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Chelsea Gray '10 Named to WBNA All Star Squad


Chelsea Gray, Class of 2010, and a player for the Los Angeles Sparks, was named as a reserve for the West team in the WNBA All-Star Game at KeyArena in Seattle.


Chelsea is in her first season as a starter for the defending champion Sparks, after playing a key role for L.A. in last year’s WNBA Finals. She leads the WNBA with a 50.9 field goal percentage, and scores an average of15.8 points per game.


Chelsea Gray, Chelsea, pictured with Kathy Smith, recently paid a visit to St. Mary's to meet with students and say hello to friends. (7/17)















Hector "Lucky" Diaz '96 Performing in Stockton

From a Story By Tony Sauro
Record Staff Writer  


Diaz, a 40-year-old St. Mary’s High School graduate, brought his family music home for the first time, performing a free show on April 8, 2017


“Stockton still is a big part of anything I do,” Diaz said.


In part, that’s because Diaz — who started singing-songwriting at Stockton’s original Blackwater Café as a teenager with a guitar his mom bought at a flea market — has,been really busy accomplishing what once was unimaginable.


“I never thought, in my wildest dreams, that anybody would be writing about me in any way,” said Diaz, who formed the group with Gaddis in 2011. “It’s really cool.”


Along with music-industry acknowledgment, the Family’s reputation has been elevated by best-children’s-album or song-of-the-year credits from People magazine (“A Pot Luck” in 2012), USA Today and Sirius-XM radio.


“The No. 1 album for kids?” Diaz said from L.A., where he and Gaddis live in the Los Feliz district. “That’s something special you don’t ever forget.”


Writers at the New York Times and Washington Post also have been impressed by the Diaz’s five albums, the Post critic labeling their folk-rocky style as “kindie” music.


“That makes it relatable somehow,” said Diaz, a guitar player from an artistic Stockton family. “That nomenclature makes it cool. The ‘face of kindie.’ Indie music.” Certainly a contrast to Mister Rogers.

Gaddis won a 2013 Emmy for “Lisha Lou and Lucky Too!!!” a version of their debut album on PBS. They became the first Americans to win a children’s Latin Grammy for “ˇFantastico!,” sung in Spanish.


They perform on PBS’ “All Things Considered” and their recordings have been honored by parents and education organizations. Coca-Cola’s “summer song” for 2013 was “Falling.”


“They’ve performed on PBS’ “Austin City Limits” — “a fantastic dream come true for me,” Diaz said — and has played solo at the Texas capital’s South-by-Southwest Festival.


They’ll entertain the “kindies” during the Aug. 3-6 Lollapalooza Festival (Kidzapalooza) at Chicago’s Grant Park. Chance the Rapper and Muse are among the headliners.(4/17)


Kat Comes Back


Kat Tudor, Class of 2016, had a homecoming of her own as she joined her teammates on the Oregon State team for a special practice at Morelli Gymnasium at St. Mary's on March 24th. Oregon State is in the NCAA Regionals being held at the Stockton Arena. (3/17)














Regan Porteous '12 Newest Lodi PD Officer


Reagan Porteous, Class of 2012 has become the newest member of the Lodi Police Department. After receiving her undergraduate degree at CSU Monterey Bay, where she excelled on the women's soccer  team, Reagan attended the San Joaquin Delta College Police Academy where she was named top overall cadet and top female athlete. (3/17)














Air Force Alumni Meet Up

Captain Greg Heli, USAF Academy, Class of 1986 recently attended his 30th reunion where he ran in to classmate and St. Mary's alum, Class of 1986, Col. Jim Griffith.









