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Through the years


La Reina opens its doors to 27 high school students under the leadership of its first principal, Sister Mary Ralph Fahey. Construction on the 100’s building is complete. The administration building with the library opens in the spring.



Uniforms are introduced. Students have voted on a grey, green and gold plaid skirt, a white blouse and a gray wool blazer piped in black, with an emblem on the pocket. 


The 200’s building opens with a chapel, science labs, a typing lab and a home economics classroom with ovens and sewing machines. A Parent Council is formed. Sr. Mary Antonine SND becomes principal.


The school is dedicated by His Eminence James Francis Cardinal McIntyre of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. 


The first graduating class has 13 girls. Sr. Mary Josanne Furey SND writes the school Alma Mater—which is now sung at major school events. 


The big sister program is introduced. Each freshman is given a big sister whose job is to help and guide her throughout the year.


One third of the students are bused in from the San Fernando Valley. Sister Josanne becomes principal. Moorpark College opens a satellite campus at LR; students can take college classes.


La Reina High Day features tricycle races and three-legged races.


Thirty-three students graduate. Some students take a rowing class through Moorpark College to fulfill their PE requirement. 


La Reina opens a junior high. The student body numbers increase by 54. Busing from the SFV is discontinued. Most students now come from surrounding cities.


Junior Pam Curran competes in and wins the CIF SS Track and Field championship for La Reina. She is the sole competitor. Her accomplishment is still recognized as one of the greatest individual prep performances in California sports history. It is also the school’s first CIF championship.


A reading lab and media centers are established because the school has won an ESEA Title II federal grant for the purchase of media materials. All classes have unscheduled time for students to watch media. A campus supervisor is hired to find “unscheduled” students in various and sundry places around campus.


Stan Hirsch, who has been at the school 38 of its 50 years, is an emergency hire in mid-October. He does not realize LR is an all girls’ school until he asks his 7th grade math class where the boys are and his comment is met with a thunder of laughter.


The 4 member swim team finishes 4th out of 41 teams at the Crespi Invitational.


The Booster Club is formed. Home Economics students model the dresses they have made and cook lunch for their moms at the annual Mother/Daughter Fashion show.


Dramatist Miss Mary Louise Hickey performs and Miss Anne Culkin presents her workshop on manners. Both are annual events. The first seventh grade is ready to graduate from high school.


LR wins its first CIF SS softball championship, the first of four. Simeon Dyke is the coach.


Sixty-one girls receive their diplomas. LR wins its second CIF SS softball championship; Stan Hirsch is the coach. Commodore Pet computers arrive.



LR wins its 3rd consecutive league title in basketball. A cross country team is fielded.


The school wins the CIF SS basketball championship and comes in 2nd in the state tournament. The basketball coach, Cathy Mohr, and the star of the team, her sister Margaret, are named the number one coach and player in the nation for Catholic schools. All this and NO gym! The first Academic Decathlon team is formed and comes in 2nd in the county. The first Evening of Excellence is held.


Principal Sr. Lisa Megaffin SND gives out the diplomas, culminating her first
year as principal. The AP program starts in earnest. The first equestrian team and the first soccer team are formed. Enrollment is increasing and the Moorpark College satellite campus closes—LR needs the room. The first annual auction is held.


The ground breaking for the multi-purpose building takes place. The years of selling chocolate bars are coming to an end! The Renaissance Festival begins in earnest.


Tennis courts are expanded. The first issue of the school newspaper, The Herald, is published. 


The multi-purpose building opens. La Reina now has 6 extra classrooms, office space, a cafeteria, and a gym with a stage. The tennis team wins the Tri-Valley league title for the 5th year in a row. Leif Jonassen and Pat Henjyoji are the coaches. 


The Christian Service program begins. Student of the Month Awards are instituted. Stacey Cajka graduates—she is the eighth and last Cajka to graduate from LR!


LR celebrates its Silver Jubilee. Now 25 years old, the school has grown from one building to four and from a student body of 27 to over 500.


