Class Of 1957 Creates

Gary Leahy Scholarship

Class members of the late John Garrett Leahy ‘57 are spearheading a scholarship fund to honor this great man. Thus far, they have raised $16,000 but need a total of $100,000 to endow the scholarship fund fully.

The committee includes Fr. John Bain, Bob Buich, Dr. Gil Dowd, Don McCann, Ed Rothman and John Strain, all of the Class of 1957.

Leahy, an outstanding student-athlete, was lineman of the year for Northern California in his senior year, All-City first team for the 1956 football championship team and AAA lineman of the year. He also earned All American Catholic and All Northern California honors.

He received an academic-athletic scholarship at Stanford and after college began his teaching career at Jefferson High School in Daly City, where he spent the next 35 years.

He taught all grade levels within the social science curriculum, served as department chair and made significant contributions to the school district’s social science curriculum.

He was active in both county and regional organizations in subject and professional development, and he participated in the Bay Area Workers Project, Global Perspective in Education and in the Model United Nations. 

He spent many years serving as class advisor, club moderator and coordinator of the school and district GATE program. He also found time to coach, serving as both football and track head coach for a time.

An avid world traveler, he brought back a wealth of resources to his students after summer breaks and sabbatical leaves over his career.

Gary died in 2004 after a long illness. If you are interested in contributing to the Gary Leahy Scholarship, contact Alumni Director John Ring ’86 at (415) 731-7500, ext. 213, or at



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