Capt. Heli also ran in to Cadet 1st Class Patrick Moso, St. Mary's Class of 2016, Cadet 3rd Class Anthony Cabri, St. Mary's Class of 2015, and Senior Cadet First Class, Joey Carl, St. Mary's Class of 2013 (not pictured).  (1/17)







Rev. Earl Smith '74 49er, Warrior and Death Row Chaplain


Rev. Earl Smith, Class of 1974 was featured in the Modesto Bee. Reprising an interview, the paper wrote;"Focusing on similarities to build unity is a lesson he learned as a youth in his native Stockton, Smith said by phone Thursday. “I grew up in a time in the ’60s when there were riots at my junior high school,” he said. “I was kicked out of school over the differences I had with the white kids.”


He was a troublemaker, according to a PBS biography of Smith – stealing cars and money and selling drugs at that junior high age. In 1975, he was shot six times and left for dead during a botched drug deal.


The faith and love of Smith’s father helped pull his son through. Words Smith’s father said to him – “You are a rebel, but you are God’s rebel, and he is going to use you to his glory” – have motivated him ever since.


He ended up going to St. Mary’s, a Catholic high school in Stockton, where he learned “to let some things go,” Smith said.


After being ordained, the Rev. Smith – in 1983, at the age of 27 – became the youngest Protestant chaplain ever hired by the California Department of Corrections. He started work at San Quentin. Over 23 years there, he ministered to such criminals as Charles Manson and Robert Alton Harris, the first person executed in California since 1976.


In his 2015 book, “Death Row Chaplain,” Smith wrote: “Looking back, I realize now that a career in prison ministry probably appealed to me because I wasn’t much different from the inmates. In many ways, I was very much like the men and women whom society has cast aside for their crimes and mistakes.”


Smith is chief executive officer of Project IMPACT (Incarcerated Men Putting Away Childish Things) and CARE (Concerned About Recovery Education), in addition to his work with the Warriors and Niners". (1/17)


A Battle of Former Rams


When Oregon State and Cal met on the court, two former teammates and stars, Kat Tudor and Mi'cole Cayton met on court in the contest before many friends and family who had come to cheer them on. . Although Oregon State won the game 66-56, it was a great reunion for these alumni. (1/17)






Mark Payne '06 In LNB All Star Game

Mark Payne, Class of 2006,  was selected to play in the 2016 All Star Game basketball match of the French Ligue Nationale de Basket (LNB). Mark has returned to play for Champagne Châlons-Reims of the LNB Pro A, after a season at Limoges CSP (Pro A). He previously played in the Greek and Spanish leagues of EuroBasket. He has been nicknamed "The Swiss Army Knife" due to his versatility Mark was a standout player while at UC Davis where he earned an economics degree, He is studying to be a financial planner. (1/17)





Tony Ramirez '69 Sculpts Statue of St. Francis de Sales



On November 21st St. Mary's High School installed a new statue of St. Francis de Sales on the Zieter Memorial on the former senior lawn.  This statue recognizes the Oblates of St. Francis who have served St. Mary's since 1970 and of the charism that our community embraces


The artist, Tony Ramirez is an alumni, SM Class of 1969. Tony is the owner of Ram Studios in Stockton and has been described as a multiple media artist. His work can be found in sculptors, paintings, stained glass windows, tiles, wood work, metal work, repurposing, restoration among many, many other artistic mediums. His work has appeared in Star Trek movies and locally for Haggin Museum, Morris Chapel and Old St. Mary's Church. (12/16)


Willie Herrera '99 Coach For Lions All-Star Team


Willie Herrera, Class of 1999, is the head football coach at East Union where he guided the football team to just its third playoff run in the past quarter century. Willie was chosen to be coach of the North team, for the 44th annual District 4A-1 Lions All-Star Game in June, 2017. (12/16)












WBB 2009-2010 Team Inducted into Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame


Photo: Vladimir Kozina


Thomas Lawrence - The Record


A future WNBA champion. A CrossFit and weightlifting star in the making. A record-setting Pacific forward.


The roster of the 2009-10 St. Mary’s girls basketball team was not only immensely talented, but eclectic and stunningly deep. Egos were not an issue for the eventual state champions, their coach Tom Gonsalves said, even with two McDonald’s All-Americans in-tow in Chelsea Gray and Afure Jemerigbe.


