Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, California)

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Mater Dei High School
Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana, California
1202 West Edinger Avenue


United States
Coordinates33°43′36″N 117°52′59″W / 33.72667°N 117.88306°W / 33.72667; -117.88306Coordinates: 33°43′36″N 117°52′59″W / 33.72667°N 117.88306°W / 33.72667; -117.88306
TypePrivate, College-prep
MottoHonor, Glory, Love
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
SuperintendentErin Barisano
CEEB code053-240
PrincipalFrances Clare
Teaching staff105.1 (on an FTE basis)[1]
Enrollment2,152[1] (2015–2016)
Student to teacher ratio20.5[1]
Color(s)Red and grey         
Athletics conferenceTrinity League;
CIF Southern Section
AccreditationWASC,[2] WCEA[3]
NewspaperThe Scarlet Scroll
TuitionCatholic: $15,500 Non Catholic: $16,900[4]

Mater Dei High School is a private, Catholic, co-educational secondary school in Santa Ana, California. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.


Mater Dei High School first opened in September 1950 with 111 students. During that first year, a statue of Mary, Mater Dei was presented to the school by the Young Ladies Institute. It was placed in the school's main courtyard, the Grotto, where it remains today.

The first principal was Joseph L. Eyraud, who supervised a faculty of seven, including the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The first graduating class chose the lion as the mascot, and it was decided that the school teams should be called the Monarchs and wear red and gray.

In 1998, under the direction of Principal Patrick Murphy and Rector Steve Sallot, the architectural firm of PJHM/MKA began a long process of designing a new master plan for entire campus.


Mater Dei High School offers 21 CIF-sanctioned sports, ranging from football to tennis to water polo. The school's athletic teams are named after the Monarch lion.

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