St. John Bosco cuts ties with Mendoza

St. John Bosco cuts ties with Mendoza

There are 63 comments on the Long Beach Press-Telegram story from Jan 8, 2010, titled St. John Bosco cuts ties with Mendoza. In it, Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that:

The failure to succeed in the Trinity League - as tough as that is - finally caught up to longtime St.

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ex-parent

San Bruno, CA

#1 Jan 9, 2010
I dint like this guy then and im glad they got rid of him. He always showed favoritism and it finally cost him.
SJB Parent

Whittier, CA

#2 Jan 9, 2010
I can't believe it took Bosco 12 years to finally figure it out. Anyone who has ever been to a Bosco game knew what play was going to happen next and who was going to have the ball. I hope this will improve the football program and bring the Braves back to what they use to be in the 80's
Brave Booster

San Luis Obispo, CA

#3 Jan 9, 2010
It was most certainly time for a change at the Fottball Head Coach. I think Kiki is a good guy but did bring the successful results.

However, if Bosco R E A L L Y was interested in improving the school then it's time to send Principal Patrick Lee down the road and bring back the stong academics it had prior to his arrival.
student

Temecula, CA

#4 Jan 9, 2010
ex-parent wrote:
I dint like this guy then and im glad they got rid of him. He always showed favoritism and it finally cost him.
about time!
alumni parent

Whittier, CA

#5 Jan 9, 2010
It is time to keep cleaning house and return to the Bosco we all know and love. Academics are not what they were before Patrick Lee became Principal. Sometimes it is better not to have so many alumni in power.
THE WOOD

Pomona, CA

#6 Jan 9, 2010
I know from watching Bosco home games the Mendoza did indeed have and play favorites on his team. A parent of a player once told me this well after the fact when I realized it myself. We both agreed whole heartedly on the topic of favoritism and felt it was a complete injustice to the rest of the boys who also worked just as hard a the favorites but did not get any playing time.

Education should always be of the utmost priority at any school, private or public. I don't know much about this principal at SJB, but if he really has compromised the once, strict standards of the school like so many people claim, then absolutely 86 him ASAP.

I played against the Braves back in the 80's, so I know what a proud program they used to be. THEY ALWAYS PLAYED US TOUGH and were always in the playoff scene. It's unfortunate to see such a program like Bosco being run into the ground.

I wish the entire Bosco family the best in the future in returning to glory. One day, I'd like to see my alma mater bring back the rivalry it once had with the Braves.

Lakewood Alumnus, 1987
bosco benefactor

Whittier, CA

#7 Jan 10, 2010
A good man, but not a winning coach. I know many people who are unhappy with the current administration--academics not up to public school, need revamping in the athletics office--maybe if they were in a league where they could win--all the parents, and all the students might be happier!
Such a power house in the 80's and 90's--a place to be proud of, but now--not so much.
A few more changes and maybe people will start donating BIG again.
8th grade parents

Whittier, CA

#8 Jan 10, 2010
All this negativity is making me think about St. Anthony's as a better choice for my son. Interesting this came about as boys are taking entrance exams and going to open houses!!!!!!
BoscoFan

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Jan 11, 2010
I wouldn't send your kid the St. Anthony lol you can't compare. People are simply stating that Bosco has taken a few steps down since the 90's and thats mainly because Goodman left. Goodman is back and he'll get Bosco back to where it was.
Rich

Redondo Beach, CA

#10 Jan 11, 2010
Hmmmmm and the school claims character? Classless act Bosco. Sadly it won't be mentioned how this coach found out about his undoing. Kiki will be missed greatly.
Rich

Redondo Beach, CA

#11 Jan 11, 2010
Bosco shame on you for how you fired the coach. Character is a two way street!
Bosco Parent

Santa Ana, CA

#12 Jan 11, 2010
We didn't send my son to Bosoc because of the football program and I wouldn't pick a school based on a football program. We placed him at Bosco in 04 because of the school, home, playground and church philosphy. It is a great place to have your son grow into a strong, caring young man. We continue to believe in the school and know it is THE BEST SCHOOL if academics is the main focus when choosing a school for your son. Kiki Mendoza would be the first to agree with that statement. We have another son at the school currently and are very happy with the teachers, coaches and administration. We back this with a tuition check sent to them every month.
Current and Alumni Parent

