Holy Family High School (Glendale, California)

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Holy Family High School
400 East Lomita Avenue
Glendale, (Los Angeles County), California 91205
United States
Coordinates 34°8′27″N 118°15′3″W / 34.14083°N 118.25083°W / 34.14083; -118.25083Coordinates: 34°8′27″N 118°15′3″W / 34.14083°N 118.25083°W / 34.14083; -118.25083
Type Private, All-Female
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1937
Head of school Dr. Joe Reiken
Grades 9-12
Color(s) Purple and Gold         
Mascot "Gaels"
Team name Gaels
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Yearbook Response
Assistant Head of School, Curriculum and Instruction Kim Jones
Assistant Head of School, Advancement Robert Bringas
Athletics Director Gregory Ziomek
Director of College and Academic Counseling Natalie Kalfayan

Holy Family High School is a private, Roman Catholic, all-girls high school in Glendale, California. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.


Holy Family Girls High School, a college-preparatory school, opened its doors to 21 freshmen in September 1937. For three years classes were held on the top floor of the grade school and were conducted by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with Sister Mary St. Bertha, B.V.M., as principal until 1943. Members of the charter class recall that the chemistry lab was a former piano lesson room, that the first issue of the school paper was published under the most adverse conditions, and that only high school girls could use the front stairs.

In 1940, because of the growing enrollment, Msgr. Galvin purchased the old Knights of Columbus Hall on Lomita Avenue and converted it into a four-year high school. There were seventeen members in the charter graduating class of 1941, and, as enrollment continued to grow, so did the very special spirit that has characterized Holy Family High from its earliest years.

In 1951 Msgr. Galvin purchased two more lots adjacent to the high school on the east for the construction of the present building. Under the principalship of S. Mary George Francis, B.V.M., the Class of 1952 was the first class to graduate from the new building. Msgr. Galvin continued as chief administrator until 1972. In 1974, during the administration of Sister Ann Eileen Clancy, B.V.M., Msgr. Arthur J. Lirette became pastor. He showed a constant personal interest in all the activities of the school, academic, religious, and social. During the ensuing fifteen years, the chief building project was the retrofitting of the parish church and the parish elementary school, both of which had suffered damage in the earthquakes of 1971 and 1987, whereas the high school building had stood firm.

Msgr. Lirette retired in 1996 during the principalship of Ms Jacqueline Kresal, who had assumed duties as the first lay principal in 1987. Holy Family High School has been served by seven B.V.M. principals since its founding in 1937, and is now led by its seventh lay-person, Dr. Joe Reiken, as Head of School (2017–Present).


Holy Family High School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), earning a full-term (6-year) accreditation at the last self-study (March 2012). The high school has also been voted “Best Private School” in Glendale from 1999 - 2010. On January 27, 2010, it was recognized as one of the top 50 schools in the United States, and one of the top three in the state of California, by the Catholic High School Honor Roll for “contributing in extraordinary ways to the moral and intellectual formation of young people.”

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  1. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05.

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