In winning State School of the Year honors, the Serra Cavaliers beat out perennial powerhouses Mater Dei, in Santa Ana, and Archbishop Mitty, in San Jose -- both of which are more than twice the size of Serra, which has an enrollment of just under 600 students.
At the national level, ESPN has ranked Serra fourth among all high schools for multi-sport excellence.
This year, the Cavaliers won two CIF state titles in football and basketball, and nearly won a third in track & field. They also won five section titles in the highly-competitive CIF Southern Section. Additionally, the girls' basketball team reached the CIF Southern Section Division IV quarterfinals.