Regis High School is marking its centennial anniversary this year with a wide range of engaging events that celebrate the many ways the Manhattan school has shaped the lives of Catholic men in New York City.
On April 10, the 100th day of class for this academic year, Regis “turned back the clock” to 1964 with a school-wide transformation that called students to remember the roots of Regis. Teachers wore faculty robes or cassocks for the day, with students attending Latin Mass. The design of the school website was remodeled to reflect the style of 1964 and featured breaking news about the World’s Fair and other events of the time.
“In doing all this, I believe that we are actually doing something with some spiritual significance,” Fr. Anthony Andreassi, Regis faculty member and author of Teach me to be Generous: A History of Regis High School, said during a morning assembly.
“Just as when we celebrate the Eucharist to remember and give thanks for the gift of Christ of himself to us, in remembering all that has gone on before us – before you – in the founding of Regis High School, we cannot but also feel the need to give thanks: thanks for all the incredible generosity of the foundress and her family in 1914 in establishing this school, and thanks for so many alumni and friends, Jesuits and lay teachers who keep that vision alive.”
In addition, the school challenged alumni and donors to contribute 100 online gifts to mark the day. The day after the event, the Regis advancement office reported that fund’s astronomical success – 394 donors had contributed over $59,000.
To see a complete timeline of Regis’s 1964 day, click here.