Archbishop Riordan High School is a diocesan, all-boys Catholic high school established by the Society of Mary in San Francisco, California. It is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco. Originally called Riordan High School, the school was named after Archbishop Patrick William Riordan, the second Archbishop of San Francisco, and opened in the fall of 1949. In 1989, then-student body president Derrick Kualapai met with principal Fr. William O`Connell and shared his vision of branding a new name for the prestigious college preparatory institution. In 1990, `Archbishop` was officially added to the school`s name. The school is known for its historically successful basketball, wrestling, track and field, football, marching band, concert band and theatre programs.

Archbishop Riordan High School, an Archdiocesan Catholic High School in the Marianist tradition, prepares young men for leadership and lifelong success through its college preparatory curriculum, its cocurricular opportunities, its emphasis on formation in faith, and its dedication to community service and justice. In an atmosphere of diversity and a strong family environment, Archbishop Riordan fosters development in faith, character, academics, technology, athletics, and the arts.


Archbishop Riordan High School is pleased to partner with the following organizations that provide scholarships to students. Please see the below descriptions for scholarship criteria.

• Achieve Program

• Archdiocese of San Francisco Scholarships

• Bay Scholars

• Boys Hope Girl Hope

• Sons of Law Enforcement

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