After honoring Dwan Hurt '81 and Norm Chavez at our first two Dedication to Excellence Gala's, we honored Mr. John McFarland in 2014.
Mr. McFarland left a lasting impression on the Serra students of the '60s. "I've attended Berkley, Hastings, Harvard and the National University of Ireland. Mr. McFarland was, by far, the best teacher I ever had." -William McCann '64.
John and Joan McFarland in their 5001 Club jackets.
Soon after the Dedication and a campus visit, Mr. McFarland called and told us he and Joan, his wife, wished to establish a scholarship for promising students who needed help. We established the scholarship as requested. For 7 years since,
the McFarland's have funded a full scholarship plus a little more.
From Mr. McFarland, "It sank in that what we were doing at Serra was not only fun, it was important. Hugely important." This line is from an essay Mr. McFarland wrote for the Old Timers/Legends Reunion in 2016. Click here
to read the essay. Anyone connected with Serra in any era will find why Serra High School has always been and continues to be "Hugely important." We think many of you will want to forward this.