On Monday, May 14, Matignon held its fourth annual Tradition of Excellence Gala. Thank you to all who made the evening a success! A sincere thank you to all supporters and donors. Your support helps make a Matignon High School education accessible to our students and their families.
The Tradition of Excellence Gala is a wonderful evening that brings together alumni, parents, students, and friends to reconnect and celebrate all of the fond memories and lifelong values instilled at Matignon High School. This year, Matignon had the opportunity to honor three significant members of the Matignon community.
Community Service Award
Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, OFM, CAP.
Green & Gold
The late Corporal Donald Curtin ’62
Distinguished Alumna Award
John Griffin, Jr. ’61
Read more about our honorees here:
Green and Gold Legacy Award
For seventy years, Matignon High School has served the families of our region, providing an exceptional Catholic, college preparatory education. Our graduates have gone on to exceptional careers in business, government, health care, athletics, service to our Church, and virtually every other profession. While doing so, many of our graduates have created lasting legacies, leading by example and paving the way for future students to become women and men of exceptional character.
This year’s recipient of the Green and Gold Legacy Award is a man of character, valor, and concern for those who came into his life. The late Corporal Donald Curtin ’62, USA often put others first, especially during his tour in Vietnam, where he gave his life serving our country and working for a better world.
As a student at Matignon High School, Donnie had such an impact on all those around him that he is still fondly remembered by so many today. In 2014, family, friends, and classmates of Donnie gathered in Somerville for the dedication of a memorial stone at the baseball field named in his memory. All those present remembered Donnie for his athletic achievements, noting “he competed aggressively, successfully, and with character, which contributed in no small measure to Donnie being a special young gentleman beloved by all.” And it is with those humbling traits in mind that we present Donnie with the Green and Gold Legacy Award for the example he has set for all the students who come through Matignon’s doors.
Cardinal Cushing Community Service Award
The history of Matignon High School has as one of its founding principles that of service to others. As the first Central Catholic High School in the Archdiocese of Boston, named after one of the first priests to serve the Catholic faithful of Boston and New England, Cardinal Cushing founded the school on the principle that all associated with the school be so imbued with Father Matignon’s “ideals of service that no cry of human need, no syllable of spiritual striving will ever fall unheeded on their ears.”
This ideal of service is epitomized in tonight’s recipient of the Cardinal Cushing Community Service Award, Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, OFM, CAP.
Distinguished Alumnus Award
Matignon High School’s alumni have a strong history of success in finding their path and carving out special niches in the world. The characteristics of a Matignon graduate have long shadowed the characteristics that made Fr. Francis Matignon a committed and dedicated priest: Good Conduct, Capacities, Fidelity, and Community. The students who have walked through our halls would undoubtedly make Fr. Matignon proud, fulfilling his vision of Catholic education in Boston.
It is our humble honor to present this year, our Distinguished Alumnus Award to John Griffin, Jr. ’61. Born in Somerville, raised in Winchester, Matignon was in John’s blood from the beginning. After a successful four years in that idyllic neighborhood of North Cambridge, John went on to study first at Boston College and then at Harvard Law School, noting often that “he went to high school and law school on the same street.” John celebrates a successful career in law, currently serving at Greenberg Traurig, and has specialized in real estate, development, and education to name a few. He has successfully argued before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and has continuously been listed in The Best Lawyers of America.
Outside of law, John has also distinguished himself in service to his community, his alma maters, and his Church. John is a past president of the BC Alumni Association and past board chair of both Catholic Charities of Boston and Jamaica Plain Neighborhood House where he has lived for nearly 50 years, raising 3 children with his wife Mary Margaret. They also have 4 incredible grandchildren. John is closing in on two decades as a member of the Matignon High School Board of Trustees, where John’s commitment to our school has played a major part in the success we celebrate today. We are blessed to honor John as this year’s Distinguished Alumnus.
Rebecca Boylan ’67 and Thomas Sidlik
Richard D’Amore ’71
The Flatley Foundation
Christine and Christopher Harvey ’79
Nancy ’66 and Edward ’65 Holleran
Ellen Nolan ’62 and Frank Previte
The Sloane Family and Century Bank
Beals and Thomas, Inc.
East Cambridge Savings Bank
Susan ’64 and Hap Redgate ’64
Follet Virtual Bookstore, Inc.
Atlantic Management Company
Joseph Blake ’49, P’77
Rosemary ’61 and Jack MacKinnon
Donna Doyle Sutton ’61
Carol McKean Events
Joan and Jack Regan
Patricia and Paul Hogan
Lori and William Hayes P’20
Joseph Sciacca ’82
Thomas Kilfoyle ’70
Teddie Peanut Butter
Most Reverend Robert Deeley ’64, JCD