Felipe Perez (2012)
Since childhood, Fairmont Prep alumnus Felipe Perez has had one dream—to play Major League baseball. He grew up around the sport, with many of his relatives playing pro ball in Mexico, and at age four Perez couldn’t wait to pick up his own bat and hit the field. Over the years, Perez developed incredible pitching skills and began playing for traveling teams. His parents were always supportive of his dream, and when it came time for high school they encouraged him to attend Fairmont Prep so he could balance his baseball achievements with a focus on strong academics.
“My first year at Fairmont Prep wasn’t easy,” said Perez. “The teachers’ expectations were far beyond what I was used to, but my teachers never hesitated to take time out of their day to give me the help I needed. I will always be grateful for that.” Coming from a public school in Long Beach, the small size and diversity at Fairmont Prep was also an adjustment for Perez. Four years later, he says the variety of people at Fairmont Prep is what he loves most about the school. “I have all kinds of friends now—people from all over the world, from star athletes to math geniuses.”
Perez joined the baseball team at Fairmont Prep his sophomore year, which was also the first year in the school’s history that the baseball team was named undefeated League Champions and qualified for the CIF Championship. In 2010, Perez was one of 20 elite United States players to make USA Baseball’s 16U National Team. In the championship game against Mexico, the coach asked Perez to pitch. With adrenaline pumping and a packed stadium, he helped lead the team to an 11-4 gold medal win. After this game, college scouts began wooing Perez. He explored opportunities with many of the top baseball schools in the west, and ultimately decided to accept an offer to play in the Major Leagues with the Arizona Diamondbacks!
Keep an eye on Felipe Perez… He’s sailing towards his dream with as much speed and drive as his famous pitches.
-Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools