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    Behind the scenes with the bookstore

    The Gonzaga College high school bookstore located near the rear of the cafeteria.

    Gonzaga College High School is renowned for both its sublime academics and athletics.  That being said, Gonzaga also has a collegiate-level merchandise production, and it is, in many ways, all thanks to the bookstore.

    That nice polo shirt or comfortable sweatshirt that you own may have been produced by Nike or Under Armor under mass production, but it was given to you with love and care by the bookstore.

    Located in the cafeteria and just a few steps from the Lower Commons it is open from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

    “However, one of us usually stays until the end of the school day, and the online store is always open,” stated Mrs. Karen McGee, Gonzaga bookstore manager.

      Mrs. McGee, the bookstore manager, has been working at the Gonzaga bookstore for just under 10 years and how she started her occupation here was quite interesting. 

    “I began as one day as a volunteer one day a week when my son, Reilly, was a sophomore,” Mrs. McGee stated.

    Ever since then, now 10 years later, she is still devoted to serving students at the bookstore along with her close associate, Mrs. Carole Kopp, assistant bookstore manager.

    Together, they provide Gonzaga students with everything from team hoodies and polos to formal Gonzaga ties and belts.

    In response to what they love most about working at the bookstore, Mrs. McGee and Mrs. Koop stated, “The students, faculty and staff along with the activity, energy, flexibility, creativity that they bring.”

    Not only is Mrs. McGee and Mrs. Kopp’s love for working at the bookstore reflected in their organized and efficient workspace, but it also is reflected in the student’s love for representing their school with professionally manufactured and handled clothes.

    The bookstore graciously offers many goods in the store, but there are most definitely some items more beloved by the Gonzaga faithful which include sweatshirts and polo shirts.

    Moreover, the bookstore does an excellent job of maintaining the novelty of the clothes.  That is, every few months the bookstore will offer new designs on T-shirts, shorts, pants, sweatshirts, etc.  For example, right now Gonzaga’s online bookstore is offering a brand new Nike Fleece Sweatshirt in the colors black and purple.

    Don’t hesitate to stop by and check out all the new arrivals and current supply as Mrs. McGee and Mrs. Kopp would love to assist you.

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      Kellie StewartApr 20, 2023 at 9:42 am

      Great article Peter! Thanks for highlighting Mrs. McGee & Mrs. Kopp’s hard work!