Welcome to Holy Names!
It is with great honor that I welcome you to our 2019-2020 school year. We are deeply blessed to share this sacred space on Harbord Drive where we impart our talents and intellect to educate our next generation of leaders. As the oldest and only all-girls Catholic high school to currently serve Alameda County, we are fortunate to have this distinction as it has paved the way for our graduates to be fearless in their future academic and professional endeavors.
Service is an operative and functional term that abides by the mission of our foundress, Blessed Mother Marie-Rose Durocher, S.N.J.M. Between 1844-1849, Mother Marie-Rose established four convent schools, employing 30 teachers to serve 449 students. She was a pioneer of all-girls education which was a difficult and oftentimes complicated mission at this time in our history. It is because of her commitment to educating and inspiring young women that an all-girls college-preparatory education exists all of our S.N.J.M. schools around the world.
As interim principal, I am committed to serve our connected group of students, parents, and instructors as we embark on our 151st year of education. My intention is to respond efficiently to the needs of this community and ensure that our students are well-served by our dedicated group of personnel. Our educators embody the HNHS mission as they are fully committed to purposeful planning and attentive devotion to our students. Their pledge to serve in Catholic education is steadfast as they participate in our prayer services, masses, retreats, assemblies, and community service days. Our students learn the importance of serving beyond their own personal needs, but also realize the importance of attending to the needs of their peers, school, and communities near and far from HNHS. This summer, a group of our students had the privilege to visit Tanzania, where they were witness to the lives of young girls in this unique part of our world. The stories and connections that they shared put their own lives in a new and enlightening perspective. They have returned soulful and grateful to have been exposed to this enriching and life-changing experience.
We are looking forward to this exciting and inspiring year as we partner with our community to bring service, faith, and leadership to our scholars.
~ Dr. Karen Vigna, Ed. D.
Interim Principal, 2019-2020