SCV Education News
February, 2017 - Issue #148
An Introduction to Bishop Alemany High School
Owned and operated by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and named in honor of Joseph Sadoc Alemany, OP, Bishop Alemany High School, like the man, has had the "desire to be of service" as its hallmark from the beginning.

Situated in the shadows of the San Fernando Mission, Bishop Alemany was originally named Saint Ferdinand High School and was a parish school for girls established in 1947.

For the purpose of attracting a greater variety of students, His Eminence James Francis Cardinal McIntyre changed not only the name but also the status of Saint Ferdinand High School by making it co-instructional, having non-integrated boys and girls sections. In 1956, the new Bishop Alemany High School opened on the Rinaldi campus, across the street from the Mission complex, with 456 students. It remained co-instructional in nature. Though small in numbers, Alemany had a great spirit that attracted others. By 1959 the student body numbered 1,000. In 1970, Alemany High School became co-educational with the integration of the boys and girls divisions. During the 1980s and 1990s, Bishop Alemany High School grew in numbers and stature.

The history of Bishop Alemany is filled with examples of a determined spirit triumphing over unfavorable odds. In February 1971, the Sylmar earthquake severely damaged the chapel and other campus structures. With the united support and effort of the Archdiocese and the Alemany community, the school quickly resumed after repairs. Some 20 years later, the powerful January 1994 Northridge earthquake completely destroyed the structures of the Rinaldi campus. Like a phoenix, however, the Alemany spirit remained strong and rose from the disaster.

After the Northridge earthquake, Bishop Alemany High School was relocated across Rinaldi Street to the campus of Our Lady Queen of Angels Seminary. In the summer of 1995, Queen of Angels Seminary closed and Bishop Alemany High School remained; once again "situated in the shadows of the Mission." At its present location, Alemany is the largest school in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. It is a campus reflecting the beauty of nature and symbolic of the planting and nurturing of the seed of knowledge occurring in the classrooms.

Today, Bishop Alemany High School is thriving, boasting a racially- and culturally-diverse student body of about 1,350. As numerous alumni before them, today's students strive to continue a proud tradition being of service to the community, being "a people dedicated to service," while also excelling academically. This tradition of excellence manifests itself in a full Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum in addition to a strong college-preparatory program; 98 percent of graduates go onto college. The school, which boasts a tuition averaging $5,000 less annually than other Catholic high schools, is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year.

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What's Different: SCVi's learners engage with the world around them. Here's a recent example: A group of SCVi learners were inspired to give something back to their community, to spread kindness and good cheer. Thus was formed the #inspirationgeneration program, in which a group of SCVi learners perform random acts of kindness together in the community. They will be at shopping malls helping people with their bags, volunteering at pet shelters and visiting many other places in the community where they can be of service, whether it's providing a service or passing out cards with inspirational quotes. The learners will decide where they will go and where their service is needed the most. They will be out in the community a few times each month throughout the year. The group's goal is, "to simply spread kindness; to get the word out that random acts of kindness matter and how important it is to give of one's self without expecting anything in return."
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