Then. Now. Always. is a richly illustrated journey through Prep history, through the eyes of more than 100 alumni, teachers, administrators, and coaches who have lived those days of Pride & Glory firsthand. The hardcover book’s 352 pages are a beautiful, full-color exploration of all things Prep, from the arrival of the first Jesuits by boat more than 150 years ago to the arrival of the Saint Peter statue on Warren Street in the fall of 2022.
Readers will gain new insight into Prep’s beginnings thanks in part to rarely-seen official diaries—which Horan likens to a nautical “captain’s log”—kept by the Jesuits who secured the school’s charter, developed the initial curriculum, opened the first buildings, and steered the school through its first few decades. But as the years roll by, the diaries give way to glimpses of life at Grand & Warren year by year, as recalled by alumni from each class from 1940-2022. These accounts are supplemented by personal reflections from some of Prep’s “boldface names,” sidebars on Prep culture, perspectives on the broader historical context and, of course, hundreds of stunning photos that capture 150 years of Prep Pride.
Then. Now. Always. will hold a special place in the heart—and on the bookshelf—of anyone who loves Saint Peter’s Prep. Telling this “story of gladness” has been a two-plus-year labor of love for its author, a 49-year veteran of Prep’s faculty and administration who has experienced more than a third of Prep’s history firsthand, from the time he arrived as a freshman in the fall of 1966, and sharing the finished product will be a fitting end to our sesquicentennial celebration!
*Note: Jim Horan is happy to sign and personalize copies of the book at no additional charge. If you would like an autographed copy, please use the "notes" section at checkout for your request, and include the name of the recipient of the inscription.