Junípero Serra High School (San Mateo, California)
|Junípero Serra High School|
451 West 20th Avenue
|Other names||Serra or JSHS|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Accreditation||Western Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Yearbook||El Padre Yearbook|
|Dean of Studies||Rita Lee|
|Admissions Director||Julie Behn|
|Athletic Director||Justin Ferdinand|
Junípero Serra High School (commonly Serra or JSHS) is a Catholic college preparatory high school in San Mateo, California, serving students in grades 9–12. A part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, this school provides education for young men. The school has an academic focus with a college preparatory curriculum.
Serra High School was founded in 1944 by the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco and was originally located at Columbia Drive and Alameda de las Pulgas in San Mateo, which is the current site of St. Bartholomew's Catholic Parish. The original student body consisted of 86 freshmen and sophomores. The school moved to new facilities at 451 West 20th Avenue in San Mateo in the fall of 1955 when the student body grew to 576. In 1978, Michael Peterson was named the first lay principal of Serra and Fr. Stephen H. Howell was named the school's first president. From 2002-2004, Fr. Joe Bradley served as president, overseeing fundraising efforts for major campus renovation. In 2008, Barry Thornton, Ed.d, was named principal and Lars Lund was named president. Under their tenure, the school expanded course offerings and completed large-scale renovations.
More than 60 percent of Serra students are enrolled in honors and Advanced Placement courses. Serra has averaged an 80 percent AP pass rate over the past five years, which is more than 20 points higher than the national average. Serra graduates of the five years prior to 2018 attended the following private colleges and universities: Stanford University, Princeton University, Yale University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, University of Pennsylvania, Caltech, University of Notre Dame, Duke University, Northwestern University, University of Southern California, Swarthmore College, Georgia Tech, University of Chicago, and Santa Clara University, among others. Alumni have also been accepted to all campuses of the University of California and California State University, as well as the University of Michigan, College of William and Mary, University of Washington, and University of Illinois. Serra's Class of 2018 received more than $27 million in college scholarships.
Serra has a one-to-one device program in each classroom and 99 percent of Serra graduates exceed the minimum course requirements set for the CSU and the University of California. Serra features 30 honors and AP classes, and 93 percent of Serra faculty members hold advanced degrees.
The Serra athletic program has grown dramatically since its very modest beginnings in the mid-1940s. For a time in the years after World War II, the San Mateo school offered just three sports: Football, basketball, and baseball. Boxing was also available, particularly on one night of the year when so-called student "Golden Gloves" competition was presented. Early on, Serra joined an embryonic Catholic Athletic League, a Bay Area-wide aggregation of what were then small Catholic schools. The Padres had some significant successes in that circuit. Two of its varsity football teams were unbeaten in 1949 and 1954; those remain the only unblemished football teams in school history. Serra captured five CAL baseball championships and seven CAL football crowns. In 1967, as new Catholic schools were opening throughout the region, the Padres joined what was a direct outgrowth of the CAL, the new West Catholic Athletic League. Since that point, Serra's athletic program has flourished.
Now, the school offers 14 competitive team sports. Stars like Tom Brady, Lynn Swann, and Barry Bonds, among others, all came onto the scene as Serra stretched its sporting legs in the WCAL. As time went by, the Padres became one of Northern California's signature prep sports entities and the league itself morphed into a state powerhouse. As of early 2018, the school had won 67 WCAL varsity titles, 31 Central Coast Section championships, and two state crowns (basketball in 2016 and football in 2017). Serra athletes had garnered individual state championships in several sports. A number of them had become Olympians. A total of 11 Serra baseball players, including the record-setting Bonds, have played in the major leagues; Jim Fregosi, Serra's first big league star, also managed several teams in the majors. Nearly a dozen Padres have played professional football. Brady and Swann, an all-American at USC and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, were both Super Bowl MVP's. Tom Scott is in the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame. In the mid-1970s, Jesse Freitas led the nation in passing at San Diego State. One of the most dominating exhibitions by a Serra football team occurred in 2017 when the Padres, coached by Patrick Walsh, posted an overall 13-2 record (10-0 vs. WCAL foes, a feat never accomplished before in the history of the league) and won a California Interscholastic Federation state championship, the first for a San Mateo County high school football team since 1926.
