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St. Mary's High School has been gifted with a strong religious presence of Priests, Brothers, and Sisters throughout its history. The Dominican Sisters of San Rafael have been joined by the Brothers of Mary, the Franciscan Friars, diocesan priests, the Sisters of Charity of The Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.

Gifted, dedicated lay men and women have contributed to the strengthening of our curriculum. Our talented faculty represents expertise in 10 disciplines, offering over 130 courses in religion, English, social studies, mathematics, physical education, science, computer resources, foreign languages, business and vocational arts, and fine arts. Twenty-eight co-curricular activities and teams in 17 sports provide a variety of ways in which our students can develop their talents.

St. Mary's graduates, numbering over 9,000, are scattered throughout California, 48 additional states, and 13 foreign countries.

Throughout the years of service, the mission of St. Mary's has remained constant even during times of change. Its goal is to develop the whole person spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, and to prepare its graduates for whatever they face by giving them the necessary values and skills for their futures.


History of School


The present campus of St. Mary's High School was opened on September 6, 1956. St. Mary's High School dates back to 1876, having been located at several places in the city of Stockton, and having served the community well. A larger school which could provide for the growing student population had long been recognized as a pressing need.


In the opening year of the present St. Mary's, which is located on a 25 acre lot, the campus included the administration building, four wings of classrooms, a cafeteria, and ample playing fields. The administrative staff of the school included Father Xavier Harris, O.F.M., principal, and Sister M. Colette, O.P., vice-principal, four Franciscan priests, ten Dominican Sisters and seven lay teachers. The student enrollment was 496. An academic and commercial curriculum was supplemented with classes in art, music appreciation and glee club, in order to provide a cultural and liberal arts education for the students. Auxiliary Bishop Hugh A. Donohue of San Francisco presided at the formal dedication of the new St. Mary's on May 19, 1957.


By the Fall of 1957, the enrollment of the school had increased to 530 students. Plans were made during this year for the construction of the Field House, Bonaventure Hall, and for the equipping of the football field with nightlights. These two projects were completed for the opening of school, 1958.


The event of greatest importance for St. Mary's in its fourth year was the graduation of 171 seniors on June 15, 1960. Since the enrollment had risen to 705, permission was granted in May, 1960 to continue with the expansion of the school plant. The following buildings were contemplated: a gym/ auditorium, a student chapel, a Friary and a Convent. Under the supervision of Father Everette Chandler, O.F.M., these additions were completed and dedicated on May 7, 1961, by Auxiliary Bishop Merlin J. Guilfoyle of San Francisco (later Bishop of the Diocese of Stockton). Father Chandler was succeeded by Father Emery Tang who served as principal until 1964.


The Diocese of Stockton was established in February, 1962, and in the spring of that year, St. Mary's, after months of preparation, was granted an accreditation of 5 years from a Visiting Team of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Father Tang was succeeded in turn by Father Neil Scott in 1964 and Father Barnabus Hughes in 1966. At the conclusion of the school year 1967, the Franciscan priests withdrew from St. Mary's High School because of a shortage of teaching personnel. Monsignor James DeGroot, the treasurer and assistant superintendent of schools, was appointed principal. In the Fall of 1970, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales were invited by Bishop Merlin J. Guilfoyle to administer St. Mary's High School. Father Thomas P. O'Neill, O.S.F.S., became principal; Sister Gene McNally, O.P. was appointed vice principal. The staff included six Oblate priests, one Oblate brother, one Franciscan priest, one Diocesan priest, nine Dominican sisters and twenty-one lay men and women. The student enrollment for the year was 700. In February, 1972, St. Mary's was visited by a team from WASC and given an accreditation of full approval for five years. During March, 1977, St. Mary's was again visited by a team of evaluators from WASC, and as a result of this visitation, St. Mary's was granted full accreditation for the next five years. In the school year 1977-78, Sister Emilie Schenone, O.P., replaced Sister Gene as vice-principal, and Father John Fallon, O.S.F.S., replaced Father O'Neill as principal. During the 1970's the enrollment at St. Mary's steadily increased until it reached capacity of 1,050 in 1980. A Computer Center was established and located in what had been the Library Reading Room. In March of 1983, St. Mary's was once again visited by WASC and received a full term of accreditation for six years.