The 2009-10 squad is being honored by its induction to the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame on Wednesday at Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium. Those Rams join fellow inductees Darren Arbet (professional football coach), Tiffany Banks (track coach and starter), Ray Claveran (golf professional), Thurnell Clayton Jr. (basketball), Cheryl Evans (softball) and Brian Kolze (softball coach) and Robert Stevens (memorial award).


“They were best friends,” Gonsalves said of Jemerigbe and Gray, Gatorade's state player of the year, who added that having two McDonald’s All-Americans is “highly unusual.” “Our practices… neither one of them would back off from one another. It was just so competitive. On the court, they battled like crazy.”


Yet, off the court and before practices, they were always ready to laugh: “The minute I’d walk in, they’d already be in there, and they’d love just joking with me or getting on me for what I was wearing. They would just have a great old time.”


St. Mary’s went 34-1 overall, ending the season on a 27-game winning streak. The finale was a monstrous rout, as St. Mary’s smashed La Puente-Bishop Amat 89-41 in Bakersfield. Gonsalves said St. Mary’s set a girls hoops state finals record with that 89-point outpour.


“It was pretty special,” said Gonsalves, a seven-time state champion. “We had teams like this in the past, but what separated this team, is they were all seniors and so they were pretty much maturing at the right time, peaking at the right time.”


Gray went on to Duke, and now plays for the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and a professional team in Turkey. Her role at point guard was pivotal as Los Angeles won the WNBA championship in October. Jemerigbe played college hoops at Cal. Also on the roster was Ali Gibson, who capped a solid career at Oregon State last season, and is now playing professionally in Puerto Rico. Kendall Kenyon dominated in four years with Pacific, and left as the program’s all-time leader in rebounds (1,140), blocked shots (172) and double-doubles (49) and is fourth in points scored (1,442).


Kenyon is now an assistant for Pacific under head coach Bradley Davis.


“The career that Kendall Kenyon had was crazy at Pacific. Now we have Chelsea in the WNBA, Ali Gibson in Puerto Rico… it was quite a special team. I’ve been very blessed with a lot of talent,” Gonsalves said.


Gonsalves gave kudos to the Rams’ bench, which included Regina Camera (who played at Academy of Art in San Francisco) and his daughter Emily Gonsalves.


“The bench was ridiculously good,” said Gonsalves, formerly the Tokay boys coach.


Gray and Gibson are being paid to play basketball now, but they weren’t the only professional athletes on that team. There was also Lauren Fisher, then a sophomore, who is a CrossFit and weightlifting star based in the San Diego area.


Also on the Rams’ final roster were freshmen Onome Jemerigbe and Unique Coleman (now playing at Pacific), juniors Gabby Zanini, Marrissa Ocon and Krista Rigbee and seniors Alle Moreno, Sabrina Visperas and Annissa Garcia.


Gonsalves recalls halftime of the state finals – St. Mary’s led by 30 points — and his disbelief about his team's lead.


“I said, ‘This is not supposed to be this easy." (11/16)



News and Information


The Sister Colette Standart, O.P. Alumni Room was dedicated in honor of Sister Collette, Class of 1929.  It is located in the Library area of the Lagorio Administration /Classroom Building and contains memorabilia from 1876 to the present cataloging the schools history.


















There are a lot of things to be proud of at St. Mary’s. Let’s make alumni participation one of them!


Join our alumni on August 24, 2017 to support St. Mary’s on its Day of Giving. It takes only a few minutes to make a gift and make a difference.


There is strength in numbers, so let’s show that St. Mary’s alumni are proud to be Rams!




St. Mary's has completed its 140th year as a leading provider of Catholic education. Our  challenge today is to keep Catholic education affordable and accessible to our families. I think you would all agree that in order to be successful academically, spiritually, creatively, socially and physically. we must be financially responsible and fiscally stable.


