February 25, 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
Cavaliers At The Next Level
Cavaliers at the Next Level by Chris Calvin '06. 

Thanks to Maria Apablasa, English Department Chair, and Elice Hennessee for leading the Catholic Literary adventure to USC

Spring Play
Save the Dates!
The Spring Musical is coming this May!
May 14-16 7:00 p.m. 
May 17 2:00 p.m.


Suggested Reading

Catholic High Schools

"Facing the New Realities"

By: James Heft S.M.

 Serra Girls Basketball

After being defeated by Sierra Canyon last week, Serra's Lady Cavs rebounded to defeat St. Anthony's last night in the second round of the CIF Open Division.  This sets up a quarterfinal open division game against   J.W. North of Riverside in the Serra gym this Friday night at 7:00pm. For more info about Serra sports you can visit MaxPreps.

Serra Swimming
Boys and Girls Swimming have already began practicing for the upcoming season!

Follow Serra in the Local News

The Gardena Valley News is now online, read about Gardena and Serra High School!

The Daily Breeze does extensive coverage of Serra High School, read on the link below!

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

Thank you to some of Our Recent Donors

Jeff Guzman

Ron Dempsey '62

Joe Cormier '81

Zac Bose '82

Endowment the Marianists hold for Serra

Tony Mannara '65


Learn to Drive

EZ Will 
Driving School


(323) 752-3544


Tell them you are from Serra!!


Invest in a Student
If you haven't invested in a student then


April ? 2015

Baseball/Softball Old Timer's day.


April 25, 2015 

Attention Car People!!!!  Click the Link.......Cars, Prizes, Food, Fun, Vendors, Music and more.  The 5th Annual Serra Boosters Club Car Show. 


May 2, 2015

Join us for the 4th Dedication to Excellence Celebration.

May 30 & 31

The 1965 Class 50 year reunion. Click here for the invitation and registration!


June 27

The 1975 Class 40 year reunion.

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

34Cavaliers Attended

 "The Future of the Catholic Literary Imagination" conference held at USC last Friday.

 Serra students and staff were invited to attend by Dana Gioia '69 (pictured left) who is presently the  Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC, here is a link to his website. The welcome was given by James L. Heft, S.M.  President, Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC, here is more on Father Heft.


After the welcome, the students were off to poetry and writing seminars conducted by some of the most significant Catholic authors in America.


On the left below are Serra students and JoBeth McDaniel, El Camino instructor, who teaches the ECC college credit journalism class at Serra, along with noted author Ron Hansen, here is a link to JoBeth's information and Hansen's information. On the right below students are ready to begin the seminar "Telling True Stories: A Guide to Writing Artfully About Your Life.



Dedication to Excellence

Why have you been saving the May 2 date.


Here's the reason...


  Many people and institutions have participated in making Junipero Serra High School a success. Diana Murphy M.S. is one of those people. She has been the director of Loyola Marymount's  Place Corps since its inception in 2000.  Serra's first 3 Place Corps teachers arrived at Serra in the fall of 2002.   Since that time,  Serra has been blessed with a total of 21 Place Corps members teaching  with unmatched enthusiasm and, if we may say it....Dedication to Excellence. Here is a link for more information regarding the LMU Place Corps.


Diana Murphy is a continuing part of Serra's success.  We are honored to announce her as the 4th annual recipient of Serra's Dedication to Excellence award. 


Watch for more ticket, table, and sponsorship information coming very soon!


Letter to the Editor

As you know, over the weekend we competed in Cheer and Hip-Hop at the Jamz Nationals in Las Vegas.  The competition was close.  In cheer, the scores were Nogales HS 86, Patriot HS 85 and Serra HS third with an 84.  Hip Hop was just as close.  Overall, I was pleased with our girls performance and I couldn't have asked for more.  They really made me proud.  We are already working on next season and go after first places.  If this goes in the newsletter we would like to encourage all current and future Lady Cavaliers to join me and my staff on this journey to build our program.  We will have try out information ready in April as we get ready for next year's competition.  Thanks for your support.



Coach Kerris Shun Watkins '12


Thank you, Coach!





Promote Serra, get some exercise,

and do good

March 14, 2015

Serra has joined with Eric's Vision as a cooperating sponsor in the LA Marathon Big 5K race on March 14, 2015..  We are going to be able to promote Serra in a big way with the other sponsors.  Serra will benefit from the registration and donation fees.  So go to this link to sign up yourself and/or your team to run or walk.  For more information click here.


Strike up the Band

Chris Adachi, Place Corps Alumnus, is on his way to re-building the Serra Marching Band.

Here is Mr. Adachi, second from the left, and Serra students accepting a big check from the dignitaries of the West Basin Municipal Water District for our participation in a District water conservation project.


The Band Today


The Band from 1965

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