Loretto Catholic School is a Diocesan elementary and middle school. It serves between 240 and 280 students every year. Class sizes are personal and children are held to the highest standards of academic, individual, and spiritual development. Throughout its long and proud history, Loretto has served the needs of the children of Douglas, Pirtleville, and Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. Loretto Catholic School maximizes every resource to become a leader in school advancement, facility development and in providing an atmosphere for lifelong learning. Staff members actively support and participate in school events sharing their time and talent even after the school day ends.



Our History

In 1915, the Brophy family donated a plot of land to the local Catholic Church to start the construction of a Catholic school. Mrs. Brophy funded the entire project in memory of her late husband, (?), and her daughter, Ellenita. The school opened, “Loretto Catholic Central School,” in 1924. It was administrated and taught by the Sisters of Loretto until 1948 when the Sisters of St. Dominic of Adrian undertook its administration. They managed the school until 1981, and then in the following six years the school was administrated by a lay principal. From 1987 till the present day, the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles have been entrusted with the care of the school, serving its needs as teachers and administrators. Loretto Catholic School has functioned as a grammar school, a high school, and even as a boarding school for a short period of





Today the enrollment consists of students in grades Kinder through 8th.  The parishes of St. Luke and Immaculate Conception in Douglas, and St. Bernard in Pirtleville assist the school financially as they are able.  The pastor of St. Luke's Parish, presently Fr. Gilbert Malu, is appointed by the Bishop to be the School Administrator. He works closely with the principal, Sr. Mary Aloysius Marquez, O.C.D., in an effort to continue to keep up the proud traditions and high standards of Loretto.