Adding to the existing Father Fallon and Legacy Endowments, we have created five new endowments t insure the future needs of our students, faculty and programs at St. Mary's High School continue to flourish. These permanent source of income are invested with a  percentage of the income supporting programs. The principal is invested for growth and the Endowments are managed for growth and stability by the school's Foundation The five new Endowments are:


Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Endowment

for Religious Studies


Dominican Sisters of San Rafael Endowment

for language and Fine Arts Programs


Computer Science Endowment

for Computer Science Programs and Technoloby


Faculty Endowment

for St. Marys Faculty


Endowed Chairs

In Honor of Specific Faculty Members


We are embarking on a 10-year assertive plan to increase the endowments by $5 million dollars each year for the next 10 years. This is a $50 million dollar legacy to be used as a resource to help with tuition assistance, faculty support, academic programs, facilities maintenance, increases in costs, enrollment fluctuations and to fund unexpected expenses. Endowment gifts can be cash, stocks, bonds, treasuries, mutual funds, real estate or personal property. Donors may choose to also include St. Mary's High School in their will or as a named beneficiary of a life insurance policy.


You've been a part of our past. We invite you to continue to be part of our future. This is a historic endeavor and we welcome everyone to participate.


Your kind donation in any amount is very much appreciated.


Respectfully in the Lord

Peter D. Morelli


Lost Alumni

The alumni office needs your help locating addresses for lost but not forgotten alumni. Please check the lists to see if you know of any lost sheep.

Visit the Alumni site for the list.  If you know the address for someone on the list, please send us an email




Hall of Fame


The twenty-fourth annual Hall of Fame inducted the following:

  • Mrs. Jennifer Schene Giannini, class of 1978

  • Mrs. Patricia Edelman Gustorf, class 1964

  • Mrs. Helen Crane

  • Mrs. Brenda Calosso Pozzo, class of 1984

  • Mr. Rick Paulsen, class of 1977

  • Mr. Ben Calderon, class of 1992

For more information, please call the Development Office at 209-957-3340 Ext. 195


Hall of Fame Members



Sam Abdallah ++

Theresa Aberle
James Acosta '76

Jean Aguilar '77

Vincent Augello '58
Sister David Barry, O.P. ++
Gregory '60 & Noreen Garavano '62 Basso

Dario Bella '41

Bernadicou Family

Paula Biscaia
David Brewer ++
George Briare '36
Veva Brown +

Seldon and Jim Brusa
Edward Burke, Sr. ++

John and Loretta Butorac

Ben Calderon '92
Michael Canlis '34 ++

Doug Carruesco
Edward J. Chavez '61
Monsignor James Erwin Cain

Michael J. Calosso '60
George '62, Michael '66 & Ann Stiefilater Clark '60

Larry Conti '36

Steve Copello '71

Lex Corrales

Carol Corrigan '66

Dino & Joan Cortopassi

Kevin Costello
Martha Zumstein Craig '35 ++ & Joseph Craig ++

C. Joseph Crane++
Angel Cruz '26 ++
Mary Simonelli Devincenzi '47 ++

Charles "Bud" DeYoung '35 ++

Brother James Dorazio, O.S.F.S.

Father John P. Fallon, O.S.F.S.

George Farros ++

Armando Flores '61

Fr. John Foley, O.S.F.S. ++

Angelo Galindo

Luigi & Karen (McGurk) '71 Gherardi
Richard Giambruno '58 ++

Jennifer Schene Giannini '78
George Gibson '69

Eugene and Diane (Salvetti) '57 Gini
Gerald (Duke) Grilliot
Jon Gustorf

Patricia Edelman Gustorf '64

Sandra Medina Haberman ‘72
William '50 & Lorraine Rodgers '50 Halvorson  Family

Father Xavier Harris, O.F.M,

Mike and Joan Bianchi '61 Heffernan

Lynn Hoffman

Mary Lou Sheehan Hoffman‘59
Ronald Inge '73
Duane Isetti '59
Gene Isetti ++
Joseph Jacobs '58 ++

Marian Jacobs
Kathleen Lagorio Janssen '64

Denise Jones ‘72

Father Clark Kelley, O.S.F.S.++

David Khoury ++

Anette Vignolo Knowles '85

Margo Bisaccio Kozina


Vladimir Kozina '72

Daniel Leary++
Rose Simonelli Leonardini '48
John Little

Dr. Martin Langan
Frank & Ramona Valverde Lozano '51 Family
Honorable Anthony Lucaccini '65

David Lucchetti '63

Brother Neil McMenamin, O.S.F.S.

