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Quick Facts

President: Merritt Hemenway, Ph.D. (2018-)

 

Principal: Merritt Hemenway, Ph.D. (2012-)

 

Past Principals: Sam Pearsall (2011-12); Fr. Patrick Travers, SS.CC. (1980-2011); Fr. Martin O'Loghlen, SS.CC (1971-1980); Fr. James Mitchell, SS.CC. (1966-71); Fr. Cyril Sheehan, SS.CC. (1963-66); Fr. Fred Furey, SS.CC. (1959-1963)

 

Founded: 1949, Pomona Catholic High School (co-ed); Pomona Catholic Boys (1959-67); Damien High School (1967-)


Location & Operational Change: 1959, Pomona to La Verne (boys only)


Name Change: 1967, Damien High School

 

Nickname: Spartans

 

School Colors: Green & Gold (Pantone 560 and 4515)

 

Student Population: 843 (Fall 2019)

 

Affiliation

The Los Angeles Archdiocese school system (Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura) began in 1903 with 19 parochial schools, five academies, and a total enrollment of 2,895. Today, LAD is the fourth-largest diocese in the United States in number of Catholic schools, 270 (Elementary TK-8, Middle 6-8 and High School 9-12), and students enrolled (95,000). It is the third largest school district in the State of California.


Academic Courses

AP - 27

IB - 15

Honor  - 8

Computer Science - 5

English - 14

Mathematics - 18

Physical Education - 3

Science - 20

Social Science - 15

Theology - 8

Visual & Performing Arts - 18

 

Specialized Programs

  • Project Lead The Way (4-year Engineering Program)
  • Sports Medicine Program
  • International Student Program
  • 1:1 Chromebook Program
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Authorized

 

Spring 2018:

1 National AP Scholars

105 AP Scholars

15 AP Scholars with Honors

29 AP Scholars with Distinction

 

Future Plans for Graduates

Approximately 80% of Damien graduates attend 4-year colleges, while approximately 18% of graduates attend 2-year colleges. An average of 27% of graduates matriculate at out-of-state colleges.

 

Athletics (16 Sports)

13 CIF Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling

 

1 ADHSHL Sport: Ice Hockey

1 ADISL Sport: Roller Hockey

1 SoCal NICA Sport: Mountain Biking (co-ed)

 

In 2018-19: 700+ students participated in athletics

 

Student Body (Fall 2019)

9th grade: 212

10th grade: 182

11th grade: 223

12th grade: 229

 

Students attending Damien come from over 100 public & private schools in the U.S. including home school.

 

Damien will host about 50 international students in 2019-20.

 

Roman Catholic: 68%

Other Religions: 32%

 

Campus

25 Acres

9 Buildings for Class Instruction

Chapel

Digital Resource Center (Library)

Quad

 

Athletic Facilities

Event Center – dances, meetings, events, CYO, sport practices, basketball, volleyball

Athletic Center – basketball, volleyball, wrestling

Baseball Stadium

Football Stadium (football, lacrosse, soccer, track & field)

Swimming Pool

Tennis Courts

Weight Room