The Kohl Mansion, home to Mercy High School, is located on 40 acres of land in the Burlingame hills. The 63 room rose brick mansion was to be the central building in a grand estate which would include tennis courts, green houses, a rose garden, a large carriage house, and a 150,000 gallon reservoir. In 1924 the Sisters of Mercy bought the Kohl Mansion as their Motherhouse. The Sisters opened the high school in the Kohl Mansion in 1931 after building a new Motherhouse on the lower campus.
Classes from 2006 to 1946 gathered together to celebrate the Mercy High School annual Alumnae Homecoming which was held on Sunday, September 18th. Over 150 alumnae gathered together and enjoyed Coffee with the Sisters, followed by Mass and a wonderful luncheon! Alumnae loved being together – many not having been back to Mercy since their graduation! The
Class of 2006 was excited to be able to meet Margaret Trembly Wyman '46 and posed for a photo! Click HERE to see some of the Class reunion photos.
Last week we celebrated Women's Equality Day, and we were pleased to welcome Congresswoman Jackie Speier. Congresswoman Speier, a 1968 graduate of Mercy High School Burlingame explained to the girls that a joint resolution was passed in 1971 by Congress granting this date be established to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote.
Jackie brought out various items, and asked the girls to guess if the price was the same for the same product, and the girls found out that they weren't – and she explained that she is working on repelling the "Pink Tax" – which refers to the extra amount women are charged for certain products or services. Things like dry cleaning, personal care products and vehicle maintenance.
Congresswomen Speier explained to the girls how important this is, and that although we have come a long way, with our rights and privileges, including the right to vote and Title IX for women's sports, that unfortunately we still have a ways to go – especially in the area of equal pay for equal work.
Congresswomen Speier then introduced Phyliss Gould, one of the original Rosie the Riveters. Phyliss now 95, told her story and explained that she was one of the first six women welders to be hired by the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond, Calif. There she and many other took over the job previously occupied by the men called off to WWII and not only did they do the same work, but they did get equal pay – so it can be done, we just have to make sure that equality happens for all. She is currently
very involved in the Rosie the Riveter Museum in Richmond and one of the last items on her bucket list is to have a National Rosie the Riveter Day, which Congresswomen Speier has agreed to help her obtain!
At the end of the rally – Congresswomen Speier introduced her daughter Stephanie Sierra '12 who also told the girls to enjoy their time at Mercy as it will go way to quickly and encouraged them to always follow their dreams!
Mercy welcomes the Class of 2020 alumnae moms and daughters.
This year's class includes: Brenda Palala Almes '82 and Alexa, Amanda Fischer '94 and Avery (not pictured), Erin Welch Galea '96 and Ryan, Phaidra Pavia Garcia '88 and Caitlin, Linda Cuneo Giusto '86 and Angela, Kellie Quinn Richards '91 and Kaylie, Jacqueline Birkeland Rodriguez '92 and Riley, Karen Gallagher Sammons '82 and Reagan (not pictured) and Lori Smiley-Klingler '89 with Jacqueline and Haylee. Congratulations!
Mercy is pleased to honor all students who have distinguished themselves academically, artistically, and in service to their school, class and community. Mercy High School is proud to recognize these students who exemplify the mission of the school as they strive to become young women of faith, academic excellence, influence, and compassionate service, embodying Catherine McAyley's spirit of Mercy.
Special congratulations this year's Valedictorian Hannah Sidhu and to Cassie Miller, this year's Salutatorian.
Please click HERE for the 2015-2016 Undergraduate and Senior Awards.
It was a bittersweet moment as the faculty, staff and students of Mercy High School Burlingame honored Kathy Mountain and Eileen Horan. These two long time and beloved faculty members will be retiring at the end of this school year, At the assembly they were awarded Mercy highest honor, and presented with McAauley Medals for their many years of service.
These two wonderful women have become part of the true "Heart of Mercy." For the past 25+ years they have put their heart and soul into the education of young women. During their time at Mercy, Ms. Horan has taught English and Ms. Mountain taught both English and Social Studies.
