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Wall of Giants Exhibition to Honor Saint Patrick Cathedral, Cathedral High School

The City of El Paso Museum of History invites the public to the latest Wall of Giants exhibition, First Steps: A Commemoration of Saint Patrick Cathedral and Cathedral High School, that opens at noon on August 20 at the El Paso Museum of History.

The eighth Wall of Giants installation recognizes the contribution that both institutions have made to the El Paso community. Saint Patrick Cathedral and Cathedral High School have been a central part of the lives of many El Pasoans since their founding.

“Saint Patrick Cathedral and Cathedral High School have a continuous mission of serving the El Paso community and building ties that bring both sides of our border closer,” said El Paso Museum of History Director David Grabitske.

“We are excited to share this piece of El Paso’s history as part of the Circle of Giants.”

The dedication of Saint Patrick Cathedral as the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of El Paso 100 years ago recognized the city’s growth and importance in relation to other western communities.

For the past 90 years, Cathedral High School has been providing an excellent education to young men in El Paso and Juarez that has prepared them for both academic and professional success. Cathedral’s alumni are recognized leaders in the city, state and nation.

The Wall of Giants is an annual project of the El Paso Museum of History, which honors a person, entity, location, or event that has had an ongoing impact on the city.

The honoree is chosen by a community group called the Circle of Giants. The exhibition features a large graphics wall honoring a chosen individual, group, or institution and a timeline history.

This display includes items from the cathedral and school that highlight their history and ties to the El Paso community as well as other artifacts from the Museum’s collections.

The free exhibition will be on display through February 2018.

Cathedral High Announces Appointment of Pamela Cook Howard as New Principal

On Thursday afternoon, Cathedral High School officials announced the appointment of Pamela Cook Howard to the position of Principal, effective July 21, 2017.

As the twenty-fourth principal in CHS history, Ms. Howard brings many gifts and talents to the Cathedral Irish community. Her extensive background as an educator includes Horizon High School principal, Frank Macias Elementary School principal,  Burleson Elementary School principal, Executive Director of Administration at Manor ISD in Manor, Texas and Assistant  Superintendent at El Paso ISD.

Her experience will ensure that she will advocate Cathedral’s mission of helping young students become men of faith. Ms. Howard is also a proud alumna of Loretto Academy.

“Of all the positions I’ve had in my 37 years of experience I feel incredibly blessed to begin a new journey in a place that is  filled with our Catholic traditions and excellence”, said Ms. Howard.

“Ms. Howard is definitely the right leader for Cathedral High at this time. She has a clear vision for enhancing our school so that we remain competitive and relevant while rooted in our tradition. As we enter our 93rd year, Ms. Howard will energize  our entire community”, said Brother Nick Gonzalez, President of Cathedral High School.

Ms. Howard is a native of El Paso. She holds a BA in Education from UT Austin and a Masters in Educational Leadership  from UT El Paso. She holds Texas Teaching Certificates in Education and Special Education as well as a Mid Management  Administrative Certificate. Ms. Howard was previously at Manor ISD as the Executive Director of Special Programs.

She enjoyed working with administrators and her department directors to enhance the Bilingual, Special Education, Academic  Fine Arts/UIL, Social Emotional Learning and Discipline to ensure strong programs for students. She began her career as a  special education teacher at Rusk Elementary in El Paso, TX. She has traveled and taught all over the world and is happy to  be home.

Ms. Howard succeeds Ms. Aurora Lujan, who retired in June after serving as a teacher and  administrator for thirty years at Cathedral.

After a local and national search, Ms. Howard was recommended by the  Principal Search Committee and selected by the CHS, Inc. Board. The chair is the Most Reverend Mark Joseph Seitz, Bishop  of El Paso.