Celebrating our 60th Year

“I, Jesus, sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the root and offspring of David, the bright and morning star.”
Revelations 22:16

Morning Star School, Tampa, opened its doors to four students on September 15, 1958, under the direction of the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Augustine, Florida. The facility is located at 210 E. Linebaugh Avenue, adjacent to the Most Holy Redeemer Inter-Parochial School campus. The original building, built in 1958, provided two classrooms and a physical therapy area. The concept of Archbishop Hurley was to provide Catholic special education for children who were physically handicapped. It was his philosophy that the handicapped youngsters should always be allowed and encouraged to interact with non-handicapped children in parochial schools.

MSS Tampa in 1958

MSS Tampa in 1958

MSS Tampa 2018

MSS Tampa 2018


Anniversary Theme

Banner created by Mrs. Robles and every student and staff member had a hand in it…


Student Anniversary Prayer

Lord, we worship and praise You.  You said that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.   You promised to be with us always. Thank You for shaping us as students who are learning more everyday and in Your presence and example are doing the right thing even when it is difficult.

Thank You for our school, which is 60 years old this school year.  Please keep our school safe, happy, and hard at work to be better, stronger and more like You everyday.

In Jesus's name we pray.


60th Anniversary Schedule of Events 

Opening of 2000 Time Capsules, Friday, September 14th 

60th Anniversary Mass, Wednesday, September 19th at 10:30 AM in the school gym
Celebrant: Bishop Gregory Parkes
By invitation only – students to wear your Courageously Living the Gospel T-Shirts

Decades Dollar Dress Down Days Fundraisers for our Service Projects
Sept. 28th – The 50’s; Oct. 26th – the 60’s; Nov. 30th – the 70’s; March – the 80’s; April 12th – the 90’s

Family and Alumni Picnic, Saturday, October 13th from 11 am – 2 pm
Morning Star School Campus for Current Families and Morning Star Alumni
Food, Fellowship, and a Silent Auction
Memory Book & other Memorabilia Fun

Great American Teach In by Alumni

Catholic Schools Week
Grandparent Breakfast and Wonderfully Made Student Retreat featuring these activities: Service Projects, Tie-Dye shirts, making a new Time Capsule and more! 

25th Gala Celebration at T’Pepins Hospitality Centre 
Put a Little Love in Your Heart – Love Through the Decades
The Sensations perform, Silent Auction and Alumni Testimonial

Anniversary Mass


Mass videos

Our Father

You are My All in All (Sign Language)

Memory Book

If you were a student or staff member at Morning Star School, we like to hear about your favorite Morning Star School memories. Was it a special teacher, a particular class, a special event like the Thanksgiving Feast, Christmas Play, or Gala or the good friends you made at Morning Star? Please email your favorite school memory to brocktoff@morningstartampa.org.  Please include your name, the years you were at Morning Star, and what you are doing now. We look forward to hearing from you!