What an awesome day!

On Saturday, we held our 50th anniversary celebration here at Austin O’Brien. We were joined by former students and staff for a walk down memory lane and a celebration of “50 years of Crusader spirit”.

The formal program was MC’d by CBC radio’s Mark Connolly (grad ’78) who is the host of Edmonton AM.  His humour and personal commentaries were a huge hit!  During the formal program, we were also treated to an excellent keynote speech from John Stanton (grad ’66), the founder of the Running Room.  His words were truly inspirational!  Throughout the program, many great stories were told.  Current student, Katelyn Kuchta (grad ’14) told us how she walks down the hallway filled with grad photos every day but never really thought much about it until she was helping to plan the 50th anniversary.  It is amazing to think about how many students have walked the halls of this fine school and called themselves Crusaders.  Once a Crusader…always a Crusader!

Monsignor Fee Otterson is a man who made a considerable contribution to AOB.  He may have past away but his spirit lives in the hallways of this school.  We have dedicated our stage to his life and to his memory.  It was inspiring to hear stories of Father Fee.

After the formal program, the school was open so that Crusaders could walk around the school and reconnect with other Crusaders.  We had rooms set up commemorating each decade (60s – 2000s).  It was fantastic to walk around and see people congregating in these rooms, reliving old memories and telling stories.

We would like to thank everyone who came out to celebrate with us.  Also, a huge thanks to the organizing committee.  It truly was an amazing day!

AOB’s 50th Anniversary – November 23, 2013

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We are so excited about our 50th anniversary celebration coming up on Saturday, November 23 from 1pm until 4pm.  We are looking forward to celebrating our 5 decades of history with our students, alumni, staff, and former staff members.  Austin O’Brien High School opened its doors in November 1963 when students moved over from St. Brendan’s.

We will start our formal program, hosted by CBC radio’s Mark Connolly (’77) at 1:15pm in the gymnasium.  This is guaranteed to be an awesome tribute to our great school!  It will be cool to see Pat Hauck (’65) from our first graduating class give a speech alongside Katelyn Kuchta (’14), a member of our 50th graduating class.  Also, we will have speakers giving a historical perspective of the schoool and there will be a digital presentation which was created by Raj Patel from Orange Fountain .  After the presentation in the gym, we will invite everyone to walk through the school and visit our “decade rooms”.  We have a room set up for each decade of our school’s history in which we will display photographs and other memorabilia from that time.

We will be selling some commemorative items throughout the day.  All of the proceeds from these items will go toward our legacy project which is improvement to the newly named “Msgr. Fee Otterson Stage”.  We will also be accepting donations to this project.

A special thanks to the organizing commitee and the current staff of AOB for all of their hard work and dedication!