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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.



After being pen pals since the beginning of the school year, Serra and Mercy French students gathered together today to celebrate Mardi Gras and all things "French!". Following the popular practices on Mardi Gras, the group enjoyed experiencing different foods, learned various dances, played games and performed for the crowd!

This was a wonderful time for the students to come together, as they had also been pen pals throughout the year, writing letters to each other to practice their French just for this occasion. Special thanks to Madam Dowden and Madam Barthe for all of their help in putting on this wonderful annual event which the students enjoy so much!


In preparation for the Super Bowl, 25 Mercy High School Burlingame students, Sisters of Mercy and Associates joined forces to help young women who are being trafficked. On Jan. 28, the group gathered at Mercy Center, watched a documentary on how to identity those being trafficked, shared a potluck supper, and then labeled 2,000 bars of soap. These soap bars will be distributed to Bay Area hotels by the organization S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) and will provide people being forced to prostitute themselves with a number to call for help. The label alerts the recipient that services are available for those being trafficked. An increase in prostitution and associated human trafficking is expected to occur in the Bay Area over the next couple of weeks before and during the Feb. 7 Super Bowl.

Associates previously visited hotels in the area to speak with managers about obtaining training for their employees about trafficking in general. The training will help hotel staff recognize signs that may indicate that a person is forced to work or engage in sex against their will.

The hope is that someone being trafficked will pick up the soap and see the help-line number attached to the underside of the packaging. All two thousand bars of soap were then delivered to S.O.A.P. Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution for hotel delivery. - Sandy Flaherty, Director of Mission Integration


A huge thank you to those from our Mercy community that participated in our first ever Red Cross Blood drive hosted by our newly organized Red Cross Club.

The Mercy mansion dining room was converted into a blood donor room with 6 beds and several areas to register and many Red Cross personnel all to take our blood. It was a huge success with members from our local community, parents of our Mercy students, Mercy students as well as many of our faculty and staff participating to donate 43 bags of blood.

The Red Cross was amazed at the response and very pleased given the recent blood shortage that has hit our area. Many of our Mercy girls donated and/or volunteered to help make this event run smoothly, and all of their hard work and blood donations are greatly appreciated.

The Red Cross Club is hoping to hold a similar blood drive each year in order to help our community. Special thanks to all who gave or help make this event so successful!

Mercy-Burlingame goalkeeper Alyssa Parodi keeps her eye on the ball to make one of her 12 saves in the Crusaders' 3-2 win over Crystal Springs in a key WBAL Skyline Division matchup.

The Crystal Springs girls' soccer team controlled every aspect of the game as they played Mercy-Burlingame in a key West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division showdown at Skyline College Tuesday afternoon. Both teams were undefeated in division play and the winner would take control of the standings midway through the league season.

The Gryphons dominated possession, the midfield, the attack, shots and generally overwhelmed the Crusaders at times.Crystal Springs did everything necessary to win the game — except put the ball in the back of the net consistently.

Mercy, meanwhile, had only a handful of dangerous chances — and the Crusaders converted three times to beat Crystal Springs 3-2.

"It's huge for us," Mercy coach Joel Snyder said of the win. "It's a big vote of confidence going into the second half of the season.".

Photo - Mercy-Burlingame goalkeeper Alyssa Parodi keeps her eye on the ball to make one of her 12 saves in the Crusaders' 3-2 win over Crystal Springs in a key WBAL Skyline Division matchup.

For Full Article in The Daily Journal by Nathan Mallat please CLICK HERE.


In light of Pope Francis' document Laudato Si and the Sisters of Mercy critical concern for the earth, the Mercy High School Burlingame community honored four individuals at their annual Justice Liturgy on January 21st. Mercy Burlingame graduates Sr. Pat Ryan and Catherine Regan and Mercy faculty members Peter Diaz and Jennifer Lambdin were acknowledged for their work in sustainability and ecological justice. The good works of each honoree were highlighted at the liturgy. Among the many good works performed, Sr. Pat Ryan and Catherine Regan were facilitators for the Awakening the Dreamer Symposiums and Peter Diaz and Jennifer Lambdin have attended permaculture classes and have created three separate student gardens on the Mercy Campus. Each recipient received an award and were acknowledged as role models of leadership and service. Each year Mercy Burlingame honors individuals who work for justice at their annual liturgy.

