Mr. Peter Morelli














Welcome to the 2015-16 year at St. Mary's High School. This year St. Mary's High School is celebrating its 140th year in the Stockton community. We will have a number of activities celebrating our school's history.


We are very excited about the events we have planned to celebrate our school's anniversary. The activities include: Opening School Mass on August 28, 2015, celebrated by Bishop Stephen Blaire on the exact day St. Mary's opened in 1876. The President's Club Dinner on November 8, 2015, with speaker Pat McCaskey who is a Chicago Bears board member and author of two books and known for his Catholic faith. We will have a display at the Haggin Museum on the history of St. Mary's in Stockton, and we will celebrate the second annual Blue Mass in November, to name a few special activities. In addition, we are planning a gala dinner in the second semester to celebrate this milestone in our school's history.


As we continue to celebrate, we are reminded that the main purpose of education is to prepare students to become responsible citizens in society. The upcoming events are also a celebration of our ability to educate and to teach religious truths and practices to our students throughout San Joaquin County.


We especially celebrate the many friendships that individuals have established here as students, and we celebrate the friends who support our mission.


Jesus spoke to us about friendship with four simple words. "I call you friends." (John 15:15). When He spoke these words to His apostles - and to all of us - Jesus transformed friendship into something divine. Friendship, from that moment, became an imitation of Christ and a path to holiness.


Friendship draws us outside ourselves, as we care for our friends' concerns instead of our own. We give friends our time, help, advice, consolation and, most importantly, our prayers. With every prayer, then, we draw closer to the Lord and to our friends.


St. Francis de Sales said: "Those who are in the world need friendships in order to secure and assist one another amid the many dangerous passages through which they must pass." Francis called friendship "a sacred trust" and described a perfect friendship as one that is good, holy and enduring. Friendship, the very heart of Christian life, helps us grow so that we are better able to know ourselves. St. Mary's High School has developed over the years many deep and lasting friendships.


Indeed, St. Mary's High School is celebrating 140 years in Catholic secondary education. More importantly we are celebrating that St. Mary's High School is a
community based on timeless values. With prayer and the intercession of Mary, our Blessed Mother, and Saint Francis de Sales, we will continue to celebrate God's blessing on our school and community for another 140 years.  




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