Mercy High School, San Francisco has more than 11,000 graduates across the country and around the world, and each alumna is an important member of the Mercy Skipper family.
We hope that you stay connected with us, visit campus, mentor future students, and share your Mercy SF story with everyone you meet.
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All-Alumnae Coastal Cruise January 2020
Women's Leadership Conference
Alumnae Open House, All-Class Reunion a Hit!
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Alumnae Directory Project
Mercy High School has partnered with Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI) to manage a significant alumnae data and directory update. The project kicked off in July 2018 with the data-update process and will last through 2018. Printed alumnae directories will be available to order and set to arrive in September 2019 (digital versions of the directory will also be available for purchase). In addition to the directories, PCI representatives will also be selling Mercy-branded items such as t-shirts and travel bags. All alumnae are encouraged to confirm or update their contact information with PCI.
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A Message to our Alumnae
“This is your life, joys and sorrow mingled, one succeeding the other.”
- Catherine McAuley, the first Sister of Mercy
It is with great sadness that we announce the planned closure of Mercy High School at the conclusion of this school year on June 1, 2020.
Why is Mercy High School compelled to shut her doors after 68 years? The answer to this question is complex. The Board and administration have worked tirelessly on a number of strategies to stabilize the school, but regretfully these efforts have been unsuccessful. The combination of decreasing enrollment along with the increased need for financial aid, the lack of a significant endowment, and rising operating expenses have made it impossible to maintain financial stability.
We have tried everything to preserve the important mission to which we have been devoted for the past 68 years: to educate women to pursue lives of spiritual and intellectual depth, determination and daring action to improve our world as an inclusive, Catholic, college preparatory community enlivened by the gospel of Jesus and the charism of the Sisters of Mercy.
Most recently, we announced that “Mercy is at a crossroads” and many responded generously, with approximately $200,000 raised. Though this sum is not enough to keep open our doors, it does facilitate, along with yet another major gift from the Sisters of Mercy, our ability to close the 2019-2020 school year with grace and dignity, a parting gift for our Mercy girls. We are deeply grateful to those of you who contributed through your gifts and support.
During the coming weeks and months, Mercy’s focus will be on our students, our faculty, and our staff. Classes and activities will continue as normal as the integrity of our educational program and the welfare of our students are of the greatest importance. There will, of course, be changes, including, unfortunately, some staff reductions. Great care will be taken to ensure that these changes will not compromise the student experience.
Our Mercy girls are our top priority. We are working to transition students, as well as those potential new students who were considering Mercy for the 2020-21 year, to new schools. We will be working with Catholic, public and independent schools as well as with parents to help facilitate the move of members of the Classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023 to other schools.
We are also working closely with Mercy High School, Burlingame, to explore what opportunities might exist for our current San Francisco students.
What does Mercy’s closure mean to you? Many things, no doubt. It likely brings sadness that the mission of Mercy High School that we have known and loved will no longer be present in San Francisco. However, this is an invitation for you to embrace the larger mission of Mercy learned here from the Sisters, your teachers and from one another, to care for our sisters and brothers whose dignity is threatened and who are deprived of human respect. In the coming months, you will hear about a task force dedicated to express that mission, including maintaining the alumnae community through sisterhood, reunions and other events.
We want to wholeheartedly thank our dedicated teachers, staff and Sisters, past and present, who have exhibited great care, dedication, and compassion while assisting our young women in their dreams of a Mercy education. We also want to thank everyone who has lent their time and shared resources with Mercy throughout our 68-year history. Your time, your participation, and your gifts have produced generations of young women of Mercy of whom we are so proud.
We request that you email us at Mercy1952@mercyhs.org with your questions and concerns since we do not have the capacity to reply to phone calls. We will respond as promptly as we can.
We want you to know how disappointed we are to be unable to keep Mercy’s doors open. We had so hoped that we would find a solution to Mercy’s challenges, but unfortunately it is just not possible even with multiple attempts and strategies explored over these past eighteen months. We deeply regret the impact this decision has upon our students and staff and pray that the God of wisdom and mercy may guide all of us through these difficult times.
Sincerely, in Mercy,
Georgia Wasley '09
Alumnae Development Officer