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It makes us happy to hear that our graduates are thriving in high school, and, later, in college and in their careers. But it thrills us when people tell us what kind of people our graduates are – forward-thinking, thoughtful, grounded, wise, inspirational, nurturing,
aware, smart.  

Whether you graduated from Marymount in the 1950s or are a recent graduate, you are part of an extensive community with a shared experience of academic excellence, ethical responsibility and where the social and emotional of learning are balanced with the opportunity to reach your individual potential, be inspired with a purpose beyond yourself, and continued growth as a member of your local and global communities. Our graduates gain acceptance to and succeed at top independent and public high schools in Santa Barbara and beyond. They go on to attend other local independent schools and the excellent public high schools, and specialized academies throughout Santa Barbara. Many of our graduates also attend many of the prestigious boarding schools throughout the Central Coast and the nation. The strength of a Riviera Ridge/Marymount education is one reason for this success and the confidence our students gain as passionate life-long learners is evident. The following high schools and universities comprise a partial list of where our alumni
continue their education. 

Distinguished Alumni/ae Award

The Riviera Ridge School and Marymount celebrate the accomplishments of and school service by our alumni/ae with the Distinguished Alumni Award. 

1992 - Meredith (Ky) Brooks Abbott ‘56
1993 - John Gherini ‘64
1994 - Tish Gainey Roehm ‘65
1995 - Tina Merlo Messineo ‘67
1996 - Sheila Hart McGuire ‘56
1998 - Colleen Parent Beall ‘74
1999 - Erin Graffy de Garcia ‘73
2001 - Jennifer Jaqua Fairbanks ‘72, Allison Jaqua ‘76, and Sara Jaqua ‘77
2003 - Katherine Foley ‘93
2006 - Stephanie Christoff Rakowski ‘85
2008 - Colleen P. Graffy ‘71 and Carlos J. Barrón ‘81
2010 - Matthew Wolf ‘83
2011 - Annie Maxwell ‘93
2012 - Katherine Marquart '95
2013 - Ryan Emmons '04
2014 - Talia Vestal '11
2015 - Casey McCann ‘93
2016 - Mabrisa Rodriguez ‘99
2017 - Paloma Arnold ‘92
2018 - Whitney Brooks Hansen ‘54
2019 - Matthew Arnold '86
2020 - Jill-Ashley Park '90
2021 - Jaden Lind '18 and Jordan Lind '19
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    • 2021 Distinguished Alums

Recent High School Acceptances

Bishop Diego High School
Cate School
Choate Rosemary Hall (CT)
Deerfield Academy (MA)
Dos Pueblos High School
- Engineering Academy (DPEA)
The Dunn School
The Hotchkiss School (CT)
Laguna Blanca School
Loyola High School
Midland School
Miss Porter’s School (CT)
Proctor Academy (NH)
St. Paul’s School (NH)
Santa Barbara High School
- Multimedia Art & Design Academy (MAD)
- Visual Arts and Design Academy (VADA)
- Computer Science Academy
Santa Catalina School
San Marcos High School – Academy (AAPLE) 
- Accelerated Academic Program for Leadership & Enrichment 
Stevenson School
The Taft School (CT)
The Thacher School
The outstanding record of accomplishments by our graduates is a testament to the efficacy of the Riviera Ridge/Marymount learning environment. We love to hear from our graduates and reconnect them with classmates and former teachers.

Recent College Acceptances

Arizona State University
Brown University
California Lutheran University
California Polytechnic State University, SLO
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Harvard University
Johns Hopkins University
Loyola Marymount University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology  
New York University
Notre Dame University
Pepperdine University
Purdue University
St Andrews, Scotland
Stanford University
Trinity College
Vassar College
Yale University
University of California (all campuses)
University of Southern California
University of Michigan
U.S. Naval Academy
Vanderbilt University
Wellesley College