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Cathedral High School (Los Angeles)

Coordinates: 34°4′12″N 118°14′4″W / 34.07000°N 118.23444°W / 34.07000; -118.23444
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Cathedral High School
Cathedral High School entrance
1253 Bishops Road


United States
Coordinates34°4′12″N 118°14′4″W / 34.07000°N 118.23444°W / 34.07000; -118.23444
TypePrivate, Day, College-prep
MottoSignum Fidei
("Sign of the Faith")
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1925; 99 years ago (1925)
OversightInstitute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools
PresidentMartin Farfan
PrincipalArturo Lopez[1]
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)Royal Purple and White   
SongHail Cathedral Hail
Athletics conferenceCIF Southern Section
Del Rey League
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges[2]
YearbookThe Chimes
Reference no.281

Cathedral High School is a private, college preparatory Catholic all-boys school in Los Angeles, California.



Cathedral High School was founded by Archbishop John Joseph Cantwell as the first Los Angeles Archdiocesan high school for boys in Fall 1925.[3] The school was built on the site of old Calvary Cemetery, where leading families of Los Angeles were buried until relocated at the turn of the 20th century. It is just northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Cathedral was the first high school for boys established by the Archdiocese. The Christian Brothers have administered the school since its founding and In 1996, a historic agreement was reached with the Archdiocese allowing the school to operate as a private Lasallian institution. Cathedral's location allows for a view of the Los Angeles skyline and the new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and adjacent to Dodger Stadium in Chávez Ravine and Chinatown, Los Angeles, California.The school was designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument number 281 in 1984.

The school athletics teams are nicknamed the Phantoms because of its location on the old cemetery.

Campus renovation


Plans were announced in 2003 for a new building to house classrooms and the gym. The building was funded mainly by donations. Construction began in 2005 with the demolition of the old, sixty-five-year-old gym and was complete in 2007. The new building houses items from the previous building, including the old scoreboard and wood floor. In 2023, their old track and field had been replaced with new grass and rubber ahead of the upcoming 100th year anniversary.

Notable alumni




Cathedral High School has been the film location for a number of films, television shows, and music videos, due to its view of the Los Angeles skyline and character of its architecture, including the films City of Angels (1998), All You've Got (2006), Be Somebody (2016), the music video "I Do!!" by Toya, and "Mesmerize" by Ja Rule featuring Ashanti and a 2010 episode of Bones,[8] among others. All You've Got used Cathedral's colors (purple and white) and name (Phantoms) for a volleyball team featured in the film.


  1. ^ "Cathedral High School". cathedralhighschool.org.
  2. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Archived from the original on 2009-08-14. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
  3. ^ "History and Mission of Cathedral High School". Cathedral High School.
  4. ^ XISPAS interview with Sal Castro, parts one Archived July 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine and two Archived June 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Gary Finneran NFL & AFL Football Statistics | Pro-Football-Reference.com". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  6. ^ Glendale Community College Athletic Hall of Fame
  7. ^ "Antonio Villaraigosa Biography - Academy of Achievement". Achievement.org. Archived from the original on 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2014-02-20.
  8. ^ "The Dentist in the Ditch", Bones, no. 97, 2010-01-28