History & Traditions
St. John Bosco High School was founded by the Salesians of Don Bosco in 1940.
The school is named for the 19th Century Italian saint and founder of a religious community called Salesians, who devoted themselves to the care and education of the young men, both spiritually and academically. St. John Bosco embraced the message of love found in the gospels and applied it to innovative educational methods. Today, the Salesians operate schools throughout the world, along with youth centers, homes for street children and vocational training centers.
In its early years, St. John Bosco School for Boys was a boarding and day school for elementary and intermediate students. In the 1950s, the school saw the addition of the chapel, swimming pool and its first high school students. In 1956, the school celebrated its first high school graduation. In the 1960s, the gym, science-library building and the stadium were welcome additions to the already expanding needs of a growing student body. In the latter part of the 1970s, the intermediate and boarding sections were closed. In the beginning of 2000, major renovations established the multi-purpose room and, soon after, the third floor of the administration building, which created additional classrooms, faculty offices and the first elevator. At the same time, the original kitchen was upgraded with more modern and serviceable appliances and space.
The Salesians are a family of men and women founded by an Italian Catholic priest, Fr. John Bosco. Fr. John Bosco was popularly known as “Don” Bosco, using the Italian word Don to mean Father Bosco.
St. John Bosco began his work with a religious community of Brothers and Priests, known as the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB). The Salesian Sisters, officially known as the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, is a Catholic religious community of women founded by St. Maria Domenica Mazzarello and St. John Bosco.
Don Bosco also established a group called the Salesian Cooperators. The cooperators are lay men and women who live the spirituality and ministry of the Salesians. They bring the Church to their lives in the workplace, the home and society.
Don Bosco's Past Pupils are men and women who as young people attended a Salesian school, club or parish, and like the Cooperators live the Salesian Spirit in the workplace, the home and society.
The Young People's Priest
Young John Bosco was born on 16 August 1815 in a small hamlet of Castelnuovo D'Asti, in Piedmont, popularly called "The Becchi".
While he was still a child, his father's death made him experience the pain of so many poor orphans for whom he would become a loving father. However, he found an example of a Christian life in his mother Margaret that left a deep impression on his soul.
Source: Salesians Don Bosco