Salesian High School (Los Angeles, California)

Salesian High School (Los Angeles, California)

Bishop Mora Salesian High School is an all-male high school located in the Boyle Heights community of Los Angeles, California. The school mascot is the Mustangs. It was named after Francisco Mora y Borrell, Bishop of the former Monterey-Los Angeles Diocese. Salesian is also named after St. Francis de Sales. The high school is operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and associated with the Salesian Society.

Early history

When construction on Salesian High School began in 1958, there was speculation that the school would not be successful and would close quickly, but the community of Boyle Heights and the ASB (Association of Salesian Brothers) were determined to help this institution. Throughout the early years of activity its facilities served as a place where local elementary schools and the neighboring communities could hold events.

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With 95 percent of its graduates going on to college (though only 70 percent going on to a four-year college or university), Salesian is considered a premier Catholic high school in Boyle Heights/East L.A. Salesian is known for serving local public and private elementaries, and for its Salesian Boys and Girls Club (a UC/CSU center of excellence), which helps young boys and girls in the community. Salesian also is known for their charitable events, "Project Santa", and for hosting several Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) athletic events. It is associated with two other southland ASB schools, including Don Bosco Technical Institute in Rosemead and St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower which all operate closely.


The Salesian Mustangs have put together successful sports program, particularly baseball, soccer, football, track and field, cross-country, and volleyball. Recently, the school opened a new gym, sports facilities, and football field through the donations of alumni and associated individuals. In 2008 Salesian's Soccer team won the first ever State Championship.The school's long-standing rivals are Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary in Montebello (a rivalry started when the now co-ed school enrolled only boys and was known as "Cantwell"), Cathedral High School in Downtown L.A..

Current activity

The school operates on a college prep track. This system allows the school to serve all types of students while staying true to the vision set forth by St. John Bosco. The school also hosts local community events with continued access to its facilities. Events include elementary school graduations, CYO tournaments, California Interscholastic Federation tournaments and many other functions that serve the Boyle Heights community.

Notable alumni

* José Huizar, current member of the Los Angeles City Council
* Alberto Alvarado, District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration

External links

* [ Salesian High School]

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