Long Overdue Thank You To All The Staff Present and Past
I graduated from St. John's in 1953, the foundation in Christ that was laid by my teachers and parents have held me up through many things. I served in the military for 11 years including two tours in Vietnam and one in Korea, and then moved on for a 29 year career in law enforcement with the Los Altos Police Dept. in California. I have been blessed with two fantastic children (both now in their 40's) and survived a divorce with the woman I thought the world rotated around. I know I could not have survived any of these things were it not for the foundation in Christ my Lord that was given to me by my parents and the teachers at St. John's.
At the time the 8th grade teacher and Principal was Mr. Becker, 7th grade Mr. Meyer, and 6th Grade Mr. Michael, all of which helped shape the boy I was and the man I have become. I know that there is a large gap between 1953 and 2012, and I have no idea why these memories came flooding over me today, nor what drove me to look up St. John's on the internet. But now that I have found you I guess I just want to say keep up the good work. You may not see much of a reward in whoever is sitting in front of you right now, heaven knows I was a handful, but the foundation you are laying will last a lifetime....I know it has for me.
I can no longer thank all those that influenced me back in the 50's, but I thought if I thanked all of you now for them, it just might help you remember that what you're doing is so important and will last a lifetime.
Theodore W. Hoppenrath Jr.