On Sunday, September 14, 2014, the CHS Alumni Association celebrated its 33rd annual All Classes Reunion. With 180 alumni in attendance, this year’s dinner and dance had the largest turnout to date.
On Sunday, September 14, 2014, the CHS Alumni Association celebrated its 33rd annual All Classes Reunion. With 180 alumni in attendance, this year’s dinner and dance had the largest turnout to date. Classes of 1989, 1984, 1979, 1964, 1959, 1954 and 1949 were honored in recognition of their milestone reunion year.
The event was full of excitement, laughter and memories, with many CHS alumni reminiscing after so many years. It was fantastic that those who had not seen one another, some in over 50 years, were able to recognize each other instantly. Memories flowed as if they happened yesterday: stories of favorite teachers, difficult classes, school dances, first loves and the poignant feeling of camaraderie they felt while attending Cathedral High School.
As guests sat down to a lovely dinner, CHS Alumni Association President of seven years, James Keenan ’60, recognized members of the association and touchingly introduced Francis Lynch ’38, our oldest active alumnus, who has missed only one reunion event since it started 33 years ago. Sister Mary Black, whose dedication to Cathedral spans over 50 years, delivered the opening prayer to the delight of the audience. Head of School Dr. Oscar Santos spoke about the school’s commitment today’s students. Alumni were proud to hear that for 10 years in a row 100% of CHS seniors have graduated and been accepted to college! Dr. Santos thanked alumni for their continued passion and dedication to their alma mater, still going strong after 87 years.
Some of our young alumni from the 1980’s were also in attendance. They were happy to join in and meet fellow CHS alumni who preceded them. The one thing that stood out among all the classes is that though the class years differed, the stories were quite similar. All felt a connection to the school and to one another. Cathedral High School had cared for them, taught them, instilled life-long values and friendship, and sent them out into the world prepared to thrive. The legacy of excellence is continuing with today’s students, and the personal bond is strong. CHS alumni really are a close community of wonderful people, and the Alumni Association All Class Reunion is a special event for the entire Cathedral family to come together and celebrate that community.