St. John Bosco High School

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 in 1940. The first high school class graduated in 1956, and in 1979 the boarding school closed.[2]

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
PresidentFr. Mel Trinidad, SDB
DirectorFr. Mel Trinidad, SDB
PrincipalDr. Christian De Larkin
Enrollment855 (2018-2019)
Average class size28
Student to teacher ratio14:1
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 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 31 Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses, six dual enrollment college courses, plus championship Academic Decathlon and robotics programs.[3]

Students at St. John Bosco High School can apply to one of five unique Academic Pathways, in either Biomedical Science, Engineering, Sports Medicine, Computer Science, or Entrepreneurship. The Academic Pathways provide advanced, discipline-specific courses and offer opportunities for internships, field work, capstone projects, and co-curricular competitions. Biomedical students participate in internships with the COPE Health Scholar Program, Engineering students intern with Pelican Products, Sports Medicine students can intern with Rio Hondo College, Long Beach City College, and Response Care Chiropractic.[4]

Among the graduating class of 2019, 96% were accepted to a four-year college or university, including admission to 22 of U.S. News & World Report's top 25 national schools. Bosco alumni are currently studying at Brown, Princeton, Stanford, MIT, Dartmouth, all UC campuses, all CSU campuses, and the US Military, Air Force, and Naval Academies. 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 Los Angeles 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 129 league championships, 18 CIF team championships, four So Cal regional championships, nine state championships and two national titles. Individually, Bosco has fostered 425 All-CIF players, 22 CIF Players of the Year, 58 All-State players, and 32 All-American Student-Athletes.

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 2017–18, all 13 of Bosco's CIF Sports were named All Academic CIF, with each varsity team's GPA exceeding 3.0.[6] Among the Class of 2019, 73% of Bosco's varsity lettermen earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher and 30% earned GPAs above 4.0.[8]

In August 2018, the school opened a new $7.2 million athletic stadium.[9] It was dedicated in honor of Brian Panish.[10]

Student lifeEdit

St. John Bosco High School integrates technology into the everyday experience of its students. The campus is equipped with more than 30 digital, interactive classroom projectors; an expanded fiber-optic data bandwidth network; WiFi; and voice-over-IP phones in all classrooms, offices and facilities. The 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.[6]

St. John Bosco hosts a dedicated location 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.[11]

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 Bosco experience. These activities complement St. John Bosco's academic curriculum and 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.[6]

The school maintains 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.[6]

St. John Bosco High School enjoys a special relationship with St. 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.[12]

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.[13][14]


St. John Bosco offers several ways for prospective students and families to experience life as a Brave, including personal campus tours, open houses, Middle School Night, Academic Pathway information events, and the Brave For A Day shadow program. Interested students can request information at

Notable alumniEdit


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