Dr. John McNally ++

Ernest Medina '49

Carlo Michelotti '56+

Linda Milhausen

Sandi Taylor Misasi '68
Sister Marie Molini, O.P. '46
Peter Morelli, Sr. '37 ++

Peter Morelli, Jr. '69
Annette Murdaca
Jack O'Keefe +

Merle Marquez
Joseph Oneto '27 ++
Max Paulsen

Rick Paulsen '77

Robert Perasso '69
Veronica Pezzi '57
Gary Podesto '59

Brenda Calosso Pozzo '84
Lenore Copello Raspo '29 ++
Edmond Rishwain ++
Joe '53 & Connie Rishwain

Msgr. Richard Ryan, S.T.D.
Kathryn Reischman Salady '59

Felicia Quilintang Rowley

Tori Verber Salazar '83
Dorothy Dossey Sanguinetti '34
Nancy Santos '55 ++

Ronald Schenone '48

Gerald Shipman‘60
Ernie Segale

Wayne & Gwen Segale

Paul Scheet
Dan & Cathy Silva
Sister Patricia Simpson, O.P. '56

Kathy Smith

Belinda Squires

Mario Starc '70
Carlos Sousa +
Sister Colette Standart, O.P. '29 ++
Nell DeYoung Stephens '36 ++

Ed Sullivan

Dwight Swanson


Carl Thompson‘62

Greg Traverso '79

Bill Trezza
Charles Vance '59
Joan Wainwright
Douglass Wilhoit, Jr. '61

Van Ruiten Family

George & Stella Visgilio

Roland Winter, M.D.

John Zeiter, M.D. '80

Tony ++ and Madelyn Barkett '44 Zeiter

++ Deceased


Athletic Hall of Fame

Members of the Athletic Hall of Fame

Joseph Abdullah '91

Jennifer Agresti

Jim Arbios ‘45

Ed Barakatt ‘47

Dario Bella ‘41+

Robert Carruesco '65

George Casillas '83

Margo Castaneda '78

Ken Castles '55 (dec.)

Arthur Chapman '54

David Chapman '54

Bob Chinchiolo '55

Mike Clark

Careana Clay ‘80

Larry Conti ‘36 +

Gregory De Cristofaro '64

Bob Garibaldi ‘82

Jon Giffen ‘77

Ken Green ‘82

Steve Green '78

Glenn Griffen

Jon Gustorf

Denese Hallergach '91

Frank Halvorson '74

Von Hayes '76

Laurence Held ‘79

Larry Huiras '62

Art Hughes ‘42 +

Peter L. Inge '75

Ron Inge '73

Duane Isetti ‘59

Melanie Knott '87

Frank Linford '75

David Lozano '72

Jocelyn Mancebo '01

Don Mazzilli ‘77

Angela McShane '93

Antwine Murchison '81

Gregory O’Leary ‘77

Debra Goodrich ‘77

Tom O’Neill

Rick Paulsen '77

Walter Payne '53

Aileen  Risso '82

Peter Shoemaker '68

Ray Silvas '54

Kevin Simmons '79

Ed Sprague ‘85

Rich Standart ‘70

Wayman Steed '47 +

E. Raymond Thames '80

Hal Toso ‘46 +

Steve Towne

Ben Valverde ‘47

Richard Valverde '52

Eric Williams ‘80

Mike Williams '74

John Zidich '72

Varisty Football '60 *




Varsity Football Team of 1960




John Moreno

Ken Castles

Adrian Vera




Dan Ahles

Richard Jacques

Martin Avila

Dan Leary (Deceased)

