Servite High School

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Servite High School
Servite High School Anaheim CA logo.jpg
1952 West La Palma Avenue
Anaheim, California, (Orange County), 92801
United States
Coordinates 33°50′47″N 117°56′58″W / 33.84639°N 117.94944°W / 33.84639; -117.94944Coordinates: 33°50′47″N 117°56′58″W / 33.84639°N 117.94944°W / 33.84639; -117.94944
Type Private, All-Male
Motto Credo ut Intelligam
(I believe so I may understand)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic Order Friar Servants of Mary (Servites) (OSM)
Established 1958
CEEB Code 053-240
President Peter S. Bowen
Principal Michael Brennan
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 920 (2014-2015)
Average class size 21
Student to teacher ratio 14:1
Campus size 15-acre (61,000 m2)
Color(s) Black, White and Gold             
Song Salve Regina
Athletics conference CIF Southern Section
Mascot Friar
Team name Friars
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Newspaper 'The Spokesman'
Yearbook 'The Story'
Tuition $13,125 (2014-2015)

Servite High School is an all-male, Roman Catholic college preparatory high school operated by the Order of Friar Servants of Mary (the Servites). Located on a 15-acre (61,000 m2) campus in Anaheim, California, USA in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, as of 2011 it had an enrollment of about 920 and about 9000 alumni. Its mascot is the Friar and its colors are black and white, trimmed with gold. It is located within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, however, it is not a diocesan school, but is run privately by the Servite Order itself.

The focus of Servite is to "Form Faith-Filled Leaders", young men who are well-prepared for leadership and success in college and life. Servite's innovative four-year Formation Program continuously tracks the performance of each student in multiple dimensions (academic, leadership/teamwork, character/spiritual development) to ensure formation of the whole person in every aspect. The Servite Formation Program is a continuous four-year program that begins in the summer before freshman year with Freshman Formation Weekend and concludes with graduation.

In 2007 Servite implemented an ambitious student leadership program by dividing the student body into 8 student-led communities called "Priories" and 48 smaller student-led homeroom communities. Each week a block period is dedicated to student-led leadership activities. The Priories are based on the Seven Holy Founders, and St. Philip Benizi.

The school is also known for its rigorous academic curriculum, sports tradition, performing and visual fine arts programs (including courses in classical guitar and jazz band), and school spirit emphasizing unity and brotherhood. The motto Credo ut Intelligam ("I believe so I may understand") illustrates the emphasis the school places on developing leaders who are faith filled men of God. The academic curriculum has a wide variety of courses, including College Prep (CP), Honors Placement (HP), and Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

Servite has two sister schools, Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Anaheim and Rosary High School, Fullerton; both are all-female Catholic institutions. Servite also has exchange programs with Servite schools around the world including Collège Notre-Dame des Servites (Ayer's Cliff, Quebec), Servite College (Perth, Western Australia), Blanche de Castille (Villemomble, France), Marian High School (Omaha, Nebraska), San Pelligrino (Misano, Italy), and Mary Star of the Sea (Zululand, South Africa).

The Servites responded to an invitation by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to open the school in 1957,[2] teaching the first classes at nearby St. Philip Benizi Elementary School until the first building was completed. The main building was officially dedicated on February 12, 1959. Major expansions since then include a gym and aquatics facilities (in 1967), theater (1977), new classrooms (1984), and new science and library facility (1998). Servite's wrestling room was also a recent addition to the school on the campus' priory lawn (2006).


Admission to Servite is based on leadership potential as demonstrated in academic transcripts, entrance examination, activities, arts and athletics.[3] The admissions process includes a review of academic transcripts; entrance examination; interview of parents and (separately) the student; letters of recommendation from teachers; participation in activities, community service, arts and/or athletics; and letters of recommendation from alumni or parents. It is expected that only half of those applying for admissions for the Class of 2016 will be accepted for enrollment. Admissions letters for the regular admissions process are generally mailed in March.

