Yeshiva University High School of Los Angeles

Yeshiva University High School of Los Angeles (abbreviated YULA, pronounced /ˈjulə/) is a college-preparatory, Modern Orthodox Jewish high school founded in 1979 by Rabbi Marvin Hier. It has no affiliation with Yeshiva University in New York City.

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

TypeIndependent, Yeshiva
MottoPrimacy and Relevancy of Torah, Uncompromising General Studies, and Character Development (Boys)
Torah Umada Lchatchila (Girls).
Established1979; 42 years ago (1979)
FounderRabbi Marvin Hier
ReligionModern Orthodox Judaism
NCES School ID01899004[1], A9101504
General Studies PrincipalsRichard St.-Laurent (Boys)
Yehudis Benhamou (Girls)
Judaic Studies PrincipalsRabbi Joseph Schreiber (Boys)
Racheli W. Luftglass (Girls)
Head of schoolRabbi Arye Sufrin
Faculty36.1 FTE (Girls)[2]
28.9 FTE (Boys)[1]
GenderTwo single-sex divisions
Enrollment165 (Girls)[2]
159 (Boys)[1]
Student to teacher ratio4.6:1 (Girls)[2]
5.5:1 (Boys)[1]
Color(s)Yellow and Black   
MascotBlack Panther
NewspaperThe Panther Post
RevenueBoys: US$5,753,381 (Decrease50.8%)[3]
Girls: US$5,043,312 (Decrease26.7%)[4]

The school is financially independent of and separately incorporated from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, despite their juxtaposition.[5]


YULA was proposed by Rabbi Marvin Hier in 1977 along with a center to honor Simon Wiesenthal, shortly before he and his family arrived in Los Angeles. 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.[6] The school was ultimately founded in 1979.[7]

Yeshiva University of Los Angeles purchased a $2.25-million facility for high school classes, 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.[6]


YULA has separate campuses for boys and girls within the Pico-Robertson area of Los Angeles. The campus of the boys' school has 15 classrooms as well as a Beit Midrash and a Sephardic Beit Midrash which served as locations for davening and assemblies before the COVID-19 pandemic.[8] The campus of the girls' school also has 15 classrooms, as well as two science labs.[citation needed]

YULA Boys School Campus


The YULA curriculum is split into general (secular) studies and judaic studies components, providing both separate and cumulative GPAs for coursework completed.[9] Coursework that is placed as AP or Honors is given a one point boost on a GPA scale, assigning a score out of 5 instead of 4. This enables students to acquire cumulative or split GPAs greater than or equal to 4.0 without achieving straight "A's." In 2018, YULA offered 13 Advanced Placement classes.[citation needed]


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 Boys' School has 29 full-time equivalent faculty,[1][10] while the Girls' School has 36 full-time equivalent faculty.[2][11]

Student lifeEdit


The school assigns teams to compete in basketball (varsity & junior varsity), baseball, fencing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, cross country, flag football, golf, and soccer.

In 1997, the school asked the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) 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. The initial request was denied, but the school said they planned to file an appeal.[12]

In 2009, the boys' basketball team forfeited two games against the Oakwood Gorillas in the CIF Liberty League, because the opposing team had drafted a 17 year old girl– the all-boys team would violate religious practices by playing organized sports with a girl after their bar mitzvah. Rather than press the issue, as the other team was determined to uphold their Title IX right to maintain women members of the team, YULA chose to forfeit the two upcoming games against Oakwood. YULA asked the league to reconsider the forfeitures after an upset win placed them in contention for the playoffs, and shrink their season from 20 games to 18, but the request was denied.[13]

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "Search for Private Schools – School Detail for Yeshiva University Boys High School of Los Angeles". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "nces search results-YULA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL". Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  3. ^ "Yeshiva University Of Los Angeles Boys High School - Nonprofit Explorer". ProPublica. Retrieved 2021-04-24.
  4. ^ "Yeshiva Of Los Angeles Girls High School - Nonprofit Explorer". ProPublica. Retrieved 2021-04-24.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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."
  7. ^ "About YULA." YULA Boys High School. Retrieved on January 17, 2016.
  8. ^ "YULA Kollel".
  9. ^ "Academics Home".
  10. ^ "Fast Facts – About YULA – Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys High School".
  11. ^ "School Snapshot – About YULA – YULA Girls High School". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
  12. ^ "Jewish Athletes to Appeal Scheduling of Track Meet." Los Angeles Times. October 21, 1997. Retrieved on January 17, 2016.
  13. ^ "YULA Panthers forfeited two games over Oakwood girl". Jewish Journal. 2009-02-16. Retrieved 2021-04-24.
  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. ^ Keller, Chris; Lauder, Thomas Suh (August 9, 2017). "How Steve Bannon became the face of a political movement with roots in Los Angeles". Retrieved 2021-04-24.
  17. ^ Frishman, Eli; Lavian, Eitan. "An Interview With Dean Wasserman". YU Commentator. Retrieved 10 December 2020.

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