By Jennifer Miele
Chief Communications Officer
GREENSBURG — Greensburg Central Catholic High School opened its 60th anniversary celebration with a morning prayer service and ribbon cutting Sept. 9 at the school.
Three generations of the Alfery family helped with the ribbon cutting in front of the doors to the school, celebrating 60 years of excellence in Catholic education and marking the beginning of another 60 years for the school and generations of graduates to come.
Greensburg Central Catholic opened its doors Sept. 8, 1959, graduating its first senior class of 213 students in 1963. Since then, more than 10,000 Centurions have graduated from the region’s premier Catholic high school.
Among them is F. Mike Alfery, Class of ‘63, former owner of Alfery Overbrook Brand Meats. He married Grace (Hensler), Class of ’64. All four of their children graduated from GCC: Gretchen Tropeano, ‘86; Michael Alfery, ’87; Peter Alfery, ’89 and Nora Silvey, ’95.
The Alferys’ grandchildren also attend GCC: Meredith Tropeano, a senior; John Tropeano, a freshman; and Ben Tropeano, an eighth-grader.
Homecoming activities for the school’s 60th anniversary will kick off Oct. 11 at an alumni tent at the football stadium. Guests will be welcomed at 5 p.m. There will be a special recognition of previous homecoming queens, football players and coaches at 6:30 p.m., and the homecoming game against Jeannette kicks off at 7 p.m.
On Oct. 12, the anniversary celebration continues with a Mass in the gymnasium at 4 p.m., followed by a reception in the cafeteria at 5 p.m.