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Post Kyle Tooley '13 David Zielke

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 Ed Trafton '84

Riley Shanahan ‘10 Readies for Premiere of New Show
Catch "Doom Patrol" on the DC Universe Premium Service

Former Jesuit President Fr. Gregory R. Bonfiglio, S.J., gave Riley Shanahan ’10 some advice early on in his Jesuit career:

“You aren’t getting the most out of your high school experience if you show up at 8 AM and leave at 3 PM.”

For a guy like Shanahan, who didn’t know if he would be attending Jesuit High School until a week before classes started, those words struck a chord.

Shanahan went on to play sports, become Head Cheerleader, and, perhaps most impactful for his future, he got involved with theater and choir.

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.

Post Kyle Tooley '13

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.

Post Kyle Tooley '13

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.


Chris Gets Ugly

Buy your tickets now to see Chris Sullivan ‘98 as Marvel Comic’s villain “Taserface” in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Check out Chris on the official Marvel site, as well as his interviews with Pop Sugar and Access Hollywood.

Congrats, Chris!


Riley’s Possessed

This spring, Riley O’Toole ‘10 (Three Musketeers, Frogs) stars as Jason/Tyrone in Hand to God, Robert Askins’ Tony nominated “Best Play” at the Salt Lake Acting Company.

This wild comedy “explores ideas of faith, morality and human nature with the help of a hand puppet named Tyrone.”

Break a leg, Riley!


Chris Wraps It Up

Congrats to Chris Sullivan ‘98 on his fantastically successful run in Season 1 of the hit NBC show This Is Us.

We can’t wait for Season 2!


John’s Called to Broadway

Jesuit Drama alum John Sanders ‘95 (Macbeth, Ten November, My Fair Lady) has a featured role in the American premiere of Groundhog Day: The Musical, a London import based on the popular film of the same name.

In a recent interview, John reflects on his time in Jesuit Drama:


Jon’s Rockin’ Out

Jon Wagner ‘97 is back on Broadway having recently returned to the Andrew Lloyd Webber hit School of Rock.

Way to go, Jon!


Andrew’s Dreamin’

See Andrew Perez ‘05 as Pedro, the barber, in the classic musical Man of La Mancha at A Noise Within.

Break a leg, Drew!


JR’s Being Funny

Drama alum JR De Guzman ‘04 (Batboy) just landed an NBC deal for his stand up comedy.

Check out what he’s been up to by reading the Sac Bee article “No joke: He’s about to see his career go big” here.


Scott’s at the CMT helm

Congratulations to Jesuit Drama alum Scott Klier ‘89 who was just named Producing Artistic Director of California Musical Theatre (CMT), one of the area’s largest non-profit arts organizations that produces the Broadway Series and Music Circus.

Please read the Sacramento Bee announcement that’s linked below.

Also, check out the CMT website.


Matt’s Doing “Live Radio”

Congratulations to Matt Huffman ‘93 on making his Lincoln Center debut this month!

From the Lincoln Center website:


John’s on Broadway

John Sanders ‘95 is currently on Broadway in the smash hit musical “Matila” playing “Mr. Wormwood,” Matilda’s father, a used car salesman with a few scruples loose.

Click below to visit the Broadway site.

Break a leg, John!


Brian’s on Tour
See Brian Rivera '94 in "The King and I"

Click below for more information.

Congratulations, Brian!


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:


Greg’s Selling Cars & Improv-ing
Jesuit Drama alum Greg Sabin hones his comic & improv craft

You may recognize the face:  it’s “Newton Carruthers,” fictional, local television spokesperson, performed by Jesuit Drama alum and improv talent Greg Sabin.

Check out Greg’s act at the Sacramento Comedy Spot where he has performed and taught since 2003!  (Click on the link below…)


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.


Brian’s on Broadway
Brian Rivera in Lincoln Center's "The King & I"

The Sacramento Bee interviewed Brian Rivera about his role in Lincoln Center’s The King & I:

Rivera got hooked on theater after seeing a Jesuit High production of “Into the Woods.”

“I was completely amazed by their production and so I started trying out for the shows,” Rivera said by telephone from the Mime Troupe’s San Francisco office.


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.

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