Hundreds Show to Celebrate St. Anthony High School’s 95th Year

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2015 Hall of Fame inductees.  From the left in the picture: Thomas J. Walsh, Sandra Walsh, Sister Mary Elizabeth Galt, Lawrence Lacerte, Bishop Sylvester D. Ryan, and St. Anthony High School's president Gina Maguire.

2015 Hall of Fame inductees.  From the left in the picture: Thomas J. Walsh, Sandra Walsh, Sister Mary Elizabeth Galt, Lawrence Lacerte, Bishop Sylvester D. Ryan, and St. Anthony High School’s president Gina Maguire.

When you hit 95 years of age, who doesn’t want all the kids gathered round to celebrate, not just anywhere, but at home. That’s why, on Saturday, September 26th, St. Anthony High School hosted a party in the Courtyard of the historic Long Beach campus, welcoming graduates and friends, faculty, staff, coaches, parents, students and community friends, to a celebration of the high school’s 95th Anniversary.

At 4:30 p.m., honorees for induction into the St. Anthony High School Hall of Fame, with many past honorees and their families and friends, gathered for a special VIP Reception hosted under the Arbor in the high school’s Courtyard.  Tours of the newly renovated Science Building were led by SA’s President’s Ambassadors, students who are part of the school’s elite leadership development program.

Following the Hall of Fame Reception, guests moved into the larger Courtyard to enjoy an evening of connection and celebration, along with a retrospective film and music and dancing under the stars, as five new individuals were inducted into the St. Anthony High School Hall of Fame. These honorees included:  Sister Mary Elizabeth Galt, B.V.M., Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Catholic educator and administrator; Lawrence Lacerte, Class of 1970, entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded Lacerte Software Corporation and ExponentHR; Bishop Sylvester D. Ryan, retired Bishop of the Diocese of Monterey, former educator and coach at St. Anthony High School; Sandra Hogan Walsh, Class of 1962, homemaker, community and school volunteer; and Sandra’s husband Thomas J. Walsh, Class of 1961, healthcare industry purchasing manager, community and school leader and volunteer.

Saturday’s event hosted some 300 guests and volunteers pleased and excited about celebrating the high school’s legendary history and current success while planning for the future. Special guests included formerly inducted Hall of Fame members Tim McBride, Ken Miller, Pat O’Shea Kelly, Marlene Moncure, B.I. Mais, Dr. Richard McBride and Theresa Sherrin, and Archdiocese of Los Angeles Superintendent of High Schools, Msgr. Sal Pilato.

St. Anthony’s was founded in 1920 by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Anthony Parish and Catholic leaders throughout the greater Long Beach community in response to a growing city population clamoring for a Catholic high school to provide an alternative to public education.  Throughout the years, thousands of graduates have gone on to distinguish themselves in all walks of life, through service to community, family, church and school. The high school currently has an enrollment of 524 students, the largest in decades.

For more information, please visit St. Anthony High School’s website at www.longbeachsaints.org, or contact Laura Romero, Alumni Affairs & Public Relations Coordinator, at (562) 435-4496 ext. 1229 or at Laura.Romero@longbeachsaints.org.

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