Barry Robinson Funds New
New Catholic School In Norfolk
In 50 Years Recently Dedicated
Bishop Francis X Dilorenzo, Bishop of the Diocese of
Richmond, officially dedicated the new
Patrick Catholic School with a Dedication Mass on
January 29, 2006.
Saint Patrick, the first new Catholic school to open in Norfolk
in 50 years, is located at 1000 Bolling Avenue in the Larchmont
section of Norfolk. The school originally was housed in
the former DePaul School of Nursing complex. Students were
welcomed to the new, six building campus on January 9.
Currently the school enrolls students in grades pre-kindergarten
through sixth grade. The seventh grade will be added in
September of this year and the eighth grade in September of
2007. Full enrollment will be two sections of each grade
with a maximum of 20 students per grade for a total capacity of
The campus consists of a two story academic building with 24
elementary and middle school classrooms, full service computer
and science lab, a suite of art and music rooms and facilities
for pre-school children.
A state-of-the-art library/media center with 14,000 books, a
distance learning room for video conferencing, teleconferencing
and other interactive disciplines and a computer lab for
A 250-seat dining hall, 350-seat theater/auditorium, 250-seat
high school size gymnasium, two lacrosse/soccer fields, a full
sized baseball/softball field and a Administration Building.
Fully funded by the James Barry Robinson trust, Saint
Patrick is designed to fill a void in Catholic elementary
education that has existed on Norfolk’s Westside since closing
of parish schools at Saint Mary’s, Sacred Heart and Blessed
Sacrament over the past 20 years.
Founded in 1933, the mission of the
James Barry Robinson Home for Boys Trust is to help children
in Norfolk and Hampton Roads cities benefit from a high quality
Catholic education. The current trustees have the stated
goal of having a diverse student body with an affordable
For further information about Saint Patrick, call George Raiss,
Director of Development at 213-0825.