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History and Marianist Education

For 70 years, Archbishop Riordan High School faithfully served the exceptional young men of San Francisco. Now there's a new chapter in our history with a co-ed model being implemented in the 2020-21 school year.

Riordan History

Mary As Our Model

365bet体育官网archbishop riordan high school is an archdiocesan catholic school in the marianist tradition. blessed william joseph chaminade founded the society of mary (the marianists) in france in 1817. the order is distinguished by certain charisms, or gifts given by god for the benefit of the christian community, that guide all marianist ministries and programs in the u.s. and around the world. these charisms are to be people of faith, followers of mary, people of community, discipleship of equals, and leaders in mission. education is the principal work of the society, though a large number of religious are in other works of the apostolate such as preaching, parish work, orphanages, missions, and directing lay groups.

a catholic marianist high school fosters the premise of education as a transformative process. rooted in the courage, spirit and compassion of our blessed mother, graduates of archbishop riordan high school become leaders and mentors in society.

Characteristics of Marianist Education

the marianist spirit holds dearly the principle of the golden rule where students become scholars who embrace diversity, embody mutual respect, and lead by example. to accomplish this task, marianist educators are entrusted to educate in five characteristics that guide the mission and philosophy of our school:

Faith Formation
Integral Quality Education
Family Spirit
Service, Justice & Peace
Adaptation & Change

Marianist Integration Team (MIT)

365bet体育官网members of the marianist integration team (mit) facilitate the school community’s understanding of the characteristics of marianist education, integrating these ideals in all aspects of school life, including our boarding program.

drawing on internal feedback, experience, assessment, and a variety of marianist resources—including the northern american center for marianist studies, office of sponsorship, teacher education workshops, and networking with other marianist schools—the team creates and implements detailed long-term and short-term strategic plans to enhance the marianist spirit at riordan.

365bet体育官网archbishop riordan is part of a network of 18 marianist secondary schools in the u.s. more information about the marianists can be found at .


A Brief Timeline

1884
The Marianists arrive in California.

~1890
Archbishop Riordan receives good word of the Marianist Brothers serving in Stockton and invites them to teach in San Francisco.
 

1906
The great quake happens in April and levels the entire city. The Marianists begin teaching at St. James.

1920
St. James School opens a high school program.

1949
365bet体育官网 The high school at St. James closes and Archbishop Riordan High School opens in San Francisco's Ingleside District.

2020
365bet体育官网 Riordan transitions to a co-ed model, welcoming young women to our school community starting in Fall 2020.


Notable Alumni

Alton Byrd
Former Pro Basketball Player

Jimmie Fails
Actor

Donald Haderle
IBM Executive

Warren Hinckle
Political Journalist

Larry Jackson
Apple Music Head of Content

Kevin Restani
Former NBA Player

Joe Spano
Actor

Steve Sewell
Former NFL Player

Eric Wright
Former NFL Player