Salesian High School (Los Angeles)

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Bishop Mora Salesian High School
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960 South Soto Street
Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California 90023
United States
Coordinates 34°01′58″N 118°12′59″W / 34.032762°N 118.216253°W / 34.032762; -118.216253Coordinates: 34°01′58″N 118°12′59″W / 34.032762°N 118.216253°W / 34.032762; -118.216253
Type Private, All-Male
Motto To Love, Teach & Inspire
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic;
Salesian Society
Patron saint(s) Don Bosco
Established September 15, 1958
Status Open
Oversight Archdiocese of Los Angeles
CEEB code 051554
President Alex Chacon
Director Fr. Jim Nieblas SDB
Principal Mark Johnson
Faculty 35
Teaching staff 35
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 420 (2018-2019)
Average class size 25
Student to teacher ratio 16:1
Color(s) Columbia Blue and Black         
Athletics conference

Camino Real, Santa Fe, Del Rey and Angelus League

Sports Football, Cross Country, Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, Golf, Volleyball, Track & Field
Mascot Mustang
Team name Mustangs
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges[1] through 2016.
Publication The SPIRIT
Yearbook Etalon
Tuition $8,900

Bishop Mora Salesian High School is an all-male Roman Catholic 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 Los Angeles and the ASB (Association of Salesian Brothers), were determined to help the institution. Throughout the early years of activity its facilities served as a place where local elementary schools and neighboring communities could hold events.[citation needed]


With 99 percent of its graduates going on to college, Salesian is considered the premier Catholic high school in Boyle Heights/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.[citation needed]


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Golf

Salesian continues to have successful varsity and junior varsity team sports program. In early 2000's it opened a new gym building with accompanying sports facilities, and a community sports field used both by the high school athletic teams as well as the local community. Notable achievements in its athletics program include: In 2008, Salesian's varsity soccer team won the first state championship; In 2009, Salesian's varsity volleyball team won their first CIF Division V championship against St. Margaret's Episcopal School; In the 2009-2010 athletic season, Salesian High School's varsity football team reached the Semi-finals for the first time in school history; In 2010, Salesian's varsity soccer team won the CIF-SS title and the 2nd State Championship; In 2011, Salesian's varsity baseball team went undefeated in league play In 2013, Salesian's Football team won CIF-SS Championship for Division 13

Current activity

The school operates on a college preparatory 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 community events and provides local organizations with access to its campus facilities. Events include elementary school graduations, CYO tournaments, California Interscholastic Federation tournaments and many other functions that serve the Boyle Heights community.

In the News

In 2014 the film Despues de Clase (After class) was filmed at Salesian High school. Many of the scenes were shot inside the building and in the upper main level of the campus.

Notable alumni

Leonardo DiCaprio - Actor, Grammy award winner, notable for his roles in "Titanic"


  1. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05.

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