Honorees, Catherine Regan, Peter Diaz,
Jennifer Lambdin and Sr. Pat Ryan accept congratulations
from Head of School Karen Hanrahan.


The American International Sports Teams are proud to have Frances Siu '15, a recent graduate of Mercy High School Burlingame, joining their U19 select lacrosse team traveling to the United Kingdom in the summer of 2016. The AIST select team will represent the USA abroad against club teams and possible national teams, depending on availability. The Team will travel for 10 days through Scotland and England to compete and experience the European culture.

AIST has been providing athletes from several different sports the opportunity to travel abroad for tournaments and exhibition games since 2001 and have a reputation for having some of the strongest teams represented in these international events.

Trips like this give student athletes a chance to explore amazing destinations, benefit from personal growth, experience new cultures and develop friendships with people from all over the world. Their select teams are made up of top players from all over the country that have earned the honor of representing the USA through their hard work and dedication to their sport. Way to go Frances!


This semester, seniors from the Mercy High School Burlingame Economics Class visited the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco to hear former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke speak on part of the Club's series on Ethics and Accountability.

Mercy faculty, Rhiannon Salter stated that "the girls really enjoyed hearing his stories about his time at the Federal Reserve". Mr. Bernanke was appointed chair of the Federal Reserve in 2006 and in 2007 the bursting of the housing bubble set off a domino effect that brought our global financial system to the brink of meltdown. He spoke of the efforts and how with the help of a few key leaders they were able to prevent an economic collapse of unimaginable scale.

Mr. Bernanke was very entertaining during the interactive question and answer session, fielding some very insightful questions from the audience about student loans, the national debt, debt ceiling, federal funds (interest) rate and the amount of physical gold in the vaults! This was a great experience for the girls to be able to better understand economics regarding ethics and accountability by all.

On Thursday, October 8th at 1pm, the students of Mercy High School will yet again show support, love and selflessness as they cut and donate over 400 inches of hair in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. What began as a few girls donating their hair during collaboration has bloomed into one of this service-based school's most philanthropic weeks. The gracious acts go beyond the gates of Mercy High School, with hair stylists and students from Skyline Cosmetology School volunteering their time and talents, DJs from Level Up entertainment in Berkeley bringing the best beats to the hair-cutting rally, and survivors with Mercy ties contributing their own personal stories and journeys. Throughout the week, students participate in Pink-themed athletic events and a handful of fundraisers, benefitting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, who just last semester. selected Mercy to take front page on its website, honoring Mercy as "A Small High School That Makes a Big Difference," in their Stories That Inspire -Fundraiser Spotlight.


Mercy Burlingame has been actively involved in a Robotics Program for the past five years. Last year, the club members learned to program Bobots, LEGO, and Sphero robots. This year, at Girls on the Green, a recruiting event for 7th, and 8th grade girls, the Robotics Team worked with the girls to create solar powered cars which they were able to take home with them.

For the 2015-16 school year, Mrs. Jen Lambdin stated that "they we will be coordinating with a local chapter of SeaPerch to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) robot that will maneuver in the swimming pool. " Building this ROV from the kit will provide students with the opportunity to learn about not only robotics, but also engineering, science and mathematics (STEM). Students will learn important engineering and design skills and will be exposed to the many careers that are possible in naval , ocean and marine engineering.


Head of School, Karen Hanrahan of Mercy High School Burlingame was pleased to announce at the Mercy Day Liturgy that Cassandra Jo Miller of Woodside was recently named a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Ms. Hanrahan was thrilled to be able to share "Mercy Day" in this special way and presented the Letter of Commendation to Cassandra in front of her classmates at the end of the liturgy.

Cassandra shares this award with about 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation having placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who have been recognized for the exceptional academic promise. Congratulations Cassandra!


The sophomores in English 2 Honors read The Joy Luck Club as one of their selections for their summer reading assignment. This past week the class presented a literary "Talk Show" where they discussed various topics which covered different aspects of the novel, such as character relationships, use of literary devices, analysis of themes, cultural norms, etc.

