Mr. Peter Morelli













St. Mary's President, Peter Morelli has announced his intention to retire from his position in June, 2017. Mr. Morelli has been at St. Mary's for 33 years, becoming Principal in 1989 and then President in 2014.


Letter from Mr. Morelli




President's Message

August 15, 2016



The start of a new school year is always an exciting time. Enthusiasm and expectations are high. Parents, students, teachers and administrators share the hope that this year will bring outstanding achievement in education, activities, community spirit, and in affirming our faith in God.


As a graduate of St. Mary's, I am deeply committed to the traditions and values established by the Dominican Sisters, Franciscans and the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.  St. Mary's shield represents to us their heritage. The black and white cross and the motto Veritas (truth) represent the tradition of the Dominican Sisters who have served since 1876 to 2015. The crescent and fleur de lis are symbols of Mary, patroness of our school and the Diocese of Stockton. Caritas (charity) is the motto of the Franciscans who served at St. Mary's from 1956- 1968. The shield and white cross and the motto Tenui nec dimittam (I have taken hold and will not let go) reflect the history of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales who came in 1970.


The meaning of the three Latin words from our shield, "truth," "charity," and "I have taken hold and will not let go." sum up perfectly the St. Mary's High School experience.  Our mission is to prepare each student to become a saint for life in this world and in the next as we endeavor to develop each young person into men and women of character.  To stand up against injustice and to be witnesses of Christ in all that we do. This is what we aim to instill in the students at St. Mary's.


There are two other words that define character; they are competence and confidence.


Competence comes from a rigorous and relevant academic program. Young men and women of competence will leave our halls to pursue further education and to one day make their way in private industry, medicine, law, politics, research, ministry, education, the military and countless other professional endeavors. 

St. Mary's provides the opportunity for each student to excel academically, and to develop the habits and attitudes that will set them on a course for success in  life.


Confidence is developed systematically through successful goal planning and achievement. Our students depart from St. Mary's, not with arrogance or with an attitude, but with confidence in who they are and where they are going.  They are confident because they have been guided and formed in a tradition-rich environment that applauds hard work and pushes each to be his or her very best.


Developing young men and women of character, confidence and competence is our mission, thus preparing each to lead in this world and to live forever in the next. This is why St. Mary's exists.  This is what motivates us.  This is why you will find no other school that will provide a more caring, nurturing and faith-filled environment than St. Mary's High School.


Peter Morelli






St. Mary’s President Pete Morelli has been awarded the Art McNally Award for 2014. This award is named after the former head of officiating from 1968 to 1990, and recognizes an official for “exemplary professionalism, leadership and commitment to sportsmanship on and off the field.”  The NFL began this award in 2002 and past recipients include Bob McElwee, Larry Nemmers, Gerald Austin, and Ben Montgomery.


Mr. Morelli began his officiating career in 1971.  He progressed from the high school level to officiating in the Big West and Western Athletic Conferences before joining the NFL in 1997 as a field judge.  Morelli quickly exhibited his excellence and was assigned to Super Bowl XXXVI, where he had the honor of signaling the winning field goal as time expired.  Mr. Morelli became a referee at the beginning of the 2003 season and has worked several playoff games including the 2009 NFC Conference Championship Game. This season, he officiated the Lions-Cowboys Wild Card Game during which he had to address a controversial pass interference flag pickup by his crew.


Mr. Morelli is a graduate of St. Mary’s High School and was principal for a quarter century. Morelli was promoted to president last February.
























St. Mary's High School
5648 N. El Dorado St.
Stockton, CA 95207