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Royal Court

The tradition of naming a St. Joseph’s Day Royal Court began in 1953 to represent Spain’s King Carlos and Queen Isabella, who were the reigning monarchs in 1769 when the California mission system was founded.

Each year, the Royal Court consists of eighth grade students who embody “excellence” on all levels, academically and spiritually. The crowning ceremony takes place in the morning at the conclusion of our school’s St. Joseph’s Day Mass celebration. The court also represents Mission School each year on our award winning float in the Swallow’s Day Parade.