Emma Miller, Katherine McGee and Amadis Welch creatively fashioned a game of "Wheel of Fortune Cookie" for their talk show presentation. Long time English teacher, Mrs. Mountain stated that "This project also demonstrated the girl's knowledge and appreciation of Chinese culture which they were introduced to in reading this novel by the famous Chinese-American author, Amy Tan".


For the past five years, Mercy High School Sophomores have spent their Service Retreat day in San Francisco working at St. Anthony's.

The groups was given a brief orientation regarding the area and people that St. Anthony's currently serves. They were then divided into groups and that day served in the Dining Room, at Presentation Center, the Adult Day Health Center and at the Madonna Residence, another Adult Day Health Center.

Angie Simonetti, Department Chair for Religion stated that

"The service retreat at St. Anthony's makes real for our sophomores Catherine's call to serve the marginalized. This experience allows each student to truly experience the materially poor and see how their presence makes a difference. After this retreat they go on to continue to serve the marginalized using this retreat as a springboard."


Mercy Day is part of a week-long celebration at Mercy High School Burlingame, where students and faculty celebrate their connection to the larger Mercy family. The week begins with Homecoming - where Mercy alumnae celebrating reunion years come back to Mercy to celebrate with their friends. This year, we honored the classes ending in '5 and '0 . Click HERE to enjoy the Homecoming photos of the day!

The week continues, as on September 24th we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy. It was on this day in 1827 that Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, dedicated the first House of Mercy on Baggott Street in Dublin, Ireland. The House of Mercy served as a shelter for women in need, a school for children and at times a soup kitchen for the hungry.

The day begins with an All School Photo, Liturgy, a special Service Project, followed by lunch and rally. This year, Mercy is proud to be working with Special Olympics on a training project, as well as making cards for the Armed Forces, Special Rangers and the Mercy MRCC!

As we celebrate Mercy Day we are mindful of Catherine McAuley and all of the Sisters of Mercy who have gone before us and all those who are living today. We remember their compassionate service to those in need and are inspired by them to make a difference to the needy of our own time.

The Mercy High School Burlingame community wishes each of you a Happy Mercy Day!


A group of dedicated Tri-School students from Serra, Mercy and Notre Dame raised awareness about local poverty on September 12, as they trekked 4.5 miles from Burlingame to San Bruno on the annual Walk for Catholic Worker. Students raised $5,625 and donated 102 pairs of socks.

"During the walk, I learned that we are the voice for the homeless because they have no voice," said Mercy freshman Jasmine Doraiaj. "As Christians, we must actively be their voice and take care of their needs."

The day began at 9 a.m. at Mercy High School in Burlingame. Students made signs in support of Catholic Worker House. Notre Dame's Students in Action team led students in ice-breakers, followed by reflections from Mercy students. After the morning mini-session, the group walked more than four miles to St. Bruno's Church in San Bruno. Cars honked in support along the way.

"There are a lot of people out there who are in need," said Serra freshman Nico Cappabianca. "It was great to be part of a movement to help others."

When the group of 150 students and 15 adults arrived at St. Bruno's Church, they were served warm vegetable pasta, salad and cookies. The Walk for Catholic Worker raised money for the Catholic Worker house in San Bruno. Of the $5,625, Serra Padres raised $945, NDB students contributed than $3,880 and Mercy students donated $800. As the Tri-School students reflected on the day, they agreed that the experience was incredibly rewarding.

"I had fun walking with my friends," added NDB senior Eliza Scheley. "I wanted to support a very important matter – poverty."

Serra freshman Julien Cardenas agreed, "I enjoyed helping a good cause and the less fortunate while meeting new people and having a great time." - Antonia Ehler, Director of Media and Public Relations Serra High School


Mercy High School's annual Alumnae Homecoming was held on Sunday, September 20th.Mercy was thrilled to host Alumnae classes from 1950 to 2005! Over 225 alumnae gathered for Coffee with the Sisters followed by Mass and a wonderful luncheon! Click HERE to view more photos of the day!


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