Loyola High School (Montreal)

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Loyola High School (Montreal)
Loyola HS Coat of Arms.jpg
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
For the Greater Glory of God
Address
7272 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Coordinates 45°27′23.93″N 73°38′22.33″W / 45.4566472°N 73.6395361°W / 45.4566472; -73.6395361Coordinates: 45°27′23.93″N 73°38′22.33″W / 45.4566472°N 73.6395361°W / 45.4566472; -73.6395361
Information
Religious affiliation Catholic, Jesuit
Principal Richard Meagher
Funding type Private, Boys
Grades 7-11
Colours Maroon and White          
Established 1896
Enrollment approx. 750
Athletics Peewee (Scouts), Bantam (Braves), Midget and Juvenile (Warriors)
President Fr. Michael Murray, S.J.
Homepage www.loyola.ca

Loyola High School is a private Catholic school for boys in grades 7–11 located in Montreal (Quebec, Canada). The School was established in 1896 by the Society of Jesus as part of Loyola College, at the request of the English Catholic community in Montreal. It is named after St. Ignatius of Loyola who founded the Jesuit Order in 1534.

In Loyola's Mission Statement, the School is described as providing a university-preparatory program consisting of a rigorous and comprehensive educational experience intertwined with spiritual and religious formation, and extra-curricular involvement to deserving students.[1]

An important feature of the school is its practice that no student attending Loyola should be deprived of the opportunity to receive the full "Loyola experience" because of an inability to afford tuition. In achieving this goal Loyola has established a variety of bursary funds. This has fostered a diverse student body which has contributed to the School's strong sense of community and public service.[2]

History[edit]

Founded in 1896, Loyola High School started life as Loyola College (an 8 year classical college or "collège classique") which assumed responsibility for the English section of Collège Sainte-Marie de Montréal, a French Jesuit school which existed from 1848 to 1969. In 1916, Loyola College moved from its downtown location to the west end location on Sherbrooke St. West. In 1964, the Loyola High School Corporation was established to run the school separately from the college. When Loyola College merged with Sir George Williams University in 1974 to form Concordia University, title to the land that the school occupied on the north-east corner of the campus was transferred from the college. To this day, Loyola has remained true to its Jesuit apostolate, educating "Men for Others" who are intellectually competent, open to growth, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice.

School buildings[edit]

Loyola was originally located in an abandoned Sacred Heart Convent on Bleury and St. Catherine Street. A fire broke out at this location in 1898 provoking the College to move into the former Tucker School on Drummond Street. That very summer, a wing was added; but space soon became inadequate. In 1900, the Jesuits purchased the Decary Farm in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce located in the west end of Montreal, where the School remains to this day on what is commonly referred to as the Loyola Campus of Concordia University.[3]

In 1916, Loyola College officially moved from the Tucker School location to the new campus. The High School was located in the Junior Building and, until 1961, shared the Administration Building and then the north half of the Central Building. It was the Junior Building, which was designed in the Collegiate Gothic architectural style and covered in gargoyles, leaded and stained-glass windows and oak moulding, where young men began their journey to become "Eight Year Men." After four years of High School and four years of College, they graduated with university degrees in Arts or Sciences.

In 1961, the era of boarders ended and the High School moved exclusively to the Junior Building. An extension was added in 1968 and a gymnasium was built south of Sherbrooke Street in 1978. In 1988 a decision was reached to erect a new building in order to properly accommodate the student body and to enable the School to offer the curriculum outlined by the Ministry of Education.

Loyola considered a number of possible options for the future building including adding an extension onto the Junior Building, to relocating the School to Côte Saint-Luc on land owned by Loyola (currently the location of Côte Saint-Luc City Hall). The School eventually made arrangements with Concordia University to swap the Junior Building for a site on the south-west end of Loyola campus beside the School gymnasium. The new building was completed in 1992. The Bishops Atrium and a three-story wing was constructed in 2004, along with an auditorium the following year.

