Catholic All-Boys Riordan High School in San Francisco to Accept Girls

The arched brick halls of San Francisco’s Archbishop Riordan High School are about to undergo a seismic shift – not from an earthquake, but from girls. The school board voted last night to make the all-boys school co-ed.

“There’s not going to be another time in history where we can accept students at all grade levels from another Catholic school,” Riordan President Andrew Currier told KPIX 5.

The move comes after the all-girls Mercy High School on 19th Avenue announced earlier this month it would be closing its doors after nearly 70 years.

That’s when a lingering thought about taking the school co-ed was kicked into gear. “We think a better long-term solution for young Catholic school students, girls and boys is to come to Riordan,” Currier said. “With the closure of Mercy, there is one less option. Riordan is now open to accepting all students.”

He says the school has enough room to absorb all of the Mercy students who already join in for music and theatre.

The school will need to hire three to four more teachers as well as a dean of women and another counselor.

Some of the 660 boys at Riordan says it’s a change that will take some getting used to.

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