Fr. Richard Maher’s Vision

St Margaret Mary Catholic School was established through the efforts of Fr. Richard Maher, over 45 years ago. His vision was to provide children with quality education in both the Catholic faith and academic studies.

September 13, 1954, was a banner day for what is now called the Inland Empire in Southern California. On that day Fr. Maher’s dream was realized as school opened to greet 145 eager students, three St. Francis Sisters, and lay teachers at the new Catholic School located in Chino, California.

Building an Educational Foundation

St. Margaret Mary Catholic School continues to serve students at the same location with an ever increasing enrollment. We now serve such communities as Los Angeles to the West and Riverside to the East.

Thousands of students have been educated at SMMS, receiving an educational foundation that have enabled then to become honest, productive citizens of our communities. Over the years, many of our graduates have returned and joined our staff as teachers or clerical staff.