St. John Bosco High School

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St. John Bosco High School
SJB Official Seal.jpg
13640 Bellflower Boulevard

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United States
Coordinates33°54′25″N 118°7′28″W / 33.90694°N 118.12444°W / 33.90694; -118.12444Coordinates: 33°54′25″N 118°7′28″W / 33.90694°N 118.12444°W / 33.90694; -118.12444
TypePrivate school, Single-sex education
MottoAd Deum Qui Laetificat Juventutem Meam
(To God, Who Gives Joy To My Youth)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic;
Patron saint(s)St. John Bosco
CEEB code050-260
PresidentMr. Dennis Mulhaupt
DirectorFr. Mel Trinidad, SDB
PrincipalDr. Christian De Larkin
Enrollment830 (2017-2018)
Average class size28
Student to teacher ratio24:1
Campus size36 acres (150,000 m2)
Color(s)Blue, white and gold             
Athletics13 varsity interscholastic sports teams
Athletics conferenceCIF-SS; Trinity League
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
NewspaperThe Brave

St. John Bosco High School (SJBHS) is a Catholic, all male college preparatory high school located in Bellflower, California and conducted by the San Francisco Province of the Salesians of St. John Bosco. St. John Bosco High School is named after Saint John Bosco, an Italian saint known for his dedication to educating and advocating for youth, and for his "Home-School-Church-Playground" model of education. Bosco was founded as an elementary and intermediate boarding school by the Salesians of Don Bosco in 1940; the first high school class graduated in 1956, and in 1979 the boarding school closed. [2]


St. John Bosco High School prepares all graduates to successfully enter and meet the rigors of higher education. All Bosco students complete a structured college preparatory curriculum that exceeds the minimum A-G requirements set by the University of California and California State University systems; the school offers 20 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, an Honors Program, and elective classes. [3]

Students at St. John Bosco High School can apply to be part of one of four unique Academic Pathways, in either Bio-Medical Science, Engineering, Sports Medicine, Computer Science, or Social Entrepreneurship; the Academic Pathways provide advanced, discipline-specific courses and offer opportunities for internships, field work based learning, and co-curricular competitions. Bosco also has a dedicated STEP (Support Team Education Plan) program that offers additional academic support to students with unique learning styles. [4]

98% of St. John Bosco graduating seniors in the past decade have entered institutions of higher learning. [5]


St. John Bosco High School is part of the Trinity League,[6] and has been described as a football "powerhouse" by the LA Times[7]; the school competes in 13 CIF-sponsored sports and two club sports, Ice Hockey and Rugby. Bosco has achieved notable success athletically, having earned 119 league championships, 14 CIF team championships, 2 So Cal Regional championships, 8 State championships and 1 National title. Individually, Bosco has proudly fostered 425 All-CIF (22 CIF Players of the Year), 58 All-State (13 state champions, 4 State players of the Year) and 32 All-American Student-Athletes (9 Individual National Champions, 2 National players of the Year). [8]

Bosco students maintain a tradition of pairing academics with athletics, with 80% of the student population participating in one or more sports, six of which are "non-cut," giving all student-athletes an opportunity to participate. In 2016-17, all 13 of Bosco's CIF Sports were named All Academic CIF with each varsity team’s GPA above a 3.0. [9]

In November 2017, the school broke ground on a new $7.2 million dollar Athletic Stadium, with construction scheduled for completion in August 2018. The stadium opened on August 8,2018 [10] It was dedicated in honor of Brian Panish.[11]

Student Life[edit]

St. John Bosco High School's integration of technology enhances the educational experience of its students; the campus is equipped with more than 30 digital, interactive classroom projectors; an expanded fiber-optic, data bandwidth; WiFi; and voice-over IP phones in all classrooms, offices and facilities. St. John Bosco High School was the first private school to partner with a Southern California Edison program, which brought more than $125,000 in energy-efficient fixtures to campus. St. John Bosco High School aims to be a modern campus committed to preparing its students for the modern world. [12]

St. John Bosco hosts a place for students to work together and collaborate on group projects, read, relax, and meet up with friends, called the Learning Commons, it has more than 4,500 square feet of modern space, four group collaboration rooms, a robotics lab, individual work stations, counter top charging stations, and breakout spaces. Students also have access to check out electronic devices and choose from more than one million digital titles from a global library. [13]

As part of St. John Bosco High School's broad mission to develop the "whole student," a multitude of activities are offered that play an important role in the St. John Bosco experience, not only for a student’s enjoyment, but to help him gain and improve skills as well; these activities exist to complement St. John Bosco's academic curriculum and to enhance the educational experience. Students may choose to explore the arts, music, cultural activities, robotics, paintballing, fitness, cycling, skateboarding and drama, to name a few; these activities have a positive impact on the students' emotional, intellectual and social development. [14]

St. John Bosco High School strives to maintain a commitment to Christian values that develop morality, integrity, and a sense of service. In addition, St. John Bosco encourages community service through numerous opportunities made available to students, including the Hospitality Kitchen in downtown Los Angeles, a Thanksgiving Food Drive and Christmas Toy Drive, campus blood drives, and the Concern for America Walk; these experiences help develop compassion, integrity and a greater sense of purpose within St. John Bosco's students. [15]

St. John Bosco High School enjoys a special relationship with Saint Joseph High School, a Catholic all-girls school located in Lakewood. Known as St. John Bosco's "Sister School," Saint Joseph interacts with St. John Bosco High School throughout the school year as students gather for numerous special events, dances, activities and theatrical productions. [16]

Students at St. John Bosco became a part of the Bosco Brotherhood, a lifelong camaraderie grounded in faith, intellect, leadership and citizenship composed of over 9,000 alumni. [17] [18]

Notable alumni[edit]


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