Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola (San Juan)

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Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola
MottoFortes in Fide (Latin)
Motto in English
Strong in Faith
TypePrivate, Catholic (Jesuit) Non-profit All-male Secondary (Grade 7-12) education institution
Established1952; 67 years ago (1952)
Academic affiliation
PresidentFr. Timothy A. Howe, S.J. (2018–present)[1]
PrincipalSra. María Isabel Domenech
Alma Mater songHimno del Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola
Academic staff
1940 Calle Sauco, Urb. Santa Maria San Juan
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18°22′34″N 66°5′15″W / 18.37611°N 66.08750°W / 18.37611; -66.08750Coordinates: 18°22′34″N 66°5′15″W / 18.37611°N 66.08750°W / 18.37611; -66.08750
NewspaperEl Estandarte
YearbookThe Shield
Sporting affiliations
SportsVarsity sports teams
Football, Basketball, Baseball, Volleyball, Bowling,Swimming, Golf, Tennis, Cross country, Indoor soccer, Track and Field

Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola is an all-male, Catholic, Jesuit, college-preparatory school founded by the Society of Jesus in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1952.[2] It has educated some of the most influential figures in Puerto Rico such as Ruben Berrios and Raúl Juliá.


The school was originally located in Santurce but the Jesuits moved it to its current location in San Juan, Rio Piedras in 1955. Colegio San Ignacio resembles a small university campus as it has several buildings: two identical buildings consisting of classrooms, named San Luis Gonzaga (formerly "Building A") and San Francisco Javier (formerly "Building B"); one building with a computer center on the first floor and a humanities library on the second floor; the Padre Pedro Arrupe Building which houses classrooms and offices; the cafeteria building; "Building C" which houses the science classrooms and laboratories and a science and math resource center; the Complejo Cultural, a state-of-the-art humanities building completed in the year 2004 which houses English, Spanish, music, drama, and oratory classrooms and an auditorium; the administration building which houses most of the administrative staff.

San Ignacio is near what students and professors consider its sister school, Academia María Reina, an all-female school.


Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola seeks to offer a superior, Catholic education in the Jesuit tradition to all young men who show aptitude, motivation, and their families' support, and so to serve society and announce the Kingdom of God.

The school has programs in waste reduction, agroecology, water conservation, and reduction of plastic bottling and consistently receives Eco-School certification from The Organization for Sustainable Environment.[3]

San Ignacio participates in the Jesuit Virtual Learning program.[4] It also has a special program for gifted students, with administrative and teaching staff trained at the University of Connecticut. Nine advanced placement courses are offered.[3]

Pastoral program[edit]

All students participate in a retreat experience each year, culminating in a 4-day Kairos retreat offered to those in 12th grade. The school celebrates the Eucharist each morning before classes, student may attend if they wish. A Family Formation Program offers talks, workshops, and Ignatian spirituality experiences to assist parents in raising adolescents in today's world. Service opportunities include tutoring at public schools, assisting at a center for special education, a home for abused children, and a home for the elderly, and work on environmentalism. For service opportunities, some join the Friends of Jesus and Peer Ministers groups.[5]

School anthem[edit]

Translated from Spanish:

Lion of my shield, martial and rampant,

raise your eyes and light the path

that gives life. With your warrior chest

advance each step, forward to triumph.

Already you strained your body, hard as granite.

On steady foot raised from the ground,

rhythmically beating, you advance with a roaring scream, the march of war.

Undaunted in battle who can frighten you?

You will see at your advance on all sides

the fierce enemy will fall

before the radiance of your regal banner.


Athletics and activities[edit]

San Ignacio participates in the Puerto Rico High School Athletic Alliance in football, basketball, baseball, bowling, cross country, golf, indoor soccer, swimming, track and field, tennis, and volleyball.

Students organizations include Student Council, Chorus, National Honor Society, Peer Ministers, and Cultural Tours. Clubs are sponsored in areas such as school band, debate, United Nations, chess, art, science, medicine, theater, cinema, mathematics, technology, ECO-Ignatian, business, investors, robotics, photography, French, history, and engineering.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]


Arts, education, & publicity[edit]


Science & Healthcare[edit]

  • Reinaldo Rampolla-Selles, Class of 1992, medical co-director and transplant pulmonologist for Oschner Medical Center, Transplant Services in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Ramón Louis Lavandero Bertucci, Class of 1966, first male graduate of Columbia University School of Nursing, senior director of American Association of Critical-Care Nurses


  1. ^ "Graduation". St. Xavier High School Magazine. St. Xavier High School. Summer 2018. p. 14. Current president Fr. Timothy A. Howe SJ became an official member of the Class of 2018 as he moves on to serve as president in Puerto Rico at Colegio San Ignacio.
  2. ^ (in Spanish) Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola, Quick Facts. Archived 2008-08-28 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b "Programas – Colegio San Ignacio De Loyola". Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  4. ^ "JVLA – Expanding the reach of Jesuit and Catholic Schools". Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  5. ^ "Pastoral – Colegio San Ignacio De Loyola". Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  6. ^ "Sobre San Ignacio – Colegio San Ignacio De Loyola". Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  7. ^ "Vida Estudiantíl – Colegio San Ignacio De Loyola". Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  8. ^ Torres, Ismael (2017-06-27). "Puerto Rican historian Fernando Picó dies at 75". Caribbean Business. Retrieved 2017-07-17.
  9. ^ "Home page". Retrieved 2016-12-27.
  10. ^ Administrator. "Conoce a Rafael Bernabe". Retrieved 2016-12-27.

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