On Tuesday, September 11,2012, Bishop Montgomery held a pep rally in the gymnasium to honor alumna and U.S. Olympic Champion Carmelita Jeter ’98 during “Carmelita Jeter Day” on campus. The entire school took the opportunity to remember the events of September 11, 2001 as well.
At the beginning of the pep rally, BMHS principal Rosemary Libbon spoke to those in attendance about remembering 9/11 and those who lost their lives that day. In particular, those in attendance remembered BMHS alumnus Chad Keller ’89 who was killed when American Airlines flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.
Following the 9/11 ceremony, BMHS students, faculty, parents, and alumni were entertained by the BMHS Band, the spirit squads, and, several videos. The highlight of the rally was listening to Carmelita speak to those in attendance. At the end of the rally, BMHS dedicated one of the October Denim Days to Susan G. Komen for the Cure in memory of Carmelita’s aunt, Brenda Washington, who passed away due to breast cancer. Carmelita was also presented with a proclamation from the City of Torrance proclaiming September 11, 2012 “Carmelita Jeter Day” in Torrance. Finally, Ms. Libbon unveiled a banner in the gymnasium permanently acknowledging her Olympic accomplishments. The same night, Jeter was presented a key to the City of Torrance by Mayor Frank Scotto. Jeter addressed the city council and those in attendance and joined in the singing of the BMHS Alma Mater, which was played by the BMHS Band.