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Memory lane: Catholic school alumni tour Law & Justice building

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Holy Rosary Class of '65 (Photo: Suzie Twedt) Holy Rosary Class of '65 (Photo: Suzie Twedt)
Holy Rosary Football Field Holy Rosary Football Field
Holy Rosary Gymnasium Holy Rosary Gymnasium

We've been hearing a lot in the past few years about how law enforcement has outgrown the current Law & Justice facility in Bozeman.  The building at 615 S. 16th Avenue was built in 1962 as Holy Rosary Catholic High School. Recently, one of the first classes to graduate from the school came back for a visit.  

The class of '65 is celebrating their 50th reunion.  As part of the festivities, Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin gave the alumni a tour of their old stomping grounds.

"We tried to figure out what had changed and what was the same, just walking in the lobby definite changes," said Judy Vidack, who graduated in 1965.

As part of the visit, Gallatin County District Court Judge Mike Salvagni brought the group into his courtroom.  Salvagni said he always thought his courtroom had been where the old chemistry lab was.  But the former students corrected him, saying his courtroom was actually the library and study hall. It turns out Judge Holly Brown's courtroom on the 2nd floor was where the old lab was located.

The current detention center now stands on what used to be the football field and the gymnasium is now a storage area.

The school closed in the mid-70's and later became home to the court system, the Sheriff's office and the Bozeman Police Department.

Figuring out what was where was not only fun for the former students, but also for their tour guide. "It was neat for me to be able to also explain to them, since I've been with the sheriff's office 20 plus years, how this building has changed even since then," said Gootkin.

Even though many years have passed and the building is no longer their school, the former students said they enjoyed reminiscing about their time at the Holy Rosary Catholic School. 

"I think we all kind of agreed that they were good days and we had a lot of fun," said Vidack.

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