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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.



Remember that first day of school and having that new backpack and crayons...what a joy!

Special thanks to all who donated to the school supply drive for Mercy Housing. Through your donations in supplies and in cash Angie Simonetti and Sandy Flaherty were able to go to Wal-Mart and there they bought two shopping carts full of school supplies with the money that was donated.

Sr. Patsy Harney, RSM was thrilled to receive these donations for Mercy Housing. Way to go Mercy – you should be proud of the smiles you brought to the faces of those less fortunate!


Mercy High School Burlingame is proud to have four new freshman following in their mother's footsteps as they carry on the legacy of becoming a Mercy Crusader!

This year, Mercy welcomes(pictured bottom to top) McKayla Fagliano, daughter of Sheila Fagliano Zamora '98, Kate Shorno, daughter of Jamee Constantinos Schorno '83, Victoria Grace Pieri, daughter of DDenise Barbagelata Pieri '89 and Ruby Mayne, daughter of Arlene Susmilch Mayne '84


Mercy Burlingame seniors are getting ready for graduation on Sunday, May 31st at St. Ignatius Church at the USF Campus in San Francisco.  This group of 123 seniors were accepted to over 280 colleges and universities throughout the United States and were awarded over $11 million in scholarships toward their college educations!  

Mercy held its final liturgy on Monday, and the class took their last class photo in cap and gown.  Pictured with Ms. Karen Hanrahan, Head of School are Class of 2015 Valedictorian Yenna Kim (far left) and Class Salutatorian Jenna McCormick.


At the Final SBO Assembly, last week two outstanding students received the highest awards given to a junior.  We are pleased to announce that the The “Spirit of Mercy Memorial Scholarship in Memory of Moira, Cindy and Angie” was awarded to Isabella Lim and the Sister Mary Consolata and Sister Mary Gabriel scholarship was awarded to Sarah Feller.

 The Spirit of Mercy memorial Scholarship Award was established on May 9, 2006.  The scholarship is awarded annually to a junior student who exemplifies the Mercy Spirit and the values which guided Moira, Cindy and Angie’s lives:  FAITH, LOVE, COURAGE, COMPASSION, GENEROSITY, SOCIAL JUSTICE, AND A JOY FOR LIFE.  Isabella was chosen by the faculty and staff as having met all of those qualifications.  “Isabella volunteers at Reading Partners, and for the past three years has tutored young children in reading and comprehension.  She is an athlete, playing tennis for three years.  Isabella has also been active with Students in Action, a club of which she is currently the president.  She understands social justice and its importance and is definitely a woman of faith who belongs to a parish and personally nourishes her faith” stated Peter Diaz, Religion Department & Community Service Coordinator. 

A number of years ago, the Sisters of Mercy and Mercy High School, Burlingame lost two beloved members of its teaching community—Sister Mary Consolata and Sister Mary Gabriel.  “Consie” and “Gabe” as they were affectionately known by teachers and students alike were actually sisters!  They were tremendous fans of all sports, especially women’s sports.  Their love of Mercy was unquestioned; their support of students was unchallenged. This year’s scholarship was awarded to Sarah Feller.  “Sarah is an enthusiastic supporter of Mercy activities and events.  She is an active participant in Mercy sports and a great team player. Sarah is good natured, positive and her giving attitude permeates all of her interactions with others.  Sarah shows a loyalty to Mercy and a generosity of spirit and is a positive influence in and out of the classroom”, stated teacher Kathy Mountain.  Bob and Jackie O'Donnell, parents of Moira pose with Head of School Karen Hanrahan and Sarah Feller (far left) and Isabella Lim (right).


Seniors everywhere are beginning that  final grind towards finals week and graduation, but last week, the seniors at Mercy High School Burlingame took a few minutes to enjoy the “rite of passage”  with the Senior Pinning “Ceremony where they received their alumnae pins and became a member of the Mercy High School alumnae association.

The event was sponsored by the Mercy High School Alumnae Association, and seniors were pinned by former Mercy graduates.  Many girls had moms, aunt’s friends, or a special Mercy faculty member or Mercy Alum pin them.  It was a special moment and the first of the many graduation activities that will take place in the next couple of weeks.  We wish the Class of 2015 all the best as they begin college in the fall.  We hope that they will always consider Mercy a “home away from home” and we look forward to hearing from them as they follow their journey in life.  To see more Senior Pinning photos click here.  


