Riordan graduates last all-boys class



On June 27, Riordan graduated its last all boys class.

Steven Rissotto '20, Editor-in-Chief

In the seven decades of history at Riordan, no graduating group of seniors has had the historical significance that the Class of 2020 has endured.

Not only have they battled through the COVID-19 pandemic and graduated much more differently than most, but they also have the distinct honor of being Archbishop Riordan High School’s final all-boys class.

As announced in January, the school will transform into a co- educational institution starting in the fall of 2020. As San Francisco’s oldest all-boys school, Riordan has educated young men through faith and formation since 1949.

After the news was released, the senior class took extensive pride in calling themselves, “the last breed,” which relates directly to the “brotherhood” model that has made the school special to so many alumni in the past.

John Gill ’20 said, “Being part of the last all-boys graduating class just felt special knowing that we’re the last breed continuing the tradition.”

This isn’t the first change for this class. For the 2017-18 school year, the house system was introduced. This past year, the Mayer Family Field opened, and a new grading system was instituted.

The Class of 2020 will remain iconic as time rolls along, especially as Riordan enters a new era of educating students. Maybe they’ll be introduced as “the last breed” at a future Crusader reunion.