Saint Kevin

5844 28th Avenue South - closed, demolished
Minneapolis 17, Minnesota

Saint Kevin School, 1969

This photo of Saint Kevin School was submitted by Sharon (Ingwalson) Klanchnik, an RHS graduate, 1980
Here is a view of the front of the school on 28th Avenue South. 

The School of Saint Kevin opened its doors ca.1948 based on the photo below. (The church opened in 1941 per B. J. Hazel, St. Kevin, Class of '62.)  It is now closed and demolished. 
ďAll the St Kevin buildings are gone.  I think the land is owned by the airport or the air force ... not sure which."

I do not have further information, but will provide it should I receive it.

In response to my question
about the parochial school system, Pat Donnelly, BHS 1968 explained that "it offered first through eighth grades. 
Then one would go on to Holy Angels, Regina, or DeLaSalle for 9-12; but many students switched to public school due to the cost. 
St. Kevin served kids in Minneapolis, Bloomington, and Richfield.  We Minneapolis kids would have gone to Nokomis and then Roosevelt. 
Kids coming out of St. Helena went to Sanford and then Roosevelt."


"I am attaching the front page of the church bulletin for St. Kevin's 50th Anniversary.
I would have graduated from RHS in 1968, but we moved to Bloomington in 1966.  However, I remember all of those drive-ins and I attended St. Kevin, Nokomis, Roosevelt and Morris Park."

~ Pat Donnelly, BHS '68 ~

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Saint Kevin  c.498 - June 3, 618

                       Born:  c.498 at the Fort of the White Fountain, Leinster, Ireland

   Died:  June 3, 618 of natural causes

Known in Ireland as Coemgen as well as Kevin, according to tradition he was born at the Fort of the White Fountain in Leinster, Ireland, of royal descent.  He was baptized by St. Cronan and educated by St. Petroc.  He was ordained, and became a hermit at the Valley of the Two Lakes in Glendalough.  After seven years there, he was persuaded to give up his solitary life.  He went to Disert-Coemgen, where he founded a monastery for the disciples he attracted, and later moved to Glendalough.  He made a pilgrimage to Rome, bringing back many relics for his permanent foundation at Glendalough.  He was a friend of St. Kieran of Clonmacnois, and was entrusted with the raising of the son of King Colman of Ui Faelain, by the king.  Many extravagant miracles were attributed to Kevin, and he was reputed to be 120 years old at his death.  His feast day is June 3rd.


It's now history . . .

. . . but here is the previous location of the School of Saint Kevin, 2006

~ The following photos were also submitted by Pat Donnelly, BHS '68 ~

First Graduation Class (8th grade) June 2, 1955.  
These students would have attended St. Kevin from 1948-1955. 
They would have graduated from the public high school system in 1959.

        Graduates' names in alphabetical order:  Dolores Bernhagen, Kathleen Bower, Robert Corredato, Judith Ferrell, Bonnie McKenzie, Richard Mitchell,
Kathleen Mountain, James Peter, Russell Rekow Jr., Carol Schmitt, George Szfranski, Judith Wiehle, with Fr. Coleman and Fr. Leibert.


Pat Donnelly's sister, Kathy Donnelly's 1961 graduating class from St. Kevin with Graduation Program below.

~ Father James Coleman ~
I continue looking for St. Kevin class of 1958, eighth grade photos.  These would be students who attended junior high school in 1959, then Roosevelt
from 1960-1962.  According to Pat Donnelly,
the pictures may include siblings of our 1962 Roosevelt classmates.

8th Grade Graduation Class 1961
  These would be 1965 graduates outside the parochial school system.

Graduation Program

                                                                                                                                                Row 4:  Patty Posch, Fred Berg, Nancy Fudally, Thomas Anderson?, Patty Madden, Peter Huber, Linda Schmidt?, Brad Billiett. 
                                                                                                                                                Row 3:  James Reiners, Nancy Ferrell, Paula Henseler or Lynda Jacobson, Thomas Needham, Lou Ann Keeler. 
                                              Row 2:    Beverly St. Jacque, John Carter, Kathy Donnelly, Allan Markum, Joanne Ward*, Mike Andor, Dawn Madson, Nancy Dwyer.  
                                                                                                                                                Front RowGregory Hendricks, Randi Brescancini, Sharon Burdette, Betty Ruona, Charmelle Baker, Marilyn Rekow, Yvonne Pope Jerry Harris.
                                                                                                                                         (*Joanne's dad was the head of the U.S. Naval Base, next to the airport on 58th Street.  It is now a U.S. Air force Base.)


Church of St. Kevin - First Holy Communion. May 22, 1955

Kathy Donnelly, Pat's sister is located third to the right of Father John Liebert

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~ Eighth Grade ~
Graduation, 1958

Does anyone have the Eighth Grade Graduation photo that can be scanned and displayed below?
If so, please email the webmaster for details.

No, this isn't the entire class!

Row 4:  _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 
Row 3:  _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 
Row 2:  _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Front:    _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Source:  Unknown at this time.  If you can identify any of the students' names indicated by the underscoring, or if there are errors, please contact the webmaster.

Until a graduation photo becomes available, here is the beginning of an album of Saint Kevin alumni.


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