Welcome to Bishop García Diego High School!
Bishop High is a community in every sense of the word – in our commitment to the young women and men we are privileged to serve; in our active alumni association that embodies the philosophy of “Once a Cardinal, always a Cardinal;” in our dedicated and extraordinarily talented faculty and staff; and in our partnership with generous and visionary parents, donors and friends. Further, our student body represents an unusually strong diversity in ethnicity, socio-economic backgrounds and geography of Santa Barbara County.
Living our call as Catholic school educators, Bishop Diego provides abundant opportunities for students to practice moral and ethical decision-making as they develop into young women and men of good character. Our students, faculty, staff, and parents embody our Core Values of Respect, Perseverance, and Compassion. These values permeate the campus’ academic, athletic, and co-curricular programs and provide a sound foundation for graduates as they matriculate to university study, graduate school, and ultimately, a rewarding profession. It is a Bishop Diego graduate who will see that justice is done in our communities and our world.
Bishop Diego High School combines the rich heritage of our predecessor schools. In 1914, Dolores School opened a Catholic high school program for girls in downtown Santa Barbara. The school transitioned to the name Notre Dame High School in the early 1920s and became The Santa Barbara Catholic High School, a co-educational secondary school in 1940. In 1959, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles assumed sponsorship of the school, moving it to our present campus and taking California's first bishop, Bishop Francisco García Diego y Moreno, as its patron. In 2005, Bishop Diego High School became an independent Catholic high school.
I invite you explore our website and to visit our campus to best understand and get to know Bishop Diego High School!
Dr. Nicholas Vitalari
Interim Head of School