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Rochester Central Lutheran School


History & Beliefs


1875: The new resident Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Rev. Ludwig von Schenk, opened the first regular Christian Day School as part of Trinity. School was held in the small church building, and students were accommodated by affixing hinged boards to the back of the pews to serve as “desks” during the week.

1878: Enrollment had grown to 16 pupils. For a number of years, the pastors of Trinity also served as the only teachers in the school.

1882: Trinity rented a house for $18 a month to serve as the school, and classes were held four days a week.

1884: The school had outgrew the house, and a new 18’ x 24’ school was built at a cost of $400. This school was well-known in Rochester as the “Little German School.” Twelve years later a 12-foot expansion was added.

1892: The first regular teacher (Mr. Gustave Frank) was called, and enrollment increased from 45 students to over 100.

1894: A new church was dedicated, and the “old” church was converted into a school building.

1911: Pastor Weinhold came to Trinity and, since there was no teacher at that time, took over teaching the 85 pupils until a new teacher could be secured.

1913: A new brick school was built that ultimately accommodated four classrooms. This building served Trinity Lutheran School until the new Rochester Central Lutheran School building was erected on 9th St. NW.

1958: Prior to the formation of the RCLS Association, Trinity purchased what was known as the “Geselle property” in northwest Rochester, with the intention of building a new school facility.

1959: Representatives of Trinity, Grace, and Redeemer Lutheran Churches signed an agreement forming the Rochester Central Lutheran School Association. Trinity Lutheran Church donated the 15-acre Geselle property to the new association as a building site. Since the initial formation of the Association, Redeemer Lutheran Church has withdrawn from the Association, and Holy Cross and Family of Christ Lutheran Churches have joined the association.

1961: The LC-MS Minnesota District resolved to begin a new mission church, now known as Holy Cross Lutheran Church, on part of the property purchased from the RCLS association for this purpose. Construction on the new school was begun on the property.

1963: Classes began in the new facility in September, and formal dedication was held in 1964. Several additions and renovation projects since the initial building was completed have resulted in the splendid school facility we know as Rochester Central Lutheran School.

Statement of Faith

We believe that because of our sin we deserve eternal death.
"The wages of sin is death.”
 -Romans 6:23

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior.
“God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
-John 3:16

We believe that faith alone saves.
"Salvation is found in no one else….”
-Acts 4:12

We believe that eternal life is a free gift of God.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast.”
-Ephesians 2:8

We believe that the Bible is God's Word.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching…”
-2 Timothy 3:16

Lutherans were named after Martin Luther, a Catholic monk whose teachings inspired the Reformation of the Christian church in the 16th century. Lutherans believe and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, as they are recorded in Scripture.