MOS School History

Our Mother of Sorrows School started in 1946 and closed in 2011.
The current school building was built in 1953, and opened later that year.
Interesting note: I have been told by an alumnus that attended MOS in 1953 that they were still performing finishing work on the interior of the school even after classes had started!

Grades 1-8 were taught there until 2009-10, when 7th and 8th grade ended.
It appears that kindergarten did not start until the 1975-76 school year.
The Class of 2010 was the last graduating 8th grade class. The Class of 2011 was made up of 6th graders.

Special thanks to Mrs. Phelan and numerous alumni for providing information.

A detailed history of the school up through 2004 can be read here.

Some additional fun facts and updates since this account was written:

The house MOS started in was located at the current 390 South entrance ramp on Latta Road.
It can be seen in the background of this 1952 class photo.

The Quonset Hut was located at Badgerow Park North (Dewey-Latta Park). A town employee informed me that it was dismantled by the Town of Greece several years ago due to space constraints. It was never reassembled, although there were plans to use it elsewhere. It was later scrapped.

There were plans at one time to add on to the school above the Primary wing to accomodate a cafeteria, gymnasium, and auditorium! Future expansion was envisioned at the time of original construction, which is why the school was built with 2 boilers when it only needed one. The additional boiler would be able to accomodate the future building size. The plans were scrapped when an engineering study found that the Primary wing was not built to structually support a 2nd floor. The cost of the expansion would simply be too high to absorb.

The convent was built and opened in 1958, and was partially used for school purposes over the years.

The school yearbook started in the 1983-84 school year, and was published every year through 2011.

A new playground opened on April 11, 1987, and was partially replaced in 2006.
(See page 44 of the '85-'86 yearbook.)
The entire playground was removed in 2014 due to liability concerns.

Sister Joanne was photographed riding a bicycle up and down the Primary hallway in 1988!
(photo coming soon - I was also a witness to this!)

The school got natural gas service and new natural gas boilers installed in 1999.
The oil burning original boilers were decommissioned and are still sitting in the boiler room adjacent to the new boilers.

In addition to new windows, the school also got a new roof, and brick repointing around 2003-2004.

The school closed at the end of the 2010-11 school year and other than its use for a couple of parish garage sales, sat vacant through 2016.
Many students transitioned to the reopened Holy Cross School in Rochester (closed since 2008) for the 2011-12 school year.

In 2016, the convent, school, and old church were sold, to be leased back by a charter high school.

Historical Media

NEW: Historical photo gallery of MOS - click HERE.

View an old MOS Student folder by clicking HERE.

View a scrapbook of 1950s-60s articles and photos by clicking HERE.

View a scrapbook of 1980s articles and photos by clicking HERE.

NEW: Hardcover MOS Parish History book from 1979 - click HERE.

A Greece Post article about teacher Brian Bonkowski - click HERE.

Miss Still won the News 8 Golden Apple Award in 2011. See the video (taken inside the school) HERE.

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Last updated August 26, 2016

Site created and maintained by Travis Beaver '94.
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