Congresswoman, Jackie Speier spoke at Mercy today.  Congresswoman Speier is a Mercy Alumnae and Mercy Alumnae Parent  and for many years, Jackie has managed to carve some time from her busy schedule to come home to Mercy and speak with the graduating senior class.

Jackie’s message is simple – always make sure that you have the knowledge and skills to take care of yourself throughout your lifetime.  She told the girls that there will be joys and that there will also be hard times,  some filled with adversity, but that if they rely on family, friends and faith that they will get through it all. 

Congresswoman Speier spoke candidly of her career, and of how profoundly the People’s Temple and the Jonestown massacre affected her life.  She told the girls how she choose at that point to be a survivor, and to not let those moments define her but used the lesson to help shape into who she is today.  She spoke of love and loss and how through it all – that some of the girls sitting around this room today would always be there for each of them, because they were now a part of a special sisterhood …the Mercy sisterhood!


Mercy is proud to announce that Annie Breidinger of HIllsborough won 1st place in this year's Young Men’s Institute (YMI) Essay Contest.     Annie along with other Mercy students submitted entries to the  YMI national contest.  This year, there were nearly 1,000 entries submitted.  Mercy High School Burlingame has been a participant since 2002     Students were asked to write a 500 word essay responding to the topic "How has social media impacted the decisions you are making in high school?"

The contest always proves to be fine opportunity for our students to demonstrate their writing and critical thinking skills.  This year, three sophomores in the English Honors class took home awards.  Annie Breidinger of HIllsborough won 1st place and receivedf$1,000’; Bianca Gonzalez of Colma  achieved 6th place,  earning  $200; and Hayley Massucco of San Bruno won 13th place and $100.   Congratulations to all three Mercy Burlingame winners!


Over 220 alumnae, parents, Sisters, teachers, friends and Board members joined together to attend this year's  Making A Difference Scholarship Benefit held on April 30th. 

It was a magical evening with the spirit of Mercy filling the room!

To all of you who have supported Making A Difference - THANK YOU! To date, we have now raised a record $262,400 in donations!  We would like to reach a new goal of $275,000 and welcome your support!  The event was underwritten by the Board of Directors.  100% of all donations directly benefit girls in need of financial assistance.  Your gift, of any amount, helps transform lives!  Please take a moment to watch this year's Making A Difference Video - it's stories are truly inspiring!

Click here to watch the video and to make a donation to Making A Difference!

A heartfelt thank you to our student speaker Sammy Baker '15 and keynote speaker Brandy Martinez Navarro '98. Sammy and Brandy both represent what it truly means to be a woman of "mercy" and compassion in on our world. 



Special Congratulations to Mercy Senior Frances Siu for her achievements in Lacrosse.  Francis has recently been ranked 16th in California and is 53rd in the United States for scoring.  This from a young woman who until 4 years ago never played the game!

Today, in the United States, lacrosse has been embraced and is one of the fastest growing team sports.  Lacrosse is considered to be America’s first sport – being played first by the North American Indians, christened by the French and adapted and raised by the Canadians. 

The sport of lacrosse is a combination of basketball, soccer and hockey.  Anyone can play lacrosse – the big or the small.  The game requires coordination, agility, quickness and speed. 

Way to go Frances!


Mercy High School offers a variety of Summer Programs, Camps and Classes.  Please click on the Summer School link to see all current class openings!

Hope to see you here at Mercy this Summer!



Spring Open House

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Explore Mercy's campus, meet our students, teachers and administrators and learn more about our community.  

Academic Classroom Presentations in:

  • English, History, Math, Science
  • World Language:  Spanish, French and American Sign Language
  • Visual & Performing Arts:  Dance, 2D Art, Photography, 3D Art, Chorale & Drama
  • Religion, Service Learning, and Immersion Trips 


 Explore Extracurricular Opportunities at Mercy

  • 14 Sports 
  • Student Leadership Opportunities
  • Service Learning/Philanthropy Events and Trips
  • Dances and Social Opportunities


Mercy High School Burlingame was pleased to host this year’s Girls in Science Fair this past February.  Over 12 San Francisco and Peninsula Middle Schools chose to participate with over 50 science projects being brought in.    Projects ranged from “Who let the bacteria out” to “Does what you see affect what you taste.”

