Crespi Carmelite High School

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Crespi Carmelite High School
Official logo of Crespi Carmelite High School
Zelo Zelatus Sum Pro Domino Deo Exercituum.
With zeal have I been zealous
for the Lord God of Hosts.
5031 Alonzo Avenue
Encino, California, 91316
Coordinates 34°9′43.5″N 118°31′17″W / 34.162083°N 118.52139°W / 34.162083; -118.52139Coordinates: 34°9′43.5″N 118°31′17″W / 34.162083°N 118.52139°W / 34.162083; -118.52139
Type Private, All-Male
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic;
Established 1959
Founder Fr. Gus Carter
President Fr. Tom Batsis, O.Carm.
Principal Dr. Jonathan Schild
Headteacher Brett Louis
Staff 40
Grades 912
Enrollment 540[1] (2008)
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Brown, White and Gold             
Slogan "Celt Pride"
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling
Mascot Celt Celt mascot
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges,[2] Western Catholic Educational Association
Newspaper The Celt
Yearbook Los Encinos
Tuition $14,950 (2014-2015)

Crespi Carmelite High School, called Crespi, is a private, Roman Catholic, four-year college preparatory all-male high school located in Encino in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, in the U.S. state of California. It is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The school was named for Friar Juan Crespí, and was founded in 1959 by the Carmelite religious order, and has been run by the Carmelites since that time.


Crespi Carmelite High School offers a college-preparatory education designed to make every graduate eligible to matriculate to a four-year university. The academic program boasts twenty Advanced Placement courses for the 2013-2014 school year. With a 14:1 student-to-teacher ratio, the small-school environment provides specialized attention and opportunities for each student. The graduating class of 2013 were accepted to nearly 60% of U.S. News & World Report’s top fifty colleges.

Teachers at Crespi pride themselves on the use of research-based instructional practices, and the school has been recognized as a Gurian Institute Model School, which designates the school’s focus on brain-based education with a special concentration on the male brain. In addition to close work with the Gurian Institute, Crespi has worked with Dr. Daniel Amen to identify and establish best-practices for a brain-friendly school.

For the fall semester of 2013, Crespi introduced a STEM Cohort program that will allow students to focus on studies that will expose them to and prepare them for STEM careers. Furthermore, Crespi boasts unique academic honors opportunities such as Environmental Studies and Outdoor Leadership. To graduate with honors from this program, students must participate in academic seminars on environmental issues as well as outdoor expeditions such as backpacking and nature trail rehabilitation. In addition to carrying on a tradition of academic excellence, Crespi is committed to academic innovations such as the programs above as well as a rotating block and semester system that have been adopted by many other area schools.


Over the years Crespi has won ten CIF Southern Section division titles – Baseball (Division III in 2003; Division II in 2009), Basketball (Division IV-AA in 2001 and 2010), Football (Big Five in 1986; Division X in 2004 and 2005), Track & Field (Division 2-A in 1973; Division III in 2008), and Water Polo (Division 2-A in 1981).[3]

In 2010 Crespi fired Jeremiah Ross, its American football coach, after the team did not make the playoffs. Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times criticized the firing of Ross, stating "No one cares that he won a section title five seasons ago and got the Celts into the Pac-5 final in 2007. The Celts didn't make the playoffs the last two seasons, so he's banished."[4] Jon Mack, the next American football coach, resigned in 2013. That year, In the president of the school, Father Tom Batsis, hired a Crespi alumnus, Troy Thomas, as the new head coach.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

Crespi Fine Arts Arts Building




  1. ^ "Crespi Carmelite High School - Encino, California - CA - school overview". Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  2. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  3. ^ "updated record book 9 25 07.pmd" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  4. ^ Sondheimer, Eric. "Private schools' firing of football coaches is a troubling trend." Los Angeles Times. January 18, 2010. Retrieved on March 23, 2014.
  5. ^ Sondheimer, Eric. "Encino Crespi leader a 'non-jock' who knows the score on sports." Los Angeles Times. April 4, 2013. Retrieved on March 23, 2014.

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