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