History & Legacy

A Brief History of Bosco Tech

Don Bosco Technical Institute was established as a high school in 1954 through the cooperative efforts of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Salesians of St. John Bosco, as well as industrial and business leaders of the Los Angeles area. Located in the San Gabriel Valley, Bosco Tech conducted its first classes in September 1955 and was established as a non-profit California corporation in 1963.

Bosco Tech is an all-male Catholic high school combining college preparatory and technology education. The academic curriculum allows students to meet the admission requirements of the University of California, the California State University, and other four-year colleges and universities throughout the country.
The Tech’s current strategic plan, Vision 2020, establishes STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as the key organizing concept for the school and its programs. In addition, the plan focuses on achieving the following goals:

  • To achieve Blue Ribbon recognition by the Department of Education.
  • To become the leading engineering and applied sciences high school in California.
  • To develop a culture that values faith in God, gratitude, servanthood, generosity, and integrity.



As a Catholic school, Don Bosco Technical Institute is a faith community whose ultimate goal is to assist students in establishing and strengthening their relationship with God. While open to students of all faiths, we present Jesus as the perfect model to follow: Christ as our Teacher, Redeemer and Good Shepherd. This Christ-centered focus guides the content of our instruction, inspires our celebration of the Church’s liturgical life and motivates our commitment to service and social justice.

As a Salesian school, Don Bosco Technical Institute provides a supportive and caring family environment modeling itself after St. John Bosco’s Oratory. Like Don Bosco, we believe that “school is life being lived” and “education is a sacred means for the transformation of human beings.” We give our students an experience of church, where they find meaning; school, where they learn life skills; playground, where they celebrate life; and home, where they feel welcomed. Applying St. John Bosco’s Preventive System of Education, we accompany our students using reason, by fostering relationships of mutual respect; religion, by recognizing each one’s dignity and responsibility to discern God’s call; and loving-kindness, by emphasizing gentleness, patience, joy and optimism.

As a technology-based, college-preparatory high school, Don Bosco Technical Institute provides its students the knowledge and skills they need to thrive. Through our curriculum, which offers a unique integration of academics and technology, we offer opportunities for our students to gain command of the technical aspects of the 21st Century. We provide a rigorous college-preparatory program, including honors and Advanced Placement courses, while using a project-based learning model where students apply classroom learning through hands-on lab experience and benefit from career exposures unavailable in traditional high schools. We expect our students to accept these challenges while continuing to support and accommodate their educational needs, leading them to attain academic success. We rely upon the collaboration of parents and teachers in providing a student-centered education. We promote healthy living, foster the development of cooperative skills and encourage a spirit of community involvement and leadership that our students carry into life. Ultimately, we form graduates who are life-long learners and critical thinkers imbued with a sense of faith, social justice and civic responsibility.

Bosco Tech’s Mission

Guided by the Salesian educational system of St. John Bosco, Don Bosco Technical Institute is a Catholic high school which offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum—uniquely integrating academics and technology—to qualified young men of all religious, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. As a Christian faith community, the school prepares and equips students to be life-long learners who are dedicated men of faith and integrity committed to leading successful lives of distinguished service and social justice.

Don Bosco Technical Institute Alma Mater

“Where the rolling hills of San Gabriel,
Crown the old Camino Real.
Golden dreams and hopes abounding
Guide our way with kindly light.
Bosco Tech, today we hail thee,
E’er thy memories treasured shall be.”