In order to serve the Stockton community with quality Catholic education and to insure a viable future, St. Mary's undertook a two-year study of all of its programs and publics. This study was conducted under the direction of McManis Associates of Washington, D.C., a management consultant firm. The study showed that St. Mary's is a strong, visible and viable institution. In July 1986, the school administration was restructured and Mrs. Mary Devincenzi was appointed Academic Dean and Father John Foley appointed Curriculum Coordinator. Following the successful completion of a WASC visit in 1989 and the granting of a full term of six years by the accrediting agency, St. Mary's undertook a major restructuring. The President- Principal model of governance was adopted with Father John Fallon serving as President, Mr. Peter Morelli serving as Principal and Mrs. Karen Gherardi became Academic Dean. In order to provide for the ongoing improvement of instruction and the development of curriculum, a Curriculum Coordinator was appointed. In 1995, 2001 and 2007, and 2013, six-year terms of accreditation were granted by WASC. The current term will expire on June, 2019. The action was taken after a careful study of the Visiting Committee Report, which noted many laudable aspects of the school, citing the quality of instruction being offered.


In the summer of 2004, site construction improvement began in preparation for the Academic Services Building. New water lines, fire sprinkler lines, wiring, permits, and a new parking area were installed.


In the summer of 2005, St. Mary's undertook the most significant growth in the school's history since the opening of the campus. The process of building the Lagorio Family Academic Building, a 23,000 square foot building containing a library, counseling services, administrative and business offices, faculty areas and classrooms. The necessity for our school to improve its academic buildings and other structures is paramount for the future of our high school. This building was completed and became operational for the 2006-07 school year.


In March of 2007 the school began construction on a swimming pool complex. The Cortopassi Aquatics Center was dedicated in September, 2007.


St. Mary's High School has a long and distinguished history of preparing its students for the college experience. The colleges to which St. Mary's students have been admitted and the scholarships awarded give testimony to the outstanding preparation received here. In recognition of these facts, beginning with the academic year 2010/11, St. Mary's has been known as St. Mary's High School, a College Preparatory High School.


In 2012, St. Mary's under the direction of Kathy Smith, Dean of Students and a parent committee established a program for the community entitled Empowering Young Women. On March18, the St. Mary's chapel, Mary, Queen of Angels, was completely remodeled and re-dedicated. In 2012-13 St. Mary's received Full Accreditation. The Bonaventure, Football dressing rooms and weight rooms were demolished to make room for a new field house.


In 2013-14 the Basso Family Tennis Facility was completed. St. Mary's formed a new Board of Directors.


In 2014-15 Father Fallon retired and was appointed president emeritus. St. Mary's formed a new Board of Directors and Peter D. Morelli was appointed president and Kathy Smith was appointed principal. In the fall of 2014 the Chase Family Athletic Performance Center opened.

In 2015-16 St. Mary's celebrated the 140th anniversary of the school.

In 2017 Peter Morelli retired and Jim Brusa was appointed President

Saint Mary's Alma Mater


Saint Mary's We Salute You,

Our Alma Mater True

Through All The Years We'll Follow,

Your Name Wher'er We Go!

We've Come To Know And Love You,

And Want The World To Know....

That We Will Keep Forever Bright,

Our Trust In The Green And White


Mission Statement


St. Mary’s High School is dedicated to the academic excellence and value-based instruction that prepare 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.


Saint Mary's Shield


The St. Mary's shield expresses her religious heritage. The black and white cross and the motto Veritas - truth represent the tradition of the Dominican Sisters who have served since 1876. The crescent and the Fleur de Lis are symbols of Mary, patroness of the Diocese of Stockton. Caritas - charity is the motto of the Franciscans who served from 1956-1967. The shield and the 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. All have joined to preserve the mission of St. Mary's High School.



Statement of Philosophy


Be who you are; and be that well.


St. Mary's High School is a Catholic secondary educational institution rooted in the Salesian teachings of St. Francis de Sales. As such, our students are encouraged to be authentic and understand the sanctity of doing the ordinary extraordinarily well. St. Mary's believes in developing the total person - spiritually, intellectually, creatively, socially, and physically. We cherish our diversity and welcome students of all faiths and backgrounds. St. Mary's strives to provide a quality and affordable Catholic education, steeped in tradition, to students throughout our community. Since our establishment in 1876, we encourage our students to grow spiritually and challenge them to become lifelong learners by focusing on Respect, Academics, Mission and Spirituality.


