Mount Carmel High School (Los Angeles)
|Mount Carmel High School|
A view of Mount Carmel High School
|7011 South Hoover Street
Los Angeles, California 90044
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic;
|Patron saint(s)||St. Elijah|
Mount Carmel High School was a Roman Catholic all-boys' high school located in Los Angeles, in the U.S. state of California. It was located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. It was founded by the Carmelite Order in 1935. The school closed in 1976, and was demolished in 1983. The school was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1979.
The school was built in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, and was the first school in Los Angeles constructed subject to the new seismic building code which came about in the aftermath of the 1933 Long Beach earthquake. The name of the school is in reference to Mount Carmel, the mountain range in northern Israel where, according to Biblical tradition, the prophet Elijah rebuilt an altar. Although classes had begun in November 1934, the school wasn't officially dedicated until 1935 by Bishop John Cantwell. At one time the school served boys from 40 parishes in the Los Angeles Archdiocese.
The Carmelites announced in 1976 that the school would be closed due to declining enrollment. Enrollment had fallen to 276 students from 600 in the early 1960s. Parents organized a petition drive to prevent closure of the school but their efforts proved unsuccessful.
The Mt. Carmel Alumni Association is still active. It awards scholarships through a foundation to students of Catholic schools in Los Angeles. In addition the association sponsors an annual golf tournament which raises funds for retired Carmelite priests.
The Crusaders competed in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). Some of their rivals were Loyola High School and Cathedral High School. The 1947 and 1954 basketball teams won the Southern Section championship, and were runners up in 1957.
- Kermit Alexander, played in the National Football League
- John Helwig, played in the National Football League
- Marlin McKeever, played in the National Football League
- Mike McKeever, inductee College Football Hall of Fame
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- Mt. Carmel Alumni Association
- Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979) at the Internet Movie Database
- Rock 'n' Roll High School movie trailer, actual demolition of Mount Carmel High School occurs at 1:48.
- "Remembering Mount Carmel High School," produced for the 50th reunion of the class of 1957 by the Crespi Carmelite High School Media Department