The Padre Whisper

February, 2015-Vol 3, Issue 2
In This Issue
Mike Callagy '80 Honored
Alumni Football Cocktail Party
R.I.P. Jesse Freitas, Jr.
Sophomore Rocks American Idol
Serra Golf Tournament
Throwback Thursday Pics Needed!
Upcoming Events

March 11, 2015

Career Day /Junipero Serra Award


March 27, 2015
Father Serra Heritage Society Luncheon


April 2, 2015
Alumni Football Dinner


April 4, 2015
Alumni Baseball and Volleyball Games


June 22, 2015

Serra Golf Tournament


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Fund a Dream was an extraordinary evening, with 450 friends of Serra in attendance. This year, we raised more than $300,000 in scholarship money for Padres who are on financial aid. Thank you to all of you who participated and contributed. This is such an important program, and I can assure you that you are making a significant difference in the lives of our current students.

Our outstanding  event kicked off with a heartwarming speech by David Taufoou '99, founder of the LEMO Foundation. The LEMO Foundation is an organization that inspires and encourages teenagers in our local community. David was followed by a fantastic keynote address from former Foster City Mayor Pam Frisella, the wife of the late Danny Frisella '63 and the mother of Padres Jason '91 and Dan '95. 

Our dynamic emcee was Bill Barrett '69, an award-winning radio DJ from New Country 93 KKNU FM in Oregon. Special guests included Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari '09, as well as three Hall-of-Famers - MLB scout Gary Hughes '59 and former Serra baseball coaches Pete Jensen and Rich Jefferies. 

This year's event certainly was unforgettable, and we all enjoyed catching up with friends old and new. I hope to see you on campus this spring.


Bob Greene, Jr. '85
Alumni Director
Alumni News
Mike Callagy '80 to Receive Junípero Serra Award

Serra alumnus Mike Callagy '80 will be honored with the Junípero Serra Award on Career Day, March 11. 


The former San Mateo deputy police chief and current deputy county manager has dedicated his career to serving and empowering others. Mike's volunteer work has included coaching baseball and basketball and serving on numerous boards of nonprofit agencies in San Mateo County. 


Mike served the police department for nearly 30 years. He has a master's degree in public administration from Notre Dame de Namur University, a law degree from Santa Clara University, and a master's degree in homeland security and defense.


Mike and his wife, Lisa, have four children. Their son, Ryan, is a junior at Serra. Their daughters, Brianna and Shannon, attend NDB. Kevin, an eighth-grader at St. Gregory School in San Mateo, will join the Padre legacy next year.


"I am very happy that Mike was nominated and selected as the

Junípero Serra Award recipient for 2015," said Alumni Director Bob Greene '85. "He has done so much for the San Mateo community and for Serra High School."

Spring Alumni Celebrations for Football, Baseball and Volleyball

This year marks our first ever alumni football cocktail party. The event will be held at 6 p.m. on April 2 at the Elks Lodge in San Mateo. All past players, coaches and supporters are invited to the event. Come and reminisce about the good old days on the grid iron with your past teammates and coaches. In addition, Head Coach Patrick Walsh will give an overview of the current football program. A registration form will be online next month.


The Spring Alumni Games will be held on April 4. The day begin at 11 a.m. with alumni volleyball, followed by alumni baseball at 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided for you, your family and past teammates at noon. We look forward to seeing you. To R.S.V.P. please email Alumni Director Bob Greene '85 at

Remembering Jesse Freitas, Jr.
Former San Diego Chargers quarterback Jesse Freitas, Jr. '69, passed away on Sunday, February 8. He was the son of Jesse Freitas, Sr., who taught and coached football at Serra from 1950 to 1997, and the brother of Jim Freitas '75.  All three Freitas men are Serra Athletic Hall of Fame inductees.

Jesse is survived by his four children; his brother, James; his sister, Linn Nichols; and his 94-year-old father Jesse Freitas, Sr.  A memorial Mass in Jesse's honor will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 20  at St. Bartholomew Church in San Mateo, which is located at 300 Alameda de las Pulgas. 

Please keep Jesse's family and friends in your prayers.
Around the Halls
Serra Sophomore Rocks American Idol

Amber Lee from San Francisco's KTVU Channel 2 visited Serra last week to film a segment on Serra junior Reno Anoa'i, who is having the time of his life on American Idol


Reno was ecstatic when he learned that he will be going to Hollywood to compete in the nation's most loved music competition. Reno is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who is very involved in Serra's music program. He also is a member of the football and volleyball teams. 


CLICK HERE for the KTVU news segment.

Save the Date!

The Serra Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, June 22 at the Peninsula Golf and Country Club. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please email Bob Greene '85 at Registration for this event will take place in April. 

Got Photos? Send Us Your Old-School Pics!

Every Thursday on the Serra website, we feature seven "throwback" images. We have received a lot of positive feedback! If you would like to share any old-school photos from any decade, please CLICK HERE to upload. We can't wait to see what you'll dig up!  

Once a Padre, Always a Padre!