Mr. Peter Morelli













President's Message

October 19, 2016


In my second year as President of St. Mary's High School, it seems that many things are taking place at such a rapid pace. We instituted the use of iPads in teaching along with other new technology. We upgraded the internet capacity around the campus. Two new classes started: Broadcasting and Game Programming that included coding. In addition, we installed a new phone system and now the Chase Family Field House is in full use. Along the way, the school is investigating an international student program, new summer enrichment programs, solar energy and additions to Morelli gym and the senior lawn area.


As we plan for the future two of our biggest endeavors have been instituting a Strategic Plan and adopting a Business Plan. In both of these, especially the strategic plan, much time and energy was spent on our school's mission statement.


Each statement and every single word have been carefully chosen in order to succinctly and accurately reflect for our students, faculty, staff, and parents the guiding principles of St. Mary's High School. In many ways, our mission statement is like the lighthouses of yesteryear that fishermen and sailors relied on to guide them safely to shore. It serves as that constant beacon of light, continually reminding us of our central purpose as a Christ-centered institution.


Every life or job, even president, has its lonely seasons. For an only child, it can be the years spent largely with imaginary friends. Most teenagers, even popular ones, report an aching sense of being misunderstood, not being truly accepted or appreciated by those around them. Young adulthood often feels like half-lived in pursuit of a suitable partner, a better job or a place to belong.


All of which is why strong communities matter. Faith-based communities like St. Mary's are even more crucial. We need each other across the genders and generations. That is why the work and presence of St. Mary's is so vital for the community. The bonds that hold us together go beyond blood and bone, spilling across family lines.


In the family of Christ, no one is a stranger, everyone belongs, and every person is precious to God. From our mission statement: "We believe human beings are the pinnacle of God's creation on earth." In my opinion, this one sentence is the guiding principle of our school, which truly reflects the words of St. Francis de Sales and our school theme: "Be who you are and be that well."


St. Mary's High School is dedicated to the academic excellence and

value-based  instruction that prepares each of our students for college

and for a life that reflects Christian principles. We believe that human

beings are the pinnacle of God's creation on earth. We develop the total

person - spiritually, intellectually, creatively, socially and physically.

Our community of students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff is proud

of our traditions, our history since 1876, and our  Catholic heritage.

St. Mary's leads the way in educating students who possess the skills

and human compassion necessary to thrive in the future.





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