Servite High School

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Servite High School
Servite High School Anaheim CA logo.jpg
1952 West La Palma Avenue

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United States
Coordinates33°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
TypePrivate, All-Male
MottoLatin: Credo ut Intelligam English: I believe so I may understand
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic Order Friar Servants of Mary (Servites) (OSM)
CEEB code050-088
PresidentRandall Adams
PrincipalMichael Brennan
Enrollment920 (2014-2015)
Average class size21
Student to teacher ratio14:1
Campus size15-acre (61,000 m2)
Color(s)    Black, white, gold
SongSalve Regina
Athletics conferenceCIF Southern Section; Trinity League
Team nameFriars
RivalMater Dei[1]
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges[2]
NewspaperThe Spokesman
YearbookThe Story
Tuition$16,000 (2016-2017)

Servite High School is a private, Catholic, all-male college preparatory high school operated by the Order of Friar Servants of Mary on a 15-acre (61,000 m2) campus in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area in Anaheim, California, US. It was founded by the Servites in 1958. As of 2017 it had 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.


in 1958, the Servites responded to an invitation by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to open a school,[3] 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). A new parking lot, dedicated to former dean Tim O'Hara was added for more faculty parking. (2016) [4]


Admission to Servite is based on academic transcripts, entrance examination, activities, arts and athletics.[5] 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.

Servite has an Early Admission Process that enables young men to apply as early as October of their 8th grade year.[6] 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.

Connected schools[edit]

Servite's sister school is Rosary Academy, Fullerton, an all-female Catholic institution. It also had a similar relationship with Cornelia Connelly High School in Anaheim before it closed in 2020.

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).


In 2007, Servite implemented a 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 known for its academic curriculum, sports tradition, performing and visual fine arts programs (including courses in classical guitar and jazz band). 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.

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. 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.[7]


State championships[edit]

  • Football: 1982, 2009
  • Basketball: 1990
  • Golf: 2011
  • Cross Country: 2004
  • Soccer: 2015, 2020

Fine arts[edit]

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

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b 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.
  2. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05.
  3. ^ "History". Archived from the original on 2011-08-27. Retrieved 2010-02-22.
  4. ^ "Servite High School: Campus Map/Tour". Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  5. ^ "Entrance Requirements". Archived from the original on 2011-08-27. Retrieved 2010-02-22.
  6. ^ "Application Process". Archived from the original on 2011-08-27. Retrieved 2010-02-22.
  7. ^ "Christian Service Program Requirements". Archived from the original on 2011-08-27. Retrieved 2010-02-22.
  8. ^ 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
  9. ^ "Panthers Cut Greene, Sign Turnbull". Long Beach Press-Telegram. 1997-08-25. New Orleans running back Derek Brown, a former Servite star
  10. ^ Smith, Sarah (1985-07-31). "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". Sports. Los Angeles Times (Orange County ed.). p. 1. Retrieved 2008-04-15.
  11. ^ "Official Site of United States District Court, Eastern District of California". Retrieved 2020-02-28.
  12. ^ "Official Site of the San Francisco 49ers - TE Roster". Archived from the original on 2008-01-21. Retrieved 2008-04-15.
  13. ^ Hamilton, Tom (1992-10-03). "A.J. Gass Powers Servite Past Edison, 28-6". Los Angeles Times Orange County Edition. Retrieved 2008-04-15.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ Ryan Kalil bio
  16. ^ Servite High School website
  17. ^ "Michael A. Rice, Rhode Island General Assembly". Rhode Island Secretary of State.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ "Turk Schonert". Buffalo Bills. Archived from the original on 2009-03-07. Retrieved 2009-03-17.
  20. ^ 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

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