Don Bosco Technical Institute

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Don Bosco Technical Institute
Don Bosco Technical Institute Insignia
1151 San Gabriel Boulevard

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United States
Coordinates34°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
TypePrivate secondary, All-Male
Motto"Developing leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math"
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s)St. John Bosco
EstablishedSeptember 12, 1955 (1955-09-12)[1]
PrincipalXavier Jimenez
Enrollment368 (Fall 2017)
Color(s)Black and Gold         
Athletics conferenceCamino Real League & Del Rey League[2]
MascotTigers / Techmen
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)[3] & National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)[4]
PublicationThe Gear / Tech Connection[5]
Tuition$11,700 (2017-2018 school year)[6]

Don Bosco Technical Institute (commonly called "Bosco Tech" or "The Tech") is an all-male (grades 9-12), private, Catholic 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]


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 22[10] Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes from freshman to senior year.[11]

Advanced Placement courses at Bosco Tech include:

  • U.S. Government & Politics
  • Human Geography
  • United States History
  • English Literature & Composition
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Macroeconomics
  • Physics C: Mechanics
  • Spanish Language & Culture
  • Spanish Literature & Culture
  • Chinese Language & Culture
  • Statistics
  • Computer Science A

Honors courses at Bosco Tech include:

  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • 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.


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]

The Athletic Program at Bosco Tech consists of:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Lacrosse

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, including:[13][14]

Amateur Radio Club Ambassadors
Art Club A.S.M. / A.S.N.T. Student Chapter
Associated Student Body (ASB) & Student Council Barkada
Big Brothers Program California Scholarship Federation
Chess Club Cycling
Film Club Hardware Donations
International Club International Trips Club
Inter-Club Council Japanese Appreciation Club
Lacrosse Club Letterman Society
Literature Club Manager's Guild
Math & Go Club National Hispanic Honor Society
National Honor Society Red Cross Club
Robotics Club (FTC/FRC) Royal Techmen Marching Band
Spanish Club Speech and Debate Club
Techmen Yearbook Club (MAT Juniors) 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.[15]

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
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Jazz Band
  • Jazz Honor Band
  • Music Appreciation

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. Bosco Tech's music program was founded in 1957. 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,[16] 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, Sea World San Diego and Universal Studios Florida.

During the Winter of the 2017-18 school year, the band's membership grew to 48 members. During this time there were more students involved in the band than the football team.

The next year, in the 2018-19 school year, the band opened its registration to its sister schools:San Gabriel Mission High School and Ramona Convent Secondary School, as those schools did not have proper music programs. For the first time in 61 years, the Bosco Tech Music Program features players of both genders.


  • Students often call themselves: Techmen
  • 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.[17]
  • Black Eyed Peas performed at Bosco Tech's end-of-year dance back in 2001[citation needed]
  • Black Eyed Peas filmed the music video for their song "Big Love" during the summer of 2018 at Bosco Tech.[18]
  • 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. Students have been going on the retreat since the 1980s.

Twice a school year, during fall and spring, the students participate in the Salesian Spirit Games. In these games the 5 technologies compete against each other in different sports. Each grade level is given a sport to compete in:

  • Volleyball (Freshman)
  • Soccer (Sophomores)
  • Basketball (Juniors)
  • Football (Seniors)

The winner of the Salesian Spirit Games is awarded the Salesian Cup. In addition to sports, the 5 technologies compete for spirit. The Tech with the most spirit displayed throughout the games, wins the Spirit Cup.

Notable alumni[edit]

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 - News and Events". Archived from the original on 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
  6. ^ "DBTI Website - Tuition and Fees". Retrieved 2010-11-04.
  7. ^ "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.
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  11. ^ "DBTI Website - Academic and Technology Programs". Archived from the original on 2008-05-15. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
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  13. ^ "DBTI Website - Clubs". Archived from the original on 2008-05-15. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
  14. ^ "Bosco Tech | Clubs and Organizations". Don Bosco Technical Institute. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  15. ^ "DBTI Website - News". Archived from the original on February 27, 2012. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
  16. ^ Bosco Tech Marching Band at the LA Coliseum (2017)
  17. ^ VAN HALEN at Bosco Tech (1975)
  18. ^ Black Eyed Peas Big Love Music Video
  19. ^ Spelled "Engelstad" in DBTI and UCI athletic records, but "Englestad" in some sources referring to his later professional career.
  20. ^ "Wayne Englestad NBA history". Retrieved 2008-11-04.