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Posted 10/27/2014 09:47AM
Once a Padre, always a Padre." The spirit behind this statement distinguishes Serra from all other high schools. Serra is a community of parents, teachers, staff members and alumni dedicated to providing the best high school experience possible for the young men of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Posted 10/13/2014 07:57PM
8th graders can experience being a Padre for a day!
Click Here to register online for the 2014-2015 Serra Shadow Program.
Posted 10/29/2014 07:14PM
Close competition in annual classic event
In a tight competition, Crocker Middle School (Hillsborough) students finished first in the 30th Annual Serra High School Junior High Trivia Contest and Scavenger Hunt. The Crocker team had a score of 297 out of 300.
St. Timothy School (San Mateo), at 291, placed second, while St. Raymond School (Menlo Park), with 281, rounded out the top three. They were followed closely by Our Lady of Angels (Burlingame), Mount Carmel (Redwood City), and St. Pius (Redwood City). All teams had five days to complete the contest, which consisted of 15 multi-part questions and 15 "bring-in" items.
"It was a pleasure to see the schools participating with such enthusiasm," said Matthew Gill, co-president of the Serra Trivia Club. “I was happy to see students from my old school, St. Timothy, participate and do so well.”
Categories in this year's contest included "United States Happenings," "Sports of Sorts," "Serra Trivia" and "Second Place is Important, Too." Bring-in items included a New York City musical ticket stub, a 2014 Magnet Schedule for an NCAA college football team, a pen from a bank no longer in business, a business card from a veterinarian whose last name is an animal, and a shampoo bottle from a cruise ship.
Trivia Club Co-President Miles Moriarty was also impressed. "It was great to see continued interest from so many of our local schools,” he said. “The work that went into completing the trivia challenge was especially impressive."
Trophies were awarded to the top three teams by Trivia Club Co-Presidents Miles Moriarty and Matthew Gill, and Vice President Jose Sandoval. The spirit of fun and competition was enjoyed by all.
Trivia Club Moderator Randy Vogel agreed, "The research skills by all students were amazing. This was the closest completion in many years. The contest generated tremendous enthusiasm from all participating schools."
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Posted 10/29/2014 01:08PM
Bob Greene '85 receives prestigious award
Head Water Polo Coach Bob Greene '85 has been selected as the 2014-2015 CCS Honor Coach for Boys Water Polo.
Coach Greene, who was nominated by his peers, will be honored during the CCS Water Polo Championships at Independence High School on November 22.
"This is a pretigious award," said CCS Assistant Commissioner Duane Morgan. "It's quite an honor for Bob to be recognized by his peers, who think he does things the right way - aboveboard and for kids."
Coach Greene loves the game of water polo and he enjoys being a mentor to high school teenagers.
"It is an honor to receive this award," he said. "High school can be a difficult time, and I'm grateful that I can help to guide them as they're growing up. This season, our team has gone through some challenging moments, including some injuries. Yet, they are so supportive of one another, stick together, and actually over-achieve. I'm very proud of them."
"We are very fortune to have Bob running our Aquatics program," said Serra Athletic Director Dean Ayoob. "Bob is respected by his peers for what he does with his student-athletes, and this award is a reflection of that."
Posted 10/27/2014 09:15AM
Tri-School Productions students tell powerful story
Tri-School Productions students from Serra, Notre Dame and Mercy will present The Diary of Anne Frank this weekend. The poignant play is a reminder of the horrors of war and the powerful courage of the human spirit as documented by 13-year-old Anne (played by NDB freshman Gabriella Fanucchi) in the diary found by her father, Otto Frank (played by Serra junior Mikey Takla) on his return to their hiding place, the Annex. For four nights, Director Darva Campbell will feature two years of the Frank and Van Daan families' seclusion and the European theater of Amsterdam during World War II, complete with Hitler and his Nazi army.
The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. on October 31 and November 1 in Serra's Gellert Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased by CLICKING HERE. (There will be special student pricing on Halloween night with the promo code, AFHALLOWEENEVENT).
Posted 10/24/2014 02:53PM
Sell two sheets, reap rewards!
It was a meatball extravaganza on Friday afternoon, as Padres lined up to devour mouth-watering sandwiches from Red Sauce Meatball Truck.The owner of Red Sauce Meatball Truck, Valentino Tanti '93, was on campus to show his Padre pride.
