St. James School celebrated its 90th anniversary on Saturday, June 10, bringing together almost 450 alumni, former and current faculty and staff, and friends of St. James from all over the country. Planning for the event started in January with a committee of St. James alumni, school parents and parishioners. The purpose of the event was to reconnect alumni with one another and celebrate the 90th anniversary of the first graduating class in 1927.
The evening started with Mass in the church, where Fr. Matt welcomed all those who had come for the reunion. St. James School alumni Gina Zebron and Julie Cohen served as cantors. Following Mass, everyone was invited to tour the old school building. Classrooms, offices and the lunchroom were open for touring, while alumni reminisced about their days at St. James. A life-size cut-out of Mr. McCafferty, who served as principal for many years, was available for photo ops. Following the tour of the old school, attendees gathered in the Parish Center for dinner and a slide presentation on the history of St. James prepared by St. James alum Becky Howell Dufern.
Those attending represented almost every graduating class from 1944 to 2011, many of whom had not seen each other in more than 30 years. During the evening, Fr. Matt recognized the oldest St. James School graduate attending, John Abbs from the Class of 1944, and the longest-serving teacher attending, Karen Driscoll, who has taught at St. James for more than 40 years.
Our thanks to the 90th Anniversary Committee who helped plan the evening, including Jennifer Anderson, Beth Cloud, Kathleen Corrigan Lynde, Patti Denten, Anne Drew, Becky Dufern, Pat Farrell, John Ford, Karen Geary, Jennifer Hartman, Meghan Kay, Tom Loch, Linda Mackey, Linda McGrath, Kayo Nakagome, Katie Papanicholas, Mary Reddin, and Mary Thune.