The very special Class of 1957 came to Archbishop Riordan on September 18 for their Diamond Diploma event, which included a Mass with the student body. At a reception that followed for these men to celebrate 60 years as Riordan alumni, many remarked that they were deeply grateful for a Riordan education, even though they did not realize it during their high school years, and it was by the grace of God that they came to the school in the fall of 1953.
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Archbishop Riordan High School was founded in 1949 with the mission of educating young men in San Francisco. The school and its work continues today with its Marianist roots, a growing enrollment and new programs. Catholic San Francisco senior writer Tom Burke moderated a Q-and-A with president Andrew Currier and principal Tim Reardon about the new school year. Both are in their first year at the school.
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For the second year in a row, the Riordan band traveled to the Hilltop to play at USF’s Spirit Walk. Joining the fun were many current Dons who are graduates of Riordan and former members of the Band. It was a great day for two great San Francisco institutions.
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Saturday, September 2 was not only the first varsity football win of the season for the Crusaders vs Salesian, but one for the Riordan history books. QB Travis Benham ’18 threw five touchdowns to tie a school record, and 410 yards to pass a record of 367 set in 2007 by Darius Bell ’08 in the playoffs against Terra Nova. Bell is now a teacher and football coach at Riordan and was there for Saturday’s game, which happened to be at Terra Nova. The final score was 42-7.
Read a full game recap in this article by Prep2Prep.
Photo by Scott Patterson
In the 2017-18 school year, Riordan launched a new House System which is a platform to foster a stronger school community by creating mentorship opportunities and healthy competition among students. Made popular by the Harry Potter series, the House System is also widely used at many Marianist high schools across the country.
At Riordan there are four Houses–Bolts, Cana, Pilar and Russi–made up of students from different grade levels. Each House is divided into smaller mentor groups with a faculty/staff moderator, and also has a designated guidance counselor. Houses compete throughout the year in a variety of academic, athletic, and leadership challenges, with the winning house securing the coveted “Crusader Cup.” While this system will greatly enhance our school community, we are still “four houses under one roof.”
More details about Riordan’s House System to come!
Archbishop Riordan High School is pleased to welcome Paul Cronin ’93 as the new Director of Alumni and Donor Relations.
For the past 20 years Cronin has worked in technology sales and sales leadership positions at several Bay Area companies including CoStar Group and LoopNet.
As an active member of Riordan’s Alumni Board, Cronin sought the opportunity to get involved with the school at a deeper level. “I’m excited to be back at my alma mater and help build on the momentum that Riordan has created over the past few years,” said Cronin. “I want to help Riordan increase alumni participation, raise money and experience success in all areas.”
“Riordan is certainly part of the fabric of San Francisco,” Cronin continued. “It is a one-of-a-kind school on many levels, but most significantly in the way that it helps students grow and development into fine young men.”
While at Riordan, Cronin played football and soccer, and served as Senior Class President. After graduating he earned a BA in English from the University of Nevada-Reno.
Paul, his wife Danielle and their three children live in San Mateo.