Loyola High School
A Message from the President
Thank you members of the Loyola Gridiron Vanguard for the time and energy that you devote to our storied football program. I am especially grateful for your leadership and commitment to our student-athletes. We are a better institution because of the generous support from alumni affinity groups like yours, as you help us continue the great tradition of excellence that is synonymous with Loyola High.
Loyola’s rich football tradition continues to flourish. Through this program young men gain experience in dealing with adversity and playing for the greater good of the team.
We are very grateful for your efforts in helping us form young Cubs into Men for and with Others.
Fr. Gregory Goethals, S.J. ‘73
President, Loyola High School of Los Angeles
About the Loyola Scholar-Athelete
Because Loyola is a college preparatory school each student is given a rigorous schedule of college preparation with more than minimal college preparatory courses being required. The curriculum consists of four years of English, three years of mathematics, three years of a laboratory science, four years of social science, three years of a language (French, Latin, Mandarin, Spanish), one year of fine arts, and one year of PE/Health. Each student is also required to take a theology course for eight of the eight semesters. Electives for seniors include: mathematics, foreign language, laboratory science, social sciences, fine arts, and theology.
The success of the academic program at Loyola is attested to by the fact that 99% of the graduates pursue higher education. Each year 96% of the school’s graduates attend four-year universities. Loyola students take more Advanced Placement tests than those at any other Catholic college preparatory in Southern California. In May of 2015, 650 students sat for 1,460 AP exams covering 26 subjects. The Washington Post ranked Loyola High School as one of the top 200 schools in the nation and top 25 in the state in terms of the ratio of students, who took Advanced Placement tests, to graduating class members.
The aim of Loyola High School to produce an integrated Christian man extends beyond academic preparation.
Loyola fields twelve varsity sports whose seasons span the entire academic school year. The athletic program features team competition in: football, cross-country, water polo, soccer, basketball, swimming, baseball, track, golf, tennis, lacrosse and volleyball.
In addition, Loyola offers a wide range of co-curricular activities through 55 clubs and student organizations.
Students at Loyola are encouraged to become involved in helping others less fortunate than themselves. The Community Service Program fosters a student’s personal growth by giving him a measure of responsibility in a service situation, and gives Loyola students the opportunity to serve the needs of their community.
About Loyola High School
Loyola High School of Los Angeles celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2015 as the oldest secondary school in the City of the Angels. The Jesuit college preparatory has adapted to technological and other advances in education since its founding in 1865, but one constant has been the principles which have guided Jesuit education for centuries.
In 1865, the year the Civil War drew to a close the Vincentians– not the Jesuits–founded a school for young men and located it in downtown Los Angeles in the Plaza. Three years later the school moved to 6th and Broadway. In 1887 it adapted to a growing Los Angeles and moved to a much improved facility at 8th and Grand. The modern laboratories and living quarters made the then St. Vincent’s College a rival of both Occidental and USC.
In 1911, the educational venture at St. Vincent’s was handed over to the Jesuits and once more the enterprise moved to a new location in Highland Park just off the present-day Pasadena Freeway. Six years later, the Jesuit faculty and student body moved to Venice Boulevard, and in 1918, the institution was re-christened Loyola College and High School. In 1929, the college division moved to Westchester and The High School had arrived.
Loyola is both Catholic and catholic – ever ancient, ever new.