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History of the School

In 1979, Sr. Mary Norbert Long, Diocesan Superintendent of Catholic Schools, wrote a proposal expressing the need to develop a Catholic high school on the east side of Tucson. Numerous efforts during the 80’s and 90’s began and failed to establish such a school, despite the obvious need.

Finally, in October 2001, Bishop Manuel Moreno appointed a board of directors to establish and open St. Augustine Catholic High School at Regina Cleri. The former seminary site boasts over 44 acres of pristine desert, with a lush, grassy courtyard are an inviting setting for the beautiful Mediterranean architecture of the campus buildings.

In November 2002, Sr. Lauren Moss EdD was hired as the founding Principal. A Franciscan sister with a double Doctorate in education and counseling and 45 years of experience in working with children from pre-school through post-doctorate study, she was the perfect choice to run the school.  

On August 11, 2003, St. Augustine Catholic High School opened its doors to the inaugural freshman class.  Bishop Gerald Kicanas was present to welcome the students.  Saint Augustine Catholic High School had changed from a dream to a reality.