Cathedral High School (Los Angeles)

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Cathedral High School
LA Cathedral HS.jpg
Cathedral High School entrance
1253 Bishops Road
Los Angeles, California 90012
United States
Coordinates 34°4′12″N 118°14′4″W / 34.07000°N 118.23444°W / 34.07000; -118.23444Coordinates: 34°4′12″N 118°14′4″W / 34.07000°N 118.23444°W / 34.07000; -118.23444
Type Private, Day, College-prep
Motto Signum Fidei
("Sign of the Faith")
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1925
Oversight Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools
President Martin Farfan
Principal John Montgomery[1]
Grades 9-12
Gender Boys
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Royal Purple and White         
Song Hail Cathedral Hail
Athletics CIF Southern Section
(Del Rey League)
Nickname Phantoms
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges[2]
Yearbook The Chimes
Designated 1984
Reference no. 281

Cathedral High School is a private, college preparatory Catholic all-boys school in Los Angeles, California.

History and background

Cathedral High School was founded by Archbishop John Joseph Cantwell as the first Los Angeles Archdiocesan high school for boys in Fall 1925. The Christian Brothers have operated the school since its opening. The school was designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument number 281 in 1984.

Cathedral is located in downtown Los Angeles on the site of the old Calvary Cemetery (which relocated around the start of the 20th century), in view of the Los Angeles skyline and the new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and adjacent to Dodger Stadium in Chávez Ravine and Chinatown, Los Angeles, California. The school athletics teams are nicknamed the Phantoms because of its location on the old cemetery.

Campus renovation

Plans were announced in 2003 for a new building to house classrooms and the gym. The building was funded mainly by donations. Construction began in 2005 with the demolition of the old, sixty-five-year-old gym and was complete in 2007. The new building houses items from the previous building, including the old scoreboard and wood floor.


California State championships

  • CIFSS Division 1A Basketball Champions: 1978
  • CIFSS State 1/5 Track and Field Championships: 2009
  • CIFSS Boys Soccer Division 4 Champions: 2014
  • CIFSS Boys Soccer Division 3 Champions: 2015
  • CIFSS Boys Soccer So Cal Regional State Champions Division 3: 2015
  • CIFSS Boys Volleyball Division 4 Champions: 2012, 2013, 2014
  • CIFSS Boys Cross Country Division 4 State Champions: 2017

Notable alumni


Cathedral High School has been the film location for a number of films, television shows, and music videos, due to its view of the Los Angeles skyline and character of its architecture, including the films City of Angels (1998), All You've Got (2006), Be Somebody (2016), the music video "I Do!!" by Toya, and "Mesmerize" by Ja Rule ft. Ashanti and a 2010 episode of Bones[6] amongst others. All You've Got used Cathedral's colors (purple and white) and name (Phantoms) for their volleyball team.


  1. ^ "Cathedral High School". Retrieved 4 May 2015. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  3. ^ XISPAS interview with Sal Castro, parts one Archived July 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. and two Archived June 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Glendale Community College Athletic Hall of Fame[dead link]
  5. ^ "Antonio Villaraigosa Biography - Academy of Achievement". Archived from the original on 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  6. ^ Bones, ep. 97 "The Dentist in the Ditch" original air date January 28. 2010

External links

  • School website
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