St. Joseph's Central High School: The Final Year
St. Joseph Central High School, the last remaining Catholic high school in Berkshire County, will close at the end of the school year in June.
Gathered here is a collection of articles documenting the days leading up to the end.
"Good and gracious God," intoned the Rev. Chris Malatesta, "we ask Your blessing on our gathering tonight ..."
But it cannot honestly be said that every student who attended St. Joe's recalls the experience with moist-eyed affection. For some, it was bittersweet. For a few, it was just bitter.
Next week, this sturdy fundraiser becomes another requiem for St. Joe's, just weeks before the Catholic school graduates its final class.
A classroom wouldn't be a classroom at St. Joseph Central High School without a crucifix.
Before the game, former St. Joe players and alumni gathered along the east sideline of the gym. Nearly every former Crusader was adorned in St. Joe letterman jackets and purple, black and gold apparel.
Former St. Joe athlete Dan Joslyn addressed the current group of boys basketball Crusaders before the final home game in the program's history on Friday.
The final buzzer sounds, signaling the end of the St. Joe basketball program.
Members of the Class of 1947 of St. Joseph Central High School stood, at their Class Day long ago, to sing their official Class Song.
All grade levels at St. Joe's are in the hunt this year, following news in October that because of low enrollment and operating deficits, June 12 will be the school's final day of classes after 119 years of operation.
Melissa Filippi, a St. Joseph Central High School parent and employee, won't go quietly. "As long as there's breath in me, I will fight for this school."
Students enrolled at St. Joseph Central High School should be allowed to finish their education there, a parent group says.
The announcement came in a series of meetings with board members, faculty, staff and parents, led by Franciscan Sister of St. Joseph M. Andrea Ciszewski, Springfield diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools,