Latin Patriarchate School-Zababdeh

Historical Overview of the School

In 1883, Father Hanna Tarad, a Maronite, arrived in Zababdeh as the first priest affiliated with the Latin Patriarchate to provide his pastoral service to its residents. In the same year, the Rosary Sisters joined the parish. Father Tarad brought a teacher to the school and housed him in the monastery, which consisted of a multipurpose room serving as a residence, church, and school.

The school affiliated with the Latin Patriarchate in Zababdeh began delivering its religious, educational, and educational message to the town's children and those from some neighboring villages since 1883. This school gained a good reputation in the region, with its student population reaching about seventy students in the academic year 1942/1943, including both male and female students. The school continued to grow gradually until it took a significant step in 1982 when the number of students in that year reached 471, whereas the preceding year's count was 303.

Until 1995, the school only went up to the tenth grade. However, those responsible for the school were determined to develop it. Indeed, the eleventh grade was opened, followed by the twelfth grade (the Tawjihi scientific section). The first batch of students graduated, and it was named the Charles de Foucauld batch. The school's student count in the 1998/1999 academic year reached 868 students.

Due to the Second Intifada that began in 2000, the roads leading to Zababdeh were closed, leading to a decrease in the number of students, which approached four hundred, the majority of whom were from the town. The number began to fluctuate over the years, until the end of the Second Intifada in 2004, which necessitated accommodating students from Jenin in Zababdeh as the road leading to the school was closed. In 2008, the number of students reached 680.

In the 2012/2013 academic year, the school administrators sought to open a humanities branch to make it a comprehensive secondary school. Indeed, the first batch of the humanities branch graduated in the following academic year, 2013/2014, with a 100% success rate. The number of students at the Latin Patriarchate School - Zababdeh in the 2015/2016 academic year reached 1,135 students from 22 residential areas, half of whom were from Zababdeh. This number makes it one of the largest schools in the Latin Patriarchate in Palestine.

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