The Southern Cross Front Page: First Generation Poised to Make History

[Excerpt from The Southern Cross Newspaper, vol. 113, no. 05, by Denis Grasska]

Cristo Rey San Diego High School is making history once again. 

The Catholic school, which exclusively serves low-income families and features an innovative work-study program, will be holding its first graduation ceremony in May.

Christian Kampfl, who has served as president of Cristo Rey San Diego since July, reflected on the significance of this moment.

He said that it is “a miracle in and of itself” that the school even exists, given that it opened at such an inauspicious time, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, in August of 2020. 

Alfonso Magaña, who serves as head of school for academics and operations, has been on staff since the beginning. He said that this first graduation is an occasion not only to celebrate the graduating seniors, but also their families, who “took a chance.” 

“They stuck with us,” Magaña said. Of the 37 students who will receive their diplomas this year, 28 have been attending the school since freshman year. 

Their trust has paid off.