The History of St. Ignatius College Prep

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1849-12-07 09:20:53

Fr. Accolt and Fr. Nobili arrive in San Francisco

Fr. Michael Accolt and Fr. John Nobili, enter San Francisco Bay aboard the O.C. Raymond where Accolti finds “the longed-for shores of what goes under the name of San Francisco, but which, whether it should be called a villa, a brothel, or Babylon, I am at a loss to determine.”

1853-04-01 09:20:53

Fr. Michael Accolti goes to Rome in search of a few good men

Accolti goes to Rome to gain support for the California Mission.

1855-07-15 18:53:30

The First SI Church

The Jesuits dedicate the first St. Ignatius Church on Market Street.

1855-10-15 18:53:30

St. Ignatius Academy Opens

With the help of Fr. Joseph Bixio, S.J., Fr. Anthony Maraschi (SI’s founder) opens the doors for the first day of class at a one-room schoolhouse known as St. Ignatius Academy, located behind the church; 3 students show up for class.

1856-10-01 18:53:30

From 3 to 89

SI’s second term opens with 89 students.

1858-10-01 18:53:30


Student Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary established.

1859-01-01 00:00:00

State Charter

SI granted a state charter.

1860-01-01 00:00:00

Campus Beginnings

Hill behind school leveled to create a playing field.

1860-01-01 00:00:00

Paving the Way

Students walk on newly paved Market Street.

1862-01-01 00:00:00

The Campus Grows

SI builds its second campus next to the first one on Market and Jessie Streets.

The History of St. Ignatius College Prep

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