Kate Browning
McGill-Toolen Class of 2001

Kate feels very fortunate to have been able to attend Catholic schools from kindergarten all the way to law school. She graduated from St. Pius in 1997 and was in the McGill-Toolen Class of 2001. She went on to graduate from Spring Hill College and Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida. Kate currently works in Mobile for her father’s law firm, Richard E. Browning, P.C. They specialize in the areas of Worker’s Compensation, Social Security Disability, Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation and Personal Injury.

Kate says, “I think what I loved most about McGill was the concept of helping students to grow and better themselves in mind, body and spirit. McGill-Toolen Catholic is a true community, and there is a niche for everyone.” Kate found her niche by participating in clubs such as the Student Ambassador's Club, Pro-Life Club and Key Club and playing on the girls' tennis team all four years. She enjoyed being challenged in AP and Honors classes. Kate says she loved the fact that she attended a high school that not only had exciting football games and entertaining plays, but a place where she had the opportunity to attend Mass in the school gym and begin each class with a prayer.

“While at McGill-Toolen Catholic, I was surrounded by students who became some of my closest friends and still are to this day.”, Kate said. As an alumnus, she thoroughly enjoys attending events such as football games and the Jacket Jubilation. She is really looking forward to her ten-year reunion this summer, as well! Kate said, “I cannot believe it has already been a decade since graduation, but I will be eternally grateful for the preparation I received at McGill- Toolen Catholic and look forward to being an active alumnus for many years to come.

Fine Arts

The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of a nation, is close to the center of the nation’s purpose — and is a test of the quality of a nation’s civilization.”
— John F. Kennedy

We prepare students to think both creatively and critically. Students are trained to be producers of art and a source of knowledge and motivation for the community. We build on pre-existing skills and develop new ones, helping students to gain confidence in their fellow students.

We encourage the exploration of values and standards by exposing students to a broad range of artistic, moral and historic concepts. Our instructors promote spiritual and personal growth within an environment that acknowledges differences in learning styles.

We offer information and enrichment to the school and diocesan communities by providing quality opportunities for display of talent.

We encourage life-long participation in the arts, appreciation for the uniqueness of each person, and responsibility for the stewardship of God-given gifts.

We strive for their highest standards in all things, preparing our students for active participation in the community for the service of others.

We work to build a community of scholars and practitioners of all the fine and performing arts.

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