Paraclete High School

Paraclete High School is a private Roman Catholic college preparatory high school in Lancaster, California, United States, affiliated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. It was established in 1963. On May 24, 2011, Paraclete graduated its largest class yet with the Class of 2011, reaching 203 students.[2]

Paraclete High School
42145 30th St. West

Los Angeles County

United States
Coordinates34°38′53″N 118°11′2″W / 34.64806°N 118.18389°W / 34.64806; -118.18389Coordinates: 34°38′53″N 118°11′2″W / 34.64806°N 118.18389°W / 34.64806; -118.18389
TypePrivate, Coeducational, College Prep
Motto"Veni, Lumen Cordium"
("Come, Light of the Heart.")
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
PrincipalJohn Anson
ChaplainFather G. Gasparin CSJ
Teaching staff42
Enrollment550 (2021)
Average class size30 or less
Color(s)Red and Gold   
Athletics conferenceCIF Southern Section
Gold Coast League
Sportsvarsity football, JV football, varsity girls' volleyball, girls' JV volleyball, boys' cross country, girls' cross country, varsity boys' soccer, JV boys' soccer, varsity girls' soccer, JV girls' soccer, varsity boys' basketball, JV boys' basketball, varsity girls' basketball, JV girls' basketball, track, varsity baseball, JV baseball, varsity softball, JV softball, boys' varsity volleyball, JV boys' volleyball, golf, varsity cheer, JV cheer, eSports, tennis, swimming
MascotA spirit (ghost)
Team nameSpirits
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges,[1] Western Catholic Educational Association
NewspaperClete News
Dean of BoysArthur Lopez
Dean of GirlsAnnette Olague
Athletic DirectorsMargaret Neill, Rick McGuire, Aimee Pierson
Activities DirectorRick Hernandez


Paraclete was established in 1963 on the old Antelope Valley Fairgrounds on Avenue I.[2] Paraclete held its first classes in September 1963, with 41 students and 3 faculty members.[2] A year later freshmen and sophomores were welcomed to new classrooms on its current property.[2] The school was officially dedicated on November 6, 1965, by Cardinal McIntyre.[2] Paraclete held its first graduation in June 1967.[2]

Alma materEdit

Paraclete, our Paraclete, Guardian of the Desert's door;
Leading us with rays of truth, toward a faith more sure.
Give us strength and vision pure that we may trod the pathway home.
Paraclete, Paraclete, our Paraclete.


The curriculum at Paraclete is college preparatory, giving special attention to meeting the UC admissions requirements.[2] Each student is required to attend at least 6 classes a day, but students who wish can take an extra zero period class before school starts or after school.[2] Paraclete offers 13 AP classes and many Pre AP and honors courses.[2] Being a Catholic high school, Paraclete also requires 4 years of religion classes.[2] Any student that maintains a 4.0 or higher GPA is eligible to be valedictorian during their senior graduation.[2]

Community ServiceEdit

Because Paraclete is a Catholic high school, every student and their parents are required to do community service.[2] Freshmen and sophomores are required to do ten hours of community service or 2 service projects every semester, while juniors and seniors are required to do 15 hours of community service or 3 service projects every semester.[2] Paraclete also has many clubs that are community service-oriented, examples are Z Club and Key Club.[2] The school holds two blood drives every year; many students and faculty donate blood.[2]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Archived from the original on 2009-08-14. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Paraclete High School. "Paraclete High School". Retrieved 2013-07-14.
  3. ^ "Todd Davis". Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  4. ^ "Darian Thompson". Retrieved April 29, 2016.

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