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About | The Trinity League

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About
The Trinity League was established in 2006 and is arguably the toughest high school football league in the nation. The Trinity League consists of the following schools: 

Trinity League Titles

Four of the six teams that currently play in the Trinity League have won multiple Trinity League titles, shared or outright. They are:

  • Servite (6) 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011​

  • Mater Dei (6) 2007, 2008, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020       

  • St. John Bosco (5) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018​

  • Orange Lutheran (3) 2006, 2007, 2008​

CIF-SS D-1 Titles

Five of the six teams that currently play in the Trinity League have won at least one CIF-SS, Div-1 title. They are:

  • Mater Dei (10) 1965, 1991, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2017, 2018, 2021, 2022

  • Servite (4) 1982, 1983, 2009, 2010

  • St. John Bosco (3) 2013, 2016, 2019

  • Santa Margarita (1) 2011

  • Orange Lutheran (1) 2006

State Titles

Five of the six teams that currently play in the Trinity League have won at least one State title. They are:

  • Mater Dei (4) 1994, 2017, 2018, 2021

  • St. John Bosco (4) 2013, 2016, 2019, 2022

  • Servite (2) 1982, 2009

  • Santa Margarita (1) 2011

  • Orange Lutheran (1) 2006

State Titles

Two of the six teams that currently play in the Trinity League have been awarded at least one National title. They are:

  • Mater Dei (6) 1994, 1996, 2017, 2018, 2020, and 2021

  • St. John Bosco (2) 2013, 2019

 

For the 2020 season, (Spring 2021), Mater Dei, St. John Bosco and Servite ended up #1, #2 and #3 respectively in the state of California.

History

First Iteration

The Trinity League is the latest iteration of the premier CIF-SS high school football league. The first of which was known as the Angelus League (1961–1991), founded in 1961. There were various early members of the Angelus League, some being familiar faces. In addition to Servite (Anaheim) and Mater Dei (Santa Ana), the early members included: St. Paul (Santa Fe Springe)Cantwell (Montebello) and Salesian (Los Angeles). Cantwell and Salesian dropped out of the league early on, due to its competitiveness, and were replaced by St. John Bosco (Bellflower) and Verbum Dei (Los Angeles). In the late 1960s, St. John Bosco and Verbum Dei also dropped out and were replaced by Bishop Amat (La Puente) and Pius X (Downey) and finally St. Anthony (Long Beach). This iteration became the core, blue blood members of the Angelus League. This iconic league members were: St. PaulMater DeiServiteBishop AmatPius X and St. Anthony. In the late 1970s, things started to shift again. St. Anthony dropped in 1977 and was replaced by Bishop Montgomery (Torrance). Then Pius X dropped in 1980, followed by Bishop Montgomery in 1981. In 1982, Pius X came back and a new member, Serra (Gardenia) joined. Serra dropped in 1984 and was replaced by Bishop Montgomery again. In 1986 Pius X was gone and replaced by St. Bernard (Los Angeles). St. Bernard only lasted two years and dropped in 1988. In 1989 Bishop Montgomery and Iconic member, St. Paul dropped and were replaced by Loyola (Los Angeles) and former OG member, St. John Bosco. That was the last iteration of the Angelus League as it was unfortunately disbanded in 1992. There is, however, a current Angelus League, but not with the same status. They are: St. Paul, St. Francis, Loyola, Crespi, Paraclete and Cathedral.

Second Iteration

In 1999 there was a rebirth of the premier CIF-SS high school football league, this time, under the name of the Serra League. The core members were Servite, Mater Dei, St. John Bosco and Santa Margarita. This lasted three years before an expansion occurred, adding former Angelus members, Bishop Amat and Loyola. This was the final version of the Serra League which lasted until 2006.

Third Iteration

The third and final iteration of the original Angelus League started in 2006 when Loyola and Bishop Amat were moved to the Mission League and were replaced by Orange Lutheran and JSerra This latest iteration was called the Trinity League. This set of schools have produced some amazing results. Five of the six teams have one a CIF-SS championship. Mater Dei (11), Servite (5), St. John Bosco (3), Santa Margarita (1) and Orange Lutheran (1). Four of the six teams have won State championships. Mater Dei (2), St. John Bosco (2), Servite (2) and Santa Margarita (1).

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