Yeshiva University High Schools of Los Angeles

Founded in 1979 to serve the Greater Los Angeles Jewish community, Yeshiva University High School of Los Angeles (YULA) is a college-preparatory, Modern Orthodox Jewish high school accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). It has no affiliation with Yeshiva University in New York City.

Yeshiva University High Schools of Los Angeles
Boys: 9760 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035
Girls: 1619 S. Robertson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035

MottoPrimacy and Relevancy of Torah, Uncompromising General Studies, and Character Development (Boys) and Torah Umada Lchatchila (Girls).
FounderRabbi Marvin Hier
Modern Orthodox Judaism
Heads of SchoolRabbi Arye Sufrin (Boys) & Rabbi Joshua Spodek (Girls)
Number of studentsApproximately 400
Color(s)Yellow and Black         
MascotBlack Panther
NewspaperThe Panther Post
Student to faculty ratio4:1
Average class size20

The school is financially independent of, and separately incorporated from, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, despite their juxtaposition.[1] As of 2018, YULA is focused on three main strategic goals: Primacy and Relevancy of Torah Studies, Uncompromising General Studies, and Character development. The school's tuition is approximately $35,000.


Shortly before Rabbi Howard Ewing and his family arrived in Los Angeles in July 1977, he proposed establishing a school and a center to honor Simon Wiesenthal. YULA was intended to be an affiliate of Yeshiva University offering secondary and tertiary education, but ultimately, it became solely a high school. As time passed, the Los Angeles Orthodox Jewish community perceived that Hier had placed more attention on developing the Wiesenthal Center, as opposed to the educational center.[2] The school was ultimately founded in 1979.[3]

Yeshiva University of Los Angeles purchased a $2.25-million facility for high school classes,[1] located on Robertson Boulevard, in late May 1990. Rabbi Hier had outbid Sephardic Jewish and Sikh organizations for the site. Prior to the purchase, Hier had asked for $5 million in additional federal funding for the Wiesenthal Center. In response, there were serious considerations for establishing a new Orthodox Jewish high school in Los Angeles, and some parents at YULA had threatened to remove their children.[2]


YULA has separate campuses for boys and girls within the Pico-Robertson area of Los Angeles:

  • The Jack and Gitta Nagel Family Boys Campus
  • The Gindi Family Girls Campus
Campuses in Los Angeles
YULA Boys School Campus

YULA Boys' school has 15 classrooms with three science labs. All classrooms have ceiling mounted projectors, while select classrooms have Smart Boards. YULA has an outdoor basketball court as well as a student lounge, with a flat-screen TV, vending machines, a student run store, and kitchen appliances. YULA also has a Beit Midrash and a Sephardic Beit Midrash which serve as locations for davening and assemblies.[4] A new addition to the campus is currently in progress

YULA Girls school has 15 classrooms with two science labs. All classrooms have ceiling-mounted projectors, while select classrooms have Smart Boards. YULA has an outdoor courtyard where students eat and relax, a full-size auditorium for assemblies and productions, an art studio, the Kestenbaum Library, which houses over 6,000 volumes of text, a gymnasium, and a large kosher kitchen and cafeteria with hot meals daily.[5]


The cost to attend YULA is approximately $35,900, plus fees.[6]


The Boys' School has 46 full and part-time faculty, all of whom hold at least a B.A. or B.S. degree.[7] The faculty includes:

  • 17 Master's degrees
  • 5 PhDs
  • 1 Juris Doctorate (JD) degree
  • 18 Rabbinic degrees

The Girls' School has 48 full and part-time faculty,[8] and includes:

  • 14 Master's degrees
  • 2 PhDs
  • 1 Juris Doctorate degree
  • 9 Rabbinic degrees

Academic AchievementEdit

In 2018, 68 YULA Girls students took 135 Advanced Placement tests in 13 different subjects. In addition, since 2010 one student was selected as a National Merit Scholar and another considered as a National Merit Semifinalist.

Students at YULA have been awarded in prestigious competitions such as Scholastic Art and Writing awards, an honorable mention in the Davidson Fellows competition, Best Delegate at the YU Model United Nations, and more.

Three students who participate in a rigorous computer science program founded the company Team HERO[9], and intend to sell the product.

