Mercy High School (Burlingame, California)

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Mercy High School
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2750 Adeline Drive

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United States
Coordinates37°34′57″N 122°22′59″W / 37.58250°N 122.38306°W / 37.58250; -122.38306Coordinates: 37°34′57″N 122°22′59″W / 37.58250°N 122.38306°W / 37.58250; -122.38306
TypePrivate, all-female, Private
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic;
Sisters of Mercy;
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco
FounderSisters of Mercy
Head of schoolNatalie Cirigliano Brosnan
Enrollment400 (2014)
Average class size18
Student to teacher ratio13:1
Campus size40 acres
Color(s)Blue   White   Gray   Black  
SongAlma Mater
AthleticsMercy Athletics
SportsCross Country, Golf, Water Polo, Volleyball, Tennis, Basketball, Dance, Soccer, Gymnastics, Swimming, Lacrosse, Softball, Track and Field, Diving, Cheerleading
NicknameMercy B
Team nameCrusaders
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
PublicationMercy Oaks and Mercy OutLit (art/literary magazine)
Tuition$24,155.00 (2020-2021 school year)
AffiliationSisters of Mercy, Roman Catholic Church, Archdiocese of San Francisco

Mercy High School is a private all-girls high school in Burlingame, California, United States.[2] The school is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, and is run by the Sisters of Mercy, founded by Catherine McAuley. It is housed in Kohl Mansion.


Mercy High School is a private school, serving girls age 14 to 18 years old in grades 9 to 12.[3] The school was opened in 1931.[4] The prior mascot was the Crusader Rabbit.[citation needed] Today, the official mascot is simply “Crusader”, and the sports teams are referred to as the Crusaders.[citation needed]

The site of the school is also the Mercy Convent, a preschool, retirement center for the nuns, as well as a conference room and retreat at the Mercy Center.[4]

Kohl Mansion[edit]

The English Tudor revival mansion was built for Charles Frederick Kohl and his second wife Mary Elisabeth "Bessie" (née Godey), as their country house.[5][6] It was completed in 1914, however two years later the house was unused after the couple separated.[5] In 1924, the mansion was sold to the Sisters of Mercy for $230,000.[6] The main building was exclusively a convent from 1924 to 1931, and it has been the home of Mercy High School since 1931.[6]

Hollywood used the estate when Disney filmed the movie Flubber in 1996, starring Robin Williams.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05.
  2. ^ Swartz, Angela (February 6, 2014). "Kohl Mansion celebrates 100 years: Mercy High School Burlingame has activities planned throughout year". San Mateo Daily Journal. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  3. ^ The Handbook of Private Schools. P. Sargent. 1983. p. 1392. ISBN 978-0-87558-106-4.
  4. ^ a b Walsh, Austin (August 10, 2020). "Sisters of Mercy imagine next chapter for Burlingame campus". San Mateo Daily Journal. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  5. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places Inventory—Nomination Form". National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. February 3, 1982. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  6. ^ a b c d Richter, Judy (1999-10-15). "Kohl Mansion has its roots in The Oaks". SFGATE. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  7. ^ Oremus, Will (2008-01-29). "Speier to announce Congress bid". Palo Alto Daily News. Archived from the original on 2007-06-13. Retrieved 2008-02-05. She is a graduate of Burlingame's Mercy High School and served on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors before jumping to the Assembly.
  8. ^ Buchanan, Paul D. (January 16, 2001). "Kohl Mansion contains history -- and mystery". San Mateo Daily Journal. Retrieved 2020-10-26.

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