Mary Star of the Sea High School

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Mary Star of the Sea High School
Mary Star of the Sea Logo.jpg
Monstra te esse matrem
Show yourself to be our mother
2500 North Taper Avenue
Los Angeles (San Pedro), California, 90731
United States
Coordinates 33°46′1″N 118°18′7″W / 33.76694°N 118.30194°W / 33.76694; -118.30194Coordinates: 33°46′1″N 118°18′7″W / 33.76694°N 118.30194°W / 33.76694; -118.30194
Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1954
Principal Rita Dever
Vice principal Michael Marinkovich
Rector Rev. Nicholas Tacito
Grades 9-12
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 519 (2010)
 • Grade 9 160
 • Grade 10 150
 • Grade 11 140
 • Grade 12 115
Average class size 26
Color(s)           Navy Blue and Gold
Athletics conference CIF Southern Section
(Camino Real League)
Mascot Stars
Team name Stars
Rival Bishop Montgomery
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Yearbook Stella Maris
Tuition $6,400 (2010-2011)
Dean of Students Shelly Sabra
Athletic Director Marc Vuoso
Activities Director Anna Andrie

Mary Star of the Sea High School is the only private, Roman Catholic high school in San Pedro which serves the Los Angeles Harbor and surrounding communities. The school is operated by Mary Star of the Sea Parish under the supervision of the Department of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The school focuses on the fundamentals of a quality education interwoven with strong Catholic principles. The curriculum is grounded in a college preparatory program with a four-year honor track option. This is enhanced by an average class size of 26 and a committed, quality faculty. It was named one of the Top 50 Catholic High Schools in America in 2006.[2]


In the great tradition of Catholic education, Mary Star of the Sea High School challenges students to reach their full human potential through a living faith in God. In the context of a small community environment based on mutual respect, the school prepares students for this world and the next by nourishing the soul, cultivating personal integrity, challenging the mind, and fostering social responsibility.

Graduation Requirements[edit]

A student of Mary Star of the Sea High School must successfully achieve a minimum of 240 academic units to graduate; each course completed with a passing grade is equivalent to 5 units per semester. In addition to their academic requirements, students must accumulate a minimum 80 hours of Christian service prior to graduation.

  • English 4 years / 40 units
  • Science 2.5 years / 25 units
  • Religion 4 years / 40 units
  • Language 2 years / 20 units
  • Social Studies 3.5 years / 35 units
  • P.E./Health 1 year / 10 units
  • Mathematics 3 years / 30 units
  • Fine Arts 1 year / 10 units
  • Electives 3 years / 30 units
  • Service 4 years / 80 hours

Honors Classes and Advanced Placements Classes[edit]

Mary Star of the Sea High School offers 17 Advanced Placement and Honors courses to academically eligible students. Honors classes cross all four grade levels including Honors English 9, Honors British Literature and Honors American Literature and Composition; Honors World History; Honors Biology and Honors Chemistry; Honors Algebra I, Honors Geometry, Honors Trigonometry/Precalculus, and Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry. Advanced Placement courses challenge students in AP Calculus, AP English Literature, AP European History, AP Government, AP Spanish Language, AP Physics and AP U.S. History. Independent study for exceptional students in additional Advanced Placement disciplines is also available. Mary Star college-bound students have successfully achieved a 60% to 76% passing rate on the spring exams on a yearly basis.


Mary Star of the Sea was established in 1954 by Mary Star of the Sea Parish. There is also a Mary Star of the Sea elementary in San Pedro, which was founded in 1922.[3] The school was originally located on 8th Street and moved to a brand new campus on Taper Avenue in the fall of 2007.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  2. ^ MSSHS. "Catholic High School Honor Roll Website". Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  3. ^ MSSHS. "Mary Star of the Sea Website". Retrieved 2007-05-11. 

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