TIGARD — This spring and summer, St. Anthony School here hosts a series of celebrations and events that commemorate its 100-year history serving students and families in Tigard. Everyone from the community along with special guests from the City of Tigard will be invited to participate.

Events include an alumni reunion and a centennial Mass service May 14, a summer kick-off tailgate festival for students and families June 4, and a parish and school picnic Aug. 20 at Cook Park.

Leading up to the events, St. Anthony has partnered with the City of Tigard Public Library to display artworks from students, alumni, parishioners and parents. The art is on a rotating exhibit at the main entrance of the library through the end of April.

“After nearly three years of postponement, we are very excited to be bringing back some of our favorite traditional celebrations as well as adding in a few special events to celebrate our school’s 100th anniversary,” said Father John Henderson, pastor of St. Anthony Parish.

He said plans are flexible in indoor and outdoor venues to keep the community healthy.

Over the past 100 years, the school has been under the leadership of sisters, priests and lay principals, including the Franciscans as well as the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who led the school 1922-1985. Father Henderson and Andy Nichols, principal, aim to create a flourishing atmosphere for more than 330 students preschool through eighth grade.

"We are looking ahead to the next 100 years with plans to renovate our campus with a new elementary facility,” said Nichols. “Our passion is working together as a united parish and school community, connecting students to adults, institutions and experiences that are needed to develop the knowledge, skills, and sense of purpose to live meaningful lives as adults.”

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