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From Panama to a PhD, Ryan Kenneally ‘15 is Ready for His Next Step

Ryan Kenneally ’15 is still a semester away from finishing his undergraduate program at UC Berkeley, but his plan for life after college is already rolling right along.

Once he receives his college diploma, Kenneally will be heading to Panama to spend two years in the Peace Corps.

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Ben Ownbey ‘01 Wants to Pay it Forward

Ben Ownbey ’01 had an incredible experience at Jesuit High School, and he’ll be the first person to tell you that.

He comes from a Catholic family, so being able to expand his faith with a Catholic education was positive. He loved his time on Kairos, which really gave him the true sense of Brotherhood that Jesuit has to offer.

Ownbey also knows that none of that would have been possible without Jesuit’s generous donors, as he received tuition assistance throughout his four years at 1200 Jacob Lane.

Post Kyle Tooley '13 Michael Lorenc '73

Zach Harper ‘00 is Covering the NBA at the Highest of Levels
From ESPN to CBS Sports and The Athletic, there's no denying Harper's impressive resume

Zach Harper ’00 fell in love with writing as a student at Jesuit High School. One of his teachers, Mike Lorenc ’73, really sparked that interest.

“[Mr. Lorenc] got me into writing for myself,” Harper said. “Not because I had to.”

Fast forward to 2019, and Harper has made quite the career out of his writing.

Post Kyle Tooley '13 Paul Rose

Chatting with Will Lyon ‘06

Will Lyon ’06 is exactly where he wants to be, even though the path there wasn’t always that simple.

Lyon, a current “professional researcher” at Humboldt University in Berlin, is working on his PhD in African History with a focus on German colonialism. The research he completes will be turned into a book, as is the standard when working on a PhD in Germany.

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Jesuit High School Alumni Association
Join Today!

An Alumni Association offers more opportunities for alums to get involved, plan events, and support Jesuit High School. Jesuit is looking for alums that want to be a part of the Alumni Association in one way or another, such as a board member, class representative, or club/activity delegate. Even if you don’t know exactly how you want to be involved, please reach out!

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Strawn’s Return to Jesuit
A story on Peter Strawn '04 coming back to teach at his alma mater

By Charlie Whitcomb ‘19 (via The Plank)

This year, Mr. Peter Strawn ’04 returned to the Jesuit High School family as an AP Computer Science Principles, AP Computer Science A, and Algebra 1 teacher.

After graduating from Jesuit in 2004, Mr. Strawn attended the University of San Diego to pursue a degree in English. He eventually went on to receive his master’s in English from California State University, Sacramento.

Post Kyle Tooley '13 Amanda Smith

Chris Sullivan ‘98 Speaks to Students About Mental Health

While he is working on projects such as This Is Us, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, or Stranger Things, Chris Sullivan ‘98 understands the importance of staying centered and taking care of his mental health.

Sullivan returned to campus on Wednesday, or “Hump Day” as his character in the Geico commercial might say, to speak to students about the importance of your mental health. Sullivan gave tips to the student body about how to stay mentally sharp and how to continue to be a “Man for Others” after graduation.

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David Vincent ‘18 Continues to Honor Justin Hall During the Food Drive
Hall impacted him, and now he wants to impact something Hall cared so deeply about

The passing of Justin Hall, a beloved teacher, coach, and friend, impacted many members of the Jesuit community. Hall touched so many people during his time at Jesuit, including David Vincent ’18.

Vincent, whose family had known the Hall family before David’s time at Jesuit, wanted to carry on Justin’s legacy after his passing. Following Hall’s death last November, Vincent brought several truckloads of food to Jesuit’s Food Drive, wanting to continue Hall’s work as the Student Activities Coordinator and Director of the Food Drive.

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A Conversation with Andrew Endicott ‘13

Andrew Endicott ‘13 showed up to Jesuit High School ready to play soccer. He went to college to play football for the Wisconsin Badgers. Now, Endicott works for the PGA TOUR.

To say that Endicott’s life has revolved around sports would be a vast understatement. But, as he gets farther and farther away from his high school graduation, he realizes the importance that the lessons he learned at Jesuit High School play in his life.

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Reflection of a Jesuit Education
A story on Lawrence Simon '13 returning to Jesuit

By Jack Schreiber ‘19 (via The Plank)

Physics teacher Mr. Lawrence Simon ’13 is one of the newest members of our staff at Jesuit High School. Just like other faculty alumni, Mr. Simon once roamed the halls as a student. However, physics did not come to Mr. Simon naturally.

Post Kyle Tooley '13

Jesuit Hosts Reunion Weekend & Homecoming BBQ

Jesuit High School was thrilled to welcome back the classes of 1968, ’78, ’88,’98, and ’08 for Alumni Weekend, which took place on Oct. 12-14. Each of those classes had their own reunion on Saturday night, with other events taking place throughout the weekend for alums of any class that wanted to participate. Over 200 alums joined us throughout the weekend, and each one of them seemed to enjoy the festivities.

