Mission Dolores School and Notre Dame Elementary, San Francisco

Two and a half Sisters of Notre Dame (two Sisters, one novice) opened a school for girls on Dolores Street in 1866. Within three years the burgeoning enrollment necessitated building an addition.

Class in 1940s/1950s.

Mission Dolores, a school for boys, opened later. (Sources indicate that it started as St. Francis Real School in the year 1852 or 1893.) In 1911 the school was taken over by the Christian Brothers who taught the upper grades while the Sisters continued to teach the lower grades. The Brothers left in 1924 and the Sisters remained to teach all grades. In 1986, the two elementary schools were combined at Mission Dolores School.


  1. I was taught by Sr. Cecile Elizabeth in the 8th grade at Mission Dolores School in San Francisco in 1949-1950. Would you have any information on her that could be shared. I have a great indebtedness to her that I can never repay but only acknowledge at this late date.

    1. Hello Gerald! Thank you for sharing your remembrance for Sr. Cecile Elizabeth. I will ask our Archivist to look into information about her and to let you know.

      Rachael for the Sisters

  2. I attended Notre Dame Elementary on Delores Street in San Francisco in or around 1958. I can find very little pictures or information on it. Any history would be appreciated.

    1. Hello Debbie! It's always nice to hear from an alumna! I've forwarded your request to our archivist, with the hope that she might be able to send you information.

      (for the Sisters)

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