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Posted 11/25/2015 04:37PM
Students and adults help those in need

More than 20 members of the Serra community sorted and packed food at Second Harvest Food Bank in San Carlos on Tuesday evening. Students and adults shared their Padre spirit as they packed 15-pound boxes of canned and dry food.

"There was a lot of pride, as our kids wanted to get as close to 15 pounds as they possibly could," said Serra Admissions Director Randy Vogel. "Some were 14-and-a-half, but we actually had seven perfect 15-pound boxes. When that happened, everybody cheered and yelled. It was a good opportunity for the students to give of themselves and realize how fortunate we are. The Second Harvest director emphasized that there is a great need for assistance in San Mateo County during the holiday season."


Posted 11/25/2015 04:10PM
Come and support Serra artists
The Serra Art Show will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2. Come and support Serra's budding artists! 

"The artwork this year is impressive," said Serra Visual and Performing Arts Chair Peggy Farrell. "The students have been working hard on the basics to show off their skills on Wednesday night."

Many works of art will be for sale to benefit the amazing nonprofit organization, the Memory Project.
Posted 11/25/2015 02:12PM
Luke Longinotti '12 shines
Congratulations to Serra grad Luke Longinotti '12, who was just named First Team All-Ivy League and Yale football's team MVP! He is pictured here with Yale Offensive Coordinator Joe Conlin.
Posted 11/19/2015 02:30PM
Alumni and friends back on campus November 25-27
Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Participating in the Fall Alumni Games is an excellent way to reunite with your fellow Padres. Please join us for the Fall AlumniGames, which will be held
November 25-27.

The alumni wrestling poker party will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Serra cafeteria on Wednesday, November 25. Warm-ups for the alumni basketball game will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the game at 7 p.m. in the Morton Family Gym. Come and watch our current Padres compete on the court against our seasoned alumni players! 

On Thursday, November 26 (Thanksgiving Day), the alumni water polo game will begin at 10 a.m. in the Serra pool. Ready for some soccer? On Friday, November 27, the alumni soccer game will kick off at 12:30 p.m. with warm-ups, followed by the game at 1 p.m. on the Freitas soccer field. 

The alumni games are an exciting way to reconnect with past and present Padres. Please email Alumni Director Bob Greene at if you are an alumnus who would like to participate in the Fall Alumni Games.   
Posted 11/19/2015 08:49AM
Alex Jordan '08 plays on stage with Grateful Dead original band members

Earlier this month, Alex Jordan '08 and his band, Midnight North, played Sounds of Brazil in Greenwich Village, New York. A couple of special guests jammed with the band - Bob Weir and Phil Lesh from the Grateful Dead. Weir was in town to play at Madison Square Garden with Dead and Co. Lesh played at the Capital Theater in Port Chester. Lesh and Weir played several songs with Midnight North, which delighted the crowd.

According to Serra Music Director Jay Jordan, "It was an amazing night and it caused quite a stir in the Grateful Dead universe, not to mention the Jordan Household."

The full video is available at

Posted 11/10/2015 08:54PM

The Serra crew Varsity 8 boat won first place at the Head of the Lagoon race in Foster City on November 8. The boys competed against 20 other scholastic and club teams.

"It's exciting to see our Padres do so well this fall after their outstanding performance at the national championship in New Jersey last spring," said Serra English teacher Chris Lowenstein, the mother of rower Ryan Lowenstein.

Ryan's grandparents, Bob and Carolyn Bunje, hosted a gathering of crew families at their Foster City home on Sunday. The crowd watched the crew boats pass by, as the Padres swept the competition with a time of 16:35.

"In the Head of the Lagoon, our boat found a rhythm that was unstoppable," Ryan said. "We never fell out of it and kept pushing harder the further we got into the race. When we passed my grandparents' house, with so many people cheering for us near the end of the race, it gave us that extra motivation to finish strong and come away with a first place win."

Posted 11/10/2015 03:21PM
Keith Strange honored for water polo and swimming

Serra Assistant Principal of Academics Keith Strange was inducted into the Marin Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame on November 7. He was honored for his outstanding accomplishments in swimming and water polo during the 1970s at Terra Linda High School in San Rafael.

"It was a wonderful event," said Strange, an All-American swimmer and water polo player. "My entire family was there, as well as some of my colleagues, friends and my college roommate. Swimming and water polo made such a huge impact on my life after high school. In addition to making friends for life, I built a coaching career around my experience in high school. Being an athlete is so much more than sports. It should be a passion. It's about setting goals, making a plan for action and striving to succeed. It's about setting a bar for yourself that is higher than you ever thought was possible."

Strange realized early on that he wanted to become a high school coach and a teacher. He coached at Serra for 24 years. His student-athletes have ranged from a student who had to learn how to swim again after he nearly died in car accident to dozens of All-Americans. Some of Strange's students became national and Olympic champions.

"I joyously attended their weddings, sadly attended their funerals, and gladly taught their sons years after they graduated from Serra," Strange noted. "It has been a great ride and I have truly been enriched by the experience." 


CLICK HERE for the Marin Independent Journal news article.

Posted 10/30/2015 03:50PM

Serra baseball players competed in the annual Halloween Challenge on Tuesday, complete with Halloween music and fierce fitness challenges. The competition has become a tradition enjoyed by the Padres on the track field. 

"They compete against each other and are split into two teams," explained Head Baseball Coach Craig Gianinno. "The emphasis is on brotherhood, unity and team camaraderie." 

Posted 10/26/2015 12:31PM
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Posted 10/26/2015 01:30PM
Students visit Day of the Dead exhibit in San Francisco

Members of Serra’s Canvas and Canyons Club went on an exciting field trip last week to SOMArts in San Francisco. There, Marco Hernandez, Jonathan Garcia and Wladzio Chitla-Hines viewed Dia de las Muertas altars in a special exhibit.

The exhibit, “Today is the Shadow of Tomorrow,” will be at SOMArts through November 7.

“The altars are often interactive with paper and pens to write your memories,” noted club moderator and Visual and Performing Arts Chair Peggy Farrell. “All three students were amazed by the creativity and depth of the many altars.”

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