History of Bishop Feehan High School
A Shared Commitment to Catholic Education
The second of four regional Catholic high schools constructed in the Diocese of Fall River, Bishop Feehan High School opened its doors in the Fall of 1961. Bishop Feehan, a Roman Catholic institution, was founded to form a partnership with the families of the Attleboro area in educating teenagers in the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church.
From the outset, Feehan’s mission was clear: to provide the best in quality Catholic education. Under the guidance of the Sisters of Mercy, who were selected by Bishop James L. Connolly, D.D. to staff the school, Feehan embarked on a journey of building a strong college-preparatory program built on the foundation of Christian values.
In September 1961, six Sisters of Mercy welcomed the 192 students who made up the very first class at Bishop Feehan High School. As the founding members of the faculty, the Sisters established a school whose mission and traditions would be forever rooted in the Mercy charism. A joyful and hopeful faith in God; a generous love and compassion for the overlooked or the most in need; a gracious and genuine hospitality; a commitment to excellence no matter how small or seemingly mundane the endeavor; and foundress Catherine McAuley’s penchant for “turn[ing] what you can into jest” - these are the hallmarks of the legacy of Mercy which define who we are today and aspire to be as a school community in the future.
This commitment continues today as each member of the Feehan family strives to achieve the three goals of Sanctity, Scholarship, and Sportsmanship which are symbolically manifested in the school’s nickname and its symbol, “The Shamrock.”
In recent years the school has experienced tremendous growth in its academic standing, physical plant and technological advances. Since its first graduating class in 1965, Bishop Feehan High School has been universally recognized for academic excellence, athletic achievement and boundless spirit.