They are true examples educators teaching in the "spirit" of Cahtherine McAuley, Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy. For each of these women, the girls came first; and they have always done everything in their power to see that each student they taught took something away from their class that would help them along in life.
Though the years, there has not been a costume that Ms. Horan has not donned for one of her Advisories, for a rally or for Bowlathon! She has always been there to offer a gentle hug or a kind a word of encouragement or helpful critique for her student's writing.
As for Ms. Mountain, there isn't alum around who doesn't still remember "Ms. Mountain's Words", or how they learned the art of debate or remember the great times they had at a JSA Convention because she prepared them so well!
We wish them well as they begin their new adventures, and look forward to having them come back walk the halls of Mercy as often as they choose!
Congratulations to Lauren Rocheleau '17 winner of the "Spirit of Mercy Memorial Scholarship in Memory of Moira '90, Cindy '92 and Angelina '99." The Spirit of Mercy Memorial Scholarship was established on May 9, 2006 by the O'Donnell and Caughman families. This annual scholarship is awarded to a junior student who exemplifies the Mercy spirit and the values that guided Moira and Cindy's lives: "faith, love, courage, compassion, generosity, social justice, and a joy for life." This is the highest award presented to a junior student. The parents of Moira, Cindy and Angelina were present at this year's award assembly to congratulate Lauren on her accomplishments in honor of their daughter's!
On Saturday night Toni Breidnger took 1st place at the Las Vegas Bullring racing her Royal Purple, USAC midget in the Western HPD midget series.
Her sister Annie Breidnger, starting from 6th position made a series of wheel-to-wheel passes to finish in 2nd place. This race marks the second time that these twin sisters have crossed the finish line 1st and 2nd in the USAC Western HPD Midget Series.
Last Thursday evening, May 12 at 6pm in the Great Hall the Rhiannon Stalter's sophomores presented their Sophomore Action Project.
The students presented their research around the five Mercy Critical Concerns (Earth, Women, Non-Violence, Racism and Immigration) through formal presentations, spoken-word poetry, song and film. Ms. Castillo was at the event and said "that it was one of the most moving and relevant presentations on our Mercy charism that she had seen in a long time.
The girls combined Mercy concerns with their own passion for change, did research, and demonstrated that intellectual endeavor through videos, music and poetry; and they captured all its meaning into action through volunteer activities."
The students worked with Ms. Stalter and they also met with Mr. Diaz and Ms. Simonetti as part of the process. Ms. Simonetti stated that "the students were so impressive and their projects exemplified so many best practices in Catholic education." Congratulations to all on a job well done!
For the past 17 years Mercy High School has been participating in the annual Young Men's Institute (YMI) Essay Contest. This National contest is open to students in grades middle and high school. Over the years, Mercy has had multiple winners, and this year our students once again demonstrated their articulate writing skills.
Many of our sophomores entered the contest, writing on the topic: "Your state government is considering a new law requiring high school students to do 200 hours of community service as a prerequisite for graduation. Support your opinion about why this law should or should not be adopted."
This past January, over 1500 students' submitted essays from various states around the country and prizes for the top 15 were awarded in April. Mercy students did an outstanding job by winning three of these coveted prizes!
Tom Fourie from the YMI was on hand to present the awards to the Mercy winners at the Undergraduate Awards Assembly, and he was thrilled to be able to hand out awards to the following student recipients: 1st place went to Kiley O'Brien, and she received a check for $1,000; 7th place went to Theresa Chan, who was awarded $100 and 13th place went to Grace Collora, who was awarded $100. Congratulations to our winning writers who posed with Tom Fourie and sophomore teacher Kathy Mountain.
