History

Sacred Heart School is the parish school of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish in Hampton, New Hampshire.  Sacred Heart School was founded in response to the expressed need of parents who wished to provide a Catholic education for their children.  In 1962, the foundational cornerstone of the building was laid; in September 1963, under the leadership of pastor Msgr. Matthew Casey and principal Sr. Mary Barnea, SM, Sacred Heart opened with students in grades 4 and 5. 

The administration continued to add another grade each year, beginning with junior high grades, until the Grade 1 through Grade 8 elementary school was complete.  The first class graduated in 1967.

Sacred Heart School  flourished through the 1970s, reaching a maximum enrollment of approximately 250. In 1983,  Msgr. James Watson became pastor and appointed Jeffrey Quinn principal of  the school.  In 1984, at the request of Principal Quinn, a Kindergarten program was established at SHS.

When Fr. George Ham became pastor in 1988, he appointed Sister Mary Francena Morin, SM, principal.  After Sr. Francena’s retirement in 1993,  Sister Mary Joan Walsh, OLL,  was appointed.  In 1994, Sr. Mary Joan identified a need that was not being met in the greater community and began a full-day Kindergarten program.   During this time period, a Pre-Kindergarten program was added, along with an Extended-Care program for students who need to arrive earlier or leave later than the regular school-day hours. 

The current Sacred Heart School leadership team includes pastor Fr. Gary Kosmowski and principal Mrs. Teresa Morin Bailey.