Student Life


"Louisville focuses just as much on educating the hearts and souls of its students as it does on educating their minds."

- Stacey Chu, Class of 2007

The overall academic experience is enriched and supported by a vibrant program of extracurricular and co-curricular activities. A wide variety of clubs, social events, field trips, assemblies and parent activities enliven campus life and compliment academic programs.



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Annual Speaker Series

Each year there is an exciting and thought-provoking lineup of guest speakers that visit Louisville with the goal of exposing students to other cultures, global issues, environmental challenges and teen physical and emotional health issues. Below is a sample of speakers in recent years.


Sarah Allen, Blazing Cloud

Imagine a world without streaming video. Sarah Allen led the team, as the sole female programmer, that developed Flash video, which enables so much of video content to stream on the Internet.

Currently, Sarah is in Washington, DC , recently being appointed as one of a few select Presidential Innovation Fellows. While on hiatus from her company Blazing Cloud, Sarah will help develop the Smithsonian Institution’s program to provide public access to its massive collections in science, history, art, and culture.

Simone Campbell, S.S.S. "What I learned as a Nun on the Bus"

Sister Simone Campbell is Executive Director of NETWORK in Washington. She is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change.







Letters to Harriet Tubman from The Music Center

It is 1902, where Harriet Tubman, now 80 years old, reminisces about the heroic adventures of her life through songs and stories of slavery, civil war, and the struggle for freedom.





From Hardship to Hope:  Ghana's Thomas Awiapo

Thomas Awiapo has a truly inspiring story of survival and success. Orphaned before the age of ten, Thomas survived bleak poverty and hunger

in his small Africa village. His search for food led him to school at 12, and he eventually won scholarships to attend college and later earn a Master’s degree in the United States. Today he works for Catholic Relief Services training community leaders throughout Ghana. His story of initiative and his joyful presence has brought inspiration to thousands of people in the US.  Thomas’ village received help from Catholic Relief Services (CRS) through Operation Rice Bowl, the program that connects prayer, fasting, and almsgiving with education about poverty and hunger around the world.


Jessica Mariglio, Alliance for Climate Education

After college, Jessica received the William M. Bristol Fellowship and traveled around the world studying spoken word poetry, storytelling and hip-hop as tool for youth community building.






Fr. Chris Ponnet, Pax Christi

Father Chris Ponnet is a Catholic Pastor of St. Camillus serving as chaplain at LAC/USC Medical Center and Southern California Regional Coordinator for Pax Christi USA. Fr. Chris is part of the Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace working against the violence of wars and the violence of the Death Penalty. He works with inmates and has testified in a death penalty case.



Dr. Anita Sengupta: Women, Mars, and STEM

Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Entry, Descent and Landing Engineer Anita Sangupta is a rocket scientist who works at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and specializes in designing systems to land on Mars, Venus, and return to Earth. She also teaches Astronautics and the Space Environment at the University of Southern California’s Astronautical Engineering Department.



Nicole Clark- Cover Girl Culture

Nicole Clark is a former elite model who presents workshops and assemblies for girls on body image, self-esteem, and media literacy. Her goal is to create a Clever Girl Culture instead of a Cover Girl Culture - by opening girls’ eyes to the manipulation of the media so they can break free of its spell. Her message is taken seriously by young girls who are enamored with the fashion/modeling industry.

Fr. Ken Deasy: Somalia? Kenya? Haiti?

Father Ken Deasy is a dynamic and personable native Californian Catholic priest known throughout the Los Angeles area as an open, energetic, humorous, compassionate, athletic, all-inclusive guy who, at the same time, loves to serve and bring an experience of joy to the inner city of Los Angeles bringing people of different faiths, lifestyles, cultures and ages into a harmonious union. Speaking to the young Catholic church, he believe in “kids helping kids”; i.e., teaching children to be aware of how other children in over 91 countries are dying and need their help.


Michelle Mehta, J.D. Earth Month Assembly: WATER

Michelle Mehta is a staff attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council. Ms. Mehta works in the Water Program in NRDC’s Los Angeles office, which aims to secure safe and sufficient water for humans and ecosystems in the face of existing and emerging threats through the full spectrum of advocacy approaches: major impact litigation; legislation, and policy analysis.



Father Greg Boyle, S.J., founder and CEO of Homeboy Industries

Rev. Boyle has been an advocate for at-risk and gang-involved youth in Los Angeles and around the world for more than 25 years. Homeboy Industries is a nonprofit organization that assists at-risk youth to become contributing members of their communities. It is the largest gang intervention program in the country.In 1992, as a response to the civil unrest in L.A., Rev. Boyle launched the first business, Homeboy Bakery, with a mission to create an environment that provides training, work experience, and the opportunity for rival gang members to work side-by-side. The Bakery’s success created a foundation to establish Homeboy Industries in 2001. Today, Homeboy Industries’ nonprofit economic development enterprises includes Homeboy Bakery, Homeboy Silkscreen, Homeboy/Homegirl Merchandise, and Homegirl Café.

Sr. Helen Prejean C.S.J., author of  Dead Man Walking

Sister Helen began her prison ministry in 1981 when she dedicated her life to the poor of New Orleans. In doing so, her eyes were opened to the Louisiana execution process. Sister Helen turned her experiences into a book that t was also nominated for a 1993 Pulitzer Prize. Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States was number one on the New York Times Best Seller List for 31 weeks. It also was an international best seller and has been translated into ten different languages.


