Loyola High School (Montreal)

Loyola High School is a private Catholic school for boys in grades 711 located in Montreal (Quebec, Canada). It was established in 1896 by the Society of Jesus as part of Loyola College, at the request of the English Catholic community in Montreal. It is named after St.Ignatius of Loyola, who founded the Jesuit Order in 1534.

Loyola High School
7272 Sherbrooke Street West

Coordinates45°27′23.93″N 73°38′22.33″W
TypeIndependent, boys
MottoAd Majorem Dei Gloriam
(For the Greater Glory of God)
Religious affiliation(s)Catholic, Jesuit
Established1896 (1896)
PresidentPaul Donovan
PrincipalTom Malone[1]
Colour(s)Maroon and white          
Team namePeewee (Scouts), Bantam (Braves), Midget and Juvenile (Warriors)


Founded in 1896, Loyola High School began as Loyola College (an eight-year classical college or "collège classique") which assumed responsibility for the English section of Collège Sainte-Marie de Montréal, a French Jesuit school which existed from 1848 to 1969.[2] In 1916, Loyola College moved from its downtown location to the west end location on Sherbrooke St. West. In 1964, the Loyola High School Corporation was established to run the school separately from the college. When Loyola College merged with Sir George Williams University in 1974 to form Concordia University, the title to the land that the school occupied on the north-east corner of the campus was transferred from the college.

To this day, Loyola has remained true to its Jesuit apostolate, educating "Men for Others" who are intellectually competent, open to growth, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice.[3]

School campus

Loyola was originally located in an abandoned Sacred Heart Convent on Bleury and St. Catherine Street. A fire broke out at this location in 1898, provoking the college to move into the former Tucker School on Drummond Street. That summer, a wing was added, but space soon became inadequate. In 1900, the Jesuits purchased the Decary Farm in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce located in the west end of Montreal, where the school remains to this day on what is commonly referred to as the Loyola Campus of Concordia University.[4]

In 1916, Loyola College officially moved to the new campus. The high school was located in the Junior Building and, until 1961, shared the Administration Building and then the north half of the Central Building. It was the Junior Building, which was designed in the Collegiate Gothic architectural style and covered in gargoyles, leaded and stained-glass windows and oak moulding, where young men began their journey to become "Eight-Year Men". After four years of high school and four years of college, they graduated with university degrees in Arts or Sciences.

In 1961, the era of boarders ended and the high school moved exclusively to the Junior Building. An extension was added in 1968 and a gymnasium was built south of Sherbrooke Street in 1978. In 1988 a decision was reached to erect a new building in order to properly accommodate the student body and to enable the school to offer the curriculum outlined by the Ministry of Education.

Loyola considered a number of possible options for the future building, including adding an extension onto the Junior Building, and relocating the school to Côte Saint-Luc on land owned by Loyola (currently the location of Côte Saint-Luc City Hall). The school eventually made arrangements with Concordia University to swap the Junior Building for a site on the south-west end of Loyola campus beside the school gymnasium. The new building was completed in 1992. The Bishops Atrium and a three-story wing was constructed in 2004, along with an auditorium the following year.[3]

Religious and spiritual formation

As a Catholic and Jesuit school, all of Loyola's activities are meant to be inspired by Catholic teachings in the tradition of St. Ignatius of Loyola. In 2015 Loyola's Board of Governors put forward a five-year strategic plan which identified five "foundational pillars" in order to pursue the school's mission. The plan proposed, among other things, to "infuse all programmes with a truly Catholic and Ignatian pedagogy" and to "foster the maintenance of an Ignatian environment that engages the broader Loyola community"[5]

While the school's president is ultimately responsible for ensuring the school's spiritual mission, the Loyola Ignatian Formation director oversees its particular activities in the entire Loyola community (alumni, parents, faculty, and students). The Campus Ministry is tasked with overseeing students' spiritual formation.[6]

Campus ministry

  • Experience Week
  • Grad at Grad[7]
  • Liturgy
  • Retreats
  • Youth Ministry

The Christian Service Program (CSP) is both an academic course and considered part of spiritual formation. In the course of their high school years, students participate in some form of supervised program known as "CSP" involving service to others.

