Business Spotlight: Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School


  By Janice Lane Palko

Educating student leaders today – to make a difference in the world tomorrow.


Since it opened its doors to students in 1932, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School has been educating and preparing them for a life of Christian leadership, stewardship and service to others.  While a smaller school relative to some of the enrollments of other high schools in our region, OLSH students, nevertheless, have and will continue to make a big impact on the world.  Current enrollment stands at 380, which is the highest count in the school’s history.

Rooted in the Catholic Felician Franciscan tradition, OLSH is a co-ed high schoolthat offers a rigorous curriculum that enables students to achieve their fullest potential.  “At OLSH, our welcoming, family-oriented culture and warm and inviting school environment, coupled with our ’front-of-mind’ focus on preparing our students to be moral, ethical and successful future leaders distinguishes us from other schools.  OLSH was founded by the Felician Sisters, who share our campus and facilities, and who further enrich the lives of all of us who work and learn here.  Our students are challenged – and nurtured – and they go on to excel in college . . . and in life,” said Terry O’Rourke Donoghue, president.


In addition to an exemplary curriculum, OLSH offers 20 interscholastic sports teams and believes that the arts are an integral part to a student’s education.  All students take Music and Art Appreciation, and OLSH has a vibrant, award-winning Theater Arts program.

 OLSH is unique in its commitment to faith, service and community.  All OLSH students are encouraged to give of their time and talents, and each year at the school’s honors convocation, service recognition awards are presented.  During the 2011-2012 school year, OLSH students logged more than 10,000 hours of service!

 Many of the school districts in the North Hills area provide transportation to OLSH, and the school is easily accessible, located within minutes of I-79.    

 “I am proud to serve as principal at a school where our students have such a genuine, caring nature.  So many of our students seek out service projects that provide them with the opportunity to make an impact on the community in tangible ways,” said Tim Plocinik, principal.

 For more information on OLSH, visit the website at or call the Admissions Office at (412) 262-3300.