March 30, 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
At Berkeley
The Serra Band and Cheerleaders made the trip to support the Lady Cavs basketball team. They were a hit!

Richard J. Burke '75 rode the BART (it was easy) to watch the Lady Cavs along with Susan Bell, wife of John Young '68, on the right, and Damita Pearson, on the left. 

If you are looking for an accountant in the bay area, contact Richard.

A notable Lady Cav Alumnae


Porsche Kirksey '04 and a star Lady Cav basketball player recently graduated from the Basic Correctional Officer Academy.  She is hard at work as a Correctional Officer with the California Dept. of Corrections & Rehabilitation.

5th Annual Car Show
Attention Car People!!!!  Click the Link.......Cars, Prizes, Food, Fun, Vendors, Music and more.  The 5th Annual Serra Boosters Club Car Show. 
If you are an alumnus and have registered your car please let us know. Vince Kates '61 (310) 324-6675 Ext. 3010 or

Thank you to some of Our Recent Donors
Tiffany Maston '99
(Invest in a Student)
Brian Quinn '59
(Dedication to Excellence)
Kim Hatten
(Dedication to Excellence)

Alumni Tiles

Tiffany Maston '99 already has her Legacy Tile on the wall!
If you haven't bought your Alumni Tile then click the link
Our next order goes in tomorrow, March 31st.


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.

 Visit Serra's Webpage

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


May 2, 2015

Join us for the 4th Annual Dedication to Excellence Gala. Click here for more information and to order your tickets.

May 30 & 31

The 1965 Class 50 year reunion.

To register for the reunion, go to this link!

 Click here for the invitation and registration! 1965 looks like a traveling record. We have registrations from Nebraska, Alaska, Oregon, and Idaho.


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

The Lady Cavs

At the end of regulation


The Lady Cavs were behind the McClatchy Lions by 10, 46-36, with a minute to go in the Division 1 Girls State Basketball Championship Final last Friday night at the Haas Pavilion on the Cal Berkeley campus.


Then.......Jenny Albano launched a 3 pointer while Brooke Bayman was fouled at the same time,  Brooke hit the 2 free throws to complete a 5 point play with 58 seconds to the Daily Breeze......or .....the Sacramento Bee.............. regulation ended in a tie. The Lions finally won in a thrilling second overtime 65-61.  


Dedication to Excellence

This years Dedication to Excellence Gala will be held May 2nd beginning at 6:00 p.m.. We are honoring PLACE Corps Director Diana Murphy and the role Loyola-Marymount's PLACE Corps has played in Serra's continuing success.


Father, now Monsignor and Superintendent of Archdiocese of Los Angeles High Schools, Sal Pilato played a critical role in bringing the PLACE Corps to Serra beginning with the 2001-02 school year.  We may have a story about that in the Dedication to Excellence Program. Consider that his action resulted in 21 PLACErs teaching at Serra..............including an Athletic Director, a Principal, a Life Team Director  and 6 PLACErs on campus today.


Below are more of the Serra PLACErs for the school years from 2006-2009. From left to right, Ted Dunlap, '06-'07, Christian De Larkin, '08-'09, and Jaclyn Torres, '08-'09.


If you graduated from Serra and graduated from Loyola or Loyola-Marymount,  this is a must attend event. 


Serra Families

Joe Gorciak '71 pictured  on the left, attended the ordination of now Father Maurice Nelson' 66 (on the right) at the Trappist Monastery (link) in Carlton, Oregon. Maurice taught at Serra and among his students was Joe's brother Chris Gorciak '73.  Pictured in the middle is Father's brother Dave Nelson '63.  Dave is a charter member of Serra's Athletic Hall of Fame.  Richard Nelson '61 and Darryl Nelson '64, Dave and Maurice's brothers, are also Serra Alumni.


Watch out!

Serra's men's soccer team was filled with underclassmen this year and scared the bejabbers out of the league. Coach Rob Duffy is on the far right and Coach Mike Pederson, a PLACEr, is on the left.


Serra's Lady Cavalier soccer team finished second in league play and advanced to the CIF.  Watch them next year.



Class of '83

Leo Fifer '83 came to watch the Lady Cavs softball team play Bishop Montgomery.  We won't tell you why.  The Lady Cavs won 3-1.  Here's Leo with Serra trainer Tiffany Maston '99 on the right and student trainer Tatiana Orozco '18 on the left.  Leo plans on coming to the Booster's Car Show.  Tiffany will be at the Car Show and the Dedication too Excellence Dinner.


Serra Booster Club Car Show

Saturday April 25, 2014

10:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

For more information visit the Car Show registration page on the Serra Website or contact

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