Post Kyle Tooley '13 Jon Rotz '92

Catching Up with Jon Rotz ‘92

Jon Rotz ’92 walks around 1200 Jacob Lane as Jesuit High School’s Assistant Director of Admissions and as an Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach, but it wasn’t too long ago that Rotz was walking to class on these very same grounds. Rotz recalls fondly his time as a student at Jesuit High School, and recognizes how his time as a student impacted his decision to join Jesuit’s staff.

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Please participate & help us "stay in touch"

In this day of fast moving communication, having up-to-date contact information is critical to keeping our Alums in touch with the latest news at Jesuit, and to help our Alumni stay in touch with each other.

It has been 8 years since our last directory project.  Therefore, we are partnering with Publishing Concepts (PCI) to help us with our “Stay in Touch” project. PCI is an industry leader, with university and high school clients from across the nation.

PCI is contacting all of our living alumni – 9,891 Marauders – via mail, email and phone calls, inviting you to participate.  We understand that some may have questions about this project, so are providing some additional information.  We want you to know that their request for your information is being done our behalf, and that your info is safe and secure.


Jeff Levering ‘01 joins Brewers in play-by-play, new media role
Will Broadcast Select Games and Provide Content for and Social Channels

Story courtesy of – Photo from & the Pawtucket Red Sox

Press Release | January 22, 2015

The Milwaukee Brewers today announced that Jeff Levering will join the organization as the newest member of the Brewers radio broadcast team. Levering will serve as a play-by-play broadcaster on select road games on 620 WTMJ and the Brewers Radio Network, as well as provide content for the Brewers online, social and new media channels.

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A New Look for Jesuit High School

Whether you graduated in 1967, 2014, or anytime in between, Jesuit’s campus has changed significantly since you were a student here.


Howell ‘01 continues to give back
The path toward a dream

Courtesy of the LA Times

By Bill Shaikin, November 15, 2013

Dodgers’ J.P. Howell opens up about bullying

Of all the images you might have of how a major league pitcher spends his November, this probably is not the first one that comes to mind: J.P. Howell squeezing himself into a kid-sized rocking chair, turning the pages of a colorful storybook, smiling before a room full of children he has never met.


Jon’s on Broadway
Andrew Lloyd Webber's "School of Rock"

Jon Wagner ‘97 is making his Broadway debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical adaptation of the film School of Rock.

In addition to being in the adult ensemble, he is understudying the lead role, the role of the unconventional teacher played by Jack Black in the film of the same name.

To find out more about the show, please click the link below.

Congratulations, Jon!  Here’s to years and years of hard work and faith…not to mention wonderful talent!


Rogers Honored as Student Entrepreneur
Posted 10.23.15

ANDREW ROGERS ’12 was a finalist for the Silicone Prairie News SPA Student Entrepreneur award in recognition of his creation of JayClean. Partnering with Creighton University and Max-I Walker in Omaha Nebraska, JayClean provides dry cleaning services to University students, faculty, and staff. Creating a unique opportunity for students to learn outside of the traditional classroom environment JayClean is managed and operated by students at Creighton University and seeks to promote future entrepreneurial businesses at Creighton University.


JHS Rugby Alums Play for USA Eagles
July 2015

Great to see JHS Alums Louis Stanfill ‘03, Eric Fry ’05 and Blaine Scully ‘06 featured on the USA Rugby mobile app leading up to the Pacific Nations Cup match against Japan. The USA Eagles practiced at JHS this week, prior to their match at Bonney Field this Friday, July 24, 2015. For more details:


Turner Sparks ‘00 Comedy Comes to NYC!

Turner Spark ’00 Comedy Comes to New York!  Turner, who lives Suzhou, China, started his comedy career in 2009 by founding Mainland China’s first standup comedy group – “Stand Up China” and has won international comedy competitions all over the world.  Before taking the stage in 2009, Sparks founded Mainland China’s first American ice cream truck when he brought New Jersey’s “Mister Softee” trucks to China.  Turner will be bringing his comedy to the Big Apple in late May.  New York dates and locations are:  Wed, May 27 –  Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W.


Welcome Back Mike Wood '99

After a comprehensive national search, it is my pleasure to announce that John Michael Wood ’99 has accepted my invitation to serve as Jesuit High School’s next principal beginning July 1, 2015.


Jesse Dundon ‘03 is named to the 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30
Dundon listed in the Marketing & Advertising category

In 2009 cofounded Hathway, an agency with 2014 revenue of $6 million that helps brands develop mobile applications and campaigns. Agency has nearly 50 employees and offices in San Luis Obispo, CA, and Tokyo. Clients include Behr Paint, Applied Materials and Transamerica. Hathway ranked No. 601 on the 2014 Inc 5000 in recognition of 791% revenue growth over a three-year period. Dundon is a member of the Cal Poly Industrial Technology Advisory Board.

