Padre Life

From the classrooms to the hallways, to the performance stage and athletic venues, the Serra community fosters camaraderie and an authentic sense of belonging—the foundation of genuine and lasting friendships.

Serra celebrates the unique talents and interests that each student brings to the campus community. We offer diverse opportunities for Padres to engage in activities, explore interests and talents, discover their passions, and find their direction in life—from playing in a jazz band or building a robot to arguing evidence at a mock trial, conversing with a Silicon Valley executive, or running for class president.

Imagine the possibilities!

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Clubs

Find a club that you'd like to join!

Serra Mock Trial club members compete in the Redwood City Courthouse in front of real attorneys and real judges.


 

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Dozens of clubs and organizations encourage Serra students to explore their interests and talents. Joining a club is a great way to get involved in the Serra community, while building lasting friendships with fellow Padres and girls from Mercy and Notre Dame.

Art Club

The Art Club is designed for students who enjoy working with various mediums to create artwork, participating in contests, learning new techniques in art, viewing films about artists and art, and organizing trips to museums.

Club Moderator: Veronica Medda

Audio/Visual and Performing Arts Club

The AV Club is a club devoted to technical theater, especially in the areas of professional sound and lighting design and operation.

Club Moderator: Lawrence Long

Badminton Club

The Badminton Club is designed for students who are interested in meeting fellow Padres and learning the sport of Badminton.

Club Moderator: Michael Keller

Bay Scholars' Club

Members of the Bay Scholars Club are selected by the Bay Scholars organization. Criteria is based on GPA and Principal recommendation. The club adopts the philosophy of paying it forward.  

Club Moderator: Maryann O'Leary

BBQ Club

Serra’s hottest club on campus was created for students to learn and share the secrets of the art of grilling—from tailgating to backyard entertaining—in a hands-on environment.

Club Moderators: Ted Morton and Brian Carson

Big Brothers Club

Big Brothers is made up of a group of juniors who serve as Big Brothers to freshmen. Club members support individual freshmen and support the Frosh Orientation weekend with Campus Ministry and Activities.

Club Moderators: Billy Byrnes and Miguel Martinez

Block Society Club

The Block Society Club is one of the oldest clubs at Serra. Made up of students who have excelled in the areas of athletics, academics, service or performing arts (and have earned their "Block S"), the Block Club supports school activities and is active in various areas of service.

Club Moderator: Meghan Flynn

Bowling Club

Open to beginners or seasoned veterans, the Bowling Club meets once a week for competition in both the fall and spring. The group also sponsors a yearly student-faculty tournament.

Club Moderators: Jeff Thomas & Eric Plett

Business Innovation Club

The Business and Innovation Club is a forum for students who wish to learn and share business, innovation and entrepreneurial skills among other Serra students. It is open to all classes -- freshmen to seniors. We will build basic skills, such as, resume building, job interviewing, and gaining valuable insights from outside speakers who are successful executives, innovators, and entrepreneurs across a wide range of professional fields and business enterprises, from technology, biochemistry, finance, real estate, and many other fields.

Club Moderator: Barb Luis

Club Website

Chess and Classic Games Club

This club provides opportunities for students to compete against one another in chess or to share the enjoyment of playing classic board games such as Checkers, Risk and Monopoly.

Moderator: Chris Quiery

Close-Up Club

If you dream of climbing the steps of the United States Capitol or lobbying for your favorite cause, then consider signing up for the Close-Up Club. Join other Padres in their quest to make a difference by learning about the important role of citizens in a democracy. Close Up is a weeklong program jam-packed with the sights and sounds of Washington D.C. The program brings students to the heart of Washington to see the United States government in action. Students meet face-to-face with members of Congress, leading policy experts and influential lobbyists during question-and-answer sessions and debates.

Club Moderator: Kevin Carey

Creative Writing Club

Overall, the goal of the Creative Writing Club is to provide budding young authors with time to practice the craft, realistic feedback, and an opportunity to publish.

Every Wednesday afternoon, members gather to tackle a given prompt, spending as much of the thirty minutes of writing time that they can penning their best effort. Prompts vary in function and style; we might tackle a non-fiction narrative about the state of politics one Wednesday, and attempt the following week to repeat three times in a work of fiction a singular phrase that carries three different meanings. Once writing time is over, members read aloud and the group offers positive feedback and constructive criticism. This past year, the club revived Serra's literary magazine 451 Press so that we might have a medium to share our work with the rest of the Serra Community.

