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St. Ignatius College Preparatory, San Francisco
  • English teacher Bill Isham on his last day teaching at SI. Read more here.

  • The varsity boys' lacrosse team was ranked fifth in the nation after winning eight straight WCAL titles. Read more here.

  • The SI Athletics Office honored all the seniors will be competing in sports next year on the college level. Read more here.

  • Water protectors flew the “Protect the Sacred” banner and a flag of the American Indian Movement while praying and singing. Photo by Theresa Martin. Read more here.

  • Ken Ryan 78, behind the scenes before the opening of the Opera’s production of Frankenstein. Ken started working at the War Memorial Opera House while still a student at Cal and has moved up the ranks to his current job as master of properties for the San Francisco Ballet. Read more here.

  • Matt Balano, the school's director of equity and inclusion, is leaving SI after helping it become a more diverse community. Read more here.

Cover Story
  • Beginning in August, SI will return to its historical roots and further its Jesuit mission by offering a full scholarship middle school program called the Father Sauer Academy.

    For the early part of SI’s history, the school educated both primary and middle school students. The Jesuits believed then that the best way to prepare students for a rigorous college preparatory curriculum was to start early.

    The middle school Academy is named for Anthony P. Sauer, S.J., who served as president between 1979 and 2006. A remarkable school leader, Fr. Sauer instituted another major sea change when SI went coed in 1989. He also expanded the campus and turned a good city school into a great regional college preparatory.

    The Academy will accept students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and offer them full scholarships for their three years of middle school and four years at SI…. Read more here.

First Words
  • Frequent readers of my First Words know my wife and I like to travel. We caught the bug early on as we both trekked through Europe in Volkswagen vans in the 1970s, she with her family for six months when she was a sophomore at Mercy SF and I with Fr. John Becker, S.J., and nine classmates in the summer of 1975. Our first trips to foreign lands taught us more than any other experience save for having children. We went abroad once again recently, this time to Peru and to the Galapagos Islands. To prepare for the latter adventure, I read The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time by Jonathan Weiner, who won the Pulitzer for his remarkable work that chronicles the story of Peter and Rosemary Grant and their observation of 13 species of finches on Daphne Major, part of the Galapagos archipelago. On that small island, they saw evolution in action when both drought and heavy rains led to rapid evolution in beak size. Those finches evolved in order to survive — to crack open the seeds that remained.… Click here to read more. 

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