President’s Message

Welcome to Verbum Dei High School

22315351985 1b17411d35 mThis virtual home of the Eagles will give you information about our students, our faculty, and staff, our academic and co-curricular programs. More than that, I hope it will give you a sense of the spirit of the place – young men learning, working, playing, and praying together for their futures.

Verbum Dei was founded in 1962 and has educated thousands of students from Watts and the surrounding neighborhoods preparing them for college and for life. The school enjoys a rich heritage that started with the Divine Word Missionaries and now with the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits. The Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles continues to sponsor the school and is committed to its success.

We joined the Cristo Rey Network in 2002 and have embraced the mission to “transform urban America, one student at a time.” Every Verbum Dei student receives a scholarship grant while he attends the Verb and more than half the student body receives financial tuition assistance. We offer our student body a college-ready curriculum and research-based instruction. For the past few years, every Verbum Dei senior has been accepted into college, 70% into four-year colleges and universities.

In the Cristo Rey Corporate Work Study Program, every student works one day a week in a variety of office environments in greater Los Angeles and goes to school four days a week in a program that is unique in Southern California.

We rely on the generosity of many friends – benefactors, corporate partners, alumni, parents, prayerful supporters – to provide what we need. Tuition and the work-study program do not match the cost of education, so we are always eager to meet new friends to help us. Let me know if you would like information on how to help the young men at the Verb.

Please accept my prayers and the prayers of the Verbum Dei family for you and your family.


Rev. Michael J. Mandala, S.J.