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St. Anthony High School, located in Downtown Long Beach, has a rich history in our city. Since 1920, the High School has graduated some of Long Beach's best and brightest, including former Vice-Mayors Doris Walker Topsy-Elvord and Frank Colonna, George M. Murchison, John A. Vander Lans, Robert Senske, Lou Anne Bynum, Mia Wells Beglinger,Gloria Cordero, Marlene Moncure, David Shlemmer and many others.
I had the honor of working at St. Anthony High School straight out of college. During that time, under the leadership of Gina Rushing, the school was transforming from an institution that was on the verge of closure, to a school of the future. Investing in not only community based learning, but in the latest technology.
70 students will graduate this Saturday, 70% of whom have already been admitted to four year colleges or universities. Saint Anthony’s is also the fastest growing high school in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, with 20% growth this year and a projected enrollment for Fall 2011 of 440 students.
I am proud to be a part of the Saints Family, and am looking forward to the next 90 years.
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