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Junipero Serra High School

Alumni eNewsletter

April 2012



Lion's Club Crab Fest Sunday, April 15th Noon to 3:00PM in the Serra Cafeteria $35.00 all you can eat.


RSVP to Tiffani Adderly 310-327-100 or


The Lions will be donating a significant percentage to Serra's growing Advanced Placement Program




Class of 1962 May 5th

The Class of 1962, led by Grace, Brakel, and Raffanello, looks as if it will be the biggest attendance of any single year reunion we have had.


Class of 1972 May 12th,

Contact Mike Fanueff at (310) 218-3745


or you may contact Vince Kates at Serra (310) 324-6675 X  3010 or email:


Class of 1982 May 19th


We are still waiting to find out if Serra's Math Team wins its 3rd consecutive National Catholic Small School Math Championship.



April 26 7-10PM

April 28 7-10PM

April 29 2-4 PM


Let's Fill The Gym!



We get visitors and we make mistakes


D. Mays


Darryl May '85 brought his family, his Mom Esther May, his wife Jill, his daughter, Kayla,


Who says she is a future Zag, and his son Jordan who is undecided between being a Zag or a Bruin. Darryl was an '85 star and followed Coach Hurt to Gonzaga. Darryl putting together a group to come to the Dedication to Excellence celebration.   The mistake.....the picture of the family vanished into the here is Darryl.





 If we had not had rain today, all would on the wall.  20 to go.

We will post a picture when all is ready..








Serra Sweeps South Bay Basketball Awards




 After taking Serra to its 6th CIF championship and the State Regional Finals this year, Coach Dwan Hurt was named today as  the Dailey Breeze/South Bay Basketball Coach of the Year.    Coach was presented his Coach of the Year Trophy at the South Bay Athletic Club's annual award luncheon at the Double Tree Hotel in Torrance.

Daddy Ugbede, Serra's star forward, received the Player of the Year award.


Coach reports that John Nash has committed to Cornell and others are close to committing to other fine Universities.

Lady Cavaliers won the CIF Championship and also advanced to the State Regional Finals.  Ladies Coach McKinsey Hadley matched Coach Hurt and also won the Dailey Breeze/South Bay Coach of the Year Award. 

Matching Daddy Ugbede, Rejan Verin, received the Ladies Player of the Year award.


We suffered an embarassment of riches.






Vince Kates '61


Joe Cormier '81


DeShawn Burton '88 




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There are only a few days left and a few tickets left for the "Dedication to Excellence Dinner" celebrating Dwan Hurt's 25 years of Excellence at Serra. Brian Quinn '59 will introduce the keynote speaker, Jay Hillock, Manager of Pro Personnel for the Chicago Bulls. Here's the story. Our Honorary

Dinner Chair, Brian Quinn '59 was a star guard at Serra and a star at Loyola. Brian became Athletic Director at Loyola where he worked with a young coach named Jay Hillock who is our Keynote Speaker. Jay moved on from Loyola to coach at Gonzaga where a young basketball player from Serra named Dwan Hurt'81 matriculated and played. Those in attendance will get to meet the Triple Play of Quinn to Hillock to Hurt.


A little legacy and legend will be in attendance, Jim Muensterman '53, Serra's first All Catholic player, Bob Schneider '61, Tim Boyer '70, Zack Cannady '85, Arthur Tate '93 and others from Serra's first State Championship Team will be there.


Serra's other Varsity Coaches including State Championship Track Coach, Lori Smith-Thompson; State Championship Football Coach, Scott Altenberg; Championship Baseball Coach Wil Aaron; and CIF Championship. Lady Cavalier Basketball Coach, McKinsey Hadley Girls Basketball Coach will be there.


It won't be all athletics. Thomas Aquinas College has sponsored a table and will be joined by Nadi Wissa, Coach of Serra's Natioinal Math Championship Teams and Norm Chavez, one of Serra's teaching greats.


Monsignor Sal Pilato, Serra's great Principal and the man who selected Dwan Hurt as Dean will be in attendance. Monsignor is now Superintendent of Secondary Schools for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.


The Silent Auction includes a signed/authenticated Andrew Bynum basketball, a signed Chris Paul Basketball, a Ronnie Lott signed 49'er jersey and a couple of items which may be even more valuable. Silent Auction items from across the spectrum are arriving daily. We will try to post a list.


This year's student award winner for her "Dedication to Excellence," is Urina Harrell. Ms. Harrell, while a championship heptathlete, is on her way to Duke University on an academic scholarship.  



Vince Kates'61  Email: Office (310) 324-6675 X 3010

Cell:  (626) 488-0402


 BasketBall Team


Take me out to the Ball Game


Coach Wil Aaron has brought Cavalier's baseball back to the top. After last year's super season, Serra's Record this year is 11-2 after knocking off Division 1 Millikan.  Serra is undefeated in league play and are ranked first in Division V. The Team batting average is .479 and, the last we looked, SS Reggie Southall was hitting .773. Go to MaxPreps for the schedule and come out and watch the FireWorks. You may be able to buy some Crackerjacks.


Looking Back:


Bero Rev. 

In the spring of 1959, Coach John Bero led 17 Cavaliers to its first Championship in the old Catholic league division of the CIF.  Pictured her

is Coach John Bero.  









Looking Back Even Farther:

Jerry Uribe '55 sent this along. Here is Serra's 12-8 1954 Baseball Team.


  Baseball Team

Back row: Coach Schoendienst, Jim Mullen So., Dennis Carrol So., Pat Reagan Sr., Mel Leets Sr., Tom Litchshge Jr., Don Ziemke Jr., Mike Partipilo Sr., Dale Dufault Sr., Front Row: Jim Andrews So., Frank Christie Sr., Jim Cowden Jr., Russ Rutter Sr., Jerry Uribe Jr., Joe Malais Sr., Earnie Puente Jr., Buddy Bero So., .


Cavaliers Laid To Rest



Most of the time working in development and alumni relations is fun and exciting.  We reuniting alumni and introduce our great school to new people. The past 3 weeks have been not been fun. We laid to rest "The Great Cavalier" Bob Sawyer '61, a well recognized alumnus Jerome Lotterberry '71, and former Alumni Director and Coach, John Brennan.  Finaly,  last Saturday we were notified that a young Cavalier Darryl Ford '03 also passed away.


The individual families and the Serra Family appreciate the hundreds of e-mails and phone calls we have received. Reading them and having personal relationships with each of these men is heartrending. Among the e-mails we received was one from Bill Salka '60 letting us know his brother, John, passed away.


Each time we receive a notification that one of us has passed, about 700 prayers get said throughout the Serra Campus. The notification is placed in the Dailey Bulletin at Serra and the passing is announced in the day's announcements.


Bob, John, Jerome, John, Darryl and all the others, thank you and you remain in our prayers.


Vince Kates '61          Joe Cormier '81          DeShawn Burton '88            






Erick Rubalcava                             Mike Wagner