Phase I of Serra's master plan was completed in 2005, featuring new facilities for football, baseball, and wrestling, along with a 150-space parking structure. Phase II was completed in 2011, and created five new science lecture-labs, a new music room, two art classrooms, an academic resource center, and a 550,000-gallon infinity pool for competitive aquatics. In 2016, Serra undertook a smaller project, renovating the playing surfaces used for baseball, football, soccer, lacrosse, and track.
- El Padre yearbook
- Serra Friar newspaper
- Traditions magazine
Junípero Serra High School is a Roman Catholic school. It offers faith and theology education through its Campus Ministry program and curriculum. Campus Ministry offers four-day-long Kairos retreats, retreat leadership opportunities, liturgical leadership opportunities and Immersion trips to Watsonville, West Virginia, Nicaragua, San Jose and Los Angeles. The Campus Ministry office also manages the school's Christian Service program. Theology courses offer instruction in the Catholic faith, morality and worship, and stress the importance of individual faith development.
- Norm Angelini, Class of 1965, Major League Baseball pitcher (1972–73)
- David Bakhtiari, Class of 2009, NFL offensive tackle for Green Bay Packers
- Ruben Barrales, Class of 1980, Deputy Assistant to President George W. Bush and Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
- Peter Barsocchini, Class of 1970, writer-producer, created Disney's franchise High School Musical
- Bryan Bishop, Class of 1996, sound effects engineer (Adam Carolla Show and Adam Carolla Podcast)
- Hunter Bishop (born 1998), baseball player
- Barry Bonds, Class of 1982, Major League Baseball left fielder (1986–2007) for San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-time NL MVP, 12-time Silver Slugger Award winner, 8-time Gold Glove Award winner, 14-time All-Star selection, 3-time NL Hank Aaron Award winner, MLB's all-time leader in home runs
- Tom Brady, Class of 1995, only 6-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback for Michigan Wolverines and New England Patriots
- Tim Cullen, Class of 1960, former Major League Baseball infielder
- Matt Dickerson, Class of 2014, defensive end for the Tennessee Titans
- Bob Fitzgerald, Class of 1984, professional sports play-by-play announcer, KNBR talk show host, television broadcaster for Golden State Warriors
- Jim Fregosi, Class of 1959, Major League Baseball shortstop (1961–1971) and manager, 6-time All-Star, Gold Glove Award winner
- Jesse Freitas, Class of 1969, NFL quarterback for San Diego Chargers (1974–1975)
- Danny Frisella, Class of 1963, Major League Baseball pitcher
- Kevin Gilbert, songwriter, musician, composer, producer
- Greg Gutfeld, Class of 1983, journalist, editor of The Daily Gut; host of Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld and co-hosts The Five on Fox News Channel
- Gary Hughes, Class of 1959, Major League Baseball executive and scout
- Gregg Jefferies, Class of 1985, Major League Baseball infielder (1987–2000), two-time All-Star
- William J. Justice, Class of 1960, auxiliary bishop in Archdiocese of San Francisco
- Bill Keller, Class of 1966, New York Times executive editor, Pulitzer Prize winner
- Joe Kmak, Class of 1981, Major League Baseball catcher (1993, 1995) for the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs
- John Lescroart, Class of 1966, New York Times best-selling author
- Stephen Lumpkins, Class of 2008, professional basketball player
- Tom McBreen, Class of 1970, U.S. Olympic swimming gold and bronze medal winner[full citation needed]
- Kevin Mullin, Class of 1988, Democratic member of California State Senate
- Tony Renda, Class of 2009, Major League Baseball player for Arizona Diamondbacks
- John Robinson, Class of 1954, former NFL head coach and college football head coach (three Rose Bowl victories as coach of USC Trojans), member of College Football Hall of Fame 
- Tom Scott, Class of 1969, CFL Hall of Fame member winner of five straight Grey Cup Championships while playing with Edmonton Eskimos.
- Dan Serafini, Class of 1992 Major League Baseball pitcher (1996–2003)
- John V. Shields, Class of 1950, retired president and CEO of Trader Joe's
- Michael Shrieve, Class of 1968, drummer for Santana 
- Lynn Swann, Class of 1970, former NFL wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1974–1982), Hall of Famer, Super Bowl MVP; 2006 GOP nominee for Governor of Pennsylvania; athletic director at USC
- Michael Trucco, Class of 1988, actor (Battlestar Galactica, How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, Fairly Legal)
Junipero Serra High School is a part of a program called Tri-School, a partnership with Notre Dame High School, Belmont, and Mercy High School, Burlingame, both all-female schools. The schools host some morning classes with mixed education and collaborate in other activities as well.
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