Academic[edit]

Loyola High School encourages each student to "strive for academic excellence and to pursue his intellectual development to the full measure of his personal talents". Loyola stresses that academic excellence involves much more than receiving satisfactory grades on a challenging curriculum. Loyola's commitment is to promote active, lifelong learning and to challenge its students to "go beyond the mastery of the basic skills, to encourage creativity, to cultivate the faculty of imagination, and to guide students to function as inquiries and problem-solvers through analysis, synthesis and evaluation." Loyola leads students to explore the "harmony and inter-relations among diverse intellectual and academic discipline, and to develop an active concern for, and awareness of, social developments in their lives in Quebec, in Canada and in the world."

Spiritual and religious formation[edit]

Loyola is a Jesuit school. It interprets education in larger than academic terms—namely that full growth of the human person can be achieved through reflection and action while suffused with the spirit and presence of Jesus Christ (the "Man-for-Others"). Because students of high school age are at a critical stage in their religious development, Loyola aims to help them: Explore their religious experiences in an environment where Catholic doctrine and values are understood, cherished and fostered; Form sound moral judgement and a firm will to act according to it; and; Develop a fraternal respect for people of differing creeds and cultures.

As a Jesuit school, Loyola must reflect the special charisms and emphases that flow from the long tradition of spirituality and thought as expressed in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, and other documents of the Society of Jesus, and, concomitantly, the spirituality of the lay vocation of the ministry of teaching.

Therefore, the school strives to develop a special sense of community and commitment beginning with a greater dedication to the service of the church and of all people, an exciting search for a deeper devotion to Jesus Christ, and a stronger awareness that God dwells in all Creation. The school, therefore, must be clearly Christian in all its aspects. This means that the school not only exercise the natural virtues, but also build into the fabric of the school a realistic Christian ethos, which for Jesuit institutions signifies the service of faith and the promotion of justice.

Since justice is a virtue central to Christian life, Loyola places special emphasis on making its members sensitive to justice both for individuals and in local, national and international situations. Therefore, it is Loyola's intention that no person should graduate from Loyola without an awareness of the realities of global interdependence, the need for restraint in the use of natural resources, the obligation of the developed nations towards underdeveloped peoples, and the systematic forms of injustice and discrimination which currently affect Canadian and worldwide society. Loyola students and graduates are challenged to use their talents and energies to address these problems in a Christian way.

Community service[edit]

CSP (Christian Service Program)[4]

Loyola, in an attempt to be faithful to its Christian and Jesuit heritage, gives its students an experience of the value of service to their fellow man in the name of Jesus. In the course of their high school years, students participate in some form of supervised program known as "CSP" involving service to others. It is understood that enrollment in the school is a commitment to an exploration of the human and religious significance of Christian service. The objective of Jesuit education is to encourage students to be Open to Growth, Intellectually Competent, Religious, Loving, and Committed to Doing Justice.

CSP is a compulsory program for all students. CSP project opportunities are already approved by the school. Alternatively, the students may find their own project around their area, subject to approval by the school deacon. CSP is broken down into two categories. For grades 7 - 10 students must complete a certain amount of community service hours twice a year (before Christmas break and after Christmas break. (Example: Grade 7: 2 hours before Christmas, 2 hours after Christmas; Grade 8: 4 hours before and after; Grade 9: 6 hours before and after; Grade 10: 8 hours before and after). For students in grade 11 the period of service is for 2 hours a week over the course of 12 weeks (total: 24 hours) before or after Christmas.

Athletics[edit]

Loyola boasts a number of athletic teams in competition with other schools. Loyola's traditional rivals in athletics are Lower Canada College and Selwyn House School.

