The Gonzaga community gathered on Saturday, April 30 for a celebration that was 200 years in the making. The evening began with Mass in St. Aloysius Church celebrated by Father Lingan, who was joined by more than a dozen concelebrants on the altar.
Following Mass, guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, and entertainment at the National Building Museum, where Brian Egan '86, host of the Echo Ever Proudly Podcast, served as the evening's Master of Ceremonies. During his Bicentennial Address, Father Lingan said: "The celebration of an anniversary is usually a celebration of a particularly significant occasion, event, or moment in a previous time. This 200th anniversary celebration is so much more than that! Tonight, we remember and celebrate a founding moment, yes, and we celebrate all the moments between then and now that have made Gonzaga College High School a venerable and exceptional educational institution."
Highlights of the evening included Father Lingan reading a letter written to Gonzaga from President Biden, remarks from Forever Gonzaga Bicentennial Campaign Chairs Michael Tierney '70 and Monica and John Thompson III '84 (P '19), current senior Jack Ryan '22 reading an original poem that he wrote, several fantastic videos, and a surprise cheer by the Gonzaga Booster Club.
Below we share a photo album with some bests from the evening, as well as a short video recapping the festivities. To view some portraits of guests arriving at the Building Museum, please click here.
Thank you to everyone who planned, participated in, and attended this very special evening of celebration -- Happy 200th Birthday Gonzaga!