Our History

St. Vincent de Paul High School has been a leader in Catholic education for over 100 years. While many things may have changed, our commitment to to the education of our students in the Catholic tradition remains strong.


Fr. Louis Lootens, St. Vincent’s second pastor, opened St. Vincent’s first classroom in a parishioner’s stable.


Fr. Lootens purchased the land for St. Vincent Academy to be built.


The cornerstone of the St. Vincent Academy for Girls, in the care of the Daughters of Charity nuns, was laid on April 29th.


St. Vincent School for Boys continued to be conducted by lay teachers in a classroom under the church.


Sisters of Notre Dame take over on July 26.


Due to a rule that didn’t allow the Sisters of Notre Dame to teach boys, the Notre Dame Sisters were replaced by the Sisters of Charity, B.V.M. nuns.


First class of three students graduates from St. Vincent de Paul High School.


St. Vincent de Paul parish broke ground for a new grammar school. The old, but remodeled grammar school building became St. Vincent High School.


The dedication ceremony takes place of the new St. Vincent de Paul High School at Howard & Union Streets.


Plans are made for a new high school, at Keokuk and Magnolia Streets and the building was dedicated in 1962.


The end of an era…..


The last of the B.V.M. sisters left the school. A celebration was held to honor the ninety-four years of service the order had given the parish and schools.


The dedication of the Victor L. DeCarli Gymnasium on the St. Vincent de Paul High School campus.


Yarbrough Stadium at Kiely Field is officially dedicated.


The Rick & Tricia Young Family Field House adjacent to the field is dedicated.


St. Vincent de Paul High School celebrates is cenntenial year. 100 years of Catholic education in Petaluma.


The newly renovated weight room facility and Senior Lounge are completed.