Salesian High School (Los Angeles)
|Bishop Mora Salesian High School|
To Love, Teach & Inspire
|960 South Soto Street
Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California, 90023
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic;
|Patron saint(s)||Don Bosco|
|Established||September 15, 1958|
|Oversight||Archdiocese of Los Angeles|
|Rector||Fr. Nick Reina SDB|
|Principal||Fr. Nick Reina SDB|
|Vice principal||Guillermo Vidaurri|
|Average class size||24|
|Student to teacher ratio||16:1|
|Color(s)||Columbia Blue and Black|
|Sports||Football, Cross Country, Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, Volleyball, Track & Field|
|Accreditation||Western Association of Schools and Colleges through 2016.|
|Finance Director||Jasmine Bravo|
|Admissions Director||Moises Delgado|
|Athletic Director||Tommy Loera|
|Activities Director||Jeremy Dunford|
|Development Co-Directors||Richelle Huizar & Beatriz Mojarro|
Bishop Mora Salesian High School is an all-male Roman Catholic high school located in the Boyle Heights community of Los Angeles, California. The school mascot is the Mustangs. It was named after Francisco Mora y Borrell, Bishop of the former Monterey-Los Angeles Diocese. Salesian is also named after St. Francis de Sales. The high school is operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and associated with the Salesian Society.
When construction on Salesian High School began in 1958, there was speculation that the school would not be successful and would close quickly, but the community of Los Angeles and the ASB (Association of Salesian Brothers), were determined to help the institution. Throughout the early years of activity its facilities served as a place where local elementary schools and neighboring communities could hold events.
With 99 percent of its graduates going on to college, Salesian is considered the premier Catholic high school in Boyle Heights/L.A. Salesian is known for serving local public and private elementaries, and for its Salesian Boys and Girls Club (a UC/CSU center of excellence), which helps young boys and girls in the community. Salesian also is known for their charitable events, "Project Santa", and for hosting several Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) athletic events. It is associated with two other southland ASB schools, including Don Bosco Technical Institute in Rosemead and St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower which all operate closely.
- Cross Country
- Track & Field
Salesian continues to have successful varsity and junior varsity team sports program. In early 2000's it opened a new gym building with accompanying sports facilities, and a community sports field used both by the high school athletic teams as well as the local community. Notable achievements in its athletics program include: In 2008, Salesian's varsity soccer team won the first state championship; In 2009, Salesian's varsity volleyball team won their first CIF Division V championship against St. Margaret's Episcopal School; In the 2009-2010 athletic season, Salesian High School's varsity football team reached the Semi-finals for the first time in school history; In 2010, Salesian's varsity soccer team won the CIF-SS title and the 2nd State Championship; In 2011, Salesian's varsity baseball team went undefeated in league play In 2013, Salesian's Football team won CIF-SS Championship for Division 13
The school operates on a college preparatory track. This system allows the school to serve all types of students while staying true to the vision set forth by St. John Bosco. The school also hosts community events and provides local organizations with access to its campus facilities. Events include elementary school graduations, CYO tournaments, California Interscholastic Federation tournaments and many other functions that serve the Boyle Heights community.
In the News
A player from Salesian High in Los Angeles was accused of smearing "heat rub" into the eyes of an opponent during a September 2015 high school football game. To date, the 2015 principal of Salesian High, Alex Chacon, has provided no apology nor has made any public acknowledgement of any disciplinary action taken. This despite the event being recorded, and that recorded video being widely disseminated on the Internet.
In 2014 the film Despues de Clase (After class) was filmed at Salesian High school. Many of the scenes were shot inside the building and in the upper main level of the campus.
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