Back to School!

Back to School!

Riordan faculty and staff gathered this week for a retreat and preparation for the 2018-19 school year. They are excited for the return of students. Enjoy your last days of summer.

Supporting Bill Blanchard ’71

Supporting Bill Blanchard ’71

Though many already know Bill Blanchard’s story, it is worth repeating.

A member of Riordan’s Class of 1971, Bill sustained a life-changing spinal cord injury while playing football during his senior year. As a result, Bill was paralyzed from the neck down and has lived the last 48 years of his life as a quadriplegic.

Bill took on his disability the same way he played sports, with courage and determination. After graduating from high school and college, Bill became a known advocate for people with disabilities, devoting his entire career at UC Berkeley to that cause. Now faced with unexpected medical issues and rising medical costs, Bill needs our help.

In a great testament to the Riordan Brotherhood, Bill’s classmates, friends and family have rallied to support him during this time of increased need through this “Go Fund Me” campaign. The goal is to raise $200,000 to help Bill continue to live independently, and we have already raised more than $50,000 in just under two weeks. We ask you to consider making a gift to this important initiative and to please forward the link to all those who may be interested in helping this great man.

A benefit dinner will also be held in Bill’s honor on Saturday, October 20, at Riordan High School. To register for the event, please click here. Tickets are $100 per person, and half of that amount will go directly to the Bill Blanchard Fund.

If you have any questions, please contact us at blanchardevent@riordanhs.org. Thank you in advance for your support of Bill, a great Crusader and a wonderful friend.

Sincerely,

Paul Cronin ’93
Dan Hayes ’71
Dave Mahoney ’71
Steve Mayer ‘72

New Dean Brian Kelly

New Dean Brian Kelly

Veteran educator, coach and administrator Brian Kelly was hired as Riordan’s new Dean of Athletics & Student Affairs. In this interview Brian talks about his new role and embarking on a new and exciting journey at San Francisco’s oldest all-boys Catholic high school.

Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in the Eureka Valley district of San Francisco. I attended grammar and high school here, ending up at St Mary’s College, and came right back home after graduation. I currently live in the Westlake district of Daly City, and have for the last 14 years.

Tell us about your experience in education.
I coached football for 22 years. I started my coaching career in 1994 at Campolindo High School in Moraga while attending St. Mary’s. From there, I coached at St. Ignatius and spent my last years of coaching at Marin Catholic. All places have been formative experiences in my life, and I am lucky to have served at these institutions.

As far as my educational career, I started as a counselor at Saint Joseph Notre Dame in 2001. I then took a job as a counselor at St. Ignatius from 2005-2013, and just finished five years at Marin Catholic where I was Director of Counseling and Dean of Students. I think all these experiences have prepared me for the road I am about to take. I’m excited to be at Riordan.

Tell us about your new role at Riordan.
My new job is to oversee and assist both Athletics and Activities. Bob Greene (Athletics) and Joey Klobas (Activities) are amazing in their respective roles, and I can’t even begin to describe the incredible work done by our numerous coaches and moderators. I think most of my job will be finding ways for these people to keep doing their best and finding opportunities for them to grow in their vocations. It’s a pretty cool job to have.

What are you most excited about joining the Riordan community?
Some of my closest friends and mentors are graduates of Riordan. I’m excited to learn and be part of the Marianist Traditions and Brotherhood that formed some of the most important people in my life.

What do you hope to accomplish in your new role?
I hope to help a school traditionally rich in athletics and arts continue its growth. I also hope to work with our entire community to make our new and amazing House System grow into an even more important role Riordan’s everyday life. The potential is endless.

Do you have a favorite sport or activity?
In my new role, all activities and and sports are my favorite. It’s important I look at it that way. I truly believe, through my numerous coaching and educational experiences, that all activities and athletics play a vital part in how students can deepen the things they learn in a classroom. If any of our sports or activities can provide the opportunity to do so, then I am proud to support that experience and I will work tirelessly to make sure the whole world knows of it.

Crusaders in the Community

Crusaders in the Community

The Christian Community Service Learning graduation requirement was not only designed to fulfill the mission of outreach and support for those in need, but also to empower young men to learn life skills and experience value for what they accomplish. Victor Anderson ’20 was recently profiled for his terrific work with Meals on Wheels, saying of his experience “I see the smiling faces of our happy clients and I wanted to give back some of my time to keep them happy.” Read More