A Tradition of Forming Faith-Filled Leaders


In 1957 the Archdiocese of Los Angeles invited the Order Friar Servants of Mary (Servites) in Chicago to come to Orange County to open an all-male Catholic high school in Anaheim.

Father Maurice Gillespie, OSM, arrived in May, 1958 with a small band of Friars as well as equipment, supplies and personnel from St. Philip High School in Chicago. They got an unfinished brick building and 110 boys that would comprise the inaugural freshman class.

When school started in the fall of 1958, Servite was holding classes in borrowed classrooms at St. Philip Benizi Elementary School while the administration worked out of a windowless storage room. The main building was finished in December, 1958 and was dedicated by James Francis Cardinal McIntyre on the Feast of the Seven Holy Fathers, February 12th, 1959. Servite has grown immensely over the years, and today 965 students call themselves Friars.

From the beginning Servite has emphasized developing faith-filled leaders prepared for success in college and life. Servite teaches young men to seek excellence in academics, athletics, the arts and Catholic spirituality. Servite men become leaders in business, medicine, law, non-profits, military and civic service and in the Church.

Formation Program

In 2005, Servite debuted the nation’s first comprehensive four-year Formation Program designed to transform boys into men who are powerful, faith-filled leaders in college, their profession, and their family and personal life. The Formation Program weaves academics, athletics, activities and spirituality together in a seamless experience that gives graduates a firm foundation for success. The program begins with an intense and rewarding Freshman Formation Weekend the July before the start of freshman year and concludes with graduation and alumni participation. Servite men are continuously evaluated in terms of their academics, leadership and teamwork, and character and spiritual development.

Awards and Notable Accomplishments

Servite has one of the most challenging academic programs in Southern California and often leads Orange County private schools in the number of National Merit scholars.

In athletics, Servite has won 4 State Championships, 14 CIF Championships and 121 league championship titles playing in some of the most challenging leagues in the nation.

Servite has an outstanding Classical Guitar program and our The Tri-School Theatre program (Servite, Rosary and Connelly High Schools) has won numerous MACY awards and performing in international festivals in Scotland and Nebraska.

With over 9,000 alumni in 48 graduating classes, the Servite alumni, parent and benefactor network is very strong. Servite men are leaders of billion-dollar businesses; are among the best attorneys and physicians in the nation; are leaders of federal and local governments; have started important non-profits like Corazon; and have served with distinction in the Church and military.

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