Archbishop Riordan High School is pleased to share that next Wednesday, April 24, San Francisco’s City Hall will be lit in Purple & Gold in honor of Riordan’s 70th anniversary. This is a huge honor for our school, and we’d like to thank the City of San Francisco in advance for helping us celebrate this milestone in a very special way.
For those of you who capture any photos of City Hall on the 24th, we invite you to use the hashtag #weR70 to share on social media.
On Sunday, April 14, Michael Gray ’20 participated again in the Lion Speech competition and won a the top prize. This is the farthest a Riordan student has gone in this competition, and Michael is on track to win the grand prize scholarship of $21,000. Kudos to Michael as well as Student Activities Director Joey Klobas who helped him prepare for this competition.
At the 16th annual Jim Calabretta Essay Contest hosted by the Youth Men’s Institute of San Francisco, Riiny Riiny ’20 and Vince Francisco ’19 won third and fourth place, respectively, and also took home a cash prize. Their essay topic was: “Describe a significant challenge or obstacle you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge.”
Congrats to Michael, Riiny and Vince on these honors!
Riordan just finished a weekend of celebratory St. Patrick’s Day activities, starting with musical accompaniment at the Hibernian Newman Lunch honoring Riordan’s Director of Development John Ring. Special guests included Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Mayor London Breed, and City Assessor Carmen Chu. On Saturday, March 16, the Marching Band took to the streets of San Francisco for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Dear Riordan Community,
On Friday, our esteemed Director of Development John Ring was honored as Hibernian of the Year by San Francisco’s Hibernian Newman Club, an organization that for six decades has supported Irish-American culture and Catholic schools in the Bay Area and nationally. John is the 50th recipient of this award, and is in good company with fellow honorees Jack McCloskey ’55, current trustee Kevin Ryan, and past trustee Mary Callanan.
Before a crowd of more than 800 people, John’s family, friends and fellow Hibernians celebrated the enduring impact he has made on San Francisco, and particularly his work with organizations such as the Irish Immigration Pastoral Center, the Pomeroy Center, and schools such at Riordan and St. Ignatius. There is no one more deserving of this award than John, nor a more humble recipient.
Archbishop Riordan High School is a true beneficiary of John’s many gifts and talents. Under his fundraising leadership, the school has made much needed upgrades to multiple programs and facilities, including renovating the gym and this summer’s installation of a new turf field. Plain and simple, the work of John and his team has helped us write a new chapter in the history of the school.
Moreover, John is a true Irish gentleman who finds friends in all places, connects easily with people of all beliefs and backgrounds, and advocates on behalf of those in need. He works tirelessly each and every day on behalf of the young men of Riordan to ensure that they have the best possible opportunities, and we are deeply grateful for his efforts. Enjoy this short video tribute from the Hibernian event that highlights many of John’s good works, but by no means all of them.
On behalf of the entire Riordan community, including alumni, Riordan’s Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, and John’s colleagues in the Development Office, we congratulate him on this tremendous honor of Hibernian of the Year.
Dr. Andrew Currier, President
Riordan welcomed Marianist Assistant for Education Bro. Jesse O’Neill, SM and Vocation Director Bro. Mark Motz, SM (top left) to campus on Monday. Among the many groups they met with is Riordan’s phenomenal LIFE Team that does so much to spread faith and family spirit on campus.
Dear Riordan Community,
We are thrilled to announce that we held another successful Purple & Gold Gala at Bimbo’s 365 Club on Saturday, February 23! We had a full house at this year’s event and had a record number of participants contribute to our online auction. Through our online, silent and live auctions, sponsorships, ads, and other donations, the Gala raised more than $330,000 for Riordan’s Tuition Assistance Fund.
We’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who attended and supported this event! The funds raised will go a long way and make a difference in the lives of our young men. If you would like to make an additional gift please click here.
You can view photos from the event here.
The Riordan Development Office