St. Thomas Aquinas School celebrates golden anniversary

Current students of St. Thomas Aquinas School in Monterey Park continue a 50-year tradition.

When St. Thomas Aquinas School in Monterey Park first opened its doors in1963, there were five Sisters of St. Joseph of Newark teaching the 50 enrolled students.

Today the school boasts nearly 300 students and continues to carry on in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Newark with an expansive lay faculty.

This year, the school marks 50 years with a celebration culminating with a Gala and Auction on June 13. Throughout the year, parents, students and alumni have organized and participated in a variety of celebratory events including a wine social, open house, a jog-a-thon and other school activities. “The kids had a great time this year celebrating the school’s birthday,” says parent Elena Nlhoa.

Indeed, when Nlhoa toured the school with alumni during a recent social, she saw how overwhelmed they were about their old school grounds. “They were impressed how technology, like smart boards, is in every classroom,” she said adding they also had fond memories of former teachers and principals.

The school continues to expand, having just added a pre-K class last year. “Alumni who were grandparents were very excited to see that,” said Nlhoa.


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February 28, 2015

  • Saturday, February 28

    “Catholics and the Civil Rights Movement”: An African American Ministry Forum with Dr. Cecilia Moore, 9:30-11:30 a.m., University Hall, 1775 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles. 2015 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Selma March, which led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a landmark achievement of the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement. With an eye towards the future, a weekend forum will be held to examine the role of American Catholicism in the Selma Campaign, its history and theology, and what it can teach us about confronting today’s social justice issues in the Church and greater American society. $40. (310) 338-2799.

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