Parents have the choice of
sending their children to a variety of
schools, public and private.
Why then would St. Mary's be
the ideal place for a student to obtain the
education, experience, guidance, and
spiritual foundation that will not only help
them throughout the remaining course of
their education, their chosen careers, but
in all of life?
Take a moment and explore the
many reasons why Saint Mary's High School
should be your choice for education.
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-seven
cocurricular activities and teams in 14 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
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
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
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
Francisco. Father Chandler was succeeded by Father Emery Tang
who serve 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
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
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, six-year terms of accreditation were granted by WASC. The
current term will expire on June 30, 2013. 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. The Basso Tennis Complex was completed in 2011.
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 oustanding preparation received here.
In recognition of these facts, beginning with the academic year
2010/11, St. Mary's will be known as St. Mary's High School, a
College Preparatory High School.
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. The Basso Tennis
Complex was completed in 2011.
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 oustanding preparation
received here. In recognition of these facts,
beginning with the academic year 2010/11, St. Mary's
will be known as St. Mary's High School, a College
Preparatory High School.
In 2012, St. Mary's under the direction of Kathy Smith, then
Dean of Students and now Principal, and a parent
committee established a program for the community
entitled Empowering Young Women. In 2012, the St.
Mary's chapel, Mary, Queen of Angels, was completely
remodeled and was re-dedicated on March, 18, 2012.
In th 2012-13 St. Mary's was visted by a WASC/WCEA team.
Accreditation was given for another term. The
Bonaventure, Football dressing rooms and weight
rooms were demolished to make room for a new field
house, scheduled to be completed in October, 2014.
2013-14 St. Mary's received a full six-year WASC-WCEA
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. Peter D. Morelli was appointed
president and Kathy Smith was appointed principal. In the fall of
2014 the Chase Family Athletic Performance Center opened.
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.
St. Mary’s High
School is committed to the proclamation of the Good News of the
Gospel. The school proclaims its Catholic identity by teaching
doctrine, building community, and promoting service to others.
The school is also a concrete example of the Church’s commitment
to educate its people.
The school desires
to guide its students to achieve a personal relationship with Christ
through religious instruction, the Christian atmosphere of the
school, and the good example of the staff. Because students live in
a world filled with sin and suffering, the school tries constantly
to present a Christian and hopeful view of the human condition.
Teaching Christian values and Christian morality is one of the main
thrusts of the school’s educational ministry.
Just as Jesus identified Himself as the vine and His Church
as the branches, He calls us to community based on shared faith,
hope, and love in the life of the Spirit. “Community is at the heart
of Catholic education as a reality to be lived.” The role of the
school is to create a readiness for growth in community through
worship and prayer and through the events of everyday life. Since
community grows through personal relationships, it is the
responsibility of the family to model in their own relationship the
values of Christian community. (To Teach As Jesus Did, National
Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1972). Jesus repeatedly impressed on
his audiences the necessity for service. He constantly reached out
to others, “I am in your midst as one who serves.” As a Christian
community, we share beliefs, experiences, ideals and values.
Christian community leads us to put aside selfish goals and private
interests for the sake of others. Service, then, is the result of
hearing the message of hope, of growing in its understanding in
community, and of sharing that growth with others.
St. Mary’s High School also strives to create within its
believing community a learning community and strives for excellence
in both areas. “We are concerned with constant and careful attention
to cultivating in students the intellectual, creative and aesthetic
faculties of the human person; to develop in them the ability to
make correct use of their judgment; to promote in them a sense of
values; to encourage just attitudes and prudent behavior; to prepare
them for higher education and professional life; and to encourage
the friendly interchange among students of diverse cultures and
backgrounds that will lead to mutual understanding.” (Lay Catholics
in Schools: Witnesses to Faith) St. Mary’s also believes that
additional sources of learning, which exist within a school
community are the co-curricular and athletic programs. In these
settings, students learn the importance of an education, are held
accountable for academics and the reputation of the school, and are
helped to succeed personally. Through their participation in
co-curricular and athletic programs, students experience positive
interaction, support, and healthful living. Lastly, St. Mary’s
acknowledges that every person is an individual endowed with great
dignity by Almighty God, capable of happiness and success in the
world. The staff strives to respect each individual by affirming the
value of that individual in the classroom and in extracurricular
activities. The staff also treats the students with fairness, and
concern by helping them achieve self-discipline, personal,
spiritual, and academic growth.
St. Mary’s community is blessed with tremendous diversity.
