We take great pride in the fact that our alumni, parents, students, faculty, administration, and Board of Trustees are all committed to our school’s wellbeing. To produce Men for Others who are academically, ethically, spiritually, and morally prepared for college and life’s challenges has always been our mission, consistent with the Catholic Church’s teachings. With every graduating class, our young men make their way to very diverse careers, able to inquire, learn, and discern.
From the start of the pandemic, Jesuit High School Sacramento has followed the guidance of experts in public health, coordinated with local and state authorities, and committed to a return to campus when it is deemed safe to do so. With the improvement in Sacramento County COVID status to the red tier, Jesuit Sacramento is preparing to begin our phased return to campus. While our remote-learning program has been successful, our students need and want to be on campus; all of us at Jesuit Sacramento have been preparing to reintegrate into in-person learning, but we will only do so in a manner that prioritizes safety, sanity, and sustainability.
As you know, I have been away from campus for five weeks to receive medical treatment for a heart arrhythmia. I responded well to the treatment and time of rest, and I am happy to be returning to Jesuit High School Sacramento this weekend to resume my ministry as President.
Thank you for your prayers and support during my time of recuperation. The Jesuit High School community remained in my heart and prayers while I was away.
“Love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce.”
—Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Former Superior General of the Society of Jesus
Parents, Students, and Friends,
This has been a difficult week in our nation and our city. I am grieved by George Floyd’s killing and the aftermath of violence. As a Jesuit school, we are called to work for justice and reconciliation—and this aspect of our mission has never been more necessary and, perhaps, has never been more difficult.
For more than 200 years, our nation’s Jesuit schools, from middle schools to high schools to universities, have used education as our tool for promoting integral human excellence in our students. This excellence is not for the sake of personal gain, but rather for moral citizenship that seeks to promote justice. This justice requires that we act against the overt yet unrecognized racism that exists in our community and even in our own hearts. Our work takes time, but our work has made a difference for the good. It is still imperfect and ongoing.
I hope this message finds you well and that your summer
activities have been restful and joyful. Since I last wrote to
you, we have been busy with an array of summer projects to update
our facilities. We are close to finishing the addition of air
conditioning in the gym and the renovation of six academic
classrooms. We also started the renovation of the baseball
batting cages and the updating of campus lighting. Teachers are
now beginning to arrive on campus to get ready for the always
busy academic year.
Students, Parents, and Friends of Jesuit High School,
I am pleased to announce that Henry “Hank” Weinberger has accepted the position of Director of Athletics at Jesuit High School in Sacramento. Hank joins Jesuit from the University of California at Berkeley, where he currently serves as the football director of recruiting. During his time at Cal, he also served as a Cal Olympics sports operations intern, interim women’s golf coach, and the football assistant director for recruiting operations.
Final preparations and last-minute projects are wrapping up and we are ready to begin another school year at Jesuit High School! We already have teachers on campus getting ready for the always busy academic year. We are rested and ready to do the important work of Jesuit High School.
On May 26, 2018, we said farewell to the Class of 2018 at Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento. It was a wonderful event where families and friends celebrated the accomplishments of this terrific group of young men. We are now preparing to welcome the Class of 2022 in August. This is a special time to be a part of the Jesuit High School family in a community that continues to support our students as they come to understand what it means to be Men for Others.
For those of you who are new to Jesuit, this is the first time you are receiving the Principal’s Newsletter. This is a special edition, just for the class of 2022. You will begin receiving my regular newsletter starting in August.