‘Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools’ is new name of Catholic school district in Sioux Falls

Education

A KELOLAND school district is making some big changes. Sioux Falls Catholic Schools is rebranding their name.

The district is no longer called Sioux Falls Catholic Schools, but rather Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools. The new brand is named after Bishop Thomas O’Gorman, who served as the second bishop for the state of South Dakota.

Students, staff and school officials gathered Wednesday as the district announced it will now be known as ‘Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools.’ 

“We relied on our focus groups to give us some good insight, so from our donors and alums and our current employees, we got a lot, we had five different names that we were considering,” President of Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools, Kyle Groos said.

One of the reasons for the name change is the district wants people to understand they offer preschool through 12th grade in the school system. 

“Over the years we’ve been receiving inquiries about our school system from the standpoint of, ‘I didn’t realize the O’Gorman campus had elementary schools that fed into the campus, we thought O’Gorman stood alone on its own,’ and so we have six elementary schools as part of our school system,” Groos said.

Plus, the district has over 2,600 students, who not only come from Sioux Falls, but also surrounding communities from the southeast part of the state and even Minnesota.

“I actually started out, my catholic school experience I lived in Brandon, so I came from Brandon to Holy Spirit every day during my preschool years, my kindergarten years, and then half of my first grade as well,” senior Sophia Salter said.

A change the district is happy to announce.

“We thought we needed a name that would recognize the excellence of our education and broader than just Sioux Falls in the title,” Gross said.

The names of the schools in the district will not change.

Officials started changing signs, website logos, and other social media images around the O’Gorman campus. More updates will continue into the summer months. 

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