Both students and faculty represent varied backgrounds and bring to
the community a variety of gifts and talents. It is our
responsibility to provide fertile soil so that the gifts and talents
of all will be nourished. Within the school environment, we help
students to recognize that they are being called to share their
gifts and talents with the larger community. St. Paul in his letter
to the Corinthians writes that one generation lays a foundation,
each succeeding generation builds on it. In our time, we depend on
what has gone before, and we contribute to what will be for the
St. Mary's is a Roman Catholic,
four year, co-educational comprehensive high school under the
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
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.
student population of 926 represents the diversity
of the San Joaquin Valley and includes Asian, Black,
Caucasian, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific
Islander. Out of 74 dedicated faculty members, 44%
hold masters or advanced degrees in their related
fields of administration, teaching or counseling.
Faculty include four religious represented by the
order of Oblates of St. Francis de Sales and the
Dominican Sisters of San Rafael. Student-to-faculty
ratio is 14 to 1. Average classroom size is 25.
There are ten 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.
Every student is required to take the following core
Modern World History, U.S. History, Economics, Government)
*76% of our juniors and seniors take upper division
mathematics; 73% of our juniors and seniors are enrolled in upper
division science. Also 68% of our students are enrolled in French,
Italian, or Spanish. Advanced Placement courses are offered in American
Literature, English Literature, Chemistry, European History, U.S.
History, U.S. Government, Psychology, Calculus and Biology.
Students may take the Advanced Placement Exams in
Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature,
European History, Foreign Language, Physics, Psychology, U.S.
Government & Politics and U.S. History.
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
of the Class of 2014 will be attending colleges and universities of which 72% will be
4 year institutions and the remaining community colleges. The class earned awards and
scholarships totaling over $13,000,000
St. Mary's from 1990 to 2013 has exceeded state and national averages on AP
Last school year 245
students took a St. Mary's record of 412 AP exams. St. Mary's had a
pass rate of 76% on these exams compared to a national average of
53%. In addition, the class of 2013 had a St. Mary's record of 57
AP scholars who will receive recognition for having passed several
AP exams in several different subjects.
AP Courses offered are:
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:
• Course scheduling
• Financial Aid
• College placement
guidance staff includes the academic dean,
counselors (one for each grade level), a scholarship
or Financial Aid counselor and a licensed clinical
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.
Extra Curricular Activities and Co-Curricular
The faculty and administration of St. Mary’s High
School believe that involvement in extra-curricular
and co-curricular activities is very beneficial to
our students. These activities enhance the academic
preparation by teaching
social and leadership skills. Extra-curricular and
co-curricular programs offered by St. Mary’s High
School are as follows:
California Scholarship Federation
Cheerleaders, Dance & Drill Team
CROP (Christian Relief Outreach Project)
Friends of Special Olympics
International Outreach Club
Model United Nations
National Honor Society
Open Artistic Forum
Psychology After Hours
Ram Computer Club
Respect Life Club
SPOT (Students Putting Out Talent)
St. Francis de Sales Club
Student Mentor Program
Students Against Drunk Driving
Ultimate Frisbee Coalition
Badminton, Girls & Boys
Basketball, Girls & Boys
Golf, Girls & Boys
Soccer, Girls & Boys
Swimming/Diving, Girls & Boys
Tennis, Girls & Boys
Track & Field
Water Polo, Girls & Boys
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. !ey 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.
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.
At St. Mary’s we
are told to “be who you are and be that
well.” In every classroom, practice "eld,
club meeting and drama rehearsal, you see
students striving to be the best they can
be. At Saint Mary’s, teachers, coaches, club
moderators and directors are here for their
students. Teachers are always accessible. !ey
root for their students to succeed and are
always available for an after school
meeting. Teachers are always just an email
away from helping students.
Shaun Moran ‘14
I live in
Discovery Bay and was nervous about
attending St. Mary’s High School. Driving an
hour and a half back and forth each day,
plus balancing the demands of football, the
hard academic curriculum and trying to
maintain a social life were difficult.
I had to get up
extra early each day so my dad could drive
me to St. Mary’s, drop me of, and then drive
my brother back to Discovery Bay and drop
him of at elementary school. Slowly, I came
out of my shell and started getting to know
as many people as I could. I’m now very
happy both socially and athletically.
Becoming a Ram helped me in more ways than I
could imagine. I became an outgoing person -
one that is closer to God. I will forever be
grateful for the things that I have
accomplished during my time at St. Mary’s. I
will forever be a Ram.
Clark Butler ‘14
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
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
Refer a Student
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important role in our student enrollment.
We encourage you to e-mail or call us directly to recommend a
prospective student to St Mary's High School.
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