St. Mary's High School (Stockton, California)

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Saint Mary's High School
"A College Preparatory High School"
5648 North El Dorado Street
Stockton, California, (San Joaquin County) 95207
United States
Coordinates 38°0′16″N 121°18′23″W / 38.00444°N 121.30639°W / 38.00444; -121.30639Coordinates: 38°0′16″N 121°18′23″W / 38.00444°N 121.30639°W / 38.00444; -121.30639
Type Private, Roman Catholic, Co-educational, College-Preparatory
Motto Veritas ∙ Caritas ∙ Tenui Nec Dimitam
(Truth ∙ Charity ∙ I have taken hold and will not let go.)
Religious affiliation(s) Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, Oblates of St. Francis de Sales
Patron saint(s) Mary Queen of Angels, St. Francis de Sales
Established 1876
Founder Rev. William O'Connor, Charles Webber (Stockton Founder)
School district Diocese of Stockton
Authority SMHS Board of Directors
Superintendent Marian deGroot Graham
CEEB code 053435
President Jim Brusa
Principal Kathy Smith
Staff 110
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 875 (2016-17)
Student to teacher ratio 28/1
Campus size 25 acres (100,000 m2)
Campus type Urban
Color(s) Hunter Green and White         
Slogan "Be who you are and be that well." -St. Francis de Sales
Sports Tri-City Athletic League. Division 1-3
Mascot Ram
Team name Rams
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Publication Teleram
Newspaper The Kettle
Yearbook Cauldron
Tuition $8,500 Catholic, $8,900 Non-Catholic (2016-17)+ fees...Financial aid available
Alumni CA Supreme Court Justice Carol Corrigan ('66), Doug Martin ('07),
Dean of Academics Alana Weisz ('04)
Dean of Students Genesta Jackson
Director of Institutional Advancement Tony Franks
Head Librarian Kristi Capra
Director of Student Activities Luigi Gherardi

Saint Mary's High School (SMHS), founded in 1876, is a Roman Catholic, co-educational, college preparatory school in Stockton, California, USA. The school is under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Stockton and sponsored by the Salesian order of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales priests and brothers (Toledo-Ohio Province). The school is a member of the College Board and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges[2] and by the Western Catholic Education Association.


Graduation 2014 marked the completion of 138 years of Catholic education in the Stockton area. St. Mary's roots go back to 1876 when St. Agnes Academy opened as a boarding and free day school for girls, grades 1-12. The faculty then consisted of seven Dominican Sisters and 95 students. Since that beginning, St. Mary's growth has been reflected in the need to change locations five times to its present location of 25 acres (100,000 m2) on North El Dorado Street. A separate corporation sole within the Diocese of Stockton, St. Mary's is a co-ed secondary school that has a student body of 926 and a faculty/support staff totaling over 110.

St. Mary's High School has had a religious presence of Priests, Brothers, and Sisters throughout its history. The Dominican Sisters of San Rafael have been joined by the Brothers of Mary, a number of Franciscan Friars, diocesan priests, the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.

Lay men and women have contributed to the strengthening of the school's curriculum. The faculty teach in 10 disciplines, offering over 130 courses in theology, English, social studies, mathematics, physical education, science, computer resources, foreign languages, business and vocational arts, and fine arts. There are also 27 cocurricular activities and teams in 15 sports.

St. Mary's graduates, numbering over 12,000, are scattered throughout California, 49 additional states, and 6 foreign countries.School History


The school is located on North El Dorado Street, one mile (1.6 km) east of San Joaquin Delta College and two miles (3 km) north of the University of the Pacific.


Located on 25 acres are five classroom buildings, a cafeteria, student store (Ram Center), two gymnasiums, a football field, track facilities (with a rare, green colored track), and baseball and soccer fields all located within the Thompson Sports Complex. There is a residence on campus for the priests and brothers associated with the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales (Toledo-Ohio Province).

Completed in the Fall of 2006 is The Lagorio Family Academic Center. This two-story, 23,000-square-foot (2,100 m2) building houses the administration, guidance and counseling offices, conference rooms, a new state of the art library, classrooms, a technology laboratory, group study areas and several student project rooms.

Another addition to the campus is The Cortopassi Aquatics Center which opened September 2007. This facility has become home for the St. Mary's Aquatic Sports Program.

The St. Mary’s High School’s "Generations of Academic Excellence Project" also saw the construction of our new 14,000 s.f. Chase Family Fitness Center, including its weight training room and student locker facilities for its student-athletes supplementing those of the Sprague Family Athletic Building.

