As students, faculty, and parents waited anxiously in the gym at Conwell-Egan High School last month to learn the fate of their school, alumni talked proudly of its heritage.
Women recalled the all-girls Bishop Conwell High School in Levittown. Men remembered the all-boys Bishop Egan High School in Fairless Hills.
And Cass Loveless, Class of 1961, boasted about an earlier, forgotten time, when Bishop Egan opened as the first Catholic high school in lower Bucks County, with 605 boys and girls taking classes, eating lunch, and going to dances together.
"A lot of alumni don't know that girls went to Bishop Egan," Loveless said. "Anyone younger than 50 tells us, 'You didn't go to Egan, you went to Conwell.' "