ST. BERNARD HIGH Principal Cynthia Hoepner joins leadership honorees Gen. Kevin Chilton, class of 1972, and Jason Ferguson, class of 2013, at the school’s 55th anniversary celebration.

ST. BERNARD HIGH Principal Cynthia Hoepner joins leadership honorees Gen. Kevin Chilton, class of 1972, and Jason Ferguson, class of 2013, at the school’s 55th anniversary celebration.

St. Bernard High School in Playa del Rey celebrated its 55th anniversary March 16 with alumni from each of the past five decades in attendance.
The event, held at Shanghai Red’s in Marina del Rey, was intended to re-engage the alumni and local community members, while at the same time, celebrating positive news for the future of St. Bernard, school officials said.
During the celebration, two members of the St. Bernard community – Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, 1972 graduate, and current student Jason Ferguson of the Class of 2013 – were recognized for their leadership efforts.
Chilton, a fighter pilot and astronaut, was the pilot on space shuttle Endeavour’s maiden voyage and was the recipient of NASA’s “Top Fox” (flight safety) Award. Ferguson, a varsity football player, was instrumental in encouraging student players to join the school’s junior varsity football program after a number of seniors transferred last year, school officials said. Ferguson was the only returning senior from the varsity team.
At the anniversary event, Principal Cynthia Hoepner also announced plans for school upgrades and renovations including: new Wi-Fi service, new interior and exterior lighting, a new guest bathroom, new computer lab, new student union, new college center, a renovated library/multi-purpose room, and new biology and chemistry labs.
The majority of projects are exapected to be completed prior to the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, she said.
Also in attendance were friends and supporters of the school from neighboring communities, as well as the Los Angeles Archdiocese.

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