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placeholder September 19, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 16   •   Oakland, CA

Eighth-graders at Christ the King School in Pleasant Hill gather to show off the new campus amphitheater.
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CTK School turns 50;
opens new amphitheater

Christ the King School in Pleasant Hill is throwing itself a 50th birthday party on Sept. 24 and all are invited to the celebration.

The event, formally called the Christ the King 50th Anniversary Open House, will begin with a Mass at 5 p.m., followed by refreshments, an open house of the school and the unveiling of the new 180-seat amphitheater.

The amphitheater was completed “just in time” for the school celebration, said CTK Principal Kathy Gannon-Briggs. It will provide the setting for a number of school activities like small group gatherings, lunches and outdoor classrooms.

It is hoped that the amphitheater will also be used by people in the community. “We want it to be widely used by others,” Gannon-Briggs said. Funding for the amphitheater’s construction came from donations, school fundraisers and the parish.

Documents and photos recently uncovered or rediscovered — such as a school bulletin from September 1961 stating that tuition was $6 a month — will be among the must-see items at the celebration.

Another highlight of the evening may involve a historic gathering of past principals. “We’re hoping to have six former principals in attendance, Gannon-Briggs said.

Christ the King School, with 324 pupils, is located at 195 Brandon St. in Pleasant Hill.

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