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Frank McManus, Jr., Named as New Head Football Coach Featured Photo

Frank McManus, Jr., Named as New Head Football Coach

McManus, a nationally recognized assistant coach, has served Mater Dei High School for the last 16 years and as the varsity defense backs coach for the last 7 years. He has been a key contributor to achieving Trinity League, CIF and California State Championships as well as the 2017, 2018, and 2021 National Championships. Click to read full press release.
National Signing Day - 2/1/23 Featured Photo

National Signing Day - 2/1/23

12 student athletes signed their National Letter of Intent on 2/1/23 to continue competing in the sport they love at the college level.
Title IX's Impact on High School Athletics Featured Photo

Title IX's Impact on High School Athletics

Mater Dei High School was honored to have three female athletes featured in a commemorative issue of Sports Illustrated in June 2022. Enjoy this special video featuring some of our female athletes.

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Mater Dei is a co-educational Catholic college preparatory high school located in Santa Ana, CA. Rooted in our tradition of Honor, Glory, and Love, we serve a diverse student community committed to knowledge, faith, and service.
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Mater Dei At A Glance

  • Uniquely Mater Dei
    • 186 Zip Codes
    • 124 Feeder Schools
    • 73% Catholic/ 27% Non Catholic
  • Faith & Service
    • 45K+ Hours Given Per Year
    • 600+ Organizations
    • 160 Average Hours Per Graduate
  • Comprehensive Academics
    • 55 Honors Courses
    • 22 AP Courses
    • 109 Electives
  • Nationally Recognized Athletics
    • 27 Sports Teams
    • 71% Athletes on Honor Roll
    • 23 Gatorade Players of the Year
  • Unparalleled Arts
    • 82 Courses
    • 48% of student body
    • 70% of Artists on Honor Roll
  • Global Alumni Network
    • 30K+ Worldwide
    • Robust Alumni Business Network
    • 20% Faculty Staff are Alumni