last reunion celebration in 2002
Our first All-Class Reunion and Sunday brunch was
held on September 29, 2002 at the Rio Hondo Country Club, 10627 Old
River School Road, Downey, California from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
The 9:30 a.m. Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church that morning was
dedicated to the alumni. The school was open to viewing after Mass
and before the brunch. You may view photos of the reunion by
clicking on the "Photos" button.
In order to comply with changed California State safety laws, our parish
school needed to replace the aging playground equipment. The
equipment was over 40 years old and many of you have used it throughout
the years. Through various financial assistance from foundations,
alumni, fundraisers, local businesses, and school and parish families,
the dream was realized in a ceremony on Friday, November 22, 2002 when
the school invited the students, faculty and staff in celebrating the
dedication of the new equipment.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School opened on September 13, 1948 in
temporary quarters with a staff of three Sisters of Notre Dame.
There were 124 students in grades one through six. Eight
classrooms were built the following year and eventually eight more were
built. Beginning in 1971, one class was phased out each year.
In 1976, a kindergarten was added and several empty classrooms were made
into labs. Since the school year 1979-1980, single grades include
students in K through 8.
OLPH Cheerleaders in the 1970's
OLPH Basketball Team in the 1970s