A new wall of quotations in the John A. and Susan Sobrato Science and Student Life Center at Archbishop Mitty High School (AMHS) has students focusing on their role as young leaders in an increasingly global world.
In January, Archbishop Mitty opened the doors to its Sobrato Center, a 17,820-square-foot facility that includes a beautiful student lounge, high-tech robotics equipment, and state-of-the-art science classrooms. The new facility also holds a beautiful inspiration wall that stretches 71 feet long, reaches 6 feet high, and includes quotes calling students to recognize that they are “made in the image and likeness of God” and are called to be just, creative, hopeful, communal, spiritual, and loving.
“You want them to be immersed in an environment that has reminders all the time of what it means to be ‘made in the image and likeness of God,’ ” said Principal Tim Brosnan.
The words affirm the school’s mission statement, which recognizes that each student on campus — and every person students will encounter after they graduate — has talents or characteristics that are good and Godlike. Mr. Brosnan was inspired to create the wall after he visited an exhibit in The Nobel Museum in Sweden, which had photos and quotes from various Nobel Prize winners. Some of the quotes on the inspiration wall come from famous religious leaders, such as Mother Teresa and Pope Francis. Others came from visionaries like Maya Angelou and Steve Jobs.
“We picked six different adjectives that kind of reflect a Godliness, whether that’s communal or creative,” Mr. Brosnan said.
Faculty, staff, and students suggested quotes to surround those words on the wall and some of the pieces have special meanings for the AMHS community. For instance, there is a quote from Dorothy Day, a Catholic activist that students study in the Ethics, Justice & Culture: California class. The wall also displays a quote from Mahatma Gandhi, a leader in nonviolent civil disobedience, who students learn about in the ECJ: India class. For student Ali Bell, who is a senior this year, the wall is a daily reminder of the school’s values.
“The quotes are all really inspiring,” Ali said. “They all are about motivation and kindness and reaching out and using kindness and nonviolence to get to your goals.”
The wall reminds students to focus on becoming well-rounded people who are creative and compassionate and who use their talents to help their community.