On Saturday, June 5, 2010, 130 young women, dressed in long white gowns and carrying a dozen long stem roses, became the 46th graduating class of Louisville High School. These young women come to Louisville from all over the San Fernando Valley, as far away Pacific Palisades and Santa Clarita. They come to Louisville, a Catholic high school for young women, in Woodland Hills, California, because it has something special to offer its students that is unparalleled and rare. In today’s fast-paced world with its conflicting values, Louisville provides an environment of learning and growing that reflects the Gospel, teaching possibilities with the compassion of Christ and, in so doing, preparing its students for life’s opportunities and challenges.
In her remarks to her fellow graduates at the Baccalaureate ceremony, Christina Henzgen reflected on her Louisville experience in this way: “If you asked me to sum up my four years at Louisville, it would be fitting to say that Louisville broke my heart. That is, Louisville broke open my heart to new possibilities and gave me a new perspective. I was taught not just to see through my eyes, but through the eyes of others; lessons of compassion, friendship, leadership, and lessons of love.”
Louisville prepares young women, not only for college, but to be lifelong learners ready to enter the world of higher education and future vocations in a spirit of faith, hope and love. This year’s graduating class is no exception. Louisville graduates have been accepted into prestigious colleges and universities across the country and have received over $6 million in merit scholarships. In her commencement address on Saturday, Mary Beth Giordano, Principal of St. Mel School in Woodland Hills, Louisville alumna and former faculty member said, “You overwhelmingly have demonstrated competency in your subjects, you think outside the box…critically, creatively, and justly. You have the gift of communication in both your words and actions, and you continue to master the world of technology using it with integrity and purpose.”
Founded in 1960, Louisville is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Louis. The student population of approximately 500 young women enjoys the campus’ natural setting of green lawns and ancient California oak trees. The location offers a beautiful and peaceful environment for students to gather, learn and grow. With an average class size of 25, Louisville teachers challenge each student to reach her academic potential and to find accomplishment and joy in achieving new intellectual heights. The overall academic experience is enriched and supported by a lively program of extracurricular and co-curricular activities.
Louisville’s vibrant campus offers a complete high school experience. Whatever a student’s interests or special talents, there is a place for her at Louisville. This particular philosophy of education, that is the hallmark of Louisville, is what brings our graduates back to campus where they will always find a gracious familiarity and an enduring sense of tradition.
Louisville High School is located at 22300 Mulholland Drive Woodland Hills, CA 91364. They can be reached at 818-346-8812 or faxed at 818-346-9483. www.louisvillehs.org