St. Ignatius

From the Gold Rush to the New Millennium:

San Francisco's Jesuit School Since 1855

It is hard to imagine a less auspicious start for St. Ignatius College Preparatory. When Fr. Anthony Maraschi, SJ, first opened the doors of the brand-new St. Ignatius Academy on San Francisco’s Market Street, expecting to see a crowd of Catholic boys eager for Jesuit education, only three small faces peered at him on that October day in 1855. As the day wore on, no one else came. When the term ended early in February, the school had managed to attract only 23 students in all.