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Palma Receives $2.5m from Edward M. Dowd Foundation

The Largest One-Time Gift In Palma’s History

The generous gift will provide funding to remodel the gym and update Palma School’s entrance. 

“We are thrilled to receive this gift at this pivotal moment in our history. The renovated gym will serve all of our students through physical education, fine and performing arts programs, and daily student life. It will be an improvement benefiting the entire Palma community.”   — Chris Dalman, Palma’s president


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Upcoming Events   

May 23  Final Exams

May 23   8th Gr. Grad Mass at 5p in BER Chapel

May 24   Baccalaureate Mass at 9a - MDS Church

May 24   8th Grade Graduation at 3p - field

May 26   Sr. Graduation at 10a - Sherwood Hall


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Community News

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Thank you, Ms. Fife, For Your Service to the Palma Family

We wish a fond farewell to Mrs. Marta Martinez-Fife. Friday, May 24th, will be her last day on campus. She will be moving on to a career in the medical field as a practice manager here in Salinas. After 13 years of dedicated service to Palma, we thank her for serving our community.

Mrs. Fife states, “I would like to thank the Palma community as a whole for the blessing of serving the students, families, faculty and staff during my time.  I am excited for the Palma School’s transition to co-ed and wish all the young ladies and young men an amazing start to the next school year.

Please be welcome to stop by the front office of the administration building to say good bye any time before 3:00 pm on May 24th. A poster board is available there for you to sign and share your kind thoughts with her as she moves on.

News - Brian Driscoll

Meet Brian Driscoll: Palma’s New Basketball Head Coach 

Palma School welcomes Brian Driscoll to steer its storied basketball program and serve as Varsity Head Coach. Brian has been connected to basketball since his days in high school where he was a varsity starter for four years, made all league three of those years and was named Monterey County Player of the Year in 1991, which included a place on First Team All State.

Brian’s played collegiate basketball for St. Mary’s College of California where he was a four-year letterwinner, two-time captain and placed in the top 10 in the West Coast Conference in 3-pointers his third season. During his tenure the team they won a gold medal at the 1994 Jones Cup in Taiwan representing the U.S.

Coach Driscoll has 20+ years experience on the coaching staffs at San Ramon Valley High School, De La Salle High School and Palma, winning numerous league and section championships.

“It is a great honor and I am very excited to be the Varsity Boys Basketball coach at Palma. Palma is a special place with a great tradition of excellence  and I can’t wait to get started,” Driscoll commented.

The Palma athletic community is excited about Brian starting his new position.

News - Holly Andrus-Harris

Holly Andrus-Harris Named Student Activities Director

Palma School is excited to announce that Holly Andrus-Harris will be the 2024-25 Director of Student Activities. In her new role, she will implement Palma’s “House System” that will elevate student interaction and campus culture.

“I’m excited to invigorate leadership and spirit at Palma and hope that will create the same lifelong impact that I gained from my time at Palma as a student and previous employee,” Holly said.

Ms. Andrus-Harris has experience working at Palma as the Assistant to the Athletic Director from 2007 through 2011 and brings a wealth of entrepreneurial talent to the school. Her recent endeavors include successful business startups. She is currently the Event Director for Flair on the Farm, a homegrown craft show that serves 190 local vendors each November.

Ms. Andrus-Harris was a 2000 graduate of Notre Dame High School before matriculating to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. In her time at Notre Dame, she was a Palma cheerleader and a member of the combined Palma-Notre Dame ASB board.

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Chieftains Connect

Looking for more than a school? Find it at Palma

Whether you’re moving up from elementary school or entering Palma at any grade level, you will find a welcoming campus culture. The class camaraderie is strong and students feel connected within their class and across their school.

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Chieftains Thrive

A Palma education is focused on the whole person, preparing students to thrive in college and in the world. Palma graduates possess character and are confident in their convictions.

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Acceptances

100%
of 2023 graduates were accepted to college

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Scholarships

$5,500,000+
was received by 2022 graduates college scholarship offers

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Service

6,000+
service hours are logged by students on an annual basis

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Athletes

47
graduates have received athletic scholarships in the past 10 years

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University Attendance

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Chieftains Inspire

Alumni credit Palma for the success they continue to have in college and life.

"I use the tools given to me at Palma to educate and empower students like me — underrepresented, underserved, low-income students. It’s because of the courage and conviction I gained at Palma that I can show my students that they, too, can achieve the education necessary for social mobility.”

“Palma set the foundation for me to establish a strong work ethic in order to be successful in an unfamiliar environment. Some of my best memories come from Palma and I can’t thank my parents enough for making the sacrifice to send me there. Thanks to Palma I’m a first-generation college student.”

“Palma offers a value-based education that’s really unlike any other school in Monterey County. I personally grew impassioned and really learned through my volunteering at Soledad State Prison with the Prison Ministry working with those on the margins.”

Palma Alumni Webcast Series

A weekly webcast hosted by Abe Lincoln ’88 includes interviews of alumni from a diverse range of backgrounds, spanning several decades, career fields, and interests to discuss their experiences at Palma and life after graduation.

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The 2024 Inductees of Palma's Hall of Fame have been selected.

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Mindful of our primary mission to be a witness to the love of Christ for all, Palma School admits students of any race, color, national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the students at the school. Palma School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and/or ethnic origin, nor age in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. While Palma School does not discriminate against students with special needs, a full range of services may not be available. Likewise, Palma School does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of gender, age, disability, race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin. Palma School reserves the right to be a sole judge of merit, competence and qualifications, and can favor Catholic applicants and co-workers in all employment decisions, especially in those positions that have direct bearing upon the pastoral activity of the Church.