Integral Student Outcomes


R: Respect


Through participation in our four-year college preparatory curriculum and a variety of secular and non-secular extracurricular activities, students and staff cultivate respect and appreciation for the diversity and similarities of the human condition, thus allowing students to understand people throughout their lives.


A: Academics


St. Mary's students demonstrate the fundamental academic skills and demonstrable literacy and communication skills necessary to pursue postsecondary education and career opportunities. St. Mary's students develop critical thinking and technological skills necessary for application across disciplines and situations.


M: Mission


St. Mary's students participate in campus life beyond the classroom through participation in athletics, Campus Ministry, service learning, and various club activities in order to develop and share their talents and gifts in service to others and to form a balanced outlook on life. St. Mary's students experience the support of a community that encourages each student to contribute to the long tradition of St. Mary's High School and thrive in an ever-changing global society.


S: Spirituality


St. Mary's students integrate religious instruction into their daily lives to assist them to make good moral decisions based on their understanding of the Gospel values and apply the message and teaching of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church. Through prayer, students build community and foster a personal relationship with God allowing for the development of a moral and social conscience.


Expectations of Our Graduates


Saint Mary's High School graduates will to the best of their abilities:

  • respect and appreciate the differences and similarities of the human condition thus allowing them to understand people throughout their lives. 

  • make moral decisions based on their understanding of Christian values and so apply the message and teaching of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church. 

  • endeavor to experience prayer which fosters a personal relationship with God.

  • participate in campus life beyond the classroom in order to develop and share their talents and gifts and to form a balanced outlook on life. 

  • participate through curricular requirements and extra-curricular opportunities in Christian community service and so acquire a moral and social conscience.

  • demonstrate the fundamental academic skills necessary to pursue post-secondary education and career opportunities and be able to read, listen, and communicate effectively.

  • develop the necessary critical skills in order to apply basic knowledge and academic skills to new situations.

  • participate in a variety of forms of physical activity and understand the importance of physical fitness in their lives.

  • experience the support of a community that encourages each student to contribute to the long tradition of Saint Mary's High School.


The school is located on North El Dorado Street, one mile east of San Joaquin Delta Community College and two miles north of the University of the Pacific.


Type of School

St. Mary’s High School is a Roman Catholic, four year, coeducational, college preparatory high school under the canonical direction of the Bishop of the Diocese of Stockton. It is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and by the Western Catholic Education Association.



Located on twenty-five acres in a residential neighborhood, St. Mary’s draws students from 64 local elementary and junior high schools. Facilities continue to expand in order to serve our mission of academic excellence.


The campus includes a student chapel, an academic building which houses administrative offices, a modern library, technology center, and five state of the art “smart” classrooms, with wireless internet available throughout the campus. In addition, there are four classroom buildings including computer and technology classrooms, a cafeteria, student store and two gyms. Athletic facilities are comprised of a weight room, track facilities, baseball, football and soccer fields, a baseball field house, six tennis courts and an Olympic-size swimming pool. There is a residence for the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales priests and brothers.



The student population of 795 represents the diversity of the San Joaquin Valley and includes Asian, Black, Caucasian, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander. There are 66 dedicated faculty members who hold degrees, advanced degrees and/or masters in their related fields of administration, teaching or counseling. Faculty includes one religious represented by the order of Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. Student-to-faculty ratio is 18 to 1. Average classroom size is 24.



There are nine departments at St. Mary's from which students choose their required and elective courses: Religion, English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Physical Education & Health, Science, Computer, Foreign Language, and Fine Arts. Some courses are offered on three levels: remedial, college prep, and honors.

In addition, students may take courses at Delta Community College or the University of the Pacific.


Graduation Requirements


4 years of English

40 units


4 years of Religion*

40 units


3 1/2 years of Social Studies




Geography (9)

Modern World History (10)

United States History (11)

Government (12)

Economics (12)

5 units

10 units

10 units

5 units

5 units


2 years of Mathematics

20 units


2 years of Physical Education

20 units


2 years of Science

20 units


1 year of Language**

10 units


Health Education

5 units


Computer Course***

5 units

  Composition and Speech 5 units


Visual/Performing Arts

10 units


Required Course Units

205 units


Additional units of electives

50 units


Total Units required for graduation

255 units

 *Transfer Students Excepted.