All projects were well thought out and it was hard to come up with winners, but those projects who stood out that night included for the 8th Grade Awards for : 1st Place - Natalie Ng, St. Anne School; 2nd Place - Anna Quinlan, Hillview Middle School;  and Haley Fava, St. Pius School.  For  7th Grade, awards went to:  1st Place - Bryn Totah, Sea Crest;  2nd Place - Olivia Bredel, St. Charles; and  3rd Place - Madeline Chew, St. Anne School.   

Special Awards were also presented to Caroline Daniher, St. Pius for Special Environmental Science Award; Kellie Lu, St. Gabriele for Special Most Creative Award and Emma Blenkinsop, Holy Name for Special Physics Award.

Congratulations to all of those young girls who participated in this event and to their families and schools for supporting them in their endeavors.    






Mercy Alumna Mariann Byerwalter ‘ 78 was recently honored with the Dean’s Medal, one of the highest bestowed by the Stanford School of Medicine.

Mariann Byerwalter, MBA, is currently on the board of directors of Stanford Health Care and of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, and she also chairs the board of directors of SRI International Inc.;  The Dean’s Medal recognizes individuals whose scientific, medical, humanitarian or other contributions have significantly advanced the mission of Stanford Medicine.  “Mariann  is a visionary individual who has worked tirelessly on behalf of Stanford Medicine, helping provide financial stability and recruit new faculty to lead the enterprise,” said Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of the medical school

Byerwalter, who earned her bachelor’s degree from Stanford in 1982, has interwoven her career in business, as a banker and entrepreneur, over the last 30 years with her volunteer service at the university. As a Stanford senior, she received the Wallace Sterling Award for outstanding academic achievement, beginning a longstanding connection to Sterling, the university’s former chancellor, who encouraged her to remain involved, she said. She was elected to the university Board of Trustees in the early 1990s and shortly after joined the board of the children’s hospital.  “That was my first involvement with Stanford Medicine, and it really touched my heart,” she said.

“To be recognized by the school and the dean and my colleagues is very humbling, as my work with Stanford University and Stanford Medicine has been the most rewarding and fulfilling of my entire professional career,” Byerwalter said.   For the full article, please click here.  


Mercy High School was honored to have Haider Hamza speak on campus this past week.  Mr. Hamza is Journalist and War Correspondent who has been featured on Showtime and NPR and in his 20’s worked as an Iraqi Journalist for ABC and Reuters News.

Haider was born in Iraq under the rule of Saddam Hussein and lived through four major wars in his homeland.  As a journalist, he witnessed several other conflicts throughout the Middle East and North Africa.  Haider spent two years embedded with U.S. military units covering combat operations. As a freelance journalist, he also spent time covering the perspective of armed resistance in the Middle East to learn more about their mindsets, goals and the reality of who they are. As a result, Haider witnessed the war through many lenses including those of soldiers, civilians, rebel fighters, and journalists; all while attending school as an undergraduate student. 

During that time, Haider was arrested, injured and kidnapped. He lost several family members and friends. Although Haider wanted to stay in Iraq,  the risk became too great. "At some point Haider said that he “realized that it is more important to live for a cause than to die for one,". Haider explained to the girls how a chain of “actions will cause a reaction” and that how important the “non violence movement” as preached by the late Dr. Martin Luther King  is in helping to gain equal rights for all.  He explained to the girls that there are three sides to every story – mine, yours and the truth – and that as a journalist; his job is to find the truth in every story. 



This past Friday and Saturday Jada Chappel, Kelcey Dobson,  Arlayna Kane, Grace Leaf, Maeve Murphy, Sara Mustafa, Kiley O'Brien and Krista Semenero participated in the Spring Urban Plunge Trip. The whole purpose of Urban Plunge is to enter service in a more reflective and intensive state of mind so that students can process the many dimensions of an issue such as immigration and poverty.

For a day and a half, the students helped at St. Peter's School in the Mission, listened to a local baker in the Mission on the state of the neighborhood, made and delivered sandwiches with City Team International to people living in Single Room Occupancy Hotels and toured the Alemany Farmers' Market. 


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