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St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic School opened in September 1973 and is named after St. Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits.

Born in 1491, the youngest of 11 children, Ignatius left his father's castle at age 15 to become a page in the Spanish court. Subsequently, he became a soldier and received his knighthood.
 
On being injured, he recuperated in Loyola where the only reading material was “The Life of Christ”. As he read, grace touched his heart and he committed to imitating his new hero. His conversion led him into persecution and great suffering. In 1534, he and several companions founded the Society of Jesus, “the new warriors of Christ”. This society went into the community to teach, preach, help others and spread the faith. Ignatius died on July 31, 1556. One of the great spiritual leaders of the church, Ignatius was canonized in 1622 after Rome studied 200 miracles through his intercessions.
 
With more than a quarter century-old  tradition of growth, academic excellence and commitment, our school community strives to live up to the teachings and ideals of St. Ignatius of Loyola.