Incarnate Word High School was founded by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in 1881. The school had its beginning as a co-ed grade school located at the corner of Crosby and Willow St.
In 1900, the Sisters moved to their new Motherhouse on grounds which they had purchased from Col. Brackenridge. The grade school was housed there and eventually evolved into the high school for girls.
As Enrollment grew, Incarnate Word College was founded, with many students from the high school enrolling. The growth of the college was swift and it was deemed necessary to provide separate facilities for both institutions.
On September 12, 1950 the doors of the current Incarnate Word High School were opened. The San Antonio papers called it “The million dollar school with a million dollar view”. Today it is one of the few all-girls’ schools in San Antonio and proudly boasts of its success in preparing young girls for university and for life.