Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, California)
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|Mater Dei High School|
|Mater Dei's newly built courtyard and school library.|
|1202 West Edinger Avenue
Santa Ana, California, (Orange County), 92707
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Asst. Principal||Anna-Lisa George;
|Enrollment||2,100 (Fall 2010)|
|Color(s)||Scarlet and Gray|
|Athletics conference||Trinity League;
CIF Southern Section
|Mascot||Monarch Lion |
|Accreditation(s)||Western Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Average SAT scores||520 (Critical Reading)
|Average ACT scores||22.8 (English)
|Tuition||$10,725 - $12,950 |
Mater Dei High School is a private, Catholic, co-educational secondary school in Santa Ana, California. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. With an enrollment of 2,100 students (Fall 2010) Mater Dei High School is one of the largest Catholic high schools in the United States. Mater Dei High School is known for its highly successful athletic programs, especially boys basketball, football and water polo.
Mater Dei High School first opened in September 1950 with 111 students. During that first year, a statue of Mary, Mater Dei was presented to the school by the Young Ladies Institute. It was placed in the school's main courtyard, the Grotto, where it remains today. The first principal was Father Joseph L. Eyraud, who supervised a faculty of seven, including the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The first graduating class chose the lion as the mascot, and it was decided that the school mascot should be called the "Monarchs" and wear red and gray.
In the 1960s, the school had an enrollment of 2,150, making Mater Dei the largest Catholic high school west of Chicago.
During the 1980s, Mater Dei broadened its curriculum to include technology.
Construction occurred in 2008, including a chapel, library, performing arts center, and athletics facility with a 3000-seat gymnasium. The running track was upgraded to FieldTurf.
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|Religious background:||83% Catholic; 17% other|
|Cultural background:||41% White; 2% Black; 27% Hispanic; 19% Asian; 16% other or undeclared|
|Academic:||62% of student body attended Catholic elementary school; 38% attended private school or public school|
|18 AP and 18 Honors classes; 40% enrolled in AP or Honors classes|
|99% continue on to college; 80% qualify for a four-year college|
|2009 SAT scores: 90% took the SAT; 530 average critical reading, 530 average writing, 530 average math|
|Up to 30% receive a total of $750,000 annually in need-based tuition assistance|
Since Gary McKnight began coaching the Monarch's varsity basketball team in 1983, the Monarchs have won 28 league titles (23 consecutive), 21 CIF Southern-Section championships, 12 Southern California regional titles, and, in a record 12 appearances, tied the state-title record with 8 CIF state championships. On January 18, 2010, McKnight won his 844th game, breaking the state High School Basketball Wins record previously held by Mike Phelps (Bishop O'Dowd in Oakland and St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda). As of the 2010-2011 season, McKnight is the winningest high school varsity basketball coach in state history with a record of 892-81.
The football program is described as a powerhouse with a strong reputation and a huge attendance. It has been recognized for following innovative concussion prevention and treatment programs. Coach Rollinson led the Monarchs to achieve a #1 ranking in the Nation (ranked by USA Today) two times, in both the 1994 and 1996 seasons.  
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