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President's Welcome

Welcome to the very special COMMUNITY OF SAINTS that is St. Anthony High School.  As we celebrate our 95th Anniversary this year, we are once again among the Archdiocese of Los Angeles' fastest growing high schools, a vital, growing tower of truth and guide for youth in the Long Beach community. 
As a graduate, I know that St. Anthony’s students are blessed by a rare experience -- the opportunity to learn and grow within a nurturing academic environment during some of the most formative years of their lives.  This education is an irreplaceable gift - a treasure for life.

Small classes enable each student to be known and encouraged to learn through personalized attention. A strong college preparatory curriculum prepares each student for success in college, and also in life. Extra-curricular activities, including a highly comprehensive, competitive sports program, provide challenges for balanced growth in all areas - body, mind and spirit. And a campus-wide commitment to Catholic values and faith provides a basis for ethical leadership and life-long service beyond self. 

The 2015 - 2016 school year marks my 15th year as President of St. Anthony High School. During this time, I have said goodbye to class after class of graduates. They leave us, joyfully, hopefully, and also tearfully, as they recognize that their time at St. Anthony is coming to an end. They are prepared to move on, and yet they are reluctant to go. They cherish the memories they made, and recognize their strides as maturing young men and women. But they are also sad to leave because they know, intuitively, that they have experienced something unique -- a true community that has become a family. The friendships they have made will last a lifetime and call them back to St. Anthony's time and time again. Once a Saint, always a Saint.

Class reunions provide proof-positive of the connections that were formed during the high school years, as well as each student's continuing commitment and love of their school.  The Saints return time and time again, year after year - whether it's the 10th, 25th, 35th, 50th ... 60th, or beyond.  Reunions are a part of life at St. Anthony's, as our graduates continue to connect and reconnect, celebrating the education they received, the experiences they shared, the friends they made, and the future they dreamed when they were students at Long Beach's only Catholic high school. 

For me, the faith, social consciousness and leadership of the Immaculate Heart Sisters and the Brothers of Holy Cross who were teachers when I was a student at St. Anthony's are a part of me today.  Their example inspires me, as does the example of all the wonderful, learned, faith-filled priests, religious and laypersons who have nurtured and supported St. Anthony High School's students since our founding in 1920.
The high school's founders were men and women of great faith who believed that a Catholic high school was not just a luxury, but a NECESSITY for a city the size and stature of Long Beach.  The same commitment to Catholic education which propelled these early leaders to buy land and build in downtown Long Beach inspires us today, as we remain true to our original mission of providing a quality affordable Catholic college preparatory education to students from all backgrounds.  Regardless of socio-economic or cultural background, each year St. Anthony High School welcomes students who want to learn within a Catholic setting, rich in tradition and warm in community.
Thanks to our thousands and thousands of alums and so many others who have supported us throughout our history, St. Anthony has maintained a steady course of renewal and growth through years of challenge, leading us to our current position as one of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles' fastest growing high school.
Today we are very proud of our school, but most of all, we are very proud of our graduates - past, present and future.  These young people come to us full of hopes and dreams, with a desire to learn and to build a bright future.  Once here, they become friends, who become a family.  And that family forms a community, diverse and yet united.  They are all Saints!  And, together with their parents and teachers, and that greater network of alumni and friends of St. Anthony High School, they form a powerful and legendary "Community of Saints" which supports us all.


Gina Rushing Maguire (Regina Holden, Class of '67)