St. John the Baptist Catholic School has an incredibly rich history in the beautiful Napa Valley. In the fall of 1911, Father Joseph Byrne, pastor of St. John the Baptist Church, invited the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael to staff the first Catholic school in the Napa Valley. On January 15, 1912, the Sisters opened the doors of St. John's Catholic School to 120 students, first through sixth grades. The Franklin Street building, now occupied by the Community Projects Thrift Shop, served the Catholics of Napa until December, 1926, when the pastor, Father William Quirke, moved the school to the present building on Main and Napa Streets. The new school opened in January, 1927 with 171 pupils. After the Dominican Sisters left in 1971, the Irish Sisters of Mercy taught until 1983, when the first lay principal was appointed.
Today, St. John's educates about 160 students each year in grades Transition Kindergarten through 8th grade. St. John's is fully accredited by both the Western Catholic Education Association and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The school building houses the school office, classrooms, a science lab, computer lab, library, extended care room and art room. The St. John's Hall is also located on the property. The Hall contains meeting rooms, a multi-purpose room, and kitchen.
St. John The Baptist Catholic Church is located next to the school. The Church serves approximately 3,500 families and has over 35 ministries. For more information call (707) 226-9379.
Home to premier wine producers, restaurants, resorts, spas and beautiful scenery, approximately 68,000 people live, work and play in the city of Napa. Located about 50 miles north of San Francisco and 60 miles east of Sacramento, Napa is the trade and service center for Napa County as well as the county seat. Tourism, retail trade, services, agriculture, government, manufacturing, are the main sources of employment.