I’ll take this opportunity to introduce myself, as I hope many of you will introduce yourselves to me over the next few months. I am a native of Los Angeles and a graduate of Loyola High. I entered the Jesuits right out of high school in 1960 and have never looked back. During my fifty-eight years as a Jesuit, I have served as Principal of Bellarmine College Prep, Provost and Academic Vice President of Santa Clara University and, most recently, as President of the University of San Francisco. For thirty years I was at the receiving end of Jesuit secondary education and now, at Verbum Dei, I find myself on “production” side of the house, and it’s a great place to be.
As a reader of this blog, you know that 100% of our graduates are accepted into college and that is part of a story that I can only touch on here. Verb’s academic focus is clear and sharp but it is broader than academics. Jesuit education aims to develop every aspect of a students—intellectual, spiritual, physical, social. The Verb offers a full range of competitive athletic teams at the Varsity and JV levels. Monthly liturgies, students retreats, daily prayer, immersion experiences are woven into the fabric of Verb life. The menu of student activities and clubs is rich and varied and offers every student the opportunity to explore interests and socialize with classmates. As a Cristo Rey school, Verbum Dei further develops every students’ professional capacities through a highly structured work experience placement at a local business. Verbum Dei accomplishes a great deal with its students in a limited amount of time. Your understanding and support of a Verbum Dei education is key to our success and that of our students.