Don Bosco Technical Institute

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Don Bosco Technical Institute
Don Bosco Technical Institute Insignia
1151 San Gabriel Boulevard
Rosemead, California, (Los Angeles County) 91770
United States
Coordinates 34°2′30″N 118°5′13″W / 34.04167°N 118.08694°W / 34.04167; -118.08694Coordinates: 34°2′30″N 118°5′13″W / 34.04167°N 118.08694°W / 34.04167; -118.08694
Type Private secondary, All-Male
Motto "Developing leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math"
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) John Bosco
Established September 12, 1955 (1955-09-12)[1]
President Xavier Jimenez
Principal Xavier Jimenez
Grades 912
Enrollment 400 (Fall 2014)
Color(s) Black and gold         
Athletics conference Camino Real League & Del Rey League[2]
Mascot Tiger
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)[3] & National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)[4]
Tuition $11,250 (2015-2016 school year)[5]
T.V. Station BTN (Bosco Television Network)
Assistant Principal and Registrar Robert Currie, EL '64
Assistant Principal, Curriculum and Instruction Jeffrey Krynen, CT '81
Admissions Director Valeria De Luna
Athletic Director Chris Shockely
Salesian Director Fr. Steven Way, SDB

Don Bosco Technical Institute (commonly called "Bosco Tech" or "The Tech") is an all-male high school in Rosemead, California, combining college-preparatory academic courses and technological education. The academic curriculum allows students to meet or go beyond the admission requirements of the Universities of California, the California State Universities and most other four-year colleges and universities throughout the country.

General information[edit]

Bosco Tech offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities as well as sports. The school is based on Catholic values.[7] Students of any faith or religious persuasion may attend.[8]

The school is located in the San Gabriel Valley, 10 miles (16 km) east of downtown Los Angeles, just north of the Pomona Freeway (SR 60) in the city of Rosemead, California. It occupies approximately thirty acres.

Administration Building

History and Overview[edit]

Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) was established as a high school in 1954 through the cooperative efforts of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Salesian Society, as well as industrial and business leaders of the Greater Los Angeles Area.[9]

Today, Bosco Tech is the only all-male Catholic high school in the state that uniquely integrates a college preparatory curriculum with a comprehensive, four-year, project based science and technology program. The goal of the school is to produce students who are prepared and motivated to pursue advanced study and, ultimately, careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The Bosco Tech Board of Trustees recently articulated its expectations that the school embrace and promote the highest academic standards, achieve Blue Ribbon status and, more importantly, receive recognition as one of the country’s leading high schools for STEM education. This is a natural evolution of the original mission of the school however, it has been appropriately realigned with the needs of 21st century America.

Our academic curriculum allows students to meet university admission requirements while completing extensive integrated coursework in one of five technology and engineering-related fields: Architecture and Construction Engineering; Computer Science and Electrical Engineering; Integrated Design, Engineering and Art; Materials Science, Engineering and Technology; and Media Arts and Technology. The school’s technology program is distinct and serves as a model for demonstrating the application and integration of science and math concepts in a manner that allows students to gain command of current and emerging technologies. As a complement, the school’s rigorous college preparatory academic program offers honors and Advanced Placement courses, while using a project-based, technology-driven learning model that provides lab exposure that is simply not available in traditional high schools. Bosco Tech currently serves approximately 500 young men residing in communities throughout Los Angeles County.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Curriculum[edit]

In realigning itself with the needs of 21st century America, Bosco Tech has developed and implemented a focused approach toward integrating academic and technology programs, making Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) the key organizing concept of the school and its programs. The ultimate goal is for Bosco Tech to achieve sustainable academic excellence in the STEM fields and to become recognized as one of the nation's premier high schools. This is a natural evolution of the original mission of the school.


Academically, the school sees other local schools (Loyola, La Salle, Crespi, St. Francis, Bishop Amat, Serra, Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary, and Cathedral) as peers, though none have the technology education offered by the Tech.

Don Bosco Technical Institute is also close in proximity to two other Salesian-based high schools, Salesian in Boyle Heights and St. John Bosco in Bellflower. Its students hail from all over the Greater Los Angeles area, with some students traveling more than an hour's commute each day to the school.

Bosco Tech offers sixteen[10] Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes from freshman to senior year.[11]

Advanced Placement courses at Bosco Tech include: Government and Politics United States, Human Geography, United States History, English Literature and Composition, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Spanish Language and Culture, Spanish Literature and Culture, Computer Science A,

Honors courses at Bosco Tech include: Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry 1/2, Biology, Chemistry, English 1/2, English 3/4, English 5/6, World History 1/2,


In addition to the academic program, all students are required to participate in the school's pre-engineering/technology program and declare a major in one of five technology fields:

All entering freshmen are required to attend a mandatory summer program prior to their ninth-grade year. This program includes a five-week Principles of Engineering class and an intensive math, English and study skills seminar. The seminar is similar to the summer bridge program offered at most universities and prepares students for the rigors of Bosco Tech's math and science curriculum.

