Loyola High School is named in honor of St. Ignatius of Loyola, who founded the Jesuits in the sixteenth century.
Located near downtown Los Angeles, Loyola is the city’s oldest high school and as such, welcomes and is committed to educating and serving students from throughout the greater Los Angeles area. In its racial, economic and ethnic diversity, Loyola’s community mirrors the diversity of our city. Although we embrace and are enriched by students from other religious traditions, Loyola shares primarily in the educational mission of the Catholic Church as its highest priority.Loyola is founded on the vision of St. Ignatius as expressed in his Spiritual Exercises, and on the tradition of the Jesuit system of education begun in 1548. It is a learning system based on discipline, order, clear goals and objectives as well as the paramount importance of self-direction.
The core of the Ignatian vision is faith in the Risen Lord Jesus. This translates into a uniquely Christian spirit of loving service to God and one’s neighbor. This service does not count the cost or reward, but is done out of love. The Ignatian vision teaches one to find God in all things, and that the things of Go...d are the bedrock of all learning and order. All of us at Loyola strive to create a Christian community in which the Ignatian vision is planted and nurtured. A community where young men are able to develop their talents and personal uniqueness as well as learn to conduct themselves with professional inquiry, mutual trust, respect for the individual and loving Christian charity. We strive to build a community where our youthful charges teem with potential for goodness, joyful enthusiasm and a hunger for justice, truth and beauty. A community where students develop a profound appreciation for independent, critical judgment and creative expression. Believing that God is active in all creation and human history, our Jesuit teachings seek a dialogue between faith and culture. Our students are encouraged to experience a variety of peoples so as to develop a genuine appreciation of God’s presence within the entire world family. The Ignatian vision seeks to create young men of action, to instill in them the wisdom to discern between individual rights and privileges and the obligation to the common good. This vision strives to mold an informed conscience and intellect, which can discreetly express an opinion based on fact and experience.
The Ignatian vision also commits Loyola to excellence in every endeavor and to the education and development of the whole person.
This is why Loyola challenges its students with an exceptional academic curriculum, premier athletic programs, profound religious experiences and challenging co-curricular activities and clubs. Our young men are prepared thoroughly for future studies at the collegiate and graduate level. Finally, Loyola is committed to developing young men who will put their beliefs and faith into practice throughout their lives. We are committed to educating “Men for and with Others.” Men who will take their place as leaders and agents of change in civic and ecclesial communities. Men who will respond to the call of Christ to be of service to their communities. Men who will be known by their compassion, integrity, honesty, loyalty, religious devotion and moral courage. Loyola graduates will serve with faith, inspire hope in others and love not just in words, but in deeds.