They Walked These Halls: Mary Todhunter

Stories of RB alums who returned to teach

Mary Todhunter, class of 1971, now works in RB's AV department.

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Mary Todhunter, class of 1971, now works in RB's AV department.

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Isn’t it weird to think about your teachers once being high school students? Could you imagine them attending the same high school as you? Well, think again. More teachers than you think were once students at your same school. Over 40 of the staff at RB went here as students too. Each week we will feature one of these RB teacher alumni. Our first story takes a closer look at the beloved AV Supervisor, Mary Todhunter.

Mary Todhunter graduated from RB in 1971,  42 years ago. While being in school here, she was involved in absolutely everything. Whatever she didn’t like got eliminated, but she kept what she did like. As a student, her favorite classes were math and PE.

“Where I went to grade school, we didn’t have PE classes,” Todhunter said. Other classes she enjoyed were business classes and home economics. The students used to invite their mothers to school during their class period and have tea.

After leaving RB, Todhunter attended Triton College and majored in Mathematics. She had never pictured herself teaching at RB, but before coming here, she had taught at Lyons Township High School.

“I had five family members that all went here and they joke I didn’t do enough damage when I was here,” she said. While she went here she had a good connection to the school and hopes that everyone who walks through these halls makes the same connection.

Todhunter began teaching here in 2001. As of now she works as a supervisor in the AV department. When she first started out, there were still a small amount of teachers here who taught her. At first to work with teachers who taught here was weird.

“I actually went to a lot of retirement parties for teachers who taught here,” she said.

Since she had graduated, nothing had changed to the building for 35 years until renovations in 2009. The last renovations before that were done when she was a junior when they added on the library and the cafeteria.

“I was horrified in one way but delighted in another,” Todhunter said.  However, she unimpressed with lack of keeping renovations up to date. When the last major renovations were done, it was exciting, as AV and RBTV got a complete overhaul. “It’s great if not better then when I walked the halls,” she said.

Working here is overall a great experience for her. Some of the noted things are behavior of teachers and students. From Todhunter’s perspective staff have become a great support system for students. As for students they for the most part are nice, polite, quirky, focused, and energetic.

“Every student has a niche, and I hope they find it,” she said.

About the Writers
Kiera Donnamario, Public Relations Editor
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Traveling through the caverns of planet Zebes, intergalactic bounty hunter Kiera Donnamario fights off the Space Pirates from spreading the deadly space parasites known as Metroids from taking over. She must face against their ultimate controller, Mother Brain, and the guardians Ridley and Kraid. It is her job to exterminate the entire species, under the orders of the Galactic Federation. However, a single baby who believes she is its’ mother is saved, she returns home sucessful, this time. 

In school, Kiera is involved in things like the RBHS Color Guard and Model United Nations. She’s a college bound senior now with her sights set on the future, which is looking bright. She is reprising her role as the Public Relations Editor, which puts her in charge of advertisement and social media.

Kiera can be reached at [email protected] with any questions, comments, or concerns.


Niko Radicanin, Editor-in-Chief
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Niko is a famous reporter that travels the world. She has interviewed many people including but not limited to: Barack Obama, Michael Jackson, Robby Filec, and Kim Jong Un. (Cause she’s just that good). While she isn’t traveling the world in a luxurious yacht, she is competing in the Olympics in tennis as Serena William’s doubles partner. She only speaks Pig Latin, but can write in 54 other languages.

Niko is a Senior at RB. Niko is actively involved in badminton, Best Buddies and Young Life. This is her third year in Clarion, and she currently is the Editor-in-Chief. She aspires to attend college and major in journalism. Niko Radicanin can be reached at [email protected]

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They Walked These Halls: Mary Todhunter