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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Alumni Bosco Mom

United States

#62 Jun 13, 2011
I am a Parent that sent 2 boys through BOSCO from "the other side of those tracks" ; paid Tuition, played Football under KiKi Mendoza. I chose Bosco because of the everything the school offers. I checked out many schools: across the tracks and beyond, and found Bosco the best choice! During my boys years at Bosco: One of my sons was part of the Serra League Champion SJB Football Team 2002 under Mr Mendoza. I'm not sure why he was let go, but its not fair to say he favored the "kids on the other side of the tracks", because the parents on the other side paying that tuition every month didn't feel that way!

My son Graduated from a major University and I currently have one in his Junior year at another Major University which I am still living on the other side of the tracks is very PROUD of ALL the Teachers, Coaches, parents, and TRUE Fans of Bosco who help my Sons become the Men whom they are today! I send Donation to the school every year since my boys graduated for other students (that don't have to come from the other side) GO BRAVES!
Alumni Bosco Mom

United States

#63 Jun 13, 2011
ex-parent wrote:
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.....
I am a Parent that sent 2 boys through BOSCO from "the other side of those tracks" ; paid Tuition, played Football under KiKi Mendoza. I chose Bosco because of the everything the school offers. I checked out many schools: across the tracks and beyond, and found Bosco the best choice! During my boys years at Bosco: One of my sons was part of the Serra League Champion SJB Football Team 2002 under Mr Mendoza. I'm not sure why he was let go, but its not fair to say he favored the "kids on the other side of the tracks", because the parents on the other side paying that tuition every month didn't feel that way!

My son Graduated from a major University and I currently have one in his Junior year at another Major University which I am still living on the other side of the tracks is very PROUD of ALL the Teachers, Coaches, parents, and TRUE Fans of Bosco who help my Sons become the Men whom they are today! I send Donation to the school every year since my boys graduated for other students (that don't have to come from the other side) GO BRAVES!
Former Player

Waldorf, MD

#64 Sep 15, 2012
Yes, he had favorites. In the world of sports, favorites are called STARTERS, or FIRST STRING. Mendoza never hesitated to rip into his "favorites" during film study or bench them in the middle of the game for not carrying out assignments. It's easy to be a parent who wants their kid to get a chance to play, and cry like a little girl with pigtails when he or she doesn't. Understand that freshman, sophomore, and JV teams exist at SJB, so if your kid wants to play, he can play. HS varsity, college, and NFL coaches don't put players on the field just to be nice or to give them a token chance. There are people besides your kid on the team who are trying to earn scholarships because their parents cannot possibly afford $50,000/yr. Chances are, if your kid is 2nd string on their HS team, sports are not in their future. That's not being mean, or pro-jock, its just true. Who would send an idiot who can't spell to a competitive academic team contest just to make parents happy? You're going to deny the 5th ranked student just so the parents of the 400th ranked student don't throw a tantrum? Psht. Grow up. Whenever there was a blowout in EITHER direction, the 2-4 string players got a chance. That's sports. Lastly, Mendoza always put academics first and he was VERY GOOD at getting his players recognition from college scouts. Grad class of 2001 defense: 7/11 starting defensive players got scholarships, myself included. THAT'S SAYING SOMETHING.

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