St. Joseph's Central High School: The Final Year


St. Joseph Central High School, the last remaining Catholic high school in Berkshire County, will close at the end of the school year in June.
Gathered here is a collection of articles documenting the days leading up to the end.

St. Joseph Central High School community gathers for last gala

"Good and gracious God," intoned the Rev. Chris Malatesta, "we ask Your blessing on our gathering tonight ..."

Francis Moriarty: Reflections of a St. Joe almost-grad

But it cannot honestly be said that every student who attended St. Joe's recalls the experience with moist-eyed affection. For some, it was bittersweet. For a few, it was just bitter.

Annual event shifts from fundraiser to farewell for St. Joe's

Next week, this sturdy fundraiser becomes another requiem for St. Joe's, just weeks before the Catholic school graduates its final class.

St. Joe's preps to disperse equipment as end nears

A classroom wouldn't be a classroom at St. Joseph Central High School without a crucifix.

Hard to say goodbye: St. Joe's basketball competes in last home game

Before the game, former St. Joe players and alumni gathered along the east sideline of the gym. Nearly every former Crusader was adorned in St. Joe letterman jackets and purple, black and gold apparel.

End of an era: St. Joe boys basketball falls in final home game

Former St. Joe athlete Dan Joslyn addressed the current group of boys basketball Crusaders before the final home game in the program's history on Friday.

Video | St. Joseph's Central High School Basketball: The final buzzer sounds

The final buzzer sounds, signaling the end of the St. Joe basketball program.

At St. Joe's 70th reunion, a final farewell

Members of the Class of 1947 of St. Joseph Central High School stood, at their Class Day long ago, to sing their official Class Song.

St. Joe looks to what's next

All grade levels at St. Joe's are in the hunt this year, following news in October that because of low enrollment and operating deficits, June 12 will be the school's final day of classes after 119 years of operation.

Shock and sadness: Families unite to oppose St. Joseph Central High School's closing

Melissa Filippi, a St. Joseph Central High School parent and employee, won't go quietly. "As long as there's breath in me, I will fight for this school."

St. Joseph Central High School parents appeal closing

Students enrolled at St. Joseph Central High School should be allowed to finish their education there, a parent group says.

St. Joseph Central High School in Pittsfield to close in June

The announcement came in a series of meetings with board members, faculty, staff and parents, led by Franciscan Sister of St. Joseph M. Andrea Ciszewski, Springfield diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools,


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