Alumni Come Back To St John High School To Say Goodbye To Their Alma Mater

Mr. St. John 1975 stopped by for the big goodbye.

"In 1975, we graduated, and my wife and I got married in 78.  There are five couples from the '75 class that married," says Pat Prejean, Class of '75.

The Homecoming queens of 1983, 1988 and 1961 were also on hand.

"I'll drive by and see when they're doing homecoming signs, and it's a blast from the past and it's such great memories.  It's kind of hard to believe that's it's going to change.  But, change is good," says Victoria Salloum Chambers, Class of '83.

The Class Vice-President of 1993 even stopped by to bid farewell.

"It's just a rush of old emotions and memories that come back that I haven't thought about in quite sometime," says Joseph Dalto, Class of '93.

Alumni of St. John High School took a step back in time Saturday afternoon as they walked the halls of their alma mater. The school will close its doors in the next couple of weeks.  St John's High School will merge with Mercy Cross to become St. Patrick's in the fall. For sisters Tiffany Revon Hancock and Cindy Revon Creel, it was a trip down memory lane they had to travel back down together.

"It's fun being here with Tiffany because of course she wasn't here when I was here but just walking through the hall together and everything, it's just lots of good memories," says Cindy Revon Creel, Class of 1980.

And no matter to what class you belonged, amid all the hugs and smiles, the memories just kept flowing.

"The feelings the excitement of seeing everyone again after 32 years is wonderful," says Dorothy Prejean, Class of 1988.

Although the school will soon be no more, for many classmates the tradition of what St. John's represented will live on through their children.

"We all plan on going back and sending our children to St. Patrick's.  It's a meaningful process to think your children are going to have the same memories and education," says Tiffany Revon Hancock.

"There's so much St. John has given to me and people in the community I don't think it'll ever die.  The memory of St. John will go on and I'm just so proud to be apart of it," says Dalto.

Sis. Anna Louise Bumbera who attended St. John all 12 years sums it up best.

"It's not going to die. We're going to take it in our hearts. Our hearts will be filled with St. John."

In the hearts of those who loved it dearly, it will always be The Small School with The Big Heart.