Servite has an Early Admission Process that enables young men to apply as early as October of their 8th grade year.[4] Upon completion of the admission process and receipt of the first set of grades for their 8th grade year, students may be admitted to Servite as early as November of their 8th grade year. Students who apply for, but are not accepted as part of the Early Admission Process, are automatically deferred to participate in the Regular Admission Process.


All courses offered at Servite High School are designed for the college- and university-bound student. For graduation from Servite High School all students are required to complete 270 academic credits, as described below. A one-year course meeting daily earns a student ten (10) academic credits. All required courses in all disciplines must be passed and no student may graduate from Servite with an unredeemed 'F' on his transcript. In addition to credit requirements, no ‘F’ policy, and Christian service hours, there are also specific course requirements. Students must also complete a minimum of 156 hours of community service to graduate.[5]


State championships[edit]

  • Football: 1982, 2009
  • Basketball: 1990
  • Golf: 2011
  • Cross Country: 2004

Fine Arts[edit]

Servite High School offers many fine arts including Classical Guitar, Choir, and Visual Arts such as Drawing, and Painting. Servite offers Fundamentals of Theatre as an elective, and many extracurricular classes partnering with Rosary & Connelly including: acting, musical theatre, technical theatre, playwriting, directing, and dance.

Notable alumni[edit]

Stage collapse from March 8, 2014[edit]

On March 8, 2014 the apron on the front of the theatre stage collapsed during a stage play and injured 25 young students.[19] During the collapse, the group of Rosary High School students were performing in "Red and Gold".[20] At the time of the accident, approximately 250 students from Servite's sister school were on stage for the annual musical theater challenge, in which teams prepare for six weeks to put on choral, dance, drama and other performances. [21] Dramatic video shows students fall through the floor as the stage apron gave way during the finale of the Gold Team's performance, [22] but none of the injuries were life-threatening. [23]


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  2. ^ "History". Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  3. ^ "Entrance Requirements". Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  4. ^ "Application Process". Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  5. ^ "Christian Service Program Requirements". Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  6. ^ a b Osterman, David (1993-01-26). "High school lessons carry pros through careers - Discipline, appreciateion recalled most often". Orange County Register. "Servite's Steve Beuerlein is ...", "Others have included Blaine Nye, a 1964 graduate of Servite, who played on three Dallas teams" 
  7. ^ "Panthers Cut Greene, Sign Turnbull". Long Beach Press-Telegram. 1997-08-25. "New Orleans running back Derek Brown, a former Servite star" 
  8. ^ Smith, Sarah (1985-07-31). "Sports". "Steve Buechele of Servite High Is Trying to Replace a Legend at Third Base for Texas, So It's No Wonder He Finds Himself in a Hot Spot". Los Angeles Times (Orange County ed.). p. 1. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  9. ^ "Official Site of the San Francisco 49ers - TE Roster". Archived from the original on 2008-01-21. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  10. ^ Hamilton, Tom (1992-10-03). "A.J. Gass Powers Servite Past Edison, 28-6". Los Angeles Times Orange County Edition. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  11. ^ Zupke, Curtis (2007-07-16). "Dodgers display rare power - Kent, Kemp both homer and the team bangs out 10 hits". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  12. ^ Ryan Kalil bio
  13. ^ Servite High School website
  14. ^ "Michael A. Rice, Rhode Island General Assembly". Rhode Island Secretary of State. 
  15. ^ DiGiovanna, Mike (1994-05-07). "No Minor Mania Robertson Plays in Shawdow of Birmingham's Most Famous Baron". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  16. ^ . Buffalo Bills Retrieved 2009-03-17.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ Terry, Mike (1996-10-11). "Live and Learn; Servite's Volelrs Hopes to Teach Mater Dei a Lesson This Time". Los Angeles Times. p. 8. 
  18. ^ Terry, Mike (1997-08-10). "Former Angel Finds Baseball Salvation at Dana Hills; High school: Pitching coach Mike Witt enjoys teaching Dolphin players more about the game". Los Angeles Times. "Witt was a standout baseball and basketball player at Servite High in 1975-78" 
  19. ^ Stage holding 250 collapses at Anaheim high school; 24 injured
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