In the fall semester, the freshmen enroll in three, six-week introductory technology courses chosen from the school's five technology departments. After their first semester of study, freshman students will select a technology major. They will remain in that major for the duration of their ninth-grade year and for the proceeding three years. It is important to note, the sequential nature of the technology coursework makes it difficulty for transfer students after the tenth grade and will require all transfer students to complete summer coursework.

Expected School-wide Learning Results (ESLRs)[7][edit]

  • A Bosco Tech graduate practices Salesian spirit.
  • A Bosco Tech graduate is academically proficient.
  • A Bosco Tech graduate is technologically competent.
  • A Bosco Tech graduate is an effective communicator.
  • A Bosco Tech graduate is a leader.
  • A Bosco Tech graduate is a responsible citizen.


The athletic teams participate in the Camino Real League and the Del Rey League. The school's rivals are Mary Star of the Sea, Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary, and La Salle High School.[2]

Bosco Tech's state and section championship wins:

  • CIF State Championships: Cross Country: 1997, 1999
  • CIF State Finalist: Cross Country: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • CIF Southern Section Championships: Cross Country: 1997, 1998 & Soccer: 1995

The Athletic Program at Bosco Tech consists of: Tennis, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Track & Field, Volleyball.

Alma mater[edit]


"Where the rolling hills of San Gabriel,
Crown the old Camino Real.
Dream of Centuries, thou has risen
Lofty goal of mind and heart.
Bosco Tech, today we hail thee,
E'er thy memories treasured shall be."


"Where the rolling hills of San Gabriel,
Crown the old Camino Real.
Golden dreams and hopes bounding,
Guide our way with kindly light.
Bosco Tech, today we hail thee,
E'er thy memories treasured shall be."

Student life[edit]

Then and now[edit]

Since the opening of the school, it has offered a variety of diverse student organizations and clubs.

Bosco Tech Student Activities/Organizations/Clubs:[13]

  • Airsoft Club
  • A.S.M. (American Society of Materials) / A.S.N.T. (American Society for Nondestructive Testing) Student Chapter
  • Ambassadors
  • Art Club
  • Associated Student Body (ASB) & Student Council
  • Beginning Freshman Band
  • Boscoteers
  • Big Brothers Program
  • California Scholarship Federation
  • Combo Jazz Band
  • Cooking Club
  • E-Sports
  • Film Club
  • Guitar Club
  • International Card Collecting Club (IC3)
  • International Trips Club
  • Inter-club Council
  • Jazz 1 Band
  • Jazz 2 Band
  • KEY (Kiwanis Educates Youth) Club
  • Letterman Society
  • Medical Club
  • Minecraft Club
  • Mixed Chamber Choir
  • National Hispanic Honor Society
  • National Honor Society
  • Ping Pong Club
  • Robotics Club
  • Royal Techmen Marching Band
  • Science Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Speech and Debate Club
  • Tech Radio
  • Techman Yearbook
  • Tiger M.A.C. (Martial Arts Club)
  • Ultimate Frisbee Club
  • Youth Ministry and Youth Ministry Core Team

The school has been recognized for its renowned debate team, which has competed and placed successfully in local and national debate tournaments, even though mainly composed of underclassmen. For the first time in the school's history, it sent a Public Forum Debate Team to the National Championships held in June 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This team was composed of junior classmen Evan Godfrey and Aris Govjian. The debate team is coached by David Medina.[14]

The school also has a special relationship with its "sister schools": Ramona Convent in Alhambra; San Gabriel Mission High School in San Gabriel; and Alverno in Sierra Madre; The school participates with its sister schools in several activities and organizations:

Music program[edit]

A 90-member Bosco Tech Royal Techmen Marching Band and Pageantry in a 1970s Arcadia Band Review. Photo courtesy of Al Galaviz, Class of 1973.

The music program at Bosco Tech consists of:

  • Marching Band
  • Drumline
  • Beginning Freshman Band
  • Concert/Symphonic Band
  • Advanced Jazz (Jazz 1) and Beginning Jazz (Jazz 2) Bands
  • Jazz Combo Band

Music education was emphasized as one of the main focuses of Don Bosco's educational approach. Therefore, since the school's birth in 1955, the "Bosco Tech Royal Techmen Marching Band" became the school's first and oldest extracurricular activity. Its most famous band director was Brother Eugene Burns, who directed the band from 1957-1978. In the 1970-1971 season, the auxiliary units were formed by San Gabriel Mission High School only until 1991, when girls from Ramona Convent Secondary School joined the units. The band had marched 70+ members in the 1970s, but, in recent years, band membership has averaged 35–40 members. Despite its relatively small size, the marching band and the auxiliary units have scored high points in their division and have even received sweepstakes.

The marching band is known throughout the state as "the band with the cannon". Its trademark cannon, made on the school premises, was fired and pulled by two students in front of the band during band reviews and parades in various Southern California cities, such as Arcadia, Temple City, Long Beach, Montebello, Azusa and San Francisco. The band has also appeared in the Los Angeles County Fair, a University of Southern California football game, the California 500 Speedway in Ontario, Disneyland's "America on Parade", Dodger Stadium, San Francisco's Columbus Day Parade, the Hawaii Invitational Music Festival, the Kennedy Space Center, SeaWorld San Diego and Universal Studios Florida.

