San Francisco, California – Mercy High School, one of the last remaining all-girls Catholic schools in San Francisco, will cease operations at the end of this school year on June 1, 2020, the Sisters of Mercy announced today.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the closure of Mercy High School, an independent Catholic school sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy for the last 68 years,” said Sister Carolyn Krohn ‘65, RSM, head of school.
The school is working to transition current students as well as those potential new students who were considering Mercy for the 2020-21 year. They will be working with parents as well as with Catholic, public, and independent school administrators to help facilitate the move of members of the Classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023 to other schools. School administrators are also working closely with Mercy High School, Burlingame, to explore what opportunities may exist for current San Francisco students to continue their Mercy education.
“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,” Sister Carolyn said.
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On July 18, 70 Catholic leaders, including nine Sisters of Mercy, locked arms in an act of nonviolent civil disobedience to end the detention of immigrant children. Sister Anne Marie Miller, the Institute Leadership Team (ILT) liaison for the MESA Board, was among those arrested. Other MESA representatives present included staff members Jamie Landry and Sister Katie Mindling as well as Sister Deborah Troillett, a member of the MESA Board, who spoke at a press conference prior to the event.
We join with all of the other Mercy schools and with all the Sisters of Mercy around the world in standing as one against the horrific act of violence directed at the Christchurch Muslim community.
The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas hold our Muslim sisters and brothers around the world, and the people and our Sisters of Mercy in New Zealand, in prayerful solidarity.
The attack in New Zealand was grounded in hatred, racism, xenophobia and islamophobia—none of which have a place in our world. We have become all too familiar with these acts as the tide of violence continues.
As people of faith, it is imperative that we unite in calling for an end to white supremacist and anti-immigrant views which sow fear and embolden these acts of terror. As we struggle with what concrete response we can make, it is our role to be sure that American Muslims feel the support of their neighbors in the midst of this climate of hate. We must show up for our Muslim neighbors.
We are one people in the eyes of God. There is no place for these ideologies that seek only to divide. We strongly believe that an approach of education, acceptance and active nonviolence is the answer.
We hold fast to the truth that houses of worship should, and always will be, places of peace and safety.
No act of terror will take that away.
Sister Carolyn Krohn, RSM, Ph.D.
Head of School
Mercy High School, San Francisco
Signaling the continuation of Mercy tradition and dedication to women’s Catholic education in San Francisco, Sister Carolyn Krohn ’65, RSM, Ph.D. was recently installed as the 15th Head of School after a brief stint as interim at the start of the 20192020 school year.
Proud to be the first alumna in the leadership role, Sr. Carolyn hopes to expand Mercy's Special Programs of Women in: Science and Healthcare, Performing Arts, Technology, and The Arts to include engineering and business. Her own academic history is the foundation for this aspiration.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Sister Carolyn graduated from Holy Name School and Mercy High School where she gained a true love for Mercy’s mission and a passion for learning. Sister earned her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at Cal Berkeley. Having graduated in from Mercy in 1965, Sr. Carolyn "didn't know [that as a woman] she wasn't supposed to get" an A.B. in Mathematics from U.C. Berkeley.
She went on to earn a master’s degree in Interactive Technology in Education at Harvard University and a doctorate in Curriculum and Teacher Education at Stanford University. Sister Carolyn served as a member of Burlingame’s Regional Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy. She was a faculty member at Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, where she taught in the School of Education and in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.
"I am privileged to work with faculty, staff, and administrators who value the Mercy charism and support our students on a daily basis," she said. "We will continue to educate women to pursue lives of spiritual depth, determination, and daring action to improve their world."