St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School

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St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School
Espiritu Santos
1500 Benicia Road

Northern California

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Coordinates38°5′12″N 122°12′7″W / 38.08667°N 122.20194°W / 38.08667; -122.20194Coordinates: 38°5′12″N 122°12′7″W / 38.08667°N 122.20194°W / 38.08667; -122.20194
TypePrivate, Coeducational
MottoFacere et Docere ∙ Veritas
(To do and To Teach ∙ Truth)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1870 (St. Vincent)
1968 (St. Patrick)
Opened1987 (merger)
CEEB code053604
PresidentDave Perry
DeanPatrick Vogelpohl
PrincipalColeen Martin
Enrollment658 (2008-2009 school year)
Campus size31 acres (130,000 m2)
Color(s)Dark Forest Green, Vegas Gold and White             
Team nameBruins
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges;[1] Western Catholic Educational Association
Dean of StudentsPatrick Vogelpohl
Admissions DirectorSheila Williams
Athletic DirectorLane Hawkins
Athletic TrainerTrina Santos

St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Vallejo, in the U.S. state of California. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento.


St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School's long history began in 1870 when St. Vincent Ferrer parish established the Catholic Free School in Vallejo. The first graduates received diplomas in 1880. St. Vincent Ferrer, the "Saints," remained a co-educational high school serving students from the greater Solano County (Benicia, Fairfield, Napa, Vacaville, Vallejo) and West Contra Costa County until June 1968. In September 1968, at the urging of Msgr. Thomas Kirby, the Diocese of Sacramento opened St. Patrick High School, "St. Pat's," an all-boys school at the current location on Benicia Road. St. Vincent became an all-girls school.

During the succeeding years, the two high schools shared social events and occasionally shared faculty and instructional resources. Eventually, the schools had several co-ed athletic teams. In 1983, the changing demographics of Solano County and the rising cost of Catholic education necessitated some long range planning, and the decision was made to merge St. Patrick and St. Vincent High Schools. On October 18, 1986, the groundbreaking for a new classroom facility, to meet the expanding student body, took place, and in the fall of 1987, the first classes of St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School were united to continue the long and excellent tradition of Catholic secondary education in Solano County. The Dominican Sisters of San Rafael administered St. Vincent Ferrer High School under the auspices of the Diocese of Sacramento. The Congregation of Christian Brothers (formerly known as the Christian Brothers of Ireland) administered and staffed St. Patrick High School. After the merger, the Christian Brothers and the Dominican Sisters continued to serve in both administrative and teaching capacities. In 1993, when the Christian Brothers withdrew from St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School the Diocese of Sacramento assumed the responsibility for hiring the administrator of the school.

The traditions of both the Christian Brothers and the Dominican Sisters serve as a strong foundation upon which St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School can continue the mission of Catholic education well into the 21st century. [2]



St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School offers a rigorous, college preparatory education with an emphasis on math, science and the humanities. Classes meet all relevant Common Core standards. AP classes are offered in the areas of English (Literature and Composition, Language and Composition), Math (Statistics and Calculus), Computer Science, Art (Studio, 2-D and 3-D) World Language and Culture (Spanish and French) and History (World and US).


To graduate from St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School, students must earn a total of 260 credits as outlined below. Juniors and seniors must carry a minimum of 60 credits per academic year. Freshmen and sophomores must take 70 credits each year. St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School is under no obligation to accept credits from other institutions. Make-up courses (night school and summer school) must be approved. The Assistant Principal makes all final decisions concerning the evaluation of credits.

The following courses are required of all students:

  • Religious Studies - 40 credits
  • English 40 - credits
  • Mathematics - 30 credits
  • Science 20 - credits
  • Social Studies (must include World History, U.S. History, Civics, and Economics) - 30 credits
  • World Language (required of honors/college-bound students; recommended for all others) - 20 credits
  • Physical Education (including 5 credits of Health) - 20 credits
  • Fine Arts - 10 credits
  • Electives - 40 credits
  • Christian Service Annual requirement
SPSV Honor Code

Every member of the St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School community strives to live by the letter and the spirit of the SPSV Honor Code:

"As a member of the St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School Community, I promise to aspire to the highest level of personal and academic integrity. I will work toward building an environment of trust and mutual respect in all that I do. Furthermore, I commit myself to truth (Veritas), avoiding dishonesty in both academic work and in personal encounters. I will always endeavor to create an atmosphere of peace and tolerance, with respect for others and their ideas."[2]

School Crest[edit]

The St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School crest incorporates the shields of St. Patrick High School and St. Vincent Ferrer High School. In the upper left hand corner of the crest is the shield of the Christian Brothers. The star in the crest is a reminder that those who instruct many unto justice shall shine as stars for all eternity. The star is set upon a Celtic cross, the source of the inspiration of faith and the instrument of redemption.

In the lower right hand corner is the traditional Dominican shield. Having its origins in medieval times, the shield's "cross fleury" signifies fruitful victory, duty, and self-sacrifice. The alternating dark and light represent various qualities. The dark stands for silence, wisdom, and fortitude; the white for peace, purity, charity and sincerity.

The two mottos "Veritas" (Latin for "Truth" and the motto of the Dominican Order) and "Facere et Docere" (Latin for "To do and To Teach" and the motto of the Congregation of Christian Brothers) represent the essence of Catholic education: to lead young people to the knowledge of the truth, which is God, and to reflect the charity of Christ in the many processes of instruction.[2]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05.
  2. ^ a b c SPSVHS. "School History". Retrieved 2007-05-11.

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