The Padre Whisper

August, 2019 - Vol 6, Issue 8
In This Issue
Serra Homecoming and Reunion
Serra 75
Clark Chase Visits Home of St. Serra
Take the Trivia Challenge!
Alumni Website
Class of 2019 Shines
New Head Water Polo Coach
Serra Social Media
Upcoming Events
September 20
Alumni Father-Son Mass

September 21
Serra 75 Celebration

October 11

October 12

November 27
Alumni Basketball and Poker Tournament (hosted by wrestling)

November 28
Alumni Water Polo

November 29
Alumni Soccer
Alumni Board Members
Mike Klobuchar '90 (President)
Tushar Zalpuri '11
Andre Monney '03
Kris McAlavey '03
Joel Caceres '87
Marty McCormick '57
Noel Sy '83
John Langridge '97
Mike Hannon '90
Ray Baldonado '07
Brian Earley '85
John Ailanjian '90
Greg Hart '76
Jaime Huerta '90 
Mike Fadelli '88
Jonathan Allen '01
Bob Greene '85 (Alumni Director)
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Dear Serra Alumnus, 

I would like to thank our Alumni Board members for their hard work during the past school year. Our events were exceptional, and we had a record number of attendees! 

All of our alumni events keep our Padres connected through the generations, and I am especially looking forward to the  Serra Homecoming and Reunion Weekend on October 11-12.

As we approach the beginning of the new school year, we welcome our newest Padres in the Class of 2023. Please help us to kick off the new school year by joining us on September 21 for our 75th anniversary celebration --  Hit the Floor, it's 1944.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon! 


Alumni Director
Alumni News
2019 Homecoming and Reunion
Serra's 2019  Homecoming and Reunion Weekend  will be held on  October 11 and 12.  The annual night football game will be played against Archbishop Mitty on Friday, October 11.  A free alumni barbecue will precede the football game. The reunion on Saturday, October 12 will be for the classes of '49, '54, '59, '64, '69, '74, '79, '84, '89, '94, '99, '04 and '09. 

Interested in helping your classmates reconnect? Email Alumni Director  Bob Greene '85  to become a class rep! 

This will be the Diamond Reunion for the Class of '49, the Platinum Reunion for the Class of 1959 and the Golden Reunion for the Class of 1969. Reservations are available HERE!
Serra 75 Celebration
Hit the floor, it's 1944! It's time for the entire Serra community--alumni, parents, faculty members and friends--to celebrate 75 years of excellence and tradition. Come in costume to honor your favorite decade! Dance to the music of the Big Band Era, the rockin' '50s and '60s, the swingin' '70s and the totally awesome '80s and '90s. There will be era-inspired food stations, memorabilia displays and vintage cocktails. As we  celebrate the decades, prizes will be awarded for best dressed and best dancers. We hope to see you on campus on Saturday, September 21 as we celebrate Serra's 75th birthday! 
Clark Chase '17 Visits St. Serra's Homeland
Former Serra Executive Council President Clark Chase '17 just finished studying abroad in London with his friends. 

The group took a detour to Mallorca in Spain's Balearic Islands, the home of Saint Junipero Serra. Chase took a pic in front of the St. Serra statue in the downtown area.

When his girlfriend's mom suggested a trip to Mallorca, "I immediately said, 'That's where we should go, being the good Padre that I am,'" Chase recounted. 
Take the Trivia Challenge!
In honor of Serra's 75th anniversary, Randy Vogel created a special trivia challenge competition. Test your Serra trivia IQ. Who knows? You might be a winner! CLICK HERE to enter.
New Alumni Website
We've built something big for our Serra alumni! Our redesigned alumni website is feature-rich and designed to be helpful for alumni looking to network, find old friends and keep up with what's happening on campus! Be part of the 1,000 alumni who have already signed up.  to check it out!

Around the Halls
Way to Go, Class of 2019!
T wo-hundred seniors became our newest Serra alumni at our graduation ceremony on June 1 in San Francisco. This year's graduates received $29.5 million in college scholarships, a new school record, and completed 30,813 hours of community service. 

Highlights for Serra's Class of 2019:
  • 71 percent of the class received a college scholarship
  • 78 seniors are National Honor Society Members
  • 77 seniors are California Scholarship Federation Life Members
  • 97 percent of the senior class applied to four year universities - 100 percent of those were admitted to at least one
  • 55.7 percent of seniors took at least one AP class
Justin Ferdinand Named New Varsity Water Polo Coach
Serra Director of Athletics Justin Ferdinand  was selected as Serra's new varsity water polo coach on July 18.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to coach water polo again," said Ferdinand, who has coached high school water polo since 2000. "Water polo has been a passion of mine since I was 14. I enjoy the dynamic teamwork aspect of the sport and the rigorous training required. It's a challenging sport, and I enjoy helping teenagers learn the fundamentals while reaching their full potential in the pool."

Ferdinand, who has been busy this year in his new role at Serra, was the director of athletics at Half Moon Bay High School from 2012-2018.

"During the past year, I have had an opportunity to observe our coaches instilling Serra's core values in their sports programs," he noted. "Now I'm excited to emulate their leadership with our water polo student-athletes."
Follow Serra on Social Media
Remember th at you can keep up with what's happening at Serra through social media. Serra's Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Link edIn accounts are updated regularly with school and alumni news.  

Once a Padre, Always a Padre!