Louis Bacigalupi

Simon Molini  (Deceased)

Greg Basso

Robert Munoz

Patrick Burke

Dante Nomellini

Mike Calosso

Dewey Pasquini

Ronald Cecchini (Deceased)

Melvin Ratto

Leonard Cortez

Victor Robles

Anthony Costa

Michael Robustelli

Jim “Skip” Declusin

B. Ruiz

Richard Derivi

Jerry Shipman

John Dillon

Carl Thompson

Ray Guidi (Deceased)

Bill Urbani

D. Harmon

Joseph Valverde

Edward Jacques

 James Wells


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40th Reunion  Saturday, August 5th, 2017 6:00 PM


Location: Van Ruiten Family Winery, Lodi CA


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30th Reunion Saturday, Sept 9, 2017


Location AVE on the Mile  2333 Pacific Ave Stockton


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60th Reunion    Sept 23rd, 2017


Location, St. Mary's High School Mass, Tour, Cocktails and Dinner


Reunion Committee Phil Asborno, Dianne Salvetti, Gini Robert Raspo, Janet Jones Tucker


For more info please contact the SM Development Dept. 209-957-3340 ext. 195




St. Mary's Class of 2006 held its  10th Reunion October 29, 2016 at 6:00pm at Garlic Brothers. Among those attending were former Presentation School classmates Jennifer Balestracci, Stacy Nicole, Tory Samborski, Summer Abella, Stephen Abdallah, Lisa Gruzas and Joey Kozina.



Saint Mary's Class of 1951 held its 65th reunion on the campus. After Mass an excellent meal was enjoyed by those in attendance as they reminisced about their time at SMHS. PIctured are Lenore Letard Dougherty, Dick Nielsen, Georgette Panelli Toso, Betty Simon Rice, Paul Holtzaphel, Rosemary Murphy Whitenton, Frank Wallace. Second Row David Dinublo, Ramona Valverde Lozano, Jeanette Michaels, Janet Landi Castiglioni, Ben Marraccini,Genevieve Paddyhag Broer, Ernie Guerrero.







Reunite with your fellow alumni at your class reunion.

Contact the Alumni & Development Office for more information.

(209) 957-3340 Extension 180


Class Representatives

Are you interested in assisting with promoting alumni and fundraising events to your classmates, identifying and cultivating prospective donors, and assisting with reunions? The Development Office is seeking those who will work with the members of their class in strengthening the strong bonds with St. Mary's High School. Join the following alumni members who have volunteered their time.


1952 Coraleta Feary Rogers


1955 Jim & Susan Bertrand


1956 Joan Costa Bottini


1957 Phil & Kathy Asborno

Dianne Gini

Robert Raspo

Janet Jones Tucker


1958 Carole Kiefer


1960 Nola Moccafiche


1961 Loretta Lechich


1964 Bonnie Cannon Phelps


1969 Suzan Flott Bolski


1970 Jean McGurk


1971 Deby Caporusso


1972 Bill Stewart


1973 Judy Flores Gabbard

Linda Halvorson Haley


1975 Ellen Scriven


1978 Margo McGillvray Castaneda


1979 Shelly Mulvihill Moreira



1980 Dena Huiras Hernandez


1988 Greg Weaver


1989 Danielle Peirano Bo


1990 Lisa Basso Rossi


1994 Natalie Mussi


1996 Robert Anderson


1997 Corinne Copello


1999 Brooke Bryant

Emily Roberts


2000 Nathan Mussi

Liz Vernengo


2001 Jessica Romo Wylie


2002 Alexis Mussi


2003 Susan Ryan

Michael K. Fujinaka


2004 Jillian Wong

Ashley Hullen


2005 Kasey Malcoun

Meghan Sullivan


2007 Sarah Sullivan



If you are interested in representing your class, please contact the Development Office.

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