Saint Francis High School (Mountain View)
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|Saint Francis High School|
|1885 Miramonte Avenue
Mountain View, California, (Santa Clara County), 94040
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Patron saint(s)||Saint Francis of Assisi|
|Founder||Brothers of the Holy Cross|
|School district||Diocese of San Jose|
|Authority||Congregation of Holy Cross (Southwest Province)|
|Color(s)||Brown, Yellow, white|
|Athletics conference||West Catholic Athletic League|
|Rival||Bellarmine College Preparatory|
|Accreditation||Western Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Publication||Mindframes (literary magazine)|
|Director of Athletics||Michael Pilawski|
|Director of Admissions||Simon Raines|
Saint Francis High School, founded in 1954 by the Brothers of Holy Cross, is a Roman Catholic, co-educational, college preparatory secondary school located in Mountain View, California. The Brothers of Holy Cross serve both on the faculty and on the Board of Directors. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose in California.
The Brothers of Holy Cross opened Saint Francis High School as an all-boys school in September 1955. The original teaching facility was a small frame building, renovated from a grammar school and named Grant Hall after Harry Grant, the first student to enroll. Other buildings included a former residence, Andre House, and some peripheral structures. The grounds were largely orchards. Four Brothers comprised the first-year faculty. The first principal was Brother Donatus Schmitz. He was soon replaced by Brother Fisher Iwasko, who remained several years and is considered the principal founder.
Soon afterwards, the Brothers of Holy Cross invested $210,000 of their own funds and $225,000 of borrowed funds to build Holy Cross Hall. The building contained eight classrooms, three science laboratories, and administrative offices, and was completed in December 1956.
In 1959, Raskob Memorial Gymnasium was built on land donated from Ira and Elise Higgins. By 1962, the student body had grown to 685 males. In 1972, Saint Francis merged with Holy Cross High School, necessitating additional facilities.
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Saint Francis has over a 50-year history of athletics. Most of the student-athletes play in the WCAL (Western Catholic Athletic League). As of June 2009, the school has accumulated 14 State Team Championships. The following sports are offered at Saint Francis:
- Troy Bienemann, former tight end for the Arizona Cardinals
- Joseph Bramlett, '06 Professional Golfer on the PGA Tour
- Eric Byrnes, '94 former outfielder for the Oakland Athletics and Arizona Diamondbacks
- Eddie Calvo, '79 Governor of Guam
- Linda Cardellini, '93 actress best known for her roles on the television show Freaks and Geeks and in such movies as Scooby-Doo and Brokeback Mountain
- Doug Cosbie, '74 former tight end and pro bowl player for the Dallas Cowboys
- Daniel Descalso, '04, infielder for the St. Louis Cardinals
- Rhett Ellison, '07, 4th round 2012 NFL Draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings
- John Gall, '96 Florida Marlins Outfielder and 2008 Olympian
- Jessica Gysin, '04, Professional Volleyball Player
- Chase Lyman, '00, former wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints
- Megan McArthur, '89, NASA astronaut
- Daniel Nava, '01, outfielder for the Boston Red Sox
- Natalie Nunn '03 Television personality, most notably on Bad Girls Club.
- Tim Rossovich, '64 former USC football star and 1st round pick in 1968
Notes and references
- Saint Francis High School: About Us »School Profile
- WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05.
- Saint Francis High School: Athletics
- "Eric Byrnes Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- "Doug Cosbie". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- "Daniel Descalso Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- "Rhett Ellison". The Official Site of the USC Trojan Athletics. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- "John Gall Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- "Daniel Nava Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 3, 2012.