I am privileged to be President of Aquinas High School here. Aquinas, as you know, is a small Catholic High School in San Bernardino. A couple of years ago we adopted a tag line that reads “Large enough to challenge, small enough to care”. This is an important statement to us. We are now approximately at 470 students which is a great increase over the past eight years. Although we need quantity to remain viable, it is not the quantity that we are proud of, it is the quality of our students and programs.
Academically, our students get into some of the finest schools in the country. Our students take many AP classes and do fine getting into these colleges and universities. Athletically, we are competitive with the schools in which we play and will be seriously considered contenders for CIF championships in a number of sports this year. In our mind, most significant is our activities that support the spiritual formation of students. Campus Ministry, Student Leadership and service activities provide opportunities for our students to reach out and be a support to those who need help in the spirit of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.
While we are going about our usual tasks, we are going through a major building project. Through the generosity of San Manuel, Shea Family Charities and our local alumni and friends we will have one of the finest Performing Arts Centers in the area. This is important that we provide educational opportunities associated with such a center for our students. Providing an education for the whole person is part of the Catholic philosophy of education and now we can do this to a greater extent than we have in recent years. We will inform you of the grand opening as dates and activities are finalized.
Quite frankly we are proud of our students and graduates. They are some of the finest people we know. However, we need your help. Over 50% of our local students qualify and request financial aid. We believe these are good students who will achieve greatly in their area of endeavor, if given the chance. With the help of alumni and friends of Aquinas this becomes a reality. Support for the financial aid of students can take the form of complete scholarships or small monthly donations all are very important to us and the students.
I do hope you will take time to visit campus this year. Whether it be for a special event, a reunion or just a time to check out the campus. I would be happy to take you around if you let me know when you are coming.
Please know you have our prayers and best wishes,
Dr. Jim Brennan