Santa Ana, CA

#13 Jan 11, 2010
8th grade parents wrote:
All this negativity is making me think about St. Anthony's as a better choice for my son. Interesting this came about as boys are taking entrance exams and going to open houses!!!!!!
Please don't use anonymous people's comments to select a high school for your son. I have a graduate that was completely prepared for college and another son at Bosco now. SJB is still a great school producing young men that are accepted to excellent colleges, and ARE very prepared for the next level. Our family has an extremely positive experience with the school!
ex-parent

Los Angeles, CA

#14 Jan 11, 2010
It's great that you all back the school with tuition. Now how do you honestly feel about the students favored students that play football and dont pay for tuition....and by the way are not Catholic and live on the west side of Alameda Rail road tracks. These students who get a free ride while you pay a ton of money...these favored students that your yearly raised tuition supports. I wonder if they can make a "Blind Side" part 2 out of Bosco...on how we all supported these futuristic stars.....
Rick

United States

#15 Jan 11, 2010
Kiki is a great persom, but it was time for a change. Re playing favorites it sounds like Bosco's baseball coach. Maybe he's next.
What

Los Angeles, CA

#16 Jan 11, 2010
Wow sounds like SJB is turning into the schools on the east side like Cathedral and Salesian. Cathedral recruits kids from out of state to play football for them. Its a damn shame that kids that have dreams of going there all there lives are passed over for some kid that will make the football coaches look good. Salesian does the same thing. WHen was the last time Salesian had kids from out of there area go to school there. This year they have been recruiting west of the Alemeda railroad tracks as well. SJB keep the academics up and the rest will fall into place. Its a damn shame that the schools are allowing kids to go for free as if it was a University setting. Parents should be very upset.
SJB Parent

Whittier, CA

#17 Jan 11, 2010
Current and Alumni Parent wrote:
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Please don't use anonymous people's comments to select a high school for your son. I have a graduate that was completely prepared for college and another son at Bosco now. SJB is still a great school producing young men that are accepted to excellent colleges, and ARE very prepared for the next level. Our family has an extremely positive experience with the school!
I agree with you One of my sons graduated in 2008 and I have a son graduating this year. It is true that football is vry important because it is the sport that brings in money. But most of these boys will not go on to be pro football players or even college players. Bosco tries to prepare these boys to become men with integrity that they can carry with them through out their life span. I would rather have my sons go to a school where "Character Counts" then to a school where they have a winning team at all cost.
Tony

AOL

#18 Jan 11, 2010
I agree with you One of my sons graduated in 2008 and I have a son graduating this year. It is true that football is vry important because it is the sport that brings in money. But most of these boys will not go on to be pro football players or even college players. Bosco tries to prepare these boys to become men with integrity that they can carry with them through out their life span. I would rather have my sons go to a school where "Character Counts" then to a school where they have a winning team at all cost.[/QIts all about winning. Forget about all of that character counts crap........OLU, Servite, and Mater Dei aren't buying that
UOTE]
Tony

AOL

#19 Jan 11, 2010
maybe they should have made sure players's dvd's were mailed instead of hiding them in a drawer. I think they got what they deserved.
AlumniParent

Bellflower, CA

#20 Jan 11, 2010
Having my son graduate from this school I can say that they do prepare them academically along with good Christian values which a student will carry with them for the rest of their lives. It is difficult to read that kids that live in the west side are not Catholic or have Catholic values (ex-parent from Chino). Did God Almighty appoint you to speak for Him and become a critic for His sake. If you would know Jesus then you would understand that it is not about being a Catholic, Baptist, Methodist or Pentocostal but about his Holy Word which he brought to mankind for eternal salvation. My son is not a Catholic and attended this school because it had Christian values, good academic program, environment and diverse atheletic program. I want my son to follow Jesus teachings not a man made orginized religion and in this school they gave him a classes in Judism and other religious point of views. It is up to him now to pick what he wants sinc he is a UNIQUE individual who must ultimately pick a religious point of view due to FREE WILL.

I FIND YOUR IGNORANCE INSULTING AND DISGUSTING.

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