Under the new direction of Daniel A. Almanza, who was hired in 2010, the band has taken a step in a new direction working to achieve his set mission of "developing a life-long appreciation for the arts, through music," by focusing on four core values: Music, Leadership, Teamwork, and Community. Currently the band performs at over 40 events a year and serves the Rosemead, Montebello. and Los Angeles communities.

Recent Accomplishments Include: ★Program Awards★ 2016 Seattle, WA Heritage Music Festival- Gold Rating 1st Place, 2015 Colorado Springs Heritage Music Festival- Silver Rating, 2014 San Diego Heritage Music Festival- Gold Rating 1st Place, 2013 Great America Heritage Music Festival- Silver Rating, 2012 Music in the Parks Festival- Gold Rating 2nd place, 2011 Hart Forum Music Festival- Gold Rating.


  • One of the school's original cheers saluted the inherent "geek" status of the students at a technical high school.
Secant, tangent, cosine, sine
Three point one four, one five nine
Slide rule, slide rule, sis boom bah
Bosco Tech, beat them raw!
  • In 1975 Bosco Tech paid $200 to the then "garage-band" Van Halen to perform at a campus music show.[citation needed]
  • Black Eyed Peas performed at Bosco Tech's end-of-year dance back in 2001[citation needed]
  • The current mascot, the Tiger, was adopted after a student vote in 1986. The school did not have an official mascot before this, and the school's students were referred to as the "Techmen."
  • The school has one of the oldest high school Kairos retreat programs in Southern California.[citation needed]

Every year in the spring, the students enjoy the Marian Day games. In these games the techs compete against each other in different games. Each year is given a game to play: Volleyball(Freshman), Soccer(Sophomores), Basketball(Juniors), Football(Seniors).

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Michael Brennan{Professional Racer} - Former nationally ranked professional motorcycle drag racer, National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), National Championship Top Alcohol Funny Car(TA/FC) crew chief [Pontiac Motorsports], World Championship Formula One racing team mechanic, Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA)[Honda/McLaren], Personal Watercraft(PWC)Western Division Champion, International Jet Ski Boating Association (IJSBA), National Race Director, Microsoft's Xbox Cup/NOPI Racing Series
  • Wayne Englestad[15] - former NBA Basketball player, Denver Nuggets[16]
  • Nick Spano- Actor
  • Mark Batres - Semi-Professional runner, for Reebok sponsored Pacer's Distance Running Project. Winner of the 2006 San Francisco Half Marathon.[17] Placed 15th at the 2009 L.A. Marathon and was the 3rd American to finish.
  • Michael Trevino- Actor
  • Ken Gushi-Professional drift car racer. (Attended, but did not graduate.)
  • Alex Meruelo- Owner of the Atlanta Hawks
  • Jose Luis Gonzalez (artist)-1959 graduate CM, Founder of Goez Art Studio, 1969, the first Chicano arts organization that was developed to promote the work of Chicano artists. [1]
  • Joshua David "Josh" Lakatos- Former Olympic target shooter and semi-professional Quarter Midget race car driver. At the 1996 Summer Olympics, Lakatos won a silver medal in the trap. Josh has also won numerous worldwide Gran Prix and World Cup shooting events with gold, silver, and bronze medal finishes over a 10-year competitive shooting career. Josh is currently a motion picture and television action camera operator, stunt man, stunt driver and stunt coordinator, while pulling double duty as a part-time worldwide target shooting coach.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Demeter, Richard; Brother Anthony Freitas, SDB (2005). Don Bosco Technical Institute 50th-Anniversary Commemorative Book: An Educational Pioneer Combining Science, Technology, and the Liberal Arts 1955-2005. Rosemead, California: Don Bosco Technical Institute. 
  2. ^ a b "DBTI Website - Athletics". Archived from the original on 2008-05-15. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  3. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  4. ^ "DBTI Website - Accreditation". Archived from the original on February 27, 2012. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  5. ^ "DBTI Website - Tuition and Fees". Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  6. ^ "DBTI Website - News and Events". Archived from the original on 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  7. ^ a b "DBTI Website - ESLRs and Mission Statement" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on May 9, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  8. ^ "DBTI Website - FAQs". Archived from the original on 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  9. ^ "DBTI Website - History". Archived from the original on 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ "DBTI Website - Academic and Technology Programs". Archived from the original on 2008-05-15. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "DBTI Website - Clubs". Archived from the original on 2008-05-15. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  14. ^ "DBTI Website - News". Archived from the original on February 27, 2012. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  15. ^ Spelled "Engelstad" in DBTI and UCI athletic records, but "Englestad" in some sources referring to his later professional career.
  16. ^ "Wayne Englestad NBA history". Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  17. ^ Winitz, Mark (2006-07-31). "Cook, Stamps Win Titles at The San Francisco Marathon". Cool Running. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 

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