Thank you to all SM Giving Week Donors: Rich & Sara '91 Brakke, Dan & Lisa McKenzie, David '92 & Kate Stifter, Sarah Niemi '16, Trueman Family, Daniel & Donna Upton, Sharzad Marashi & Kaveh Mahjoob, Paul & Debi Mackey, Paul Zintel, Teri Beauchamp, Mr. & Mrs. Steven Silver, Alexander & Ulrike Leivici, The Noble Family, The Sarrao Family, Greg & Cindy Newman, Arnel & Melody Reyes, Jack Iwamoto '16, Joanne Carey, Ryan M. Hallisy '20, The Maloney/Suxho Family, Coach Bob, Lori Gardner, Richard & Julie Cherney, Rick & Michelle Ptak, Gretchen Manoogian, The Marking Family, Karen & Mark Popovich, Lisa Farnan, Ed '94 & Ann Marie Dryden, Stephanie & John Fuhrman, Issa Family, Ciszek Family, Tom & Sara Kerscher (Julia '16, Alyssa '19), The Fang Family, The Flick Family, The Reis Family, Tom & Keri Doyle, The Chung Family, Robb '93 & Jodie (Julian '94) Cerruti, Minfang & Joseph Habbouch, Steve Wood, FOrest & Lina Smith, The Maihen Family, Nicole Dubois '96, Ryan Williams '18, DJ & Brianne  '98 Burke, Rick & Semra Nogueira, David & Tracy Clark, Paul & Leslie Deakin, Mark & Christine Byra, Michael & Amy Yoder, Kari Williamson, Harry & Juanita Housenga, Chris '02 and Jessica '04 Ferraro, Brian & Barbara Erhardt, Grant & Kristin Johnson, Patrick & Saralee Sheehan (Megan Sheehan '19), David & Mary Kate Pike, Lawrence & Kathleen O'Toole, Crista Beach '09, The Carlson Family In Memory of Jim Carlson, Paul & Gina Pellizzon, Shawn & Kristin Brown, Puntoriero Family, Kenneth & Pamela Petersen, Renald & Lucie Marie Gregoire, Jeff & Denise Ferrier, Jeff & Susan Carducci, David & Katherine Flores, Reverend Craig M. Butters, Jake Singer ’16, Mick & Lynn Singer, Saul & Suzanne Reyes, David & Kathleen (Fallon ’91) Boyle, Vargas Family, Spencer Firestone ’16 & Alexandra Firestone ’18, Tony & Kay Relvas, Mark 7 Grace Stensby, David & Donna Sears, Vince ’00 & Laura Prietto, The Whitley Family, David Nix ’91, Sooj Park ’11, Pablo & Juliet Patino, Todd & Maureen Vacca, Ryan Williams ’18, The Eaton Family, The Kienle Family/Ava ’20, The Bobruk Family, Leet Family, The Leavell Family, Fr. Ted Olson, Mannie & Annie Adams, Robert & Gail Ann Lynch, The Burdian Family, The Blaul Family, Lasse Ostergaard & Fatima Morales, Dale & Jennifer Niemi, Al & Karen Reyes, Nancy & Dave Harris, Stacie Rego ’01, John & Alisha Fisher, John & Bonny Mulvihill, The Kilander Family, Kurt & Gail Altergott, Barbara & David Gwynn, Chuck & Virginia Yang, John & Charlene Palmer, Robert & Moraima Duffy, Raymond & Mary Helen Beatificato, Kenneth & Laura Robertson, Kevin & Sophie Sanchez, Doug & Megan Hayden, The Lupenski Family, Arne & Anne Marie Valum, The Vargas Family, Jack Palmer '15, Jeff Palmer '15, Melissa Pearce, Jeffrey & Jacquelynn Watt - Lillijane Snelders-Watt '18, John & Dora Boggs

Santa Margarita Catholic High School

Week of Giving 2016
Our History
Nestled against the Saddleback Mountains, Santa Margarita Catholic High School’s campus provides an ideal environment for students to worship, learn, and thrive. The school began as a dream of the late Bishop William R. Johnson, who saw the need and potential for a Catholic high school in South Orange County.
 
 
In 1985, Bishop Johnson’s enthusiasm caught the attention of religious and business leaders and soon plans were under way to fund and build an extraordinary school. With God’s blessing, a handful of dedicated people, and the generosity of donors, Santa Margarita Catholic High School established its roots. The school opened its doors in the fall of 1987 and the charter class of 218 students graduated in June of 1991. Now home to about 1,650 students each year, Santa Margarita boasts dedicated faculty and staff, unmatched academic programs, faith-filled activities and competitive athletics.
 
 
In October of 1995, the school launched its Auxiliary Studies Program to provide additional support to students who learn differently. Santa Margarita is the only Catholic school in the state to offer such a comprehensive program. In 1997, the school was accepted as a prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and is the only Catholic school in the county to offer the academically-rigorous IB track. Santa Margarita also offers Advanced Placement courses and an Interdisciplinary Program which emphasizes hands-on learning and weaves together subjects beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries. In 1998, the United States Department of Education awarded Santa Margarita its highest honor – the Blue Ribbon, an
award given to only the nation’s finest schools.
 
 
In 2007, the much anticipated Aquatic Center opened boasting an Olympic-sized, 50-meter pool. The Sacred Heart Chapel was renovated in 2008 and serves as the spiritual center of campus. The campus expanded in 2010 with the addition of the Eagle Athletic Center – the first LEED-certified, green building in the city of Rancho Santa Margarita and the Diocese of Orange. This facility rivals athletic facilities at the nation’s top universities. The school’s commitment to the environment continues with the Academic Services Center completed in the fall of 2011, also a LEED-certified building. With a focus on the future, the Academic Services Center offers innovative technology and enhanced counseling services.
 
 
Santa Margarita graduates become leaders in business, medicine, law, not-for-profits, military, finance, government and in the Church. With more than 8,900 alumni, Santa Margarita Catholic High School continues to produce exceptional graduates – spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally – just as Bishop Johnson envisioned.

SMCHS is in it's 27th year and is under the direction of Principal Ray Dunne.