** Effective for the Class of 2019, one year of Language is required for graduation.

***Effective for the Class of 2020, Computer is not required.


Policy With Regard To Units That Must Be Completed

For The 10th Grade Standing - 60 Units

For The 11th Grade Standing - 125 Units

For The 12th Grade Standing - 190 Units

For Graduation - 255 Units + 60 hours of Community Service


*93% of our juniors and seniors take upper division mathematics; 95% of our juniors and seniors are enrolled in upper division science. Also 68% of our students are enrolled in American Sign Language, Italian, or Spanish.


Advanced Placement courses are offered in Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, English American Literature, English Literature, European History, Physics 1, Psychology, Spanish Language, Statistics, Studio Art, U.S. Government  and U.S. History

Students may take the Advanced Placement Exams in Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, English American Literature, English Literature, European History, Physics 1, Psychology, Spanish Language, Statistics, Studio Art, U.S. Government  and U.S. History


Course Offerings


Religious Studies


Revelation of Jesus

Mission of Jesus

Sacraments & Morality

Church History

Social Justice

Community Involvement

Composition and Speech

English 9H, 9CP

9CP Composition

English 10H, 10CP

English AP / American Literature, 11CP

English AP / English Literature, 12CP


Practicum in Journalism



Social Studies

Geo./Algebra H

Algebra 1

Algebra 1A, 1B

Algebra 2/Trigonometry H


Pre Calculus H

Pre Calculus

Algebra 2

Calculus AP

Applied Calculus

College Math

Statistics AP




European History AP

Modern World History

US History AP

20th Century US History

US Government AP

US Government

Introduction to Economics

Psychology AP


Model United Nations

Administration of Justice


Foreign Languages


American Sign Language 1, 2, 3, 4

Italian 1, 2, 3, 4

Spanish 1, 2, 2H, 3, 3H, 4, Spanish AP


Computer Graphics

Publication Design

Video Production 1



Fine Arts / Vocational Arts

Physical Science H

Phys Science

Phys Science B

Biology AP

Biology H


Biology B

Chemistry AP

Chemistry H


Chemistry in the Community

Anatomy and Physiology


Physics AP

Sports Medicine


Studio Art AP, Art 1-2, Art 3-4,

Design Exploration

Symphonic Band,


Concert Choir,

Prima Voce Choir


Drama Special Studies


Broadcasting 1

Life Skills

Foods and Nutrition 1,2


Physical Education


Athletic PE

Cheerleading / Drill Team

Physical Education

Driver Education





Guidance Services


St. Mary’s High School, in its continued effort to meet the needs of the students and to build community, has provided a staff of qualified counselors who are ready to help students at any time in these areas:


• Academic

• Personal

• Course scheduling

• Financial Aid

• College placement


The guidance staff includes the academic dean, counselors, a scholarship or Financial Aid counselor and a licensed clinical social worker.


Counselors routinely meet with students throughout the year to help in whatever way possible and to discuss educational plans. The Guidance Office is staffed during school hours, where students or parents may request an appointment with a counselor during the school day. A licensed clinical social worker provides additional services at St. Mary’s.


Co-Curricular Activities


St. Mary's students, in addition to their involvement in community service projects are active in 27 clubs and organizations emphasizing creativity, leadership, scholarship, and service.  Student athletes compete in the Tri-City Athletic Association in football, volleyball, hockey, water polo, soccer, tennis, basketball, wrestling, baseball, softball, cross-country, track, swimming/diving, badminton, and golf. Hockey competes in the Hockey competes in the WHD, Lacrosse competes in the Capital League while Trap Shooting and Skeet Shooting compete in the CYSSA.



The school year is divided into Fall Semester and Spring Semester. In addition to semester exams and grades, quarter exams and grades are mailed home. Progress reports and deficiency reports are sent to parents halfway through each quarter grading period.



