To the Editor:
The razing of the St. Thomas Aquinas High School building, now scheduled for October 28, only marks the end of the edifice. More importantly, the demolition will mark a unique opportunity. It is a point in time to share memories and reflect on what the school, the educators, administrators, and the students, meant to so many over 44 years of contribution and commitment to New Britain and surrounding communities.
As noted in numerous Facebook postings, emails, and even in this publication, we are reminded of all the “good” that has come from this institution. And now, thanks to the interest and efforts of many, including Mayor Erin Stewart; Jack Benjamin, director of Planning and Development; Michelle Malinowski, chair of the New Britain Historic Preservation Commission; and Gary Naples (Class of ’80), rest assured, the history and legacy of our school will remain.
As for the future development of the Aquinas site, hopefully, there is more “good” in the works. And just maybe, in the next couple of years an “Aquinas Heights” or “Aquinas Commons” will be the place some very fortunate families call home. A place memorialized as an appropriate and lasting “Tribute to the Saints.”
St. Thomas Aquinas
Class of 1968