St. Bonaventure High School

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St. Bonaventure High School
3167 Telegraph Road
Ventura, California 93003
United States
Coordinates 34°16′23″N 119°15′13″W / 34.27306°N 119.25361°W / 34.27306; -119.25361Coordinates: 34°16′23″N 119°15′13″W / 34.27306°N 119.25361°W / 34.27306; -119.25361
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto Soli Deo Honor Et Gloria.
(Only for the Honor and Glory of God.)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1963
Oversight Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Principal Marc Groff
Faculty 42 (2014)
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 541 (2013)
Color(s) Green and Gold         
Slogan Be the Solution
Athletics Baseball
Cross Country
Track & Field
Athletics conference CIF Southern Section
Team name Seraphs
Rival Westlake and Oaks Christian
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Average SAT scores 509 (Critical Reading Mean)
497 (Math)
513 (Writing)
Average ACT scores 22.6 (2013) [1]
Newspaper Seraph Scrolls
Yearbook The Arches
Tuition $7,650 (2013-14)
Vice-Principal/Dean of Curriculum Christina Castro
Dean of Faculty Susan Valle
Dean of Students George Meade
Director of Marketing & Outreach / Assistant Principal Deacon Don Huntley
Athletic Director John Muller

St. Bonaventure High School is a private, Catholic, co-educational secondary school in Ventura, California, United States. This college preparatory program was founded on the spiritual ideals of St. Francis of Assisi and the academic fervor of its namesake, St. Bonaventure. The nearby Mission San Buenaventura was founded by the Franciscan order in 1782 and also named after Saint Bonaventure. The school's mascot was derived from one of the titles of Bonaventure, "Seraphic Doctor."


The Archdiocese of Los Angeles founded the school in 1963. Classes began with 70 students. Over the years members of both the Sisters of Notre Dame and Franciscan Order have provided leadership and instruction. The first lay prinicpal, Marc Groff, was named in 2007. Because of monitored growth and wise guidance over the years, the school now serves about 600 students from around Ventura County who attend classes on campus.


Classes are rigorous and comprehensive to meet the California state requirements and recommendations for admission to the California State University system. Four years of religious instruction is required of every student. The School's Mission statement reads "Graduates are prepared to live their lives spiritually, intellectually and socially to meet the challenges encountered in their lives."[2] Of note is the fact that 99% of the recent graduates were college bound, and trends have shown that 90% of the graduates complete college. Recent Advanced Placement course offerings were: Art, Biology, Calculus AB, English Language Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, U.S. Government and U.S. History.


St. Bonaventure, which has a Seraph for its mascot, is recognized for its outstanding athletic program, especially in football. In the Channel League, where St. Bonaventure was the only private school in a league of public school teams, St. Bonaventure never lost a Channel league football game since it was admitted in 2002. However, St. Bonaventure had to forfeit its undefeated league championship in 2009 due to playing an ineligible player. St. Bonaventure has won seven CIF-SS titles since 1999, including three in Division IV. They have also won back to back California State Championships in 2007 and 2008. After the 2009 season, St. Bonaventure, along with fellow Ventura county private school Oaks Christian, was moved into the Marmonte league. However, the Seraphs continued their success, as they became Co-Champions of the league in their first year with Oaks Christian and Westlake. Each finished with a league record of 8-1. Football is not the only dominant sport at St. Bonaventure. Baseball has been making a name for themselves in the past years. Winning 8 TVL championships in the past 10 years with a CIF-SS Finals appearance in 2006. Softball is also making a name with 4 consecutive league champsionships currently 2013-2016 and two back to back CIF championships in 2014 and 2015. They also made a semi final run in 2016 but were ranked no. 1.


Football Championship

  • 1968

CIF-SS Div XI Football Champions

  • 1996
  • 1999
  • 2000
  • 2001

CIF-SS Div IV Football l Champions

  • 2002
  • 2004
  • 2005


  • 2007
  • 2008

Marmonte League Champions

  • 2012

Clubs and extracurricular activities[edit]

Students can choose from a variety of offerings which have included: Art, ASB, Drama, FCA, Habitat on Campus, Campus Ministry, Interact Club, Leo Club, Mock Trial & Yearbook.

Notable alumni[edit]



  1. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  2. ^ "St. Bonaventure: About Us". Retrieved Jan 13, 2014. 

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