Bishop Montgomery High School

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Bishop Montgomery High School
Bishop Montgomery.jpg
5430 Torrance Boulevard

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United States
Coordinates33°50′14″N 118°22′20″W / 33.83722°N 118.37222°W / 33.83722; -118.37222Coordinates: 33°50′14″N 118°22′20″W / 33.83722°N 118.37222°W / 33.83722; -118.37222
TypePrivate, College-prep
MottoJustice, Truth, and Honor
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
PrincipalDr. James Garza
Enrollment1104 (2009)
Campus size24 acres (97,000 m2)
Color(s)Black and Gold         
Athletics conferenceCIF - Southern Section
Camino Del Rey Association
Team nameKnights
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Dean of Student LifeMilana McDermott
Admissions DirectorCasey Dunn
Athletic DirectorKareem Mutire

Bishop Montgomery High School (commonly referred to as "BMHS" or simply "Bishop" by students) is a Catholic high school serving twenty-five parishes in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. BMHS was founded in 1957, and staffed by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Conventual Franciscans, and lay faculty. The 24-acre (97,000 m2) campus is located in Torrance, California, in southwest Los Angeles County, one mile (1.6 km) from the Pacific Ocean and the Del Amo Mall. The coeducational student body is approximately 1,200 students in grades 9 through 12, making BMHS the sixth largest private high school in Los Angeles County. The faculty is headed by Principal Dr. James Garza.

The school is named for the first American-born Bishop of Monterey-Los Angeles, the Most Reverend George Thomas Montgomery. As the ordinary of the diocese from 1896 to 1902, Bishop Montgomery demanded that government recognize the right of parents to send their children to schools of their choice.

BMHS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and offers a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum combined with Christian values. Advanced Placement courses are offered in all major subjects, and 98 percent of graduates pursue higher education.


Bishop Montgomery competes in most high school sports, playing in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Del Rey League against Bishop Amat (La Puente), St. Bernard (Playa del Rey), St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs), and Junipero Serra (Gardena). Other local rivals include Torrance High School, St. John Bosco (Bellflower), and St. Joseph (Lakewood). BMHS has been particularly successful in its basketball and volleyball programs, frequently appearing in the California state quarterfinals or higher.

The school's teams go by the name "The Knights", and the team colors are black and gold.

The following sports are offered at Bishop Montgomery:

School Brand[edit]

Feeling a need to keep up with the today's trends and styles, 2012 marked the re-design of Bishop Montgomery High School Branding, as a way to increase school pride and revenue. The use of social media, school magazines and articles allows the school to promote the school and their new brand throughout the community, while keeping a close eye on their students. The new logo was created by Global Village Concerns, who specializes in School Branding and Marketing.[2] The new logo is to represent a new era of "Knight Pride", lasting impression on students, and to advance the schools brand and market itself to a wider audience that demands innovation.

Music Department[edit]

The BMHS Music Department includes academic classes, campus music ministry, and performing ensembles. Academic classes are offered during the day, and include Music Theory, Music History, and Music Production. Campus music ministry meets after school, and prepares music for school masses. Performing ensembles include: Knight Band and Guard, the school marching band; Wind Ensemble; Jazz Band; Jazz Combo; Vocal Jazz; Indoor Drumline; and Winter Color Guard.

The music department has recently experienced a renaissance, including the hiring of additional faculty and staff, the purchase of new instruments, equipment, and band uniforms, and much greater performance and competition participation. Most recently, the department has hosted a spring SCSBOA (Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association) Solo / Ensemble Festival, and traveled with 80 participants to Washington, D.C., to perform at the World War II Memorial.

Notable alumni[edit]

Alma mater[edit]

All praise to thee, Montgomery, will rise in accent strong
Our Lady, Queen of Angels, most worthy of our song
Justice, truth, and honor our motto ever be
Loyal sons and daughters, we'll sing of victory.

All praise the name Montgomery,
Strong prelate loved and true.
His mighty arm of courage inflamed pure faith anew.
Justice, truth, and honor our motto ever be,
Loyal sons and daughters, we'll sing of victory.

Our thanks to thee, Montgomery,
Throughout our lives be told,
Our Cardinal of bounty God's gift on us bestowed.
Justice, truth, and honor our motto ever be,
Loyal sons and daughters, we'll sing of victory.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05.
  2. ^ "School Branding" - Global Village Concerns, Inc.
  3. ^ "Bishop Montgomery High School". Retrieved 2011-03-13.

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