With your help and support, it is my hope and prayer that we continue to honor the legacy of Palma — a rich and storied history under the foundation of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and the capable leadership of Brother Patrick Dunne, CFC, and so many teachers, staff, volunteers, parents, alumni and benefactors.   

God has a way of closing and opening unanticipated doors for us, placing us in just the right places at the right times in our lives. Our calling to this holy journey we call education is no exception. It is no mistake that any of us is here. Nor is there any mistake made by your investment in your son to be an important Chieftain in this school community. Each of us has been chosen to be here. And each of us, in turn, chooses to sacrifice ...to labor...to commit ourselves to the priority of educating young men for a world that so desperately needs their leadership. Is there anything more important?   
For all of us, this atmosphere of highly successful college preparatory learning presents new beginnings...new changes...new horizons.
Successful schools do not just happen; they are created. Forged by the toils of highly committed teachers, staff, volunteer parents, participating students and a supportive community, schools can be positioned for great success. Driven by a passion for learning, I believe in the wonders of education and the sanctity of people — especially here at Palma. Schools are sanctuaries for thought and agents of change for our society. There is tremendous need in our world for learning and leadership — and the young men of Palma are prepared and entrusted with such responsibility.

So it is with this humility and gratitude in mind that I beseech you all to share our joy and energy as we commit ourselves to making Palma greater, stronger, and ever more successful. We have a 60+ year history of many good and giving people with willing and gracious hearts. I look forward to meeting you, working with you, even serving you in this holiest of endeavors we recognize as a Catholic education for young men at Palma. Go Chieftains!

Yours in Blessed Edmund Rice,
David J. Sullivan
    • David Sullivan, his wife Marian and son at Mass. His brother, Fr. Rob Sullivan is presiding.

      David Sullivan, his wife Marian and son at Mass. His brother, Fr. Rob Sullivan is presiding.


Being a leader is about more than just enforcing the rules. It involves mentoring, motivating, inspiring, caring, and above all, listening. Respect on campus starts from the top and the respectful civility of Palma students is a reflection of how they are held in equal and appropriate esteem, which in turn, strengthens their confidence.
Palma is a private, college-preparatory school for boys in grades 7 through 12 owned and operated by the Christian Brothers Institute of California. Palma School is dedicated to providing young men an excellent education in a Roman Catholic environment that embraces the Essential Elements of an Edmund Rice Christian Brother Education and challenges each individual to develop spiritually, intellectually, morally, physically, and socially.
919 Iverson Street . Salinas, CA 93901 . 831.422.6391

Palma School is a 501(c)3 corporation owned and operated by The Christian Brothers Institute of California.