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Taking a step back in time

Matthew Pettit

Matthew Pettit

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  Walking through the halls of Archbishop Ryan was a very different experience 30 years ago. Archbishop Ryan used to be two separate schools, Archbishop Ryan High School for Boys and Archbishop Ryan High School for Girls.

 The schools used to do everything separately aside from marching band and theater. They had different sports teams, dances, extra-curricular activities and clubs. Both schools were called Archbishop Ryan, but they were two distinct institutions.

The merging of the two schools began in the Fall of ’89. Even though the schools had become one, some things remained the same such as the mascots. The girls are still the Ragdolls and the guys, the Raiders.

 The school colors, much like the school, merged. Today, the Archbishop Ryan school colors are black, gold, and red. While, when the schools were two, the boys colors were black and red, and the girls were purple and gold.

  One of the biggest changes was the uniform. The guys went from dress pants, sports jacket, dress shirt and tie to a golf shirt and dress pants.

 The girls wore a navy blue jumper with four different color shirts. Each year (freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior), the girls would wear a different shirt. The colors of the shirts were: pink, blue, yellow, and green.  Today, the girls wear a skort, black or gray depending on their grade, with a white Oxford shirt and black stockings.

 One-third of the student body today are second generation Archbishop Ryan students, some are even third generation Archbishop Ryan students. This fact brings out the slogan “In Vite Mane” in its strongest form.

 Parents send their children to their alma mater because of many different reasons. One being that there is no community like the Archbishop Ryan community. It is not only a community, but also it is a family.

 Archbishop Ryan may have changed, but it is still the great experience it once was and will always be. Archbishop Ryan is a place where friends are made, and students are challenged. It is a place many are proud to call their school.

We are…AR!

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