Salesian High School (Richmond, California)

Salesian High School (Richmond, California)

Infobox School | name = Salesian High School

motto = "Loyalty - Excellence"
established = 1927
type = Roman Catholic College Preparatory
enrollment = 585
free_label = Colors

free_text = Black, Crimson, White

location = 2851 Salesian Ave.
Richmond, CA 94804
information = (510) 234-4433
website =

Salesian High School is a nonprofit coeducational Roman Catholic preparatory high school in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland. [ About the Board] ] The campus is located on 21 acres (8.5 ha) in Richmond, California, straddling the city limits of San Pablo. [ School profile] ]

The school's patron saint is Saint John Bosco, the Italian founder of the Salesian order. [ [ About] ]

The school's motto is "Loyalty - Excellence". [ Handbook] , p. 23] ] The school shield also bears the Latin phrase "Umbram Fugat Veritas", meaning "truth dispels darkness".

The school's rival is St. Mary's College High School in Berkeley, California. [ [ Annual Report] , p. 20] ]


The school began as the "Salesian House of Studies" in 1927, serving as a novitiate and formation community for young adult members of the Salesian Society. [Section source: [ School history] .] The campus was developed over the years, with a classroom building and a library among the added structures. The school began accepting male students from the general population in 1960 and opened to female students in 1989.

Demographics and statistics

According to the school's website [ [] , "School Profile"," retrieved May 29, 2007] the student body is:
*Sex: Male 50%, Female 50%
*Race and Ethnicity: 24% Latino, 23% Euro-American, 19% Filipino, 14% African American, 10% Asian/Pacific Islander, 9% Multi-Racial, 1% Native American.
*Religion: Catholic 62%, Non-Catholic 38%

The student body at Salesian High School comes from throughout Contra Costa County. Salesian students reflect the cultural diversity of the community. 99-100% of those who graduate Salesian continue their studies at a college or university, 77% of the aforementioned at four-year schools and 23% at two-year schools. [ [] , "College Profile"," retrieved May 29, 2007]


*Director/President - Fr. Nicholas Reina, SDB [Section source: [ Administration] .]
*Principal - Timothy Chambers
*Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs - Natalie Walchuk
*Dean of Students - Mark De Luca
*Director of Alumni Relations - Henry Moe
*Director of Admissions - Dina Trombettas
*Director of Athletics - Chad Nightingale
*Director of Development and Communications - Janet Wilks
*Director of Finance - Molly Couto
*Director of Guidance - Gina Cullen
*Director of Technology - Jeffrey Bausch
*Faculty Representative - TBD
*Director of Facilities - John Castro


Fall Sports [ [ Fall sports] ]
*Cross Country
*Girls' volleyball
*Girls' tennis

Winter Sports [ [ Winter sports] ]
*Boys' soccer
*Girls' soccer
*Boys' basketball
*Girls' basketball

Spring Sports [ [ Spring sports] ]
*Boys' volleyball
*Track and field
*Boys' tennis


The use of the Native-American "Chieftain" mascot (a stereotypical Indian with a feather headdress) and name had come under repeated ethical scrutiny since 1995 and had been found to be "racist" and "offensive" by some administrators and members of the public.Wetzel, Kimberly S. (September 27 2006) [ Salesian to Replace 'Offensive' Mascot: RICHMOND: School Removed Chieftain for Cultural Reasons] "Contra Costa Times". Hosted at Retrieved 2008-08-03.] However no real action was taken until 2006 when the school decided to change the mascot. The school's mascot is now the Salesian Pride, a name derived from the term for a group of lions.


The following clubs are active at the campus as of 2008.Section source: [ Activities and clubs] , Salesian High School website, access date July 26, 2008]

* Association of African American Knowledge
* Associated Student Body Council
* Asian Pacific Islanders
* Band
* Campus Ministry
* Cheerleaders
* Chorale (Story & Song)
* Drama
* French Club
* Garden Project
* Honor Societies
* Interact Club
* Italian Club
* Latino Club
* Literary Magazine, Tabard
* Math Club
* Mystery Players
* Recycling Club
* "Sychos" – Spirit Group

tructures & Grounds

Salesian High School consists of many acres of green lands which hold five buildings. The school was initially housed on the Emeric estate, with the existing mansion serving to hold both the school and its offices. [ School history] .] In 1940, a gymnasium was added to the grounds that still serves the school, housing theatrical performances and speeches as well as athletic events. A decade later, the compound was expanded to include a three-story building to host classes. The classes on the first floor of this building have been modified to meet demands of 2000s technology. In 1960, a student center building was added to the grounds. This building presently holds a number of services for student use, including the cafeteria, a guidance center, a student activities office, a campus ministry office and the school's library.


External links

* [ Salesian High School] official website
*** [ Diocese of Oakland]
* [ TerraServer Aerial Image]

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