Trinity League

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The Trinity League is a high school athletic conference in Southern California, United States. In 2019 the Trinity League was named by MaxPreps as the toughest high school football league in the United States.[1] In baseball, it placed as the 168th-toughest league. It is part of the CIF Southern Section.

Kiki Mendoza served as the football coach at St. John Bosco High School for 12 years until 2010 when he was fired after the team did not make the playoffs. He was replaced by Jason Negro. Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times criticized the firing of Mendoza, stating "Yes, the Braves had trouble finishing in the upper echelon of the brutally tough Trinity League that includes Santa Ana Mater Dei, Anaheim Servite and Orange Lutheran, but who wouldn't?"[2]


The Trinity League is the latest iteration of what was originally known as the Angelus League (1961–1991), founded in 1961. There were various early members of the Angelus league, which, in addition to Servite and Mater Dei, included St. Paul, Cantwell and Salesian. Cantwell and Salesian dropped out of the league, due to its competitiveness, and were replaced by St. John Bosco and Verbum Dei. In the late 1960s, St. John Bosco and Verbum Dei dropped out and were replaced by Bishop Amat and Pius X. This iteration became the core, blue blood members of the Angelus League. This iconic league members were: St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs), Mater Dei (Santa Ana), Servite (Anaheim), Bishop Amat (La Puente), Pius X (Downey) and St. Anthony (Long Beach). In the late 1970s, things started to shift again. St. Anthony dropped in 1977 and was replaced by Bishop Montgomery.Pius X dropped in 1980. Bishop Montgomery in 1981. In 1982, Pius X came back a new member, Serra (Gardena) joined. Serra dropped in 1984 and was replaced by Bishop Montgomery again. In 1986 Pius X was gone and replaced by St. Bernard. St. Bernard only lasted two years and dropped in 1988. In 1989 Montgomery and Iconic member, St. Paul dropped and were replaced by Loyola and St. John Bosco. That was the last form of the Angelus League as it was disbanded in 1992.

In 1999, a rebirth of the Angelus league appeared under the name of the Serra League. Its core members were: Servite, Mater Dei, St. John Bosco and Santa Margarita. This lasted through 2001. The next year two new teams were added, Loyola and Bishop Amat. This lasted until 2006, when Loyola and Bishop Amat were moved to the Mission League and were replaced by Orange Lutheran and JSerra.

Five of the six teams have won a CIF-SS championship. Mater Dei (8), Servite (4), St. John Bosco (2), Santa Margarita (1) and Orange Lutheran (1). Four of the six teams have won State championships. Mater Dei (2), St. John Bosco (2), Servite (1) and Santa Margarita (1).

There is a current Angelus League which consists of the following members: Cathedral (Los Angeles), St. Francis (La Canada) and Salesian (Los Angeles) and Crespi (Encino).


School City Founded Enrollment Nickname
JSerra Catholic High School San Juan Capistrano, California 2003 1,150 Lions
Mater Dei High School Santa Ana, California 1950 2,100 Monarchs
Orange Lutheran High School Orange, California 1973 1,322 Lancers
Rosary Academy Fullerton, California 1965 369 Royals
Santa Margarita High School Rancho Santa Margarita, California 1987 1,700 Eagles
Servite High School Anaheim, California 1958 920 Friars
St. John Bosco High School Bellflower, California 1940 820 Braves



Year Team Record
2019 Mater Dei 5–0–0
2018 St. John Bosco 5–0–0
2017 Mater Dei 5–0–0
2016 Mater Dei 5–0–0
2015 St. John Bosco 5–0–0
2014 St. John Bosco 5–0–0
2013 St. John Bosco 5–0–0
2012 St. John Bosco 5–0–0
2011 Servite 5–0–0
2010 Servite 5–0–0
2009 Servite 5–0–0
2008 Servite/Mater Dei 4–1–0
2007 Servite 4–1–0
2006 Orange Lutheran 4–1–0

Notable athletic alumni[edit]


Mater Dei[edit]


St. John Bosco[edit]

Re'al Mitchell (2018) Led the Braves to win their second title in the 2016 CIF Southen Section Championships against De La Salle. Currently plays at Iowa State.

Santa Margarita[edit]


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