|October 7, 2013 • VOL. 51, NO. 17 • Oakland, CA|
| St. Perpetua celebrates 50th
St. Perpetua School opened in September 1963 with an enrollment of 200 students in grades one through five. Father John Quinn, pastor, worked closely with Sister St. Michael, the first principal. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet staffed the school. Thirty-five students were in the first graduation class on June 10, 1967.
Rev. Arthur Ribeiro was appointed pastor in 1971, when failing health forced Rev. John Quinn to resign. Rev. Brian Timoney was appointed pastor in June 1980, followed by Rev. John Kennedy in July 1985. Rev. Timothy Johnson assumed leadership of St. Perpetua Parish in June 1990 followed by Rev. John P. Gilmore in 1991. Rev. John Kasper, OSFS, was named pastor in July 1997.
In March 1997, and in 2003, the school was evaluated by the Western Catholic Education Association. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges granted full six-year terms of accreditation. In 2009, the process was repeated, and St. Perpetua School once again received a six-year term of accreditation.
In fall 2002, construction for a 13,000-square-foot addition to the school commenced. This is a state-of-the-art science lab/art center, library resource center and multimedia center. The fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade classrooms were also renovated, and breakout rooms and offices were added to the first floor. A new faculty room, restrooms, teacher workrooms and catering kitchen were also added, as well as a hillside amphitheater. In 2003, The Garden of Learning was completed, and most recently, the Religious Resource Center, kindergarten, and Panther House rooms were renovated.
In 2007, a new hillside-landscaping project was completed, and lunch tables and umbrellas were put into place on the upper and lower lots. During summer 2008, the pavilion was completed. In December 2008, the school and the parish completed the stairway project, which increased safety and access to the upper lot. During summer 2010, the first, second, third and fourth grade classrooms were renovated from floor to ceiling. The front office was reconfigured during 2011. The former teacher office space at the back of the school was repurposed to allow for a larger space for the special needs coordinator and to facilitate an improved learning space for students.
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