Mr. Peter Morelli












With our rich history and our connected community, we are looking toward our tomorrows and the next generation of St. Mary's graduates. Our students have always taken great pride in becoming a part of this school, our history, and our community.

There is no doubt that St. Mary's students are among the brightest and well rounded in the area.  Our seniors in the past five years have earned $60,629,000 in college scholarship monies and were accepted into numerous colleges and universities across the country. Ninety-eight percent of our students continue on to higher education. 

Our course of study, extra-curricular activities, athletics, arts, and religious activities help to create a learning environment that is both unique and attractive to incoming students and their families. Next year we are pleased to announce that we will be offering our very own broadcast TV station and class. This will give students the opportunity to be in front of the camera and prepare productions on the varied activities that take place at St. Mary's. In addition, next school year, as you know, we will be implementing the one-to-one iPad instruction in our classes.


However, the cost of providing this exceptional learning environment continues to rise. We strive to provide financial support to as many students as we can, made possible by generous scholarship donors who consistently contribute to this cause.  However, there are necessary upgrades and improvements that must happen in order for us to continue to provide our students with the tools vital to succeed in college and beyond. How can one be gloomy here at St. Mary's?


On life's journey we also have momentary feelings of these gloomy winter months. We feel isolated by our pains and hurts. We are encircled by stormy decisions and others' coldness and the darkness of misunderstanding. These times can be labeled our "personal winter months" with the experiences that come with these depressed months. 


However, just as spring replaces February, the Good News of Jesus' presence helps us through our personal January and February. Jesus promises to be always with us even "until the end of time." These are consoling words, especially when we are in our darkest and coldest moments.


It is the warmth and the light of Jesus that get us through. And Jesus does "get us through." Jesus doesn't want harm to befall us. Yet when it does, He envelops us with the care of His words and the concern of His compassion. Jesus is the cure for our personal winters.


St. Francis de Sales didn't talk about winters but knew the idea! When we feel we have our own personal winter, he recommends this: "Do not be afraid! Jesus who gives you the desire to do good will help you do it."


We appreciate your continued support of Catholic education and St. Mary's High School. With your continued investment in our future we can allow students the opportunity to carry on this tradition for another 140 years. We thank you for being a part of the heritage of St. Mary's and look forward to building on this legacy for many years to come




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