CSP is a compulsory program for all students. CSP project opportunities are already approved by the school. Alternatively, the students may find their own project around their area, subject to approval by the school deacon. CSP is broken down into two categories. For grades 7 – 10 students must complete a certain amount of community service hours twice a year (before Christmas break and after Christmas break. (Example: Grade 7: 2 hours before Christmas, 2 hours after Christmas; Grade 8: 4 hours before and after; Grade 9: 6 hours before and after; Grade 10: 8 hours before and after). For students in grade 11 the period of service is for 2 hours a week over the course of 12 weeks (total: 24 hours) before or after Christmas.[8]

Jesuit affiliation

Loyola is a member of the American Jesuit Schools Network,[9] and is administered by the Jesuits of English Canada. The two Jesuit provinces, English and French, are currently in the process of merging into one Canadian Jesuit province.[10]


Loyola fields a number of athletic teams in competition with other schools, primarily competing in the Greater Montreal Athletics Association and Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec. Loyola's traditional rivals in athletics are Lower Canada College and Selwyn House School.


  • Loyola gym (volleyball, basketball, wrestling); double gym with mechanized sound partition
  • Strength and conditioning room (wrestling)
  • Indoor track (track and field)
  • Cafetorium (table tennis, robotics)
  • The Loyola 'Lower Fields' (football, soccer, rugby, ultimate)
  • Concordia Stadium (football, soccer, rugby, ultimate); seating capacity of 4000
  • Hingston Field
  • Stinger Dome (ultimate)
  • Ed Meagher Arena (hockey): upgraded to NHL standards in 2013[11]
  • Concordia Gym (basketball and wrestling during Ed Meagher Tournament only)

Ed Meagher Sports Tournament

One of the largest high school sports tournaments in North America, the Ed Meagher Sports Tournament (est. 1971) boasts 40 teams and over 700 student-athletes, participating in hockey, basketball, and wrestling. Originally named the "Invitational Winter Sports Tournament", the tournament was renamed after its co-founder Ed Meagher in 1996 (the year of his passing). Meagher was a former student, teacher, and sports coach at Loyola High School.

The annual week-long tournament takes place each January and has grown considerably since its inception. Senior hockey (now Juvenile) was the original sport in 1971. In 1974, Senior basketball (now Juvenile) was added to the tournament, followed by Bantam hockey in 1981. Midget basketball was added in 1982, wrestling in 1995, Bantam basketball in 1998, and Pee-Wee hockey in 2003. In 2000, the Concordia University Arena (the arena used for all Loyola hockey home games and tournaments) was named the Ed Meagher Arena.[12]

Coat of arms

The name "Loyola" is derived from the Spanish Lobo-y-olla, meaning "wolf" and "kettle". The school's coat of arms is a variation of St. Ignatius of Loyola's coat of arms, which depicts the union of the House of Loyola (represented by the two wolves and kettle) and the House of Onaz (represented by the seven red bars on a field of gold) in 1261. The phrase "Loyola y Onaz" typically appears at the bottom, though another variation of the school's coat of arms includes the Jesuit motto "Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam", meaning "for the greater glory of God".

Loyola in print

  • Jim Pearson, Loyola and Montreal: Stories from Our History (Montreal: 2018)
  • Joseph B. Gavin, S.J., From 'Le petit collège de bois' to 7272 Sherbrooke St. West: A Brief History of Loyola High School, Montreal (Montreal: 2012)
  • Dr. Gil Drolet, Loyola, The Wars: In Remembrance of 'Men for Others' (Waterloo: Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies, 1996)
  • T.P. Slattery, Loyola and Montreal (Montreal: Palm Publishers, 1962)

Loyola in court

In 2008, Quebec's Ministry of Education, Sport and Leisure introduced a mandatory "Ethics and Religious Culture" (ERC) course to all Quebec schools. Loyola had reservations about the course's ability to meet its objectives from a relativistic perspective, and applied for an exemption to teach an ERC equivalency course. Loyola's equivalency course had similar goals as the government's ERC but was structured on a methodology that was more in keeping with its Catholic, Jesuit identity. The government denied the request for exemption and, as a result, Loyola took the matter to the Superior Court of Quebec where in 2010 the Superior Court ruled in Loyola's favour. The Ministry appealed and in 2012 the appellate court overturned the Superior Court's decision.

Loyola then took the case to the Supreme Court of Canada where, on 19 March 2015, it was ruled that the Quebec Ministry was in violation of Loyola's religious freedom and ordered the Ministry to reconsider the exemption.[13]

Notable alumni

Religion and philanthropy

Politics, law and business

Arts, entertainment, and writing

Philosophy and academia



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