Mr. Richard Meagher
THE LOYOLA EXPERIENCE
When asked why one should send one’s son to Loyola, my response is “because Loyola offers the best, well-rounded education of any school in the city.” Usually, the next question is, “How is Loyola’s ‘well-rounded’ education different from many other schools whose websites make the same claim?” The answer is that Loyola was established by the Jesuits, and that at the core of a Jesuit education, and therefore of a Loyola education, is the formation of students in such a way that they become young men of faith and of service – or, as the Loyola motto says, “Men for Others”.
A Loyola education focuses on the whole person - mind, body and spirit.
Our academic goal is to provide students with a challenging curriculum in order for them to be well prepared for post-secondary education. The school’s extracurricular program is second to none, and is intended not only as a way for all students to participate actively in school life outside of the classroom, but as an extension of the lessons taught and learned in the classrooms. However, what truly sets Loyola apart is the school’s continued mission to provide a religious education based on a community of faith and the promotion of justice. Loyola students graduate with an extensive service experience, particularly to the poor and the marginalized, that provides them with a social awareness in order for them to be able to contribute to a more just world as they move beyond their high school and university years.
While Loyola’s Catholic and Jesuit roots are unique, there is something about a Loyola education that is hard to put into words.
Something special happens to Loyola students as they move through their five years at the school. Many observers looking from the outside have a hard time trying to comprehend this special attachment and bond that develops among the students over the course of their five years, a love and attachment that can be witnessed long after students graduate. Rarely a day passes during the school year when one cannot see a Loyola graduate returning to the school, to say hello to a former teacher or staff member, or just to roam the halls simply because he misses the place.
It is difficult to pinpoint what it is that Loyola does to create this special bond and attachment that students have for the school. I believe that it is largely due to a common sharing of “Loyola experiences” that students have while they are here. What are these “shared experiences” that form a bond that for many Loyola students will last a lifetime? Some that immediately come to mind include: Walkathon, Kairos, Talent Night, The Festival of the Arts, The Stratford Trip, IHL, Grad Dance, CSP, Loyola News, Student-Teacher games, Dominican Experience, Retreats, Ultimate, Warriors, Grad ski trip, SSX, Ed Meagher Sports Tournament, Liturgies, Junior Track and Field Day, and yes, even Jug!
While it is no easy task to adequately explain in words the “Loyola experience”, it is my hope and wish that as many young men as possible have the opportunity to experience this first hand – there really is no better way to understand it.
Mr. Richard Meagher
Principal, Loyola High School