St. John's College High School to Construct Bell Tower Dedicated to the Class of 2020
St. John’s College High School will commemorate the sacrifices the Class of 2020 endured due to the COVID-19 crisis by constructing a bell tower on campus.
As a Lasallian tradition dating back over 300 years, a bell-ringer would stop all activity and invoke the prayer, “Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God,” at each half-hour of the day.
The installment will take place in the Gletner Courtyard, a commemorative public space prominent on campus outside the student walk. A new tradition will commence this fall of ringing the bell to start and end the school year. All members of the 2020 class are invited to ring the bell when they first return to campus.
“The Class of 2020’s collective presence, sacrifice, and contributions will be felt on this campus forever,” said principal Chris Themistos. “In its simplest form, a bell is a joyous and dignified monument, but for Lasallians, a bell has a much deeper significance. We are so grateful to the Mothers’ Club, the Men of St. John’s, and others who have financially supported this endeavor.”
At the formal dedication and unveiling ceremony, a plaque will be revealed to list each graduate’s name and tell the importance of the Lasallian tradition. The bell will be engraved with “Class of 2020” on one side and “Let us remember we are in the holy presence of God” on the other. The projected completion of the bell tower is July 31, 2020.