On May 20, 1906, Archbishop Ryan laid the cornerstone of St. Gabriel School. The school was officially opened on September 8, 1908. Mother Mary Charles, I.H.M., Mother Superior, and Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, were in charge of 456 pupils on opening day. By 1920, over 1,300 children were registered, in sixteen rooms, with the 8th grade girls occupying a room in the convent. Mother Mary Borgia, I.H.M., and seventeen sisters were teaching at that time.
Fast forward to 1999 – St. Aloysius and King of Peace Schools merged with St. Gabriel and the new name of Our Lady of Angels was adopted. In 2006, the school name returned to St. Gabriel School. Built on the foundation of the histories of the three schools that gave it life, it remembers and reverences all the Clergy, the Religious Sisters and Brothers, and the dedicated Lay Teachers who are a part of those three histories. In September 2012, St. Gabriel School became an Independence Mission School. The Independence Mission Schools educate children of all faiths in the Philadelphia region from low income and under served neighborhoods. We are committed to providing an excellent, student-centered academic program defined by faith-based values.
Today, more then 100 years later, we uphold the traditions that make St. Gabriel School the “BEST KEPT SECRET” in South Philly.