St. Anthony High School recently hosted a very special party in the courtyard of this historic Long Beach campus, welcoming alumni, students, parents, staff, faculty and community members to celebrate the school’s 95th anniversary.
Among the 300 guests on hand for the Sept. 26 gathering were five honorees for induction into the St. Anthony High School Hall of Fame: Sister Mary Elizabeth Galt, BVM, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles; Lawrence Lacerte, a philanthropist and entrepreneur, Class of 1970; Bishop Sylvester D. Ryan, retired bishop for the Diocese of Monterey and former educator at St. Anthony’s; Sandra Hogan Walsh, a community and school volunteer, Class of 1962; and Thomas J. Walsh, a healthcare industry professional and school leader, Class of 1961.
In addition to celebrating the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, the evening festivities also included the presentation of a retrospective film, guided tours of the newly-renovated science building and music and dancing under the stars.
Other notable guests in attendance for the celebration included past Hall of Fame inductees Tim McBride, Ken Miller, Pat O’Shea Kelly, Marlene Moncure, B.I. Mais, Dr. Richard McBride, Theresa Sherrin and Msgr. Sal Anthony Pilato, superintendent of high schools for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Founded in 1920 by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Anthony Church and Catholic leaders from the Long Beach community, St. Anthony High School currently has an enrollment of 524 students, the largest in decades.