February 3, 2015
Junipero Serra High School eNewsletter
Junipero Serra High School believes that students of all faiths and backgrounds deserve an academically challenging, spiritually enriching Catholic college preparatory education that forms them to become generous, responsible citizens and leaders
5th Annual Car Show

Serra a Booster Club

Open to Classics, Muscle, & Hot Rods.

If you're a Car person, make your plans now for Saturday, April 25th,

Click the link

$$$$$$$$$$$ Report

From 7/1/14 to 12/31/14

35 classes have given a total of $78,263.

26 classes have given  $0.00.

(Figures do not include cost of tickets to events.)

'55       $15,076

'61       $14,281

'98       $11,706

'64       $  8,848

'60       $  4,828 

Class with the  most individual donors

'61               8 

The Search for the Missing Dave Ohara winner goes on

1965 Wayne Tanaka

1966 Anthony Caira

1967 Mike Pallazzo

1968 ? ? ? ?

1969 Jerry Ruzicka 


Still looking for the 1968 winner!

The Class of 1965 50th Reunion scheduled for the weekend, May 30th & 31st 2015.

Visit Serra's Webpage
There's more information regarding  Serra on the webpage, check it out!

Thank you to some of Our Recent Donors

 Norbert Bunt '61

Pat Lynch '59

Arthur Guzman '93

Ken Miller

Anon. (2)

Mark Williams '67


Learn to Fly

Beach Cities Aviation Academy 

Patrick Carey '64

3732 West 120 Street

Hawthorne, CA 90250 (310) 676-2206 flyBCAA@gmail.com

BCCA Website

Tell them you are from Serra!!


Learn to Drive

EZ Will Driving School

(323) 752-3544


Tell them you are from Serra!!

Water Wellness

 Princeton Williams

(310) 740-6532



Alumni/Development Office
Joe Cormier '81
Development Director
(310) 324-6675 Ext. 1017

Vince Kates '61
(310) 324-6675 Ext. 3010

Zac Bose '82
(310) 324-6675 Ext. 1012

Career Day: A Success

Last Friday of January, Serra Alumni, Parents, and Friends come to campus to participate in Career Day. They are assigned classrooms and discuss the requirements for their field with the students. This year students were exposed to careers including airline pilots, flight school instructors, engineering, insurance, real estate, radio, banking,  law enforcement and public safety officers, politics (Gardena's Mayor Pro Tem was in attendance), medicine and many more. 


 Presenters Ready to Go       Presenter in Action


Our keynote speaker was Dr. Ancel J. Rogers, MD, FACS.  

Dr. Rogers is from right here...St. Eugene's '67, Serra '71 and then on to a Bachelor of Science in physics from Stanford and a doctorate of medicine from Harvard University.  His speech set the tone of the day.....hard work and personal responsibility brings success.  Please click the link to learn more about this Cavalier Immortal's career.


Dr. Rogers is currently in private practice, is an Associate Professor of Surgery at UC Riverside and an Assistant Professor of Surgery at UCLA. He is also serving as the President of he J.W. Vines Foundation.  "The Vines Foundation is a critical link in the effort to increase the number and diversity of health care professionals in the Inland Empire."  See the Link.


Serra is scheduled to produce another Harvard Medical School graduate this May.


Alumni Attend Mass 

The day before Career Day,  Mass was celebrated in the gym on Campus as a part of National Catholic Schools Week. Tom Alford '63 is shown on the left reading the Prayers of the Faithful.  Father Ken Templin S.M. is on the right offering blessings to the alumni.


After Mass, the Alumni and some students gathered  for a picture. 


Top row from left, Mike Almaraz '75, Ed Milewski, '61, John Cragin '70, Kerry Boagni '82, Jerome Thierry '81, Tom Alford '63.  In the front row, Student Ambassador Lyric Mills, Teacher Alyce Hennessee (Dad is Raymond '71) Jerry Thomas '54, student James Gaines '18, Ann Thomas St. Mary's, Student Ambassador Aliea Galway (daughter of Tony '84 and student Bryan Addison '18.


Make your plans to join us for Mass on Ash Wednesday February 18. Same time, same place.


Cheer Does It Again

Serra's Cheer team, led by Coach Kerris Watkins, won the Sharp International  Regional Cheer Championship and were 3rd in Hip-Hop last Saturday at Santa Fe High School.  They will now be competing for a JAMZ National Championship in both Cheer and Hip-Hop in Las Vegas on February 20 at the New Orleans Hotel.  We will have a performance time for the Serra Alumni who are denizens of Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City  so they can attend  and cheer our Cheer team. 


Shown is our Champions along with a proud Principal Jeff Guzman and a proud Athletic Director Josh Dabbs.


College Expo

Here are 6 of 18 of Serra's finest at the Black College Exposition held at the Convention Center last Saturday. 16 of 18 brought paperwork with them, 16 Serra Scholars were  accepted on the spot. 10 were offered scholarships. 10 were offered multiple scholarships   from colleges including Tuskegee, Hampton, Fisk, Bethune-Cookman, Lincoln University, and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.



Division 1 Signing Day

February 4, 2015

At 10:55 a.m. in the gym is Division 1 Signing Day at Serra. You are invited, but please RSVP to Vince Kates at vbkates@la-serrahs.org or (310) 324-6675 Ext. 3010. While you are here, plan to get your Serra Alumni Card, visit the Alumni Legacy Wall and get your legacy tile. Or watch it on ESPN U at 11:15 and 11:25 am. This is subject to change.

Serra at USC Women's Basketball
February 22, 2015
For more information, click here!

Eric's Vision & LA Marathon 5K Race 

March 14, 2015

Join fellow Cavaliers in running/walking in this great event. A portion of the proceeds will come to Serra as tuition assistance and as College scholarship assistance. For more information, go here! You can register for the Los Angeles Marathon Big 5K by going here


Dedication to Excellence

May 2, 2015

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