A summer afternoon stroll around the campus at Peralta Park reveals a buzz of activity even without the faculty and student communities present.
Cheers of youngsters at the basketball camp in the gym are mixed with the sound of a concrete hammer preparing the way for new stairs and walkways at Cronin Hall (1959) near Posen Street.
Summer school students have left for the day, and school staff are busy keeping things humming as the transition to the new school year and new trimester schedule moves ahead.
The fog rolls in, and hawks and crows chatter in the eucalyptus along Codornices Creek at the Albina Avenue edge of campus.
A resident doe and her spotted fawn graze along the creekside. Even a little early fall color is visible on many campus trees, a sure sign that the year is moving along and that the new school year - Saint Mary's 148th - will be here before we know it.
The High School will celebrate its Sesquicentennial in 2013, along with "big sister" Saint Mary's College. The two schools were founded in San Francisco in 1863.
The 2011-12 school year will open Aug. 15 with a faculty retreat and professional development days, followed by student orientations and the first day of classes on August 23.
Saint Mary's hosted the Albany Relay for Life team captain meeting on the school campus.
Longtime teacher and tennis coach, Mike Sommers, himself a cancer survivor, has sparked interest in the event among the school faculty, many of whom plan to .
Incoming Saint Mary's freshman families will be hosted by the school's Parent Association at three summer meet-and-greet picnics during July and August, one of which will be held at on Sunday, Aug. 14.