Hail to you, Our Alma Mater
Hail to you, Aquinas High
May you be a shining symbol;
May your banner ever fly.
Scholarship you seek to kindle.
Sportsmanship you honor too.
May we always heed your teaching
As our pledge of faith to you.
Alma Mater, we will follow
On the path you trace today.
We accept life’s challenge gladly.
Grateful that you show the way.
Oh, we’re the school with lots of spirit
And yes our team is out to win.
So let’s back our knights in battle,
Then let the cheers begin. Rah, Rah, Rah.
Black and Gold we’re with you
As you fight to save the day.
You’re the greatest, the toughest
You’re Aquinas Knights, Hurray!
Thomas Aquinas, born in 1224, showed signs of exceptional ability at an early age. As a child, contrary to the wishes of his family, he entered the Dominican Order of Preachers. His great thirst for knowledge never seemed to be quenched and he had the ability of making his own, not by memory but by understanding, nearly everything he studied.At the then newly established University of Paris, he studied under Albert the Great. At this time the rediscovered philosophy of Aristotle was causing great controversy and discussions among the educated men of Western Europe. Because of his great powerful retention, Thomas was able to master both the traditional doctrines of Christendom as well as the new and strange teaching of Aristotle. He made of these two strains his own unified body of knowledge–his philosophy.
In 1274 he was sent to the Second Council of Lyons by Pope Gregory X, but fell ill on the way and died at the age of 49. For centuries after his death, Thomas’ great scholarship was not generally recognized until Pope Leo XIII declared him the patron of all Catholic schools. His feast is celebrated throughout the Church on January 28.
Thomas was a learned man, sbut he was also a saint. He never undertook any study of writing without first giving himself to prayer. He serves as a model for all Catholic students and scholars. Pray to him for enlightenment and courage in your studies.
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