View the original posting here.


Matt Cain ‘96 is named to the Silicon Valley 40 Under 40

Courtesy of Lynn Peithman Stock, Silicon Valley Business Journal

Jesuit High School set the foundation forMatt Cain’s drive for success early on. The school’s mission for students to be “A Man for Others” challenged him to a lifelong learner and leader in service to others.


An Interview with Ken O’Brien ‘78

Courtesy of  -  January 27, 2015

Ken O’Brien

We know … we know—he was selected ahead of Dan Marino in the 1983 Draft. But the greatest quarterback in New York Jets history (not named Namath) had a rifle for an arm, oodles of confidence and a couple of Pro Bowl appearances. Plus, he’s got one helluva Herschel Walker story.


Sac Bee shout-out for Jesuit Drama
2014 highlights in theater in the Sacramento region

Congrats to Jesuit Drama and Ed Trafton ‘84 for their shout-out in the Sacramento Bee’s recent “2014 highlights” article.

Read Bee theater critic Marcus Crowder’s full article which is linked below.

Article Kyle Tooley '13

It’s a Fiesta for Boise State’s Thomas Sperbeck and Tanner Vallejo

Article by Joe Davidson – The Sacramento Bee

Picture by Rick Scuteri – The Associated Press

Thomas Sperbeck grew up the son of a quarterback. Then he became one, learning to be calculating and cool in pressure situations.

Tanner Vallejo was raised a linebacker in a family full of them, in attack mode in everything he did.

Now that their sophomore seasons at Boise State are complete, Sperbeck of Jesuit High School and Vallejo of Nevada Union return to class Monday riding a wave of momentum, hungry for more.


See what’s next at Jesuit High School!

The grounds of Jesuit High School have changed dramatically over the past few years, with renovations and upgrades to all aspects of our facility. View this student video to see what’s next for our great campus.


Sac Bee “Performances of the Year”
Jesuit Drama alums featured in 2013 theatre wrap-up

Congratulations to Kiera Anderson (“Best Ensemble”), Connor Mickiewicz (“Best Performance,” “Best Ensemble,” “Most Satisfying [Theater Experience]“) and Andrew Perez (“Best Performance”), all of whom were prominently featured in the Sacramento Bee’s 2013 Theatre Year in Review!

Click on the link to read Bee Theatre critic Marcus Crowder’s article.


Jay Flores ‘07 to coach basketball at Cal State East Bay
Former CCAA MVP Joins Pioneer Coaching Staff

Courtesy of Cal State East Bay Pioneers

Steve Connolly, Sports Information Director

HAYWARD, Calif. — The Pioneer men’s basketball coaching staff now features three former standout point guards. Head coach Gus Argenal has announced that Jay Flores has joined Cal State East Bay as an assistant coach for the 2013-14 season. Flores, who played collegiately for conference rival Chico State, was the California Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAA) Most Valuable Player as a senior in 2011-12.


General Brooks ‘76 takes command of U.S. Army Pacific
Reassignment and promotion to 4-star general occur concurrently

4-star general takes command of U.S. Army Pacific

By Audrey Mcavoy - The Associated Press

FORT SHAFTER, HAWAII — A four-star general took command of the Army in Asia and the Pacific for the first time in nearly four decades Tuesday as the military’s national security focus shifts to the region.

Gen. Vincent Brooks, 55, succeeded Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, a three-star general who retired after leading U.S. Army Pacific for the past two years.


Nilsen ‘93 finds success with a unique pairing
A Passion for Turkeys & Wakeboarding

Flip side

Courtesy of California Bountiful Magazine: July/August 2013 
Story by Ching Lee

Tim Nilsen is known to lead a double life—one as an extreme-sport athlete and one as a turkey farmer.


Susac ‘09 plays his way into the Eastern League All Star Game
Jesuit alum making strides in the SF Giants farm system

Squirrels Send Five to Eastern League All-Star Game
Herrera, Minicozzi, Quirarte, Snodgrass, Susac Honored

Courtesy of the Richmond Flying Squirrels/


Matt Bouza ‘76 watches as his son follows his footsteps
Like fathers, like sons: Cal's Legacy 5

By John Crumpacker / San Francisco Chronicle

(To read the entire article, click here.)

Following in footsteps

Photo Credit: Ryan McClymont

USACE South Pacific Division Commander Promoted to Brigadier General
Col. Michael C. Wehr ['81] was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General on March 15, 2012 in a ceremony at the San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building.

From the US Army Corps of Engineers

By Torrie McAllister

SAN FRANCISCO — Acting Army Chief of Engineers Maj. Gen. Merdith “Bo” Temple promoted South Pacific Division Commander Col. Michael C. Wehr to the rank of Brigadier General, March 15, 2012 in a ceremony at the San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building.

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