Jack Pynes, class of 1947, and granddaughter Hadley Peterson, class of 2014.
EUGENE — It’s a significant year for O’Hara Catholic School as the community is marking 125 years of Catholic education in Eugene. O’Hara began 125 years ago as St. Mary Parish School.
“One of the beautiful things about Catholic education is the life-long effect it has on a family,” says Tammy Conway, principal of O’Hara. “We are seeing strong evidence of that lasting effect here.”
This year’s graduates include the children and grandchildren of many alumni. Jack Pynes, who graduated from St. Mary elementary in 1947 and graduated from St. Francis Catholic High School (now the site of O’Hara) in 1951, sent his children to O’Hara and now his grandchildren attend.
Pynes’ granddaughter, Hadley Peterson, is a member of the O’Hara class of 2014. One of Pynes’ classmates, Marlin Franssen, has two grandsons graduating this year from O’Hara, Spencer and Connor Franssen.
Many alumni come back as teachers.
Julie Fulton, fifth grade teacher, attended O’Hara as a child and sends her own children to school there.
“I love this school for so many reasons,” Fulton says. “Mostly, I love that my family gets to be embraced, cared for and loved by this amazing faith-filled community of parents, students and staff. There is no better place to work and raise your children.” Fulton’s oldest son, Max, will graduate from O’Hara this year.
Here are the graduates: Alexandra Achter, Thomas Akers, Ashley Alldridge, Prarhnoor Aulakh, Claire Baboyan, Jaren Banks, Griffith Bell, Davis Bosworth, José Cardenas, Ellen Conway, Keaton Cunningham, Claire Eagen, Lauren Eagen, Jenaya Eleison, Connor Franssen, Spencer Franssen, Maximillian Fulton, Caroline Gonyea, Samuel Graf, Peter Hart, Taylor Heitman, Sonny Hiday, Abigail Jones, Zane Knowlton, Pierce LaCoste, Robyn May, Brendan McCarthy, Annie McNeil, Megan Mersino, Grant Nelson, Dylan Parsons, Patricia Perez, Hadley Peterson, Sophie Pierce, Brian Piña, Griffin Puls, Abigail Reynolds, Rennie Rupp, John Rustik, Calder Smith, Alyssa Snyder, Kathryn Swan, Caitlin Vitus, Madeline Vreim, Devon Ward, Jacob Weber, Connor White, Isaac Zachem