Totino-Grace Mission Statement

Totino-Grace is an Archdiocesan co-educational Catholic high school in the Lasallian tradition. Welcoming a student body that is academically, economically, and culturally diverse, we strive for equity and excellence in all programs. Recognizing the key elements of our mission as learning, faith, community, and service, we seek to provide a safe environment that places priority on mutual respect, self-discipline, and acknowledgment of our responsibility in the world community.

History

In the late 1950s, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in Minnesota sought to expand the number of Catholic high schools in the Twin Cities area. At this same time, Monsignor Joseph Lapinski, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Columbia Heights, purchased some land in nearby Fridley in the hope that the Archdiocese would build one of these new high schools there. Approval for a new high school in Fridley was soon given, and in 1965, the Christian Brothers accepted responsibility for administration of the school. The School Sisters of Notre Dame joined the Brothers in this task, and opened Archbishop Grace High School in September 1966, with 175 freshmen. The first graduating class was the Class of 1970.

From its very beginning, the Brothers and Sisters welcomed the presence of laymen and laywomen as their colleagues in every area of the school's operation. To this day, these men and women have provided the continuity of spirit and tradition that is one of the school's strengths. The school grew throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s. In 1970, the Christian Brothers informed the Archdiocese that they could no longer be personally responsible for the financial operation of the school, and a lay Corporate Board was begun to formulate policy for the school.

The school was originally named to honor Archbishop Thomas L. Grace, an early Minnesota bishop who was a pioneer in education. In 1980, the name of the school was augmented to Totino-Grace to honor the generous benefaction of Jim and Rose Totino, entrepreneurs in the frozen pizza business. Today Totino-Grace is one of the largest (with a student population of approximately 800) of the thirteen Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

The school's long association with the Christian Brothers and its support of the Lasallian educational mission lead Totino-Grace to declare itself to be a Lasallian School in 1997. Totino-Grace is now part of a worldwide network of Lasallian Schools with approximately 5000 Brothers and 70,000 lay colleagues teaching nearly one million students in eighty-two countries. Lasallian educators believe that to touch the hearts of the children entrusted to them is the greatest miracle of all.

School Prayer

Let us remember we are in the holy presence of God...

Good and Gracious God, Giver of life and love, we praise you for calling us together as one.

Through the inspiration of our founders, John Baptist de La Salle and Theresa Gerhardinger, may we trust in your goodness and love.

We ask you today for a gentleness with one another and a forgiving heart. May we be animated by a spirit of faith and zeal. Keep us ever-mindful of the poor in our midst.

Spirit of God, enlighten and strengthen the Totino-Grace community, so that we may know our divine call and recognize what we are, what we should be, and what we must do.

May we pray with our hearts, join as one community, and be committed to serve You and each other in our daily lives. Let us strive to learn; let us give ourselves to learning.

Let Jesus be the way we walk, the truth we follow, the life we lead.

St. John Baptist de La Salle and Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger.
Pray for Us.

Live Jesus in our Hearts.
Forever!