St. Joseph High School

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School History

In 1964, St. Joseph High School opened its doors to become the northernmost Catholic High School in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The school is named after and claims as its patron, St. Joseph, husband of Mary, and foster father of our savior, Jesus Christ. St. Joseph is a model of family life, patience, and service. His Eminence, James Francis Cardinal McIntyre invited the Josephite Fathers from England and Belgium and their sister community, the Daughters of Mary and Joseph, to administer the school on behalf of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

So it was that in 1964, with the construction not yet completed, St. Joseph High School formally began instruction with an enrollment of 60 students and a faculty of five: two priests, two sisters and a part-time girl's P.E. teacher.  The faculty is a highly professional group of dedicated and caring people. Our faculty are very well prepared academically for their work. All full-time faculty have a minimum B.A./B.S. degree and hold or are working toward a California Teaching Credential. Masters or other advanced degrees have been awarded to approximately 63% of the faculty. The school has continuously received maximum accreditation by the Western Catholic Educational Association and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and in June 2010 received another six year accreditation term. In 1992-1993 the school was awarded the prestigious Blue Ribbon Recognition by the U.S. Department of Education. St. Joseph High School is distinguished as a School of Excellence.   The school offers three diploma choices: University Preparatory with Honors, University Preparatory, and College Preparatory. Each program has unique features and each tries to meet the needs of the students enrolled in it. St. Joseph offers nine Advanced Placement courses.

We currently have alumni at virtually every campus of the UC and CSU systems, as well as Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Yale, Santa Clara, UCLA, USC, Pepperdine, Cornell, the University of Chicago, Loyola Marymount, Notre Dame, Auburn, Baylor and Alabama, among many other colleges. Since 1984, St. Joseph has had several military academy appointments.  

The school is a now a member of the PAC-8 and Los Padres (football only) Athletic Leagues.  Knights athletics offers 19 interscholastic sports. The school has achieved numerous CIF Southern Section Championships, of which were the 2002 Division V Baseball Championship, the 2004 Division IVAA Boys Basketball title, and the 2009 and 2010 Division IVAA Girl's Basketball Championships. In 1991 and 2011, the Knights were the Girls Basketball Division IV State Champions.  In addition to team championships, numerous individuals have won CIF- SS Championships in individual events. In recent years, St. Joseph athletes have captured individual titles in Girls Swimming and Boys and Girls Track and Field.  

Several school facilities have been dedicated honoring special friends of the school including the Constant William Van Crombrugghe Library honoring the Daughters of Mary and Joseph (1977), the Molly Donovan Annex (1984), the Fr. Charles Hofschulte, C.J. Gymnasium (1987), The Wiegand Foundation Computer Lab (1991), Dr. and Mrs. Robert Ibsen: Den-Mat Corp. Computer Lab (1992, 1997), Al Maguire Football Field (1992), the Carl and Claire Goedinghaus Technology Learning Center (1995), the Fr. Mark Newman, C.J. Campus Ministry Center (1997), the Dave Brunell Baseball Field (1999) the Jay Will Athletic Training Center (2006) and Jay Will Stadium (2008). Also in 2008, the school created the Heritage Lobby of the Hofschulte Gymnasium, as a means to honor our alumni and their contributions to our school. Numerous construction projects are being considered as the school seeks to maintain facilities that reflect the excellence of the programs for which St. Joseph has come to be known.

Besides academics and sports, the school is well known for its religious values and retreat programs as well as a variety of service programs for the community of Santa Maria.   In 1998 the Josephite Fathers and the Department of Catholic Schools approved the implementation of the President- Principal model of school administration. The first lay Principal was appointed in May 1998. Beginning in July 2002 the administrative structure reverted to the traditional principal model supervised by the Department of Catholic Schools. The stability of the leadership of the school is reflected by the fact that only six people have held the position of principal in the school's 47 year history.  The Josephite Fathers and the Daughters of Mary and Joseph continue to guide the school community by providing personnel to serve as educators.