  • In 2017, Niche ranked YULA Girls #11 in Best Jewish Schools in California
  • In 2017, Niche ranked YULA Boys #4 in Best Jewish Schools in California
  • In 2016, Niche ranked YULA #62 in 100 Best Private Schools in California

Student bodyEdit

Each school has a student body of approximately two hundred students from different areas of Los Angeles. Many students live in the Pico-Robertson and Beverlywood neighborhoods, and in the San Fernando Valley.


The YULA curriculum is split into two parts. One part is devoted to general studies such as history, mathematics, science, and English, while the other part of the day is devoted to Judaic studies, with a curriculum of classes on Jewish texts. Sections of Chumash, Navi, Mishnah, Gemarah, Halakha, and Ketuvim.[10]

Student lifeEdit

YULA Girls and Boys offers a plethora of academic extracurriculars which include the publication of a literary journal, Participation in the Model United Nations at Yeshiva University, a drama department which produces one play annually and one all-girls musical, The Panther Post (a school newspaper which certain students are working to improve), robotics, a debate club, STEM Research Seminar, Mock trial, YULA Israel Advocacy Club (YIAC), participation in the national Chidon Hatanach competition (for which students have earned first place in a video competition)[11], participation in the national Moot Beit Din for which the students have won second place[12], B'nei Akiva, participation in Los Angeles Times High School Insider program, photography club, a creative writing club, band, MAGIC, and a dance team.

College placementEdit

The majority of YULA High School graduates go on to higher education. Typically, ninety percent of all YULA graduates enter a four-year college or university; ten percent enter a local community college.[7]

A small number of YULA students matriculate to Ivy League schools. They have attended Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, Stanford University, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University.


The school has sports teams in the following sports: basketball (varsity & junior varsity), baseball, tennis, volleyball, cross country, flag football, golf, and soccer.[7]

In 1997, the school asked the California Interscholastic Federation to move the November cross-country championships to a day other than Saturday; Orthodox Jews would not participate if the competition was held on a Saturday.[13]

In 2018 Benjamin Tarko (captain of the team) lead the State in On Base Percentage.

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b May, Meyer H. (Rabbi and Executive director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center). "Rabbi Hier." Los Angeles Times. September 2, 1990. Retrieved on January 11, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Teitelbaum, Sheldon and Tom Waldman. "The Unorthodox Rabbi : By Invoking the Holocaust and Bullying the Establishment, Marvin Hier Has Made The Simon Wiesenthal Center the Most Visible Jewish Organization in the World." Los Angeles Times. July 15, 1990. p. 6. Retrieved on January 17, 2016. "Their fears were well-grounded--the school never evolved into a full-scale affiliate of Yeshiva University in New York. Today, YULA is, in essence, a high school."
  3. ^ "About YULA." YULA Boys High School. Retrieved on January 17, 2016.
  4. ^ "YULA Kollel".
  5. ^ "Campus – About YULA – Yeshiva of Los Angeles Girls High School".
  6. ^ "Tuition Schedule 2019-2020".
  7. ^ a b c "Fast Facts – About YULA – Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys High School".
  8. ^ "School Snapshot – About YULA – YULA Girls High School". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
  9. ^ "Wearables | Genesis Steam Hero | ABOUT". Wearables | Genesis Steam Hero. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  10. ^ "Academics Home".
  11. ^ "Chidon HaTanach: The Window to Torah" (PDF).
  12. ^ "2018 Moot Beit Din Digital Presentations and Results". Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools. 2018-03-21. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  13. ^ "Jewish Athletes to Appeal Scheduling of Track Meet." Los Angeles Times. October 21, 1997. Retrieved on January 17, 2016.
  14. ^ Pope, Justin (June 10, 2004). "School liberalism blasted". Deseret News. Associated Press. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  15. ^ "Ben Shapiro: Proud Torah- Observant Jew and Rising Star in America's Conservative Movement" (PDF). Zman Magazine. March 2012. p. 57. In his early years in public school, he skipped from second grade into fourth...[Shapiro] skipped ninth grade...
  16. ^ "Harvard Business Professor Noam Wasserman, a YULA Alum, Addresses Juniors".

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