1961 - 2020
With an influx of Catholics into the Pocono Mountain area in the mid-1900s, the Diocese of Scranton realized that a Catholic school was a necessary to serve the people of this area. In 1958, Monsignor Connel A. McHugh, P.A., V.F., pastor of St. Mary of the Mount in Mount Pocono, began the momentous task of building a new school. His strong relationship with Mother M. Kathleen Hart of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Congregation fueled his vision of staffing the school with IHM Sisters.
On September 27, 1959, construction began on the 40-acre site in Cresco that would be home to Pocono Catholic Mission School. Less than two years later, on September 18, 1961, the school opened its doors to 402 students ranging from kindergarten to 9th grade. Pictured above is Msgr. McHugh with the first graduating class in 1965.
After the passing of Msgr. Connell McHugh on July 26, 1968, Bishop McCormick renamed the elementary portion of the school “Monsignor McHugh Elementary School” creating a more defined separation between the elementary school and the high school--Pocono Central Catholic High School.
Shifting demographics in the region saw the closure of Pocono Central Catholic High School in 1988, and this is when Monsignor McHugh Elementary School came to stand on its own.
Since its founding, Monsignor McHugh School has been committed to the education and formation of children helping to prepare them to become successful and responsible members of society while celebrating our Christian Catholic tradition.
Sadly a change in population in the Pocono Mountains, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, necessitated the closure of Monsignor McHugh School at the end of the 2019-20 school year. Thank you for almost 60 wonderful years of academics, faith, and community!