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Homecoming 2015 King Josh Drayden by Shannon Walke 2015 Bishop Dunne Homecoming King Josh Drayden is a scholar-athlete who also sings in the Sounds of Bishop Dunne Gospel Choir. With multiple college scholarship offers, he plans to attend the University of California at Berkley next fall. The Falcon football team is the reigning 2014 Class 5-A Div. 1 State Champions, and remains undefeated this season. Photo by Shannon Walker with SW Photographic.

Homecoming King Josh Drayden a Tri-Athlete, Committed to Cal for College

When Josh Drayden came to Bishop Dunne from St. Philip’s School and Community Center, he didn’t know anyone. Six years later, he was elected by the student body as the 2015 Homecoming King.
 
A tri-athlete, he’s played football, basketball, and run track each year he’s been at Dunne, and has already committed to the University of California at Berkeley to play football. A defensive back for the Falcons, he dislocated his shoulder in the JPII game this season and didn’t realize it until he couldn’t push himself up off the turf. But he had it popped back into place and was back on the field a week later to help his teammates defeat Nolan at homecoming.
 
Last year’s State Championship meant a lot to him, and brought him attention from a number of colleges which liked his good grades and athleticism. SMU, UT-Austin, and Northwestern were all possibilities, but he and his parents, Eureka and Edwin, and younger brother Jalen, all flew to California to see the Cal campus. The trip sold him. He’s headed to Berkeley, considered the top U.S. public university and currently ranked third in a new set of U.S. News & World Report rankings, behind only Harvard and MIT. He attributes his good math scores to his excellent teachers, from Mr. Ratliff in 7th grade to his AP Calculus teacher, Mr. Braun, this year. His other favorite teachers are Ms. Bové in anatomy and Mr. Clifford in government. Josh plans to become a physician.
 
Busy with football this fall, he barely has time to make choir practice, but the Sounds of Bishop Dunne Gospel Choir is a club he enjoys. He’s also vice president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and in the FBLA Club, and makes it to church on Sundays to thank God for all his blessings.
 
Josh has garnered many accolades as a football player: 2012 Eastbay Team, USA All American, 2014 First Team All-District, 2014 All State, and 2014 Academic All State. With a 4.0 GPA, a strong work ethic, and the support of his high school classmates, this Falcon is ready to fly to California for his next adventure.

To meet Josh and other outstanding Bishop Dunne students and learn about the school, you can attend The 15th Annual Bishop Dunne 100 Dinner this Thursday, October 22, 2015 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. For more information see the school's website: www.bdcs.org or contact Mary Gracheck at mgracheck@bdcs.org. Funds raised from the dinner go to tuition assistance for the next 100 students to attend the school. 

The undefeated Bishop Dunne Falcon Football team plays cross-town rival Bishop Lynch at BL on Friday, October 23, 2015. For more information see the school's sports website: www.Dunnesports.com.

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