From Press Democrat:
The nine Ursuline nuns from Brown County, Ohio, who got off the train in Santa Rosa in 1880 to organize the “Select School for Girls” under the auspices of St. Rose Catholic Church expected to have 40 students in their first semester.
They had come to Santa Rosa at the behest of the Rev. John Conway, pastor of St. Rose, who had assured the Sisters their boarding school would overflow with students.
The first semester, two students enrolled. Undaunted, the Sisters persisted. Their aim was a quality education for young women.