The special lunch was a treat for Padres who have sold two sheets of raffle tickets. The goal this year is to raise $90,000 in raffle ticket sales. The Red Sauce Meatball Truck will be back on Friday, November 7 for the next wave of Padres who sell two sheets of raffle tickets.
Raffle tickets are $10 each or the entire sheet of 12 tickets for $100. Please return all sold tickets with completed stubs and money to the Advancement Office. Additional sheets are available in the main office and the Advancement Office.
Padres who sell two sheets of tickets can wear basketball shorts, sweats and slippers. In addition, th ey don't have to shave. The "Padre Pak" is valid from the day a Padre returns two raffle sheets to the Advancement Office through Thanksgiving. Padres who sell two sheets of tickets will be given yellow "Padre Pak" wristbands.
In addition to showing their Padre Pride, Every Padre who sells one sheet of tickets will receive a one-of-a-kind Serra T-shirt and a chance to Spin to Win all sorts of cool prizes, including gift cards.
Posted 10/24/2014 02:30PM
Swimmer Joe Kmak reaches his goal
Serra senior Joe Kmak has qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials in the 100-breaststroke category. The qualifying times were released in August. In two years, Kmak will compete in Omaha in the Olympic Trials.
“It felt amazing to hear this news,” Kmak said. “I have great teammates. All of my hard work has paid off. “
Kmak balances a 4.0 grade point average with nine swim practices every week. His goal is to make the Olympic Team. Kmak’s next major meet will be the Winter Junior Nationals in Federal Way, WA, in December.
Posted 10/14/2014 06:16PM
Bob Dugoni '79 releases "My Sister's Grave"
Serra alumnus Bob Dugoni '79 received incredible news this week - his latest novel is Amazon's number one download in America.
My Sister's Grave, which was released earlier this month, marks Dugoni's eighth legal thriller. According to Publishers Weekly, “Dugoni does a superior job of positioning [the plot elements] for maximum impact, especially in a climactic scene set in an abandoned mine during a blizzard—which is melodramatic but nevertheless effective.”
The plot revolves around Tracy Crosswhite, who has spent 20 years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House—the man condemned for Sarah’s murder—is guilty. Motivated by the quest for justice, Tracy becomes a homicide detective with the Seattle Police Department and dedicates her life to tracking down killers. When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to find the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past—and open the door to deadly danger.
"When I set out to write My Sister’s Grave, I wanted to show the devastation that a violent crime has not only on the victim, but the victim’s family and community," Dugoni noted. "When that community is a small town and the family is prominent, the town never fully recovers. So I wanted a book that, while justice is seemingly served, there is always a haunting sense of loss that can never be fully healed."
My Sister's Grave is available at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. Congratulations, Bob Dugoni!
Posted 10/14/2014 04:06PM
Padres Participate in Prestigious Music Festival
The Serra High School Men's Chorus participated in the "Real Men Sing" festival on October 10 at San Jose State University. The annual event began five years ago to encourage high school boys to sing. The October 10 event featured nearly 400 students from schools throughout the Bay Area. Students rehearsed together during the morning and ended with a mini-concert that was open to the public.
New this year was the addition of "Real Women Sing" for high school girls. The Men's Chorus was joined by the Mercy Chorale under the direction of Pam Matthews. The Padres worked with SJSU Director of Choral Activities Jeffrey Benson, Ph.D., while the girls were led by Lou De La Rosa, the choral director from West Valley College.
"We have participated every year and I can't say enough good things about it,” said Serra Music Director Jay Jordan. “Our chorus members work with a real pro in Dr. Benson and get to be part of a choir of 400 singers. Dr. Benson has also come to Serra the past three years to work with our chorus one on one. That wouldn't have happened if we had not been part of the 'Real Men Sing' process."
Posted 10/13/2014 07:56PM
Walk Around Wednesday Campus Tours
Join us for Walk-Around-Wednesday
and get to know us better!
You will have the opportunity to meet and chat with President Lars Lund and Principal Barry Thornton in the company of a small group of other parents who also are considering Serra High School for their sons. And, you’ll enjoy a personalized tour of our campus. Tours are led by a member of our admissions team and a current Serra parent, who together can help you better understand the admissions process, the Serra community and the life of a Padre.
For your convenience, both morning and afternoon tours are available. Each tour, geared to parents and guardians of middle school boys, is limited to 10 guests. Tours fill up quickly, so register early!