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Congresswoman Waters Praises Students and Teachers for Serra High School’s Success

September 3, 2010
Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35) visited Junipero Serra High School in Gardena yesterday and praised students and teachers for Serra's outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments.

At a spirited "Welcome Back to School" assembly, Congresswoman Waters presented the school with a framed copy of a statement she filed in the Congressional Record that saluted Serra for having 100% of its graduates for the past four years accepted into college and for the success of its sports teams, most notably its state champion football and basketball teams.
Congresswoman Waters said, "I congratulate President Erick Rubalcava, Principal Michael Wagner, Athletic Director Ted Dunlap, Head Football Coach Scott Altenberg, Head Basketball Coach Dwan Hurt, their assistant coaches, the entire school staff and all of the amazing faculty and students at Serra for their excellence both in academics and athletics. You all make me so proud!"

In December, the Cavaliers won the California Interscholastic Federation's Division III state championship in football, and in March the Cavaliers won the Division III state championship in basketball, making Serra High School the first school in California history to win championships in both sports in the same school year.

The school's boys track team came close to winning the state championship, and the girls basketball and track teams also won their divisions.

At the end of the 2009-10 school year, Serra's athletic program was rated by ESPN as the fourth best all-around high school athletic program in the USA and the number one program in California.

Junipero Serra High School is operated by the Department of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The school was founded in 1950 and has graduated more than six thousand students since its first graduating class in 1953. Over the years, the school has played a very important role in the life of the South Bay area.