PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - This week is officially a celebration of a long history of Catholic education in Pascagoula.
Pascagoula Mayor Dane Maxwell kicked off Catholic Schools Week, which runs Jan. 27 - Feb. 2, with a special proclamation recognizing Resurrection Catholic School (RCS). RCS has served Jackson County and Pascagoula for more than a century.
“They’ve been right over there where they’re currently at since, I think, 1882. It’s a great opportunity. It’s a great honor for me," said Maxwell.
The school is a solid pillar of the community. It started as an academy in 1882, grew into Our Lady of Victories, and into what is now Resurrection. Its contributions to the community for over more than 135 years have not gone unnoticed.
“I think it’s important to recognize a school that brings together so many people that end up being very active in our community, and most of their parents are very active in our community too. They’re just a great amenity to the city," said Maxwell.
"We’ve been here so long. We’ve had so many people come through. We’ve had some great alumni come through, and they give back to our school and make sure that our school continues to prosper and grow and do some good things,” said Noah Hamilton, President and Principal of RCS.
And that rich history instills a sense of pride in the students. Avery Loper is a second-generation student. Her mother is a graduate of Resurrection.
“It’s just amazing to know that so many other people in the community have graduated from here, even their kids are here now. It’s wild,” she said.
Students say that commitment is a reflection of Resurrection’s strong academics and family environment.
“The way that we all love each other, and it’s faith based. They keep a spiritual aspect of the school all over," said Jameson Cook.
Resurrection Catholic will continue the celebrations throughout the week with special activities including a special mass for all students on Friday.