New members are always welcome, regardless of writing ability. All you have to do is show up with pen, paper, and the desire to write.

Club Moderator: Patrick Vallez-Kelly

CSF Club

The California Scholarship Federation (CSF) recognizes our top academic students. CSF points are awarded on a scale with three points for a semester A and one for a B, with 10 points required.

Club Moderators: Karen Ghidossi and Jane Zoucha

Cycling Club

Road cycling, mountain biking, and racing are all part of the Cycling Club. Featured activities include various rides throughout the bay area and the opportunity to hear speakers on bike safety, form, and endurance.

Be a part of Serra History! Join the mountain biking team and compete in a co-ed sport with other high schools in Northern California. No experience is necessary--training camps, team rides and equipment are available for support. Most rides and races take place on Sundays, so even if you're on another team, you could join!

Club Moderator: Mary Dowden

Democracy Now Club

The Democracy Now Club is designed to facilitate discussions on current political topics and propositions, and to follow local and global election results.

Club Moderator: Sean Dugoni

Fantasy Sports Club

The Fantasy Sports Club is for students who love to follow sports. Students meet before the beginning of the NFL, NBA and MLB seasons to draft their teams and manage them for the season.

Club Moderator: Chris Houle

Film Club

The Serra Film Club is aimed at bringing together students who have a passion for any and all aspects of film. Students have the opportunity to participate in writing, acting, directing, editing and producing short films, as well as viewing and critically reflecting on student and professionally produced films of varying genres and time periods.

Club Moderator: Dan Nolan

Fitness and Health Club

Students looking for quick, efficient workouts with their fellow Padres will enjoy this club. Students are given a 'WOD' (Workout of the Day) and it is their mission to complete the workout within the 30 minutes of allotted time. Can be done for casual exercise or can be done for competition with some buddies.  

Moderator: Chris Quiery

French Club*

The French Club provides students an opportunity to experience fine French restaurants, French cinema and francophone culture around the bay area.

Club Moderator: Madame Dowden

Improv Club

Mind-blowing and unrelenting, Serra Improv Club is a crazy squib of in-your-face improvisational comedy. Unafraid to say it , Serra Improv Club goes where other shows don't even dare, exploring topics from pop art to Saved By The Bell: The College Years, but still all the while developing engaging, grounded scene work. Watch out, because it's gonna get laugh-ripping! In Room 207 every club day. 

Club Moderator: Gary Meegan

International Thespian Society

The International Thespian Society is an honor society for theatre students designed to honor student achievement in the theatre arts.

Moderator: Lawrence Long

Justice and Peace Club

The Justice and Peace Club seeks to improve the quality of life of our brothers and sisters around the world through social justice work. The club promotes a society where the fundamental rights due to all humanity are made available to all. Our goal is to show the world that people united as one can be a vibrant force and catalyst for change.

Club Moderator/s:
Billy Byrnes
Christian Cahill

Mock Trial Team

Students actively experience the excitement of a courtroom setting, where they work in teams, exchange ideas, set goals, and examine issues. By studying hypothetical cases and preparing strategies and arguments for trial, students also improve their presentation skills.

Club Moderator: Dr. Christopher Buckels '01

Please click here to be directed to Serra's Mock Trial Club website.

 

Multicultural Club*

Students celebrate holidays of different cultures and share their cultures' special spirit and customs with others.

Club Moderators: Julie Chen and Yvonne Talavera

National Business Honor Society

The NBHS is an academic organization affiliated through the National Business Education Association that recognizes dynamic student achievement in business education at the high school level.

Club Moderator: Chris Houle

National Honor Society

Members of the National Honor Society are selected by a faculty committee from applicants who are juniors and seniors with a minimum of a 3.5 unweighted grade point average, or a 3.7 weighted GPA, who have displayed leadership, service and excellent character. The group assists students with tutoring.

Club Moderators: Mrs. Karen Ghidossi and Mrs. Jane Zoucha

Ping Pong Club

Stop by to enjoy a quick pick-up game of ping pong. Students of varying degrees of ping pong experience are welcome to join.

