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.
The Eleanor Marston Benz Library is an active partner in the educational process at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School. Its mission is to gather, organize, preserve, and provide access to the information resources necessary for the school to achieve its educational goals.
The McGill-Toolen Eleanor Marston Benz Library resulted in 1971 from the merger of the libraries of the former McGill Institute for Boys and Bishop Toolen High School for Girls, a prelude to the complete merger of the two schools in 1973. Eleanor Benz developed the floor plan and masterminded the herculean undertaking, then remained to be head librarian until 2002.
The Catholic High Schools Alumni Association of Mobile each year gives the proceeds from the Joe Perez Memorial Golf/Tennis Tournament to the library to fund technology needs and to purchase books. The alumni association also raised money in the 1994 “Finding Roots-Gaining Wings” capital campaign to fund the inclusion of a large conference room when the library was expanded. The room is utilized by administration, faculty, parent and student groups for various purposes.