Legend has it that the school was never planned. Cardinal O’Boyle of the Washington Diocese came to Bethesda to dedicate the church in 1962. Seeing the large number of children at the service, he decided that a school should open immediately despite the fact that there were no facilities. He invited the Sisters of Divine Providence of Kentucky to staff the school. The priest, who had been living on the three floors of a wing to the right of the church, moved to the Blacklock Road house. The space was transformed into a residence for the sisters as well as administrative offices and classrooms for the school. Over the years the school has expanded to include classrooms, a library, a computer lab, network infrastructure, a resource center, a music lab, and a multi-million dollar gymnasium.