St. Michael the Archangel High School in Baton Rouge marked 30 years of education on Sept. 29 with a Mass and celebration, held in conjunction with the feast of St. Michael.

St. Michael’s chaplain, the Rev. Matthew McCaughey, presided over the Mass with St. Michael alumnus Deacon Brad Doyle giving the homily.

Students, faculty, parents, alumni and supporters gathered in the St. Michael High School gym for Mass.

Longtime faculty member Jim Baldridge, who has been at the school since it opened in 1984, told stories about the early days of the school and gave some perspective on just how far the school has come.

Since opening with 164 students, St. Michael has grown to an extensive campus with more than 700 students and over 70 faculty and staff members.

“With over 4,100 alumni, St. Michael High School is proud to continue its tradition of offering a rigorous academic program that integrates the teachings of the Catholic faith with the development of the personal skills of leadership, self-discipline, and responsibility,” Principal Ellen Lee said.

The school is engaged in its “Continuing the Warrior Legacy” Capital Campaign, which seeks to raise $6 million for additions to the current campus, including a multipurpose building for performing arts, an additional gymnasium and more parking.

For more information about the school, visit smhsbr.org.