Thank you, to the Entire 2015-2016 Mercy Community for supporting MPC this year! Through your generosity and support MPC was able to host four complimentary events, and produce two major fundraising events! The profits from our two major fundraising events less the cost of the four complimentary events allowed Mercy Parent Club Board President, Martha Ann Millikan to present Mercy Head of School Karen Hanrahan, with a total gift of $40,000, of which $9,350 is restricted for the purchase of 3D printers for our Students!
For many, many years Congresswoman Jackie Speier has always made it a point to carve out some time in her busy schedule to come back to Mercy and speak with the senior graduating class.
Her motivating words are very special to each of the girls. As Congresswoman Speier tells the story of her life, she weaves the full tale...its ups and down, highs and lows and how having the three F's - family, friends and faith have helped her to get through some of the worst of times, and how it helped her to become a stronger woman pursuing her goals.
Congresswoman Speier encouraged the girls to always "reach further" and to never give up on a dream. She told the girls to accept failures, to even be proud of those failures, and to learn from them. She recanted that some of her biggest losses, were just the stepping stones that she needed to understand and to prepare for the next great opportunity that came up!
She explained how special the Mercy Sisterhood is to her, and these are her lifelong friends. She encouraged the girls to continue to remember to nurture these Mercy friendships as they go off to college and into the world. At the start of her speech, she asked the girls to promise remember to "Thank" their parents for all of the sacrifice that they have endured to give their daughter's a Mercy education, and she assured them that this education will serve them well as they go out into the world to pursue their own dreams! Congratulations Class of 2016!
Our French students are leaving this Sunday after spending two weeks with Mercy families and attending classes. They leave amazed at the beauty of the campus, the wonderful weather, and the warm and friendly rapport of both students and teachers. Families were generous with their time bringing their adopted French daughters to Yosemite, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Reno, and Santa Cruz. They left Mercy teary-eyed with fond memories and promises to come back as well as inviting their American sisters to visit them in Argenteuil, France. Along with their souvenirs from Mercy, they also take back the tastes of burritos, In n Out burgers, and brownies.
Students in pictures are Eme Dawes hosting Célia; Itzel Velasquez and Astrid; Salma El-Badry and Margaux; Clarissa Baldocchi and Marion.
Congratulations to Mercy High School Senior Madison "Maddy" Gomes, '16 of Pacifica who recently signed to play water polo for Santa Clara University.
Maddy, is a three sport athlete at Mercy, having participated in water polo, basketball and swimming. She has excelled in water polo and has held the position of Team Captain in her senior year.
Maddie is looking forward to becoming a Bronco and playing for Santa Clara and we at Mercy wish her the best as she continues on with her collegiate sport experience!
Photos: top left: Maddie signing with her parents, Laurie and Fred Gomes and Bottomleft: Water polo teammates supporting her at her signing!
...And what a night it was....the tent was blowing in the wind and "Mai Tai's at the Mansio" was soon to become known as "Monsoons at the Mansion" as the largest storm of the season rolled into the Bay Area! A little rain didn't stop this group, as Mercy parents and friends came out to support Mercy.
The mansion was fully decorated in a fun Hawaiian theme, people enjoyed the wonderful food stations and bartenders served up a mean Mai Tai which people enjoyed as the bid big for Mercy!
It was an amazing night and special thanks go out to everyone who helped to make this a great night for Mercy. We could not have done this without you! To see photo of this year's event, click here.
This March, the Mercy Dance group traveled tLas Vegas to compete in the Jamz School Dance Nationals. The competition included 41 dance categories and over 100 schools both public and private.
Mercy Dance did not disappoint! While competing in 4 categories the Jazz team took 2nd place being edged out by .66 of a point and a 3rd place finish in JV Pom.
We are so proud of the Mercy dance teams and wish them a well deserved "Congratulations!"
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Mercy girls are part of a more than 80 year old tradition of inspiring young women to achieve great things, and they love it. At an all-girls school like Mercy, a girl occupies every role: every seat on student government or Kairos, every position on every team. Every day, a Mercy girl sees girls learning, growing and achieving – and she has more opportunities to do the same. At Mercy, young women are known, challenged and transformed.