St. James Alumni Mark 25 Years Since School Closed

Image via Charles Fox, Philadelphia Inquirer.

Alumni of St. James High School in Chester marked 25 years since their alma mater closed with an event entitled “Keeping the Spirit Alive at 25,” writes Colin Ainsworth for the Delaware County News Network.

The former Bulldogs held a mass at St. Rose of Lima in Eddystone, followed by lunch at the Doghouse alumni hall.

The school’s former students established their new home at the Doghouse, filled their calendar with social events, and started a scholarship fund providing more than $1 million in financial support to students at Archdiocesan high schools.

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“It was more of a fraternity than it was a school,” said Alumni Association President Mike Ritz.

Now, the Alumni Association keeps busy through educational and charitable work. Next year, the association is supporting 37 students with partial, four-year scholarships. Its Varsity Club II also supports food banks around the county with Thanksgiving food and Christmas toy drives, while donations made to its Blue and Gray Voices choir go toward the scholarship fund.

“St. James alumni are the base, but we like to consider ourselves a full-blown Catholic charity organization,” said Ritz.

Read more about St. James alumni from the Delaware County News Network by clicking here.

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