York Catholic High School is celebrating its 85th anniversary. The school’s first graduating class, the Class of 1929, above, included Teresa Smith,
York Catholic High School is celebrating its 85th anniversary. The school's first graduating class, the Class of 1929, above, included Teresa Smith, Grace Duff and Edith Flinchbaugh. Also pictured are the Rev. Harold Keller, the Rev. Joseph Schweich, and, seated, the Rev. George Breckel. (Submitted photo)

For Naomi Schiding, York Catholic High School has been a constant source of pride.

Schiding, 93, graduated from York Catholic in 1938. She was the first in her family to attend high school: Her older sisters finished school before that was

an option.

"I think it was a privilege to go to high school," Schiding said.

Schiding will celebrate that privilege with about 400 other York Catholic graduates and community members at the school's 85th anniversary kickoff event this weekend.

York Catholic will recognize sports

teams who have won district and state championships over the school's history in a ceremony Friday prior to the school's football game.

On Saturday, the school will host its main kickoff event, which introduces a yearlong series of events to celebrate the milestone.

Schiding, who will attend the kickoff, said she hopes people will have a chance to mingle with people from their classes.

Relax: Katie Seufert, the York Catholic principal, said the event Saturday will be a time to relax and celebrate the traditions of the school.

Food will be provided by local restaurants, there will be live entertainment and people will have the chance to participate in a silent auction.

John Kennedy, who graduated from York Catholic in 1962, said he and his wife are looking forward to attending the event.

Kennedy said he still meets with fellow alumni every month for breakfast to catch up, and hopes to do more of the same at the kickoff event.

Schiding said her three children attended York Catholic and extended relatives also attended the school. Kennedy said his four children also attended the school.

"It's like another family for us," Kennedy said.

The sports ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the high school. The kickoff event will be from 6 p.m. until around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

-- Reach Nikelle Snader at nsnader@yorkdispatch.com.

Tickets to the kickoff event Saturday are $30. For ticket information, call Jennifer Stees Glassmyer at 717-846-8871.