Immaculate Conception Parish has a long and rich history. Located in the center of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ traditional base, this corridor along 9th Street included the offices of the archdiocese, The Tidings, Catholic Charities and Cotter’s, the famous church supply store. Many of the leaders of the church were associated with the parish over the years, including Archbishop Cantwell, Cardinals McIntyre, Manning and Mahony, and visitors have included the Pope and Mother Teresa. The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary opened the school and the first graduating class was in 1919. In its early days the school had four classrooms with two grade levels per classroom. Since 1984 the school has been staffed by a dedicated group of lay teachers. Mary Ann Murphy has led as ICS principal since 1987. On September 16, 1987, the students and faculty of Immaculate Conception had the distinct privilege of welcoming His Holiness Pope John Paul II and Mrs. Nancy Reagan. Both visitors met with a selected group of 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Later they spoke to the entire school community which was assembled outside. This was a historical and memorable day for all present and has become an important part of the school’s identity.
The commitment to excellence and academic advancement is profound. Nearly 100-percent of ICS students advance to high school on scholarship, and tracking proves over 90 percent will matriculate to colleges and universities. ICS students have attended some of the finest institutions in the country, including UCLA, USC, Brown, NYU, Cornell and LMU.
In 2009 Immaculate Conception School celebrated 90 years of Excellence in Education. The new school addition featuring impressive Pre-K and Kindergarten facilities, library and state-of-the-art computer laboratory was dedicated via the generosity of the Shea Foundation. Advancements into the digital age include hardware and software for the students in the primary grades and SMART Board Technology in the upper grades made possible by the Riordan and Weingart Foundations. The Catholic Education Foundation has been a source of tremendous financial aid for qualifying and deserving students. Today, supportive and loving friends from the Cusumano family to the Rose Hills Foundation provide additional scholarship support, and recent gifts from the Ahmanson and Doheny Foundations are enhancing ICS’ facilities and capacity in significant fashion. A member of the Catholic Schools Consortium, an initiative of the Specialty Family Foundation, ICS is boldly embracing new and exciting marketing and development goals to sustain its future. A growing and vibrant alumni base and an impressive Consultative Board of Advisors are further strengthening ICS’s foundation in the development of its long and short-term strategic plans.
ICS is boldly embracing new and exciting goals, moving forth with an extended school year plan that increases the calendar to 200 days of instruction. A growing and vibrant alumni base and an impressive Consultative School Board are further strengthening ICS’s foundation in the development of its long and short-term strategic plans.