September 18, 2020
Junipero Serra High School Newsletter
Junipero Serra High School believes that students of all faiths and backgrounds deserve an academically challenging, spiritually enriching Catholic college preparatory education that forms them to become generous, responsible citizens and leaders

September 18, 1951
was the first day of Classes at Serra High School. That first year there were 3 classes of freshmen and one sophomore class. We have begun our 70th year.

Lots of students and parents spent time clearing cabbages from the fields.

Serra was formally dedicated by the Archdiocese on December 9, 1951.
From Mother Teresa

"....the ocean would be less because of that missing drop."
Thanks to these Alumni and Friends of Serra for their buckets, cups and drops. 
Thanks, Ray.
 Coach Ray Kalinich '62, Vice-Principal Margaret Shoukry, Karen Payne, plus our first international donor Ron Krupovich '71 and Desma Ware '91 (shown below). 
 An unnamed Mt. Carmel alumnus, new S.W.A.G. members Odera Chuke '06, Markiesha Washington '06,
Kayla Bibb '14 (above),
Bria Richardson '11 (above),
Siera Thompson '12 (repeat), Jessica McConnico '07 (again) and Simone Thompson '11 (again)
5001+ Club Members

Ed Medina of Ramona's above is resplendent in his 5001+ Club Jacket.
Ed & Ramona's have invested in 2 Alumni Scholarships supporting Serra students.  

Showing Ed on the right in support of Serra alumni, pictured at the left rear is Cathy Nguyen '14 UC Davis '19 and a Landscape Architect, in the center is Anaiya Saa '16 Jackson St. '20 graduate as a Recreational Therapist. 
Click here for $5001 + Club Information.
Dr. Cragin '70 reports
Food 4 Less sent us a check for $179 because 7 magnificent Serra families signed up for their Community Rewards Program.
Click here to join the Food 4 Less Community Rewards Program!

Serra Business Support

Ramona's Mexican Food Products 
13633 S. Western Ave. 
Gardena, CA 90249 
(310) 323-1950
Andrew Meisake '10 and Pope Francis
Andrew Meisake '10 is shown above with Pope Francis.  Andrew brought a zucchetto for the Pope to bless.
 Andrew is continuing his journey to the priesthood in Rome.
Meet the Class of 2024 and other new students!
Meet the Class of  2024 and our new transfer students.

Mark Sutherlin '85 is shown here tying Devin's '24, his son, tie.
To Devin and the Class of 2024, Welcome to Serra!
4 weeks in, Serra students and faculty continue to excel in classes and extracurricular activities. 
The "Bell to Bell" day starts, the teacher's teach and the students learn.

Lorena Marquez is shown above preparing for Spanish Class.
Ms. Marquez asks, "Haz donado al programa $80K Match?". 

Nicole Muchowicz is shown above preparing for English class using the Socratic Method to teach "Maus" by Art Spiegelman. Next on the agenda for the class is Franz Kafka's,
"The Metamorphosis."

Serra has a superb record in producing writers. Looks like we have another. 
Click here to read Cecilia Leyva's '18 article in the Cal Poly Post regarding campus policy for proctoring software in the online environment.

English Department Chair, Eric Delange uses Dedication to Excellence Award Honoree Dana Gioia's '69 article in the New York Times "Why Literature Matters" in his classes. 
The essay is used as a model for the SAT.
Click here to read Dana's essay.
Take part in the $80K Match!
Thank you to those who have participated in the $80K  $1.00 for $1.00 Match Program. Up to a total of $80K will be matched by a Foundation with an ending donation date of November 13th. If you have never donated to Serra or have not donated since August 2019 , please click here and make a gift. The amount you give will double with the Foundation Match. Any donation of $61 or more gives you an ALL HAIL! Card. $61 produces $122 for Serra. $101 becomes $202, $501 becomes $1002.

Unless you direct otherwise, your gift will go to Alumni Scholarships. Click here to learn about Alumni Scholarships. 

If you have never donated to Serra or haven't in a while, now is the time to do so.
Click here to donate to the $80K Match...or send your check to:
Serra High School
$80K Match Program
14830 Van Ness Ave.
Gardena, CA 90249-3790
Serra is a Valuable Institution.


Vince Kates '61                                                 Joe Cormier '81
310-324-6675 xt 3010                            310-324-6675 xt 1017             
Reunions & Events
1. If it becomes possible, we may schedule an Old Timers/Legends event in the afternoon this fall/winter.  
2. The Great Class of 1980 has moved ahead and scheduled their 40th (41st) reunion on July 24, 2021.  
3. Class of  '70 50th still planning.
4. Cavalier Golf Classic still planning.
Cavalier Code
Cavaliers have faith and integrity.
Cavaliers are humble and accountable.
Cavaliers are scholars who lead and serve.
Cavaliers are soldiers for Christ.
We are Cavaliers.
All Hail!
Joe Cormier '81
Director of Development