Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, California)

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Mater Dei High School
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Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana, CA
Address
1202 West Edinger Avenue
Santa Ana, California, (Orange County), 92707
United States
Coordinates33°43′36″N 117°53′1″W / 33.72667°N 117.88361°W / 33.72667; -117.88361Coordinates: 33°43′36″N 117°53′1″W / 33.72667°N 117.88361°W / 33.72667; -117.88361
Information
TypePrivate, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1950
SuperintendentGregory Dhuyvetter
CEEB Code053-240
PresidentPatrick Murphy
RectorFr. John Neneman
PrincipalFrances Clare
Asst. Principal
Kevin Hickman;
Charisse Kitsinis
Faculty217
Grades9-12
Enrollment2,100  (Fall 2013)
Color(s)Scarlet and Gray         
Athletics conferenceTrinity League;
CIF Southern Section
MascotMonarch Lion[1]
Team nameMonarchs
RivalServite[2]
Accreditation(s)Western Association of Schools and Colleges[3]
Average SAT scores522 (Critical Reading)
525 (Math)
516 (Writing)
Average ACT scores24.4 (English)
23.6 (Math)
24.9 (Reading)
23.1 (Science)
24.2 (Composite)
Yearbook'Crown'
Tuition$11,950 - $13,350[4]
Website
 
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Mater Dei High School
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Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana, CA
Address
1202 West Edinger Avenue
Santa Ana, California, (Orange County), 92707
United States
Coordinates33°43′36″N 117°53′1″W / 33.72667°N 117.88361°W / 33.72667; -117.88361Coordinates: 33°43′36″N 117°53′1″W / 33.72667°N 117.88361°W / 33.72667; -117.88361
Information
TypePrivate, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1950
SuperintendentGregory Dhuyvetter
CEEB Code053-240
PresidentPatrick Murphy
RectorFr. John Neneman
PrincipalFrances Clare
Asst. Principal
Kevin Hickman;
Charisse Kitsinis
Faculty217
Grades9-12
Enrollment2,100  (Fall 2013)
Color(s)Scarlet and Gray         
Athletics conferenceTrinity League;
CIF Southern Section
MascotMonarch Lion[1]
Team nameMonarchs
RivalServite[2]
Accreditation(s)Western Association of Schools and Colleges[3]
Average SAT scores522 (Critical Reading)
525 (Math)
516 (Writing)
Average ACT scores24.4 (English)
23.6 (Math)
24.9 (Reading)
23.1 (Science)
24.2 (Composite)
Yearbook'Crown'
Tuition$11,950 - $13,350[4]
Website

Mater Dei High School is a private, Catholic, co-educational secondary school in Santa Ana, California. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. With an enrollment of 2,100 students (Fall 2013) Mater Dei High School is one of the largest Catholic high schools in the United States. Mater Dei High School offers a comprehensive academic program in college prep, honors and Advanced Placement courses. Mater Dei High School is also known for its highly successful athletic programs, especially boys basketball, football, baseball and water polo. During the last decade, Mater Dei's Varsity sports teams have captured 28 CIF, 7 state and 2 national championships.

Statue of Mary in Grotto of Mater Dei High School

History[edit]

Mater Dei High School first opened in September 1950 with 111 students. During that first year, a statue of Mary, Mater Dei was presented to the school by the Young Ladies Institute. It was placed in the school's main courtyard, the Grotto, where it remains today.

The first principal was Father Joseph L. Eyraud, who supervised a faculty of seven, including the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The first graduating class chose the lion as the mascot, and it was decided that the school mascot should be called the "Monarchs" and wear red and gray.

In the 1960s, the school had an enrollment of 2,150, making Mater Dei the largest Catholic high school west of Chicago.

In 1998, under the direction of then Principal Patrick Murphy and Rector Fr. Steve Sallot, the architectural firm of PJHM/MKA began a long process of designing a new master plan for entire campus. Capital campaign improvements to the campus include:

Monarch Lion

Statistics[edit]

CategoryStats
Religious background:85% Catholic; 15% other
Cultural background:41% White; 3% Black; 28% Hispanic; 15% Asian; 13% other or undeclared
Academic:62% of student body attended Catholic elementary school; 38% attended private school or public school
17 AP and 20 Honors classes; 40% enrolled in AP or Honors classes
99% continue on to college; 80% qualify for a four-year college
2013 SAT scores: 79% took the SAT; 522 average critical reading, 525 average writing, 516 average math
Up to 30% receive a total of $750,000 annually in need-based tuition assistance

Academics[edit]

Mater Dei offers a comprehensive academic program in college prep, honors and Advanced Placement.

Arts[edit]

Through involvement in either performing or visual arts, students at Mater Dei High School have avenues of creativity in and out of the classroom.

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Athletics[edit]

Mater Dei High School offers 21 CIF-sanctioned sports, ranging from football to tennis to water polo. The school's athletic teams are named after the Monarch lion. Mater Dei High School was ranked #1 by ESPN Rise & Max Preps.com and #2 by Sports Illustrated on its “Best High School Athletic Programs” list.[5]

Boy's Basketball[edit]

Since Gary McKnight began coaching the Monarch's varsity basketball team in 1983,[6] the Monarchs have won 28 league titles (23 consecutive),[7] 21 CIF Southern-Section championships,[8] 12 Southern California regional titles, and, in a record 12 appearances,[9] tied the state-title record with 8 CIF state championships.[7] On January 18, 2010, McKnight won his 844th game, breaking the state High School Basketball Wins record previously held by Mike Phelps (Bishop O'Dowd in Oakland and St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda).[10][11] As of the 2010-2011 season, McKnight is the winningest high school varsity basketball coach in state history with a record of 892-81.[10]

Football[edit]

The football program is described as a powerhouse with a strong reputation and a huge attendance. It has been recognized for following innovative concussion prevention and treatment programs. Coach Rollinson led the Monarchs to achieve a #1 ranking in the Nation (ranked by USA Today) two times, in both the 1994 and 1996 seasons.[12] [13]

Spirituality & Service[edit]

Christian education is intended to "make people's faith become living, conscious and active, through the light of instruction" (The Bishop's Office in the Church, 14). Mater Dei High School is a unique setting within which this ideal can be realized in the lives of students.

Tradition & Family[edit]

Building on 60 years of excellence, Mater Dei High School is rich in tradition and a belief in the very best

Notable Alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MDHS Facts
  2. ^ ESPN.com Mater Dei-Servite rivalry
  3. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  4. ^ MDHS Tuition Schedule
  5. ^ "Top 25 athletic programs for 2007-08 - More Sports - SI.com". CNN. 2008-05-20. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  6. ^ http://www.sacbee.com/2011/03/26/3504725/mater-dei-coach-a-fright-sight.html
  7. ^ a b Los Angeles Times http://articles.latimes.com/keyword/gary-mcknight |url= missing title (help). 
  8. ^ http://www.ocvarsity.com/articles/-19355--.html
  9. ^ http://www.cifstate.org/sports/state/basketball/pdf/bb%20state%20records.pdf
  10. ^ a b http://www.ocvarsity.com/sports/mcknight-26141-dei-mater.html
  11. ^ "Varsity Times Insider". Los Angeles Times. 18 January 2010. 
  12. ^ Lehrer, Jonah (10 January 2012). "Jonah Lehrer on concussions in adolescents and the future of football - Grantland". Grantland.com. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  13. ^ High School Football National Championship
  14. ^ "Danny Espinosa Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  15. ^ Ben Bolch, Leinart Chosen State Player of Year, Los Angeles Times, December 5, 2000. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  16. ^ "Bob Meacham Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 

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