More than 1,000 graduates and their guests returned to CJ to reconnect, reminisce and give thanks during the school’s third annual Reunion Weekend celebration Friday and Saturday, June 20-21.
A crowd of approximately 700 people attended the weekend’s signature event, the Taste of CJ, Friday evening from 6:30 to 9:30. This outdoor celebration takes place on campus at the corner of Perry and Eaker Streets underneath the big tent looking north on the city skyline.
Friday night featured music by DJ Jay of Liftoff Entertainment and a fun photo booth. Unlimited food and drink was served all night long courtesy of alumni owned and operated local favorites including The Amber Rose Restaurant, Company 7 BBQ, Four Columns Catering, Jimmie’s Ladder 11, Arby’s, Marion’s Piazza and Manor Wine. Tours of the school building including the newly renovated CJ STEMM Center and Mary, Our Lady of Victory gymnasium were also available to guests.
On Saturday, graduates came back to campus for events including morning tennis matches on the school’s six-court Eagle Tennis Center and a Golden Eagles luncheon for alumni celebrating 50 or more years. In the evening, a community Mass was held at Queen of Apostles Chapel at Mt. St. John.
The celebration concluded Saturday night when reunion classes (graduation years ending in ‘4 and ‘9) ventured out into the greater Dayton community to gather for dinner and parties at 14 area restaurants, bars, clubs and reception halls. Party locations included Franco’s Ristorante in the Oregon District, downtown Dayton’s Market Deli, the University of Dayton Arena’s Boesch Lounge and Flight Deck, and historic venues such as Walnut Grove Country Club and the Miami Valley Hunt and Polo Club among other local hotspots.
A network of 25,000 graduates are the product of Chaminade Julienne and its predecessors St. Mary’s School for Boys (1850-1927), Notre Dame Academy (1886-1927), Chaminade High School (1927-73), Julienne High School (1927-73) and St. Joseph Commercial High School (1946-74), which have continually operated in Dayton for more than 160 years.