Club Moderators: Renan Pineda

Robotics Club*

Robotics combines software, electronics, mechanical engineering, power tool use, game strategy, marketing and community relations to form a team of students who compete against Bay Area schools by constructing a robot.

Club Moderator: Lee Torno

Rock Climbing Club

The mission of the Rock Climbing Club is to conquer the rock walls of our local indoor climbing gyms with ambitions of learning a new and fun recreational activity. This club will consist of weekly meetings held at school on Club days (in room 214) and monthly events at the Planet Granite Gym in Belmont, San Francisco or Sunnyvale. We have hopes of pursuing even more rigorous activities in the outdoors such as Castle Rock.

Club Moderator: Mary Dowden

Science Club

Can’t get enough? Join the science club to participate in more hands- on science activities; be a part of bringing science to life.

Club Moderator: Tara Mann

Serranaders

Love to sing?  Join the Serranaders . . .  our very own acapella group. Students participate in various performances, including a special Christmas performance for the community.

Club Moderator: Tamara Stephens

Spirit Boosters Club

The Spirit Boosters Club promotes school spirit by providing special activities to enhance the overall Padre athletic experience.

Moderators: Ray Baldonado and Chuck Rapp

Sports Information and Broadcasting Club

Working in conjunction with Serra athletics staff, sports information club members assist with game photos, video and written content for Serra’s website and social media platforms. Opportunities abound at every level of competition for the Padres’ 14 sports teams. Students are encouraged to hone their image and video editing techniques with mobile/desktop editing software. Opportunities are also available for player and team written features as well as audio/video interview.

Club Moderators: Ed Taylor and Mike Fadelli

Sports Medicine Club

Under the direct supervision of Junipero Serra's Certified Athletic Trainer and team physician, students will learn and apply basic first aid and injury prevention skills, hydration management of athletes, basic anatomy and injury assessment, as well as leadership, time management skills and professionalism.

Moderator: Duke Meek

Stock Market Club

The Stock Market Club gives members a space to develop useful investing skills by competing against friends online in a fun, accurate and interactive stock market game.  

Moderator: Chase Mock

Tri-M Music Honor Society

This is a national organization for students who excel in music and academics. It is is designed to embrace and spread the love of music.

Club Moderator: Tamara Stephens

Trivia Club

For those who enjoy unusual facts and extraordinary bits of information or just want to stump a friend on an extra tough question, the Trivia Club will meet your interests. The club hosts quiz-show type competitions at lunch for students, faculty and staff.

Moderator: Randy Vogel

Ultimate Frisbee Club

The Flyin' Friars, Serra's disc tossing, catching, bending, flipping, hammering ultimate team is back! Make plans to join them in the fields and open spaces of San Mateo.

Club Moderator: Eric Plett

Video Game Club

The Video Game Club gives Padre gamers of all levels a fun and exciting social atmosphere to compete during tournament or open play, share their skills and socialize with other gamers.

Moderator: Dan Nolan

Yoga Club

The Yoga Club meetings provide opportunity for personal growth through relaxation, stretching and mindfulness, while helping participants feel good physically and mentally!

Moderator: Chirs Houle

Yell Leaders and Rallies

yell
leaders

Serra's deeply-rooted tradition of Padre spirit is alive in our current students and alumni. Serra yell leaders are committed to inspiring the Serra community at rallies and games.

Step into the Serra gym during a high-energy rally and you'll be amazed by the astonishing school spirit and sea of blue and gold!

WELCOME
RALLY

What better way is there to embrace the freshman class and welcome the student body back from summer vacation than the traditional Welcome Rally?

Members of the Serra Executive Council host this popular event and welcome the freshmen to the Serra brotherhood.

prune
rally

Back in the day (1954 to be exact), the city of San Jose consisted of many prune orchards. It just so happens that Serra's longtime rival, Bellarmine, is located in San Jose. The Padre football team had not defeated Bellarmine, and Team Captain Jim Jackson '55 knew that something needed to be done. He requested that a special rally be held, so that the football team could show the rest of the school how they were going to "squash" Bellarmine. Thus began the squashing of the prunes in what now has become the traditional Prune Rally. The '54 team not only beat the Bells, but went on to an undefeated season–the last team in school history to do so.

jungle
rally

For more than 40 consecutive years, the Jungle Game has appealed to the entire Serra community. The most anticipated event of the basketball season draws sell-out crowds, excited fans and passion on both sides of the court. Basketball players from San Francisco, who drive down to the Peninsula for the match-up in Serra's gym, are greeted with palm fronds that adorn the bleachers and walls, an amped-up, deafening cheering section, and a basketball squad that is ready for jungle warfare. The Jungle Rally is a perfect way to get us pumped up for the always exciting match up between the Serra Padres and the SI Wildcats!

