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Class notes
April 30, 2013, 05:00 AM

Mercy High School, Burlingame, will host its sixth and seventh grade student open house from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 3. Mercy is an all-girl, Catholic, college preparatory high school, situated on 40 acres. All sixth and seventh grade girls are invited to attend at Mercy’s campus with tours and student demonstrations. Mercy is located at 2750 Adeline Drive in Burlingame. For more detailed information, contact Francesca Ohanessian, director of admission at 762-1114 or


On the weekend of May 3-4, Burlingame High School, along with the BHS Alumni Association and the student leadership team, will commemorate the 90th anniversary of the school. The community is invited to participate in a variety of planned activities.

In 1921, voters passed a $361,000 construction bond to purchase land and construct the new school. In December 1923, 30 teachers and 350 students moved from San Mateo High School to Carolan Avenue in Burlingame. The sign above the columned porch read “San Mateo High School — Burlingame Branch.” The dedication ceremony attracted more than a thousand community members. Burlingame High School became an independent school in 1927.

The new high school formed its bylaws, wrote a constitution and created an organizational structure. It quickly established its culture and many traditions that remain today: the Little-Big Game with San Mateo (first held on Armistice Day, Nov. 11, and then on Thanksgiving Day for many years); the red and white school colors, the Block B letters for successful athletes; its newsletter, the Burlingame B and its motto, “Not the biggest but the Best.”

Burlingame High School has, over time, maintained a record of high academic achievement and community volunteerism. The loyalty of its graduates has resulted in the creation of the Burlingame High School Alumni Association, a group with an estimated 11,000 graduates who contribute to the school in a variety of ways, including sponsoring various student opportunities and scholarships, a local Athletic Hall of Fame, and annually honoring an Alumnus of the Year.

Events on Friday, May 3 include: an alumni golf tournament with tee time at 10 a.m., at the Palo Alto Golf Course. Cost is $70.

On Saturday, varsity and alumni baseball games will be held at Washington Park. The field opens at 10:30 a.m. but the games won’t be held until the afternoon. Following the games, a barbecue will be held at the Burlingame Recreation Center.

For information regarding the golf or baseball outings contact Rusty Knudsen at

Tours of the school will be held Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. The BHS Alumni Room will hold an open house during the same hours. And, at 2 p.m., a jazz concert will be held in the cafeteria.

For questions about the 90th anniversary events contact Terry Naylor or Judy Chiasson at

Class notes is a column dedicated to school news. It is compiled by education reporter Heather Murtagh. You can contact her at (650) 344-5200, ext. 105 or at

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