The Mock Trial Team wins its first Ventura County Competition. By 2014, they have won 17 more county competitions.


The typing lab has been turned into a state-of-the-art junior high science lab. The revised free dress policy allows students to wear sweats and jeans on free dress days.


Ten advanced placement courses are now offered. The varsity softball championship wins its second consecutive CIF championship. Bob Sisco and Don Hyatt are the coaches.


The library computers have CD-ROM capability and a computerized version of the The Reader’s Guide to Periodical literature. The Greenmeadow fire burns from Moorpark Rd. to the ocean.


The Northridge earthquake has caused damage to the 100’s building which is closed for almost a month so loosened asbestos ceiling tiles can be removed and replaced. LR wins its first CIF SS tennis championship.


The first Kairos Retreat for seniors is held. Students hold fund raisers for the new St. Julie School in Buseesa Uganda.


The Year of the Flood. The entire 200’s building is covered in three inches of water because of a malfunction in a fire alarm. Remodeled space in the 200’s building provides the faculty with a computer work room, a conference room and a lunch room.


The first track team forms. The Junior Ring ceremony is moved from St. Paschal’s to LR. The largest donation in the school’s history has been given by Mrs. Jeannette Jordan of Port Hueneme.


Sister Antoinette Marie SND becomes principal. LR wins the leading chapter award from the National Forensics League for excellence in speech, the first of 13 consecutive awards given to La Reina by the NFL.


The first Director of Technology is appointed and a Multimedia Club is founded. High speed internet access has arrived! The varsity volleyball team is league champions for the 7th year in a row and the tennis team, for the 11th year in a row. No more off-campus lunch.


CIF SS volleyball and softball championships are won. The first Admissions Director position is created.


ASB President Anne Neumayr graduates from LR. At the ceremony is her sister, faculty member and English teacher, Catherine Neumayr. Both sisters received the Alma Mater Award for their respective years, 2001 and 1985.


An eating area with a pergola roof is built outside the cafeteria. No more eating lunch on the North Lawn—there is seating for everyone, either inside or outside the cafeteria. A commemorative brick wall is created.



First Distinguished Alumna Award is given to Leena Shankar Nathan MD, Class of 1996.


Cecelia Coe becomes the first lay principal. LR celebrates its 40 year.


LR wins the CIF SS swimming championship. The team moderator, a LR teacher, does not know how to swim! The President/Principal model of administration is formed. Sr. LaReina Kelly is LR’s first president.

The uniform rules are adjusted—white socks and white shoes only!


Portable classrooms are added. Now there is room for everyone. The Swim Team wins CIF SS swimming championship. Comedy Sportz Club begins.


Athletic teams receive the CIF SS Sportsmanship Award for academics, integrity, and athletics. An advisory Board of Trustees is formed.


The Mock Trial team wins its first California State competition. The Cross Country Team wins the CIF SS Championship and the state championship. Robert Lopez is the coach. The Green Team is founded; recycling begins in earnest.


The golf team wins the league championship. The Renaissance Festival is now a full day event.


The Robotics Team wins a tournament championship. La Reina Singers perform at Carnegie Hall. Longtime cafeteria manager Sharon Kagay dies of cancer.


The Mock Trial Team wins the California State Championship and the Empire State World Championship. The Alumnae Sisterhood Award is established.


The Mock Trial team wins both the California State Championship and the Empire State World Championship for the second consecutive year. The Sisters of Notre Dame relocate, freeing up the space formerly known as Villa Regina. The Fine Arts Department now has a dedicated space that includes a black box theater.


The Department of Education names La Reina a National Blue Ribbon School, one of only three non-public high schools in the United States to receive this honor. The award is given to schools whose standardized test scores place them in the top 15% of the nation and whose strengths and accomplishments distinguish them.


The Mock Trial team wins its 17th Ventura County competition. The 10 year AP pass rate is 95%. A Comprehensive Campaign is launched publicly with the goal of building a Learning Pavilion. LR celebrates its 50th anniversary.

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