Colette M. Jenkins

Sts. Peter and Paul School in Doylestown has reached a 150-year milestone.

The school, established in 1862, is among the oldest in the eight-county Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. The diocese includes Summit, Wayne, Medina, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Ashland counties.

According to diocesan records, eight schools are older, including St. Vincent in Akron, which was established in 1853. St. Patrick on Bridge Avenue in Cleveland was founded the same year.

The oldest diocesan school of record is Holy Trinity in Avon, which was formed in 1845. Beaumont (Ursuline Academy) in Cleveland was established in 1850. St. Mary in Avon was founded in 1854. Immaculate Conception in Cleveland, St. Mary in Elyria, St. Mary in Berea and St. Mary in Painesville were founded in 1856, 1859, 1861 and 1862, respectively.

Sts. Peter and Paul in Doylestown, founded in 1827, is the oldest parish in the diocese. The parish celebration of the school’s 150th anniversary will include a special Mass, to be celebrated by Bishop Richard G. Lennon on Sept. 2 at the church at 161 W. Clinton St.

The school community has marked the anniversary throughout the year. Activities have included teaching the student body the school song, which had not been sung in more than five decades, said Michelle Agnoni, school secretary. Each class also has completed a project that explains what the students think a typical school day would have been like 100 or 150 years ago. In addition, the 2012 eighth-grade graduating class has been raising money to construct a monument as its gift to the school.

During its 150-year history, the Doylestown school has grown from eight students who were taught in the basement of the rectory to a building that serves 145 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The first nuns (Sisters of the Holy Humility of Mary) were brought into the parish to teach in the school in 1883. The Sisters of St. Dominic began teaching at the school in 1906.

Classes now are conducted in a portion of the building that was constructed in the early 1900s. Over the years, classroom space and a gymnasium have been added.

Current tuition, which is $1,950 for the first child and caps at $3,300 for three or more children, is among the lowest in the diocese.

Like all Catholic schools in the area, Sts. Peter and Paul is enrolling for the 2012-13 school year. For information, call 330-658-2804 or visit http://stspeterand?paulschool.com.

Colette Jenkins can be reached at 330-996-3731 or cjenkins@thebeaconjournal.com.