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BC marks 50 years on Seawright Drive

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It is often best to look to the future through the past.

So the rededication of Benedictine's Seawright Drive campus  wasn't complete without seeing what the next 25 years there might hold.

But the cause for celebration was the last 50  years,  today's anniversary of the school moving to its second location.

"Obviously, when we came out here, it changed somewhat," said William Mataxas, a member of the first Benedictine Class to graduate from the Seawright Drive location in 1964. "It was a little more rigorous and not as relaxed. But we had great teachers, some of the best teachers I've ever had."

"The students traveling from Bull Street,'' added BC principal Dr. Deborah Antosca, "literally carrying desks to this site."

Those students also carried with them the Benedictine tradition, one that has endured and grown beyond the school's walls, wherever those walls happened to be.

"BC has supplied this community with so many of its special services, its doctors, its lawyers, its engineers," said Father Frank Ziemkeiwicz. "BC has contributed to the development of Savannah, and for that matter, the state of Georgia and the United States."

That tradition started in 1902, and it started in downtown Savannah.

But in acknowledging the move that occurred 50 years ago today, BC also recognized that the characteristics most important about the school have never changed.

"This anniversary represents, in its simplest form, a building, a set of buildings, a campus," said Antosca. "But what's inside of Benedictine is the soul of the school and that is each and every cadet who passes through these halls."

"Tradition is going to give these young men a compass, a focal point, a guiding light," added Fr Ziemkiewicz. "They know that is what they have to live up to."

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