ST. BONAVENTURE SCHOOL HISTORY
The St. Bonaventure Indian Mission preschool opens.
The elementary school is accredited.
St Bonaventure expands to include preschool through grade 12.
The high school is accredited.
Sr. Natalie Bussiere comes on board as principal.
A new campus building was dedicated to house an expanded library and the addition of a computer laboratory.
Thanks to generous donors, a new dining hall and kitchen facilities were constructed and opened, and the former dining hall was converted into a gymnasium.
The Board of Trustees made the difficult decision to scale the high school academic program back and continue instruction in preschool through grade 8. Because of historically high drop out rates among Diné children attending public school — 40 percent before the 8th grade — the Board of Trustees concurrently created a scholarship program for 8th grade graduates of St. Bonaventure to attend Gallup Catholic High School.
Construction begins on a new preschool.
Three new classroom buildings were added to house grades 2, 3 and 4, replacing older, unsafe structures.
All of our 8th-grade graduates went on to enroll in local high schools.