Sanguinetti Football Field has been revamped and now has an upgraded artificial turf to accommodate a wide variety of sports.

Its $15.7 million campaign will also create a science and mathematics center for future generations of SM students, as well as rejuvenating the student chapel. Classrooms are in the process of being remodeled and plans are currently in the works for a new school cafeteria/auditorium. This will also create an outside amphitheater green space in the center of the campus and enclose the school for safety and security.

Future projects include a 2-story building that will house the school's first performing & fine arts center/theater and gymnasium.


Current enrollment is 926 students which reflects the diverse community of the San Joaquin Valley. Approximately 81% of the student body identify themselves as Catholic. The faculty consists of 4 religious (Priests, Brothers, and Sisters) and 110 lay teachers and support staff. Student/faculty ratio is 24/1 with the average classroom size being 25.


St. Mary's offers an academic program that focuses on college-bound students. There are an array of Honors, Advanced Placement and remedial level courses for qualified students.

There are ten departments at St. Mary's from which students choose their required and elective courses: Theology, English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Physical Education & Health, Science, Computer, Foreign Language, and Fine Arts. In addition, students may take courses for high school and college credit at San Joaquin Delta Community College or University of the Pacific.

76% of our juniors and seniors take upper division mathematics. 73% of our juniors and seniors are enrolled in upper division science. 68% of our students enroll in Italian, Spanish or American Sign Language. Advanced Placement courses are offered in American Literature, English Literature, Chemistry, European History, U.S. History, U.S. Government, Psychology, Calculus and Biology. Honors courses are offered in Algebra, Biology, Chemistry, English, Geometry/Trigonometry, Physical Science, Pre-Calculus and World Literature.

Students may take Advanced Placement Exams in Biology, Calculus, English Language, English Literature, European History, Foreign Language, Physics, Psychology, U.S. Government & Politics and U.S. History.

As part of the religious focus of the school, each student is required to participate in a Community Service program upon graduation.


In May 2014, 50% of the freshmen, 47% of the sophomores, 56% of the juniors, and 65% of the seniors achieved honors - first and second.

Co-Curricular activities[edit]

St. Mary's students are active in many clubs and organizations emphasizing creativity, leadership, scholarship, and service. More than half of the entire student body are involved in some kind of organization whether it be school related or the community abroad. Student athletes compete in the Tri-City Athletic Association in football, volleyball, water polo, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, basketball, wrestling, baseball, softball, cross-country, track, swimming/diving, badminton, and golf.[citation needed] The Rams provide freedom to grow in all areas.[citation needed]

Some of the clubs offered at St. Mary's are:
Book Club, Multi-Cultural Club, Cabinet, National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, Open Artistic Forum, Campus Ministry, Pink Ladies, Chess Club, Psychology After Hours, CROP (Christian Relief Outreach Project), Dance Club, Drama Club, Ram Computer Club, Environmental Awareness Team (EAT) Club, Rampage Club, Ree Club, Forensics Team, Respect Life Club, Friends of Special Olympics, Senate, Interact/Key Club, SPOT (Students Putting Out Talent), International Outreach, St. Francis de Sales Club, Kettle Student Paper, Student Council, Model U.N., Student Mentor Program, Math Club


Saint Mary's High School features two main bands (Jazz Band & Symphonic Band) who play throughout the area and the state at competitions such as The Lincoln Band Review and The Heritage Festival in Anaheim, California.


Admission to St. Mary's is selective and based on a placement test, previous school record and recommendation. Transfer students are accepted on an individual basis after consideration of their high school transcripts and interviews. St. Mary's draws students from 64 local elementary and junior high schools.


100% of the Class of 2014 will be attending colleges and universities of which 72% will be 4-year institutions and the remaining community colleges. The class earned awards and scholarships totaling over $13,000,000 More than 11,000 graduates fulfill the roles of leadership and service, both in the community and worldwide.

College matriculation[edit]

A large number of students traditionally choose to attend various colleges in the University of California system and various colleges within California State University campuses. Others attend private colleges, such as the Franciscan University, Dartmouth, Stanford, University of the Pacific and Saint Mary's College of California.

During the 2010/11 school year, with some consultation with the diocese, the St. Mary's Foundation and administration decided to refer to the school as "Saint. Mary's High School, A College Preparatory High School." This simple title more sharply defines the Mission of the school and what those involved in it strive to do on a daily basis.

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