In 1967, the newly formed Diocese of St. Petersburg was led by Bishop Charles B. McLaughlin. He accepted the call to build a school serving the special needs community in the St. Petersburg area.

In May of 1969, ground was broken for the first phase of Morning Star School of Pinellas Park, Inc. In August of 1969, the school year began with the first six students in a temporary facility. The completed Morning Star School was dedicated on February 1, 1970 and the doors opened to receive 20 students. Thus began the ministry to meet the special educational needs of children in the Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg area without regard to race, creed, or ethnic background.

Thanks to the financial support of our boosters, the O.T.H.E.R.S. (Opportunity To Help Educate Receptive Students) organization, a multi-purpose hall was built in 1979. In 1986, the O.T.H.E.R.S. organization funded the addition of an administration building.