HISTORY OF ST. ANTHONY CATHOLIC SCHOOL
St. Anthony School was founded in Robstown, Texas, in 1916 by the Missionary Sisters of the Most Pure Virgin Mary. It began with 20 students who were the children of Mexican migrant farm workers, who picked cotton and vegetables in the fields, which surround the village of Robstown. During the past 90 years, there have been significant changes, which have impacted the Robstown community. One such shift was the invention of the combine to pick cotton with machines, and thus replace handwork in the fields. True to its roots after 90 years of service, St. Anthony School continues to serve a predominantly Hispanic population in the community of Robstown.
The present school building was constructed in the mid 1960s. In 1968, St. Anthony School joined Corpus Christi Diocese in seeking accreditation with the Texas Education Agency. At teatime, the school consisted of Grades Kindergarten through 6th Grade. Later in 1979, the two pre-kinder grades were added to the school. In a meeting on March 14, 1996, the Corpus Christi Diocesan School Board gave the approval to Fr. Vince Albano, SOLT, the Pastor of St. Anthony Parish then, to move forward with a plan to expand St. Anthony School to include the 6th and 7th Grade at the St. John's school campus. The following year theDiocesan School Board gave its approval for adding an 8th Grade for the school year 1997-98. The school has the respect and love of many alumni, and there is the strong desire on the part of a number of families to provide a Catholic education for their children through the years of adolescence.
The 21st Century has been an age of many major technological breakthroughs, and more than ever before there is a need to offer an excellent faith-based education foundation to the children and youth of Robstown and beyond to this Northwest corridor of Corpus Christi. To respond to this challenge, St. Anthony School is continually upgrading its curriculum and computer technology to prepare the young people of this community for the high-skilled workforce needed. We will strive to provide extensive teacher training for effective classroom instruction and achievement. We view our future as a challenge for improvement and are determined to succeed for our children and religious commitment.