Rosary is a Catholic and tradition-based community. Religion and prayer are fundamental parts of each day. Students participate in mass each week and in seasonal and themed prayer services. Holy Rosary School entusiastically welcomes children of all faiths.

Safe Environment

Holy Rosary provides a comfortable, stable and safe learning environment for all its students.


Holy Rosary School is accredited by the State of Indiana Department of Education, with a First Class Commission and is a member of the National Catholic Education Association and the Indiana Non-Public Education Association.

Project Outreach

Holy Rosary Catholic School is a proud member of Project Outreach. To find out more about Differentiated Instruciton and Project Outreach, please click here to view the Marian Educational Outreach website.

Student Programs

Accelerated Reader Program

Advent/Christmas Program

Art: Grades K-8

Art Fair

Band: Grades 6-8

Drama Programs/Spring 8th Grade Play

Fire Wardens

Full Day Kindergarten

Geography Bee

Health Week

Honor Roll

Indiana Academic Competitions for Excellence

Red Ribbon Week

Safety Patrol

Service Projects

Speech Team: Grades 6-8

Student Council


Athletic Programs

Baseball Boys: Grades K-8

Basketball Boys and Girls: Grades K-8

Cheerleading Girls: Grades 5-8


Boys Flag: Grades 1-2

Boys Tackle: Grades 3-4/5-6

Boys Cub: Grades 7-8


Boys: Grades K-2/5-8

Girls: Grades K-8

Softball: Girls ages 5-14

Track/Cross-Country: Boys and Girls, Grades 5-8

Volleyball: Girls, Grades 5-8

Wrestling: Boys, Grades K-8

Athletic facilities include 3 full size baseball fields, 1 regulation size soccer field and 1 practice field, 4 outdoor basketball goals and a full size gymnasium with wooden floor.