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Marin Catholic: Then vs. Now

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This week, we interviewed two MC alumni from our science department, Mr. Ward and Ms. Diego, about what Marin Catholic used to be like vs how it is now. We asked them questions about when they went here such as what the spirit was like, dances, social life, sports, and more. They shared their favorite things about MC when they were students and their favorite things about MC now, as faculty.

Mr. Ward graduated MC in 1994 and started working here in 2005. When asked about how school events have changed, Mr. Ward discussed how the spirit was very impressive when he was a student. He said the spirit at the rallies was very comedic and more “loose” than it is now. Similarly to today, he talked about how sports were super packed and fun with lots of energy. He also mentioned that in the past few years since COVID, spirit was not as high, but recently, he has seen it come back up again. We then asked Mr. Ward about what is something he wishes didn’t change about MC. He talked about how there used to be a senior newspaper, and that was very funny and everyone loved it. When he was a student, Mr. Ward said that each grade was very unified. Sophomores hung out with the seniors, and everyone welcomed everyone to everything. There were no friend groups when he was a student, everyone was friends, and he says that though MC has a great community, he wishes the student body was more like that today.

Mrs. Diego graduated in 1997 and has been teaching for 15 years total at MC. She said that the spirit as a student as opposed to now is the same, very energetic and fun! She also told us that the dress code has changed. When she went to MC, students didn’t have to wear polos. They also did not have liturgy dress, they were just supposed to dress a little nicer on those days. Mrs. Diego noted that we as students complain about polos, while they complained about not being able to wear spaghetti strap tank tops! Mrs. Diego misses “the padre”, a meal served in the cafeteria that was very popular. It was served every Thursday with chili, fritos, salsa, lettuce, and cheese. The school tried to recreate it later on, but Mrs. Diego says it wasn’t the same. Mrs. Diego’s favorite part about MC as a student was the women’s soccer team. She was on the varsity soccer team for all four years and had a great time. During her senior year, there were twelve seniors and she talked about how much fun she had. Now, her favorite part about MC is being able to help people have the same experience she had. She wants to encourage us to get involved and have an enjoyable high school experience just as she did.

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