Bishop Amat Memorial High School

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Bishop Amat Memorial High School
Bishop Amat Logo.jpg
Monstra Matrem
Show thyself a mother
14301 Fairgrove Avenue
La Puente, California, (Los Angeles County), 91746
United States
Coordinates 34°3′15″N 117°57′54″W / 34.05417°N 117.96500°W / 34.05417; -117.96500Coordinates: 34°3′15″N 117°57′54″W / 34.05417°N 117.96500°W / 34.05417; -117.96500
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1957
Authority Archdiocese of Los Angeles
President Msgr. Aidan Carroll
Principal Mr. Richard Beck
Asst. Principal Ivette Salcedo,
Maria Gover
Chaplain Fr. Michael J. Sezzi
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,401[1] (2013-2014)
Color(s) Royal Blue and Gold         
Slogan "Steadfast, Loyal and True"
Fight song "Amat Will Shine"
Athletics conference CIF - Southern Section
Camino Del Rey Association
Mascot Lancer
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges[2]
Newspaper Lance
Yearbook Tusitala
Tuition $7,700 (9 months) (as of 15-16)[3]

Bishop Amat Memorial High School is a co-ed Catholic high school serving the San Gabriel Valley in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and was founded in 1957. The campus is located in La Puente, California, approximately 20 miles (32 km) east of downtown Los Angeles in Los Angeles County. The coeducational student body comprises approximately 1,520 students in grades 9 through 12, making Bishop Amat the largest private high school in Los Angeles County. It is the only Catholic high school in Los Angeles County that offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB).

Mission Statement[edit]

Bishop Amat Memorial High School is a four-year co-educational Archdiocesan Catholic high school. The mission of the school is to form a faith-filled community and to provide a quality education that addresses the needs of a culturally and academically diverse student body. The comprehensive instructional program flows from a college preparatory curriculum that empowers students to recognize their potential and to meet educational and life challenges in the future. The school, working in partnership with parents and the community, promotes education in Goodness, Discipline and Knowledge by preparing students to embrace Gospel values, to respect themselves and others, to become lifelong learners, and to contribute positively to the community.


The school is named for the first Bishop of Monterey-Los Angeles, the Most Reverend Thaddeus Amat y Brusi, who served as the ordinary of Los Angeles from 1853 to 1878. He founded some of the first schools in Los Angeles and invited the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul to open St. Vincent's College, which was the predecessor to Loyola Marymount University. Bishop Amat Memorial High School was formally dedicated to his memory in October 1959.

The Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) (International Baccalaureate) in Bishop Amat[edit]

In 2005, Bishop Amat was approved for accreditation by the prestigious International Baccalaureate Organization. the school now offers the full IB diploma for students who meet the strict standards of the IB Programme. Bishop Amat is the only Catholic high school in The Los Angeles County that offers the rigorous Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) International Baccalaureate.

The Bishop Amat Campus[edit]

The campus site has grown over the years with the present 200 and 500 wings added in 1959. The gymnasium was added in 1962, the stadium in 1965 and the 300 wing in 1966. In 1973, the school formally became co-educational, with a single administrative structure. A building dedicated to the performing arts was completed in 1982. Four classrooms, including a full computer lab, containing the latest technology available, were completed in 1988. A second computer lab was added in 1993, a refurbished physics lab in 1994 and the Brutocao Library in 1995. In 2000, a new covered lunch structure was built completed with integrated sound system and bbq pit.

In 2002, the school undertook a major campus renovation with plans for the replacement of the Tate Duff Memorial gymnasium. On March 16, 2003 demolition commenced on the facility. A leveled site groundbreaking for the new facility was held on April 16, 2003 with Bishop Zavala conducting the ceremony. On May 16, 2004 the living Rosary was held as the first activity in the new facility. The new Student Activity Center houses a main pavilion which seats 1600 spectators for Masses, assemblies, rallies and basketball and volleyball contests. New locker rooms for boys (down stairs) and girls (upstairs) are included as well as a lunchroom, dance studio, weight room facility and athletic and coaching offices. An equipment room and seminar room enhanced the many uses of the facility. In 2008 the facility was named in honor of Bishop Amat's first President, Monsignor Aidan Carroll who developed the concept of the center and raised the money to pay its cost. In 2014 The school finally opened the Perfecto Aquatics building which houses the school's national winning swim team.


Bishop Amat participates in the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Serra and Del Rey League.

Notable alumni[edit]

Charlene Bonin Gonzales- Miss Philippines. Represented Miss Universe 1994. Top 6 Finalist.


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