Loyola High School is a 165-year old institution with 1,200 students. Located in Harvard Heights, Loyola High is the oldest continuously-running educational institution in Southern California. Known for producing business leaders, politicians, actors and athletes, Loyola High draws students from more than 215 zip codes throughout Southern California. Though some of its families come from the same neighborhoods as Verbum Dei, the 11.6 miles separating it from Watts are a cultural chasm, a metaphorical border between the haves and the have-nots.
It’s tempting to think of these two schools, both apostolates of the US West Province, as completely different entities. They have dissimilar histories. They serve very different populations. Each has a culture that would be at least partially alien on the campus of the other. Yet, inspired by Fr. General’s call to collaboration and reconciliation, Loyola High School and Verbum Dei have become, in the words of their respective presidents, “one institution, two locations.”