Salesian High School (Los Angeles)

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Bishop Mora Salesian High School
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960 South Soto Street


Coordinates34°01′58″N 118°12′59″W / 34.032762°N 118.216253°W / 34.032762; -118.216253Coordinates: 34°01′58″N 118°12′59″W / 34.032762°N 118.216253°W / 34.032762; -118.216253
TypePrivate, All-Male
MottoTo Love, Teach & Inspire
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic;
Salesian Society
Patron saint(s)Don Bosco
EstablishedSeptember 15, 1958
OversightArchdiocese of Los Angeles
CEEB code051554
PresidentAlex Chacon
DirectorFr. Jim Nieblas SDB
PrincipalMark Johnson
Teaching staff35
Enrollment420 (2018-2019)
Average class size25
Student to teacher ratio16:1
Color(s)Columbia Blue and Black         
Athletics conferenceCIF - Southern Section
Camino Del Rey Association
SportsFootball, Cross Country, Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, Golf, Volleyball, Track & Field
Team nameMustangs
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges[1] through 2016.
PublicationThe SPIRIT

Bishop Mora Salesian High School is an all-male Roman Catholic high school located in the Boyle Heights community of Los Angeles, California. The school mascot is the Mustangs. It was named after Francisco Mora y Borrell, Bishop of the former Monterey-Los Angeles Diocese. Salesian is also named after St. Francis de Sales. The high school is operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and associated with the Salesian Society.

Early history[edit]

When construction on Salesian High School began in 1958, there was speculation that the school would not be successful and would close quickly, but the community of Los Angeles and the ASB (Association of Salesian Brothers), were determined to help the institution. Throughout the early years of activity its facilities served as a place where local elementary schools and neighboring communities could hold events.[citation needed]


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

In early 2000's[when?] Salesian opened a new gym building with accompanying sports facilities, and a community sports field used both by the high school athletic teams as well as the local community. Notable achievements in its athletics program include: In 2008, Salesian's varsity soccer team won the first state championship; In 2009, Salesian's varsity volleyball team won their first CIF Division V championship against St. Margaret's Episcopal School; In the 2009-2010 athletic season, Salesian High School's varsity football team reached the Semi-finals for the first time in school history; In 2010, Salesian's varsity soccer team won the CIF-SS title and the 2nd State Championship; In 2011, Salesian's varsity baseball team went undefeated in league play In 2013, Salesian's Football team won CIF-SS Championship for Division 13

Current activity[edit]

The school operates on a college preparatory track. This system allows the school to serve all types of students while staying true to the vision set forth by St. John Bosco. The school also hosts community events and provides local organizations with access to its campus facilities. Events include elementary school graduations, CYO tournaments, California Interscholastic Federation tournaments and many other functions that serve the Boyle Heights community.

In the News[edit]

In 2014 the film Despues de Clases (After class) was filmed at Salesian High school. Many of the scenes were shot inside the building and in the upper main level of the campus.

Notable alumni[edit]


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

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