Student Government

Student Government

The nine members of the Serra High School Executive Council are the school's elected representatives. The Executive Council is responsible for promoting efficient communication between the students, faculty, and administration. They help organize the student body, so that it may act with one voice on academic, athletic, social and other affairs. In addition, members of the Executive Council assist with the coordination of extra-curricular activities and encourage the development of school spirit through participation. Click here to download the Constitution of the Associated Students

Executive Student Council 2019-2020

Executive President: Jack Dugoni

Executive Vice President: Guiseppe Benedetti

Secretary
jason wang
Spirit
Commissioner
will mauer
Athletics
Commissioner
tariq kurdi
Performing Arts
Commissioner
michael kamenis
Environmental
Commissioner
holman torno
Campus Ministry
Commissioner
michael sarhatt
SERT
Commissioner
timmy hoo
Senior Class Officers

President
Gavin Grech

Vice President
TBA

Secretary
TBA

Spirit Commissioner
Michael Smoot

Athletic Officer
Andrew Rush

Performing Arts Commissioner
Taigen Irigoyen

Environmental Officer
TBA

Campus Ministry Officer
TBA

SERT Officer
TBA

Junior Class Officers

President
Jason Villar

Vice President
TBA

Secretary
Eric Stump

Spirit Commissioner
Jack Marks

Athletic Officer
Sion Hirai

Performing Arts Officer
TBA

Environmental Officer
Lucas Dugoni

Campus Ministry Officer
TBA

SERT Officer
Cody Kucsak

Sophomore Class Officers

President
Jett Lalic

Vice President
Aiden Quinn

Secretary
TBA

Spirit Commissioner
TBA

Athletic Officer
Mikey El-Badry

Performing Arts Officer
Cole Longland

Environmental Officer
Varun Popli

Campus Ministry Officer
Matthew Kamienski

SERT Officer
TBA

Freshman Class Officers

President
TBA

Vice President
TBA

Secretary
TBA

Spirit Commissioner
TBA

Athletic Officer
TBA

Performing Arts Officer
TBA

Environmental Officer
TBA

Campus Ministry Officer
TBA

SERT Officer
TBA

Tri-School Program



Tri-School Program

A Single-Gender School, Coed Opportunities

Serra offers the proven benefits of single-gender education with important coed opportunities. The popular Tri-School Program is a valuable partnership with Serra and our sister schools, Mercy and Notre Dame.

Students from all three schools share in exciting academic, cultural and social experiences in classes, clubs, dances, music and drama productions, and retreats on all three campuses. The Tri-School Program offers the best of both worlds.

 

I've made great friends through the Tri-School Program—I'll be sad to leave this year! The Tri-School Performing Arts Program is so much fun, no matter what part you play. I've learned so much and the teachers have helped me to improve my theatrical skills."

- Milena Musgrave '19
Mercy High School
Tri-School Drama 1, Drama 2,
Oklahoma
Radium Girls
West Side Story
Beauty and the Beast

 

 

Dances and Prom

 

dances

Throughout the year, there are a number of Tri-School dances and socials. Serra dances and socials are open to Padres and young women from our sister schools, Notre Dame and Mercy, as well as from other local high schools. The first social is held during the month of September. The dances offer a fantastic venue for Padres to socialize in a comfortable setting.

semi-formal

The Serra Winter Formal, which is open to all Padres and their dates, is held during the month of January. For this event, Serra students wear semi-formal attire: slacks, a dress shirt, dress shoes and a tie. Many Padres dress to impress with suits. Even a few bow-ties can be spotted!

prom

One of the highlights of the year that all Padres look forward to is the Junior/Senior Prom. Open to upper division students and their dates, the prom is an evening filled with delicious food, music and dancing.

Please refer to the Student-Parent Handbook for more information about mandatory meetings and dress attire.

For more information or questions, contact:
STUDENT ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR
mike langridge '91

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