Varsity sports[edit]

House league sports[edit]

Facilities[edit]

  • Loyola gym (volleyball, basketball, wrestling): double gym with mechanized sound partition.
  • Strength and conditioning room (wrestling)
  • Indoor track (track and field)
  • Cafetorium (table tennis, robotics)
  • The Loyola 'Lower Fields' (football, soccer, rugby, Ultimate)
  • Concordia Stadium (football, soccer, rugby, Ultimate): seating capacity of 4000.
  • Hingston Field
  • Stinger Dome (Ultimate)
  • Ed Meagher Arena (hockey): upgraded to NHL standards in 2013. [5]
  • Concordia Gym (basketball and wrestling during Ed Meagher Tournament only)

Ed Meagher Sports Tournament[edit]

One of the largest high school sports tournaments in North America, the Ed Meagher Sports Tournament (est. 1971) boasts 40 teams and over 700 student-athletes, participating in hockey, basketball, and wrestling. Originally named the "Invitational Winter Sports Tournament", the tournament was renamed after its co-founder Ed Meagher in 1996 (the year of his passing), who was a former student, teacher, and sports coach at Loyola High School. The annual week-long tournament takes place each January and has grown considerably since its inception. Senior hockey (now Juvenile) was the original sport in 1971. In 1974, Senior basketball (now Juvenile) was added to the tournament, followed by Bantam hockey in 1981. Midget basketball was added in 1982, wrestling in 1995, Bantam basketball in 1998, and Pee-Wee hockey in 2003. In 2000, the Concordia University Arena (the arena used for all Loyola hockey home games and tournaments) was named the Ed Meagher Arena.[6]

School Life[edit]

Organizations[edit]

  • Concert Band
  • Choir
  • Songwriters' Club
  • Theatre Arts
  • Cinema Club

Events[edit]

  • Art
    • School Play - December
    • Christmas Concert - December
    • Battle of the Bands - February
    • Talent Night - February
    • Publication of 'Venture' - March
    • Festival of the Arts - March
    • Culture Fest - April
    • Spring Concert - May
  • Fairs
    • Open House - September
    • Science Fair - February
    • History Fair - April
    • Student Stock Exchange - April
    • Festival of the Arts - May
  • Community
    • School Dances - Bimonthly
    • Alumni Reunion - October
    • Parents' Dance - October
    • Parish Day - October
    • Experience Week - March
    • Walkathon - April
  • Athletics
    • James McGrath Sports Tournament - September
    • Ed Meagher Sports Tournament - February
    • Winter Carnaval - February

Notable alumni[edit]

Coat of arms[edit]

The name Loyola is derived from the Spanish Lobo-y-olla, meaning wolf and kettle. The School's coat of arms is a variation of St. Ignatius of Loyola's coat of arms which depicts the union of the House of Loyola (represented by the two wolves and kettle) and the House of Onaz (represented by the seven red bars on a field of gold) in 1261. The phrase Loyola y Onaz typically appears at the bottom; though another variation of the School's coat of arms includes the Jesuit motto Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam meaning for the greater glory of God.

Loyola in print[edit]

  • Joseph B. Gavin, S.J., "From 'Le petit collège de bois' to 7272 Sherbrooke St. West: A Brief History of Loyola High School, Montreal", (Montreal: 2012)
  • Dr. Gil Drolet, "Loyola, The Wars: In Remembrance of 'Men for Others'", (Waterloo: Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies, 1996)
  • T.P. Slattery, "Loyola and Montreal", (Montreal: Palm Publishers, 1962)

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ http://parents.loyola.ca/our_mission.php
  2. ^ http://development.loyola.ca/bursaries.php
  3. ^ Map of Loyola Campus provided by Concordia University - http://buildings.concordia.ca/loyola/
  4. ^ http://students.loyola.ca/services/csp/homepage/newhomepage.htm
  5. ^ http://www.concordia.ca/content/shared/en/news/main/stories/2013/11/20/ed-meagher-arenainauguratesnhlclassupgrades.html
  6. ^ http://students.loyola.ca/tournament/history.html
  7. ^ http://www.csc.ca/news/default.asp?aID=1491
  8. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/8467353/Michael-Sarrazin.html

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