Small school leads to big career

Vic Lombardi calls Holy Family High School the place where friends become like family.

“I was very fond of my time at Holy Family because I made life-long friends there,” he said. “Some that I met at school are like brothers and sisters to me.”

Vic, formerly a sports anchor for CBS4 Denver and now a sports reporter host for Altitude Sports, described his experience of the Catholic school as a tight-knit neighborhood school in north Denver. His class of ’87 graduated from the old school building before it moved to its new location in Broomfield.

“Our bus trips were small, sports teams were small,” he said. “It lended itself to camaraderie and a family atmosphere.”

And the memories were countless: Running for—and winning—senior class president, rousing school assemblies, class competitions during “Color Day” (a tradition for the school), and especially playing sports. Vic said he lived and died basketball. He’ll never forget the day his team lost to Sheridan High School during the playoffs on their home court.

There were important lessons he gained from his education, too.

“I learned that hard work trumps all,” Vic said. “If you’re not learning, then that’s on you. You have to go above and beyond to get what you want. It gave me a lot of confidence.”

The privileges and amenities of a large high school were absent, but he left with a framework that made him able to achieve his plans for the future.

“Without my time at Holy Family, I think I’d view the world much differently,” he reflected. “Not being affected by a lot of the conflict and turmoil, like at a bigger school, made me a little less afraid. I went into life with my eyes wide open.”

His parents worked hard to pay for his Catholic education along with his three sibling. After graduation, Vic attended the University of Colorado at Boulder before transferring to Notre Dame and graduating in 1991.

Vic’s 25 years of experienced in the sports industry earned him 28 Emmys, 14 for best sports anchor. He was also awarded the Associated Press Sportscaster of the Year. He married his wife, Terri, and lives in Denver with his three children.

 

Vic’s take on Catholic education

Q: What would you say to those who supported your education at Holy Family?

A: My parents worked hard to pay for me and my brothers’ and sister’s education. I was very fond of my time at Holy Family. I’m grateful. If anyone can get that kind of education, it’s worth it.