At the conclusion of the 2020-2021 school year, Michael Brennan, Servite High School principal and an honorary member of the Class of 2010, will end his tenure at Servite High School. Brennan has served in this position for more than fourteen years, beginning in July of 2006.
“The Servite community is deeply grateful for Mr. Brennan’s 14 years of dedicated service; his love for the men of Servite; his commitment to the Order Friar Servants of Mary; and his servant leadership legacy of forming young men into Faith-Filled Leaders, said Servite President Randall Adams. “Mr. Brennan has modeled and instilled desire, dedication, discipline and determination to all Men of Servite based on a collegial foundation of fraternity, service and devotion to Mary.” During his tenure, Brennan was an integral part in leading the creation, development, and growth of Servite High School’s vision, mission, philosophy and cultural principles. His legacy includes:
Servite’s nationally recognized formation program, an intentional and systematic plan that works towards a complete student experience by developing the whole person, body and soul, and facilitating each student’s address to the questions, “Who am I?”
Collegially creating Servite’s school-wide Formation Themes (Primacy of Faith, Mastery of Self, Necessity of the Other, and Centrality of Christ) intended to guide the formation of the Servite student both inside and outside of the classroom. As Mr. Brennan likes to say, “Students must discipline themselves and follow these themes so that they do not just attend Servite – instead, they become Servite with a Be Christ, See Christ belief system.”
Servite’s unique Priory Leadership program, where student leaders participate in comprehensive, hands-on leadership experiences through peer accountability. Unlike the traditional ASB model, students earn greater responsibility for the operation of the school and campus life.
Collaboratively re-developing Servite academic programs by creating a one-to-one educational technology and curricular program supporting Servite learning objectives, curriculum maps and pacing guides. This also includes enhancing Student Support Services and the Counseling Department, as well as developing the Sanberg International Leadership Program, International Student Program, Speech and Debate, Mock Trial and nationally acclaimed Robotics Program.
Servite’s respected place throughout California and the Trinity League, known as the most competitive league in the nation. Mr. Brennan built trusting relationships with Trinity League and other schools throughout the State of California. He championed our student-athletes by ensuring that coaches aligned with Servite’s mission statement and Formation Program as well as embedded campus ministry standards. Under his leadership, Servite High School re-established a sports medicine team and created a strength/conditioning program to assist and support all athletic programs. A champion of high school athletics, his leadership contributed to many State, CIF and League championships. Mr. Brennan served the last 10 years as Trinity League president and the last 3 years as the CIF Southern Section chairperson for Orange County Placement. Under his leadership, Servite expanded its offerings with hockey, rugby, and ESports programs.
Serving as a member of Servite’s Executive Team including leading Servite Admissions and marketing for many years, as well as closely working with the Advancement, Communications and Business Offices.
“I am grateful to the Order. It has been a wonderful experience and honor to represent these great men and women,” said Brennan. “I am thankful to the Men of Servite. They will always have a place in my heart. I am appreciative to have worked with a terrific faculty and staff. My Servite accomplishments would not have occurred without you. I am indebted to the mentoring, support, guidance and decision-making of so many. Within my soul, I humbly understand that Servite did more for me than what I could ever do for the school or community.”
“Deepening my faith, understanding truth, being hopeful and learning the meaning of love far outweighs anything that I have done,” he continued. “I will miss working at Servite and representing the Order. However, I faithfully and excitedly look forward to what God wants the next chapter of my life to be. Again, thank you and may God bless you.”
In closing, President Adams said, “On behalf of the Order Friar Servants of Mary and the entire Servite community, I would like to express our gratitude for Mr. Brennan’s years of service and the contributions he has made to Servite High School,” said Adams. “He will always be a member of our Servite family.”
Additional information will be forthcoming regarding hiring decisions.