August 19, 2016

Badin opens 50th anniversary year with freshman class of 165 students

Badin High School will welcome its largest class in a dozen years as the school year begins with freshmen on Wednesday, Aug. 24; and then all students on Thursday, Aug. 25.

“It’s always exciting to start the new school year,” BHS Principal Brian Pendergest said. “We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary as a school this year, and we know that between now and graduation night next June 2, our students are going to accomplish a great deal.”

The freshman Class of 2020 numbers 165 students -- coming from 33 different schools -- as Badin embarks on its second half-century of Catholic education in the Greater Hamilton area.

“This is the second year of a two-year celebration recognizing the opening of Badin High School,” explained Angie Gray, director of marketing. “Last year we honored the 50th graduating class of Badin and the 50 years since our predecessor schools, Hamilton Catholic and Notre Dame, had their final year.

“This year we are celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the opening of Badin High School in the fall of 1966,” Gray added. “We have a lot of good things scheduled.”

Plans include the annual Homecoming Parade with members of the first graduating class, the Class of 1967, on Friday, Sept. 16; a Heritage Mass at Badin on Wednesday, Oct. 12; and recognition of the undefeated 1966 football team on Saturday, Oct. 22.

In addition, Badin will revive the memorable Hootenanny music fest that was a staple of the calendar in the 1970s and ‘80s. And Badin’s third annual Hall of Honor class will be inducted on Thursday, Sept. 16, in advance of the weekend Homecoming festivities.

“We’ve had 50 great years and we are ready to start 50 more,” said Pendergest, a 1990 graduate of Badin High who begins his 6th year as the school’s principal. “The students, the faculty, the staff – they care about Badin High School, about their education, their faith, their leadership. It makes for a terrific school environment.”

With an enrollment of more than 550 students, Badin is larger than it’s been in the past decade.

“Good things are happening at Badin and the word in the community is very positive,” Gray said. “There are 26 zip codes represented in our building, so students come from all over to have a memorable high school experience.”

Badin will have its opening All-School Mass on Friday, August 26, at 10 a.m. in the school’s Mulcahey Gym. The public is always invited to Masses at Badin High.

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