AMERICA’S FIRST EVER ARMENIAN HIGH SCHOOL’S ALUMNI TO HONOR FOUNDING FATHER MR. GABRIEL INJEJIKIAN
Holy Martyrs Ferrahian Armenian High School graduates of the first ever
North American Armenian high school have come back united and strong
to honor a man they unanimously feel is an Armenian hero and a legend,
Mr. Gabriel Injejikian. January 11, 2008 will mark the revival of
the Ferrahian Alumni Association (FAA) with an unprecedented reunion
banquet honoring this great man and Armenian, the founding principal
of the school.
The FAA was first established in 1972, mainly as a social venue to keep
all Ferrahian graduates united and involved with the school. The FAA
went on to organize walk-a-thons, blood drives with the Red Cross on
April 24, Super Bowl Sundays, athletic events, and several receptions
honoring past board members, administrators, and teachers of the
school for their many years of support.
After an eight-year hiatus, the Association has been revived recently
by a dedicated group of alumni who are determined to make a significant
impact on the school’s and the community’s future. The initial focus
of the FAA is to gather contact data on the 1,584 Ferrahian graduates
from 1969 to 2007, and to bring them back to support a very special
school in the history of the American-Armenian community.
The goals and objectives of the FAA are to promote fellowship among
the alumni, faculty and students of the school, thereby enhancing a
sense of tradition, affiliation, and pride; and to provide additional
financial resources for the intellectual and educational development
of the students.
Ferrahian alumni are an instrumental resource for the growth of the
school, through which future generations of Armenians will be formed
and the Armenian community as a whole will be served. Chairperson
Monica Patanian, Class of ’72, said, "we are looking forward to
working very closely with Ferrahian Board of Directors Chairman, Toros
Kejejian, and the rest of the Board members and the Administration."