Saint Francis High School (Mountain View)
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|Saint Francis High School|
|1885 Miramonte Avenue
Mountain View, California, 94040
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Patron saint(s)||Saint Francis of Assisi|
|Authority||Congregation of Holy Cross (Southwest Province)|
|Oversight||Diocese of San Jose|
|Teaching staff||100.6 (FTE)|
|Student to teacher ratio||17.2|
|Athletics conference||West Catholic Athletic League|
|Rival||Bellarmine College Preparatory|
|Accreditation||Western Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Publication||Mindframes (literary magazine)|
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.
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:
- Eric Byrnes, former outfielder for the Oakland Athletics and Arizona Diamondbacks
- Joe Cannon, retired professional soccer player
- Doug Cosbie, former tight end for the Dallas Cowboys
- Daniel Descalso, infielder for the St. Louis Cardinals
- Rhett Ellison, pro football player with the Minnesota Vikings
- John Gall, Florida Marlins Outfielder and 2008 Olympian
- Bob Hamm, NFL player
- Tyler Johnson (basketball), NBA Miami Heat 
- Daniel Nava, outfielder for the Boston Red Sox
- Tim Rossovich, retired NFL linebacker and actor
- Will Taʻufoʻou, Running Back for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL
Notes and references
- 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.
- "Joe Cannon". Major League Soccer. Retrieved August 24, 2014.
- "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.
- http://www.nba.com/playerfile/tyler_johnson/. Missing or empty
- "Daniel Nava Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 3, 2012.