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Saint Francis High School (Mountain View)

Saint Francis High School
1885 Miramonte Avenue
Mountain View, California, 94040
United States
Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic (Brothers of Holy Cross)
Patron saint(s) Saint Francis of Assisi
Established 1955
Authority Congregation of Holy Cross (Southwest Province)
Oversight Diocese of San Jose
CEEB Code 052-077
President Simon Chiu
Principal Patricia Tennant
Teaching staff 100.6 (FTE)
Grades 9-12
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 1768 (2015-16)
Student to teacher ratio 17.2
Campus Suburban
Color(s)      Brown
Athletics conference CIF Central Coast Section
(West Catholic Athletic League)
Mascot Lancer
Nickname Lancers
Rival Bellarmine College Preparatory
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Average SAT scores 1809 (2015)
Average ACT scores 26.7 (2015)
Publication Mindframes (literary magazine)
Newspaper The Lancer
Yearbook Poverello
Tuition $16,700 (2015-2016)

Saint Francis High School, founded in 1954 by the Brothers of Holy Cross, is a Roman Catholic, co-educational, college preparatory secondary school located in Mountain View, California. The Brothers of Holy Cross serve both on the faculty and on the Board of Directors. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose in California.


  • History 1
  • Athletics 2
  • Notable alumni 3
  • Notes and references 4
  • External links 5


The Brothers of Holy Cross opened Saint Francis High School as an all-boys school in September 1955. The original teaching facility was a small frame building, renovated from a grammar school and named Grant Hall after Harry Grant, the first student to enroll. Other buildings included a former residence, Andre House, and some peripheral structures. The grounds were largely orchards. Four Brothers comprised the first-year faculty. The first principal was Brother Donatus Schmitz. He was soon replaced by Brother Fisher Iwasko, who remained several years and is considered the principal founder.

Soon afterwards, the Brothers of Holy Cross invested $210,000 of their own funds and $225,000 of borrowed funds to build Holy Cross Hall. The building contained eight classrooms, three science laboratories, and administrative offices, and was completed in December 1956.

In 1959, Raskob Memorial Gymnasium was built on land donated from Ira and Elise Higgins. By 1962, the student body had grown to 685 males. In 1972, Saint Francis merged with Holy Cross High School, necessitating additional facilities.


Saint Francis has over a 50-year history of athletics. Most of the student-athletes play in the WCAL (Western Catholic Athletic League). As of June 2009, the school has accumulated 14[4] State Team Championships. The following sports are offered at Saint Francis:

Notable alumni

Notes and references

  1. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Academic Achievement". Retrieved September 23, 2015. 
  4. ^ Saint Francis High School: Athletics
  5. ^ "Eric Byrnes Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Joe Cannon". Major League Soccer. Retrieved August 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Doug Cosbie". Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Daniel Descalso Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Rhett Ellison". The Official Site of the USC Trojan Athletics. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  10. ^ "John Gall Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  11. ^ 
  12. ^ "Daniel Nava Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 

External links

  • Official website
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