Salesian High School (Richmond, California)

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Salesian College Preparatory
2851 Salesian Avenue
Richmond, California 94804
United States
Coordinates 37°57′11″N 122°20′28″W / 37.95306°N 122.34111°W / 37.95306; -122.34111Coordinates: 37°57′11″N 122°20′28″W / 37.95306°N 122.34111°W / 37.95306; -122.34111
Type Private, Day, College-prep
Motto "Academics. Faith. Family."
Umbram fugat veritas
(The shadows flee from the truth)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1927
Grades 9-12
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 475
Campus size 21 acres (85,000 m2)
Color(s)      Crimson
Athletics conference CIF North Coast Section
Mascot Lion
Nickname Pride
Rival Saint Mary's College High School
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Newspaper The Salesian Sentinel
Yearbook The Pride

Salesian College Preparatory is a coeducational Roman Catholic college preparatory high school in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland, in Richmond, California, United States. The school's patron saint is Saint John Bosco, the Italian founder of the Salesian order. The school's motto is "loyalty, excellence."


The current gymnasium and classroom buildings, built in 1940 and 1950 respectively.

The campus is situated on 21 acres, in the Richmond, California North & East neighborhood[2] that straddles the city limits of San Pablo, about eighteen miles (29 km) from San Francisco.


For many years the school's mascot was the Chieftain. The imagery associated with the nickname was a Native American wearing a feather headdress.[3] The mascot came under repeated scrutiny since at least 1995.[3] The topic garnered media attention and it was reported that it was found to be "racist" and "offensive" by administrators and members of the public.[3] In 2006, the school changed the mascot[3] to the "Pride."

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  1. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  2. ^ North & East Neighborhood Council page, City of Richmond website
  3. ^ a b c d Wetzel, Kimberly S. (September 27, 2006) Salesian to Replace 'Offensive' Mascot: RICHMOND: School Removed Chieftain for Cultural Reasons Contra Costa Times. Hosted at Retrieved 2008-08-03.

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