SAN MATEO, Calif. — Junipero Serra High School was founded in 1944. Run by diocesan priests of San Francisco, the school’s core mission is developing young men of “faith, wisdom, service, community, and leadership.’’ The building where Tommy Brady (that’s what they call him here) matriculated was built in 1952 and hasn’t changed much since Brady graduated 20 years ago.

The students and staff at Serra are much like folks back in New England: They believe in Brady.

“I support Tom through this tough time,’’ says Serra athletic director Dean Ayoob, who was a senior at Serra when Tommy was a freshman.