98% of the Class of 2018 will be attending college. 76% 4 Year; 22% 2 Year. A partial list of the 4 year institutions is as follows:


Ateneo de Manila

New York University

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Prairie View A&M University

Augustana College

Pepperdine University

Azusa Pacific University

Princeton University

Baylor University

Santa Clara University

Boise State University

Saint Mary’s College

Cal Lutheran University

Texas Christian University

California Maritime Academy

University of Arizona

Cal Northstate University

UC Davis

Cal Poly SLO

UC Irvine

CSU Chico


CSU East Bay

UC Riverside

CSU Fresno

UC Santa Barbara

CSU Humbolt

UC Santa Cruz

CSU Long Beach

University of Colorado, Boulder

CSU Monterey Bay

University of Denver

CSU Sacramento

University of Florida

CSU San Diego

University of Hawaii

CSU San Francisco

University of Nevada Reno

CSU San Jose

University of the Pacific

CSU Sonoma


CSU Stanislaus

University of San Diego

Drake University


George Washington University

U. of Tennessee,Chattanooga

Grand Canyon University

University of Wyoming

Hampton University

Virginia Military Institute

Montana State University

*Partial List


Over $16,000,000 in scholarships was awarded to the class.


UC Stats Re Admission (2017) Applied: 87; Admitted: 53; Enrolled: 23. The average enrolled GPA was 4.07


Marking Procedures





Honors/AP (Grades 11,12)

100 - 90




89 - 80




79 - 70




69 - 60




59 - 00





GPA and class rank are calculated by converting grades to honor points and dividing by attempted credits.




Catholic tuition 


Non-Catholic tuition




Student Body fee


Campus Improvement fee


Senior Graduation fee   


Payment plans for 10, 11 and 12 months available in FACTS





Our milestones over these 140 years are made up of the memories of people who have been part of us. Our student body is second to none in their concern for others. They continue to reach out to one another and to the local community contributing in whatever way they can to make this community a better place to live.


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

President Emeritus


We are very fortunate to attend St. Mary’s where we not only receive an exceptional education and are part of nationally ranked athletic teams, but most importantly, where we are able to grow in our faith.


Peter Rainwater, Valedictorian, ‘15


I am here because we have  an atmosphere at this school that eats, sleeps, and breathes things such as excellence, community, and faith. Because of the amazing community we get to participate in every day, our path to excellence and success is that much easier. Whatever you feel your purpose here is, academics, athletics, or the arts, St. Mary’s offers great programs for these things. the administrators, faculty, staff and other students are all looking out for you and helping you reach your goal.


Joseph Stephens,

Student Body President ’17


Every teacher here only has one goal on their mind and that is for everyone of their students to be as successful as possible. We see that in their passion and commitment to our betterment and I would like to thank all of my teachers for helping me get to where I am today.

Nick Bonnifield Salutatorian '16



Benjamin Franklin once said, “Genius without education is like silver in the mine.” I would like to thank my teachers for helping me to “mine” my genius. You have helped all of us grow intellectually into the people we are today.


Nicole Rishwain, Salutatorian ‘14


I loved my experience as a student as did my mother here at St. Mary’s. I remain close to many of my classmates but I also have St. Mary’s to thank for my love of education as it is the foundation for many of my life experiences. I know St. Mary’s is where my son needs to be in order to have the same connections and solid foundations to carry with him for the rest of his life.


Brenda Fontanilla ‘86

Daughter of Margaret Kelly ‘62

Mother of Brycen Fontanilla ‘18



Saint Mary’s High School is accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA). 

WCEA accredits Catholic elementary and secondary schools in nine western states (26 (arch) dioceses) and the US Territory of Guam.  WCEA co-accredits and is in partnership with three Regional agencies (WASC, NAAS, NCA CASI) and two private agencies (CAIS and HAIS).   WCEA began in 1957 in San Francisco and has a long and successful history of assisting school improvement through the accreditation process.


Saint Mary’s High School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

The WASC accreditation process aids institutions in developing and sustaining effective educational programs and assures the educational community, the general public, and other organizations that an accredited institution has met high standards of quality and effectiveness.



In compliance with federal regulations, Saint Mary's High School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, or national or ethnic origin. In this matter we follow diocesan policy. Diocesan policy on non-discrimination and on procedures to be followed in case there are complaints or grievances in this matter can be found in the Administrative Handbook of the Diocese of Stockton. A copy of this Handbook is available in the faculty library and in the school office. The principal coordinates local efforts to assure that our school complies with federal regulations on non-discrimination.


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St. Mary's High School
5648 N. El Dorado St.
Stockton, CA 95207