Thirty-nine years ago, Reverend Kevin F. Duignan, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, listened to the parish consensus of building a school and moved forward on the venture. The school doors were opened on August 30th, 1976, with just one class — Kindergarten. The master plan called for Kindergarten to open the first year, and one grade to be added every year after that for the next eight years.

The Kindergarten was fully accredited by the State of Alabama Department of Education and had the full approval of the Catholic Department of Education. The first Kindergarten class had twenty-four students. The first Principal was Mrs. Barbara Boudreaux. Over the past thirty-nine years, a lot of changes have taken place at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School.

  • In 1981, a new school building was built to house grades 3 and up, as well as administrative offices, a kitchen, and a cafeteria. The younger grades were still housed in barracks brought from Brookley Field.
  • In 1990, the school saw the end of combined classrooms.
  • In 2001, a new Early Childhood building was constructed which has four classrooms: PK4, Kindergarten, and Grades 1 & 2, and the Resource Room.
  • In January of 2006, St. Vincent de Paul was accredited by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools).
  • In January of 2010, the Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Mobile received its district accreditation from AdvancEd.
  • In the fall of 2015, a K3 class was added to our preschool program.

Today St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School has 11 classroom teachers (K3 through 8th Grade); a P. E. teacher; a Counselor; a Librarian / Computer Teacher; a Title I Reading Coach; a Band instructor; a Kindergarten Aide; a Spanish teacher; the Parish Priest of St. Vincent de Paul, Father Vrazel teaches 8th grade religion; a Principal; an Assistant Principal; a school secretary / bookeeper; two cafeteria employees; and a maintenance person. At present, the school enrollment is 116 students.