Dr. Beth Brewer: Cyberbullying

Beth Brewer, a visiting professor in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University, teaches in the Department of Urban Education and serves as the director of Catholic Teacher Preparation in the Center for Catholic Education. Dr. Brewer holds a Masters degree in Secondary Education and a doctorate in Educational Leadership For Social Justice.



Crossroads: Sr. Terry Dodge, SSL

Sr. Terry Dodge is a Sister of St. Louis. She is the executive director of Crossroads, Inc. which provides transitional housing, education, career and counseling services and support to women released from prison. Many of these women live with tremendous guilt and heavy hearts, but as Sister Terry says, as a community, we owe them some mercy to help get them back on their feet. And, as she points out, we certainly owe it to ourselves to make sure they don’t end up back on the streets or behind bars, given that is the one scenario in which everyone loses. And losing souls is not what Sister Terry is about. “The work I do is not extraordinary. If it seems extraordinary, it is because not enough of us are doing it.”


Explorers Club Sponsors Earth Day Assembly, Bringing Wildlife Expert Jeff Lee to Campus

The Explorers Club sponsored our Earth Month assembly.  Our featured guest was  Jeff Lee, an animal trainer from Steve  Martin’s  Working Wildlife, who brought with him a number of endangered animals from around the world:  a binturong (bearcat), a porcupine from South America, a ferret, a capuchin monkey, and a brown tailed lemur.  While learning about the future of these animals we were also encouraged to look at our own habitats and see how we can improve the lives for whom we share it.

Dr. Susan Love Inspires Louisville

Renowned Researcher and Physician spoke at Louisville High School about her latest findings in her efforts to understand the causes of breast cancer and to develop a cure for this disease. The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation is recruiting ONE MILLION WOMEN to partner with scientists who are conducting the research that will move us beyond a cure and teach us how to end breast cancer once and for all. Learn more or sign up at:



Producer Gary Straub, documentary filmmaker

Gary Straub shared his career and vision with Louisville students. His message: "Putting the power of film at the service of the poor."



Linda Biehl on Restorative Justice

Linda Biehl is the co-founder and director of the Amy Biehl Foundation in the U.S. and the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust in South Africa. Linda’s relationship to South Africa and the genesis of these Foundations is grounded in the life and death of her daughter Amy.



Film- Race to Nowhere

View trailer: Race to Nowhere: A concerned mother turned filmmaker aims her camera at the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that has invaded our schools and our children’s lives, creating unhealthy, disengaged, unprepared and stressed-out youth. Race to Nowhere is a call to mobilize families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.



Leila Conners Petersen The Co-Director, Writer and Producer of The 11th Hour, Speaks at Louisville

Leila Conners Petersen founded Tree Media Group in August of 1996. With a background in international politics, Leila set out to build a production company that creates media to support and sustain civil society.  Most recently Leila directed, wrote and produced a feature-length documentary, The 11th Hour, with Leonardo DiCaprio and 54 leading thinkers and scientists about the state of the world and the state of the human condition. Leila spoke with Louisville students on issues of sustainability and the environment, and answered many questions thoughtfully and thoroughly.

From Louisville to Malawi: Dr. Monica Eneriz Wiemer '96 Speaks at Louisville

Women’s Health Week brought a passionate young alumna back to Louisville, Dr. Mónica Eneriz Wiemer ’96. She made the year-long call to action come alive for Louisville students as she spoke of her work in the children’s ward of St. Gabriel’s Hospital in rural Malawi. As an undergraduate, and then as a medical student at Stanford University, she focused on addressing the health needs of minority and under-served children and families. Her interest in the health needs of new immigrants led her to participate in international electives in Guatemala and Malawi to better understand the factors that impact children's health globally. She will return to Malawi to assist at St. Gabriel’s Hospital once again by delivering supplies and completing a needs-assessment for an ongoing partnership with Stanford University Medical School. Royal View magazine article

Freedom Writer Maria Reyes Speaks at Louisville

Freedom Writer Maria Reyes gave a gripping account of her journey from the gangs of East Los Angeles to newfound hope at Wilson High School with her classmates in Ms. Gruwell’s English class for at-risk students. Since she graduated from California State University, Long Beach, she calls students to find a way to reach out to troubled youth and show them that “there is another way to live your life.” Afterwards, many students waited patiently to speak with her and have their Freedom Writers book signed by Ms. Reyes, who greeted each with her lovely smile and a genuine hug.



Newton1sm.jpgJim Newton, Editor of Editorial & Opinion Pages, Los Angeles Times, Speaks at Louisville High School

A native of California, Jim Newton has spent much of his life writing about the state, especially its politics, government and legal affairs. He joined The Times in 1989 and covered federal law enforcement and the Los Angeles Police Department from 1992 through 1997, a period that included the 1992 riots, the federal trial of the LAPD officers who beat Rodney King, and the murder trial of O.J. Simpson. Newton was recently named editorial page editor of the Los Angeles Times, with responsibility for the newspaper's editorial, Op-Ed, letters and Sunday Opinion sections.

Sudan survivor and author Benjamin Ajak Speaks at Louisville High School on  Nov. 14th in St. Louis Hall

Benjamin Ajak was five years old when his village in Southern Sudan was attacked by troops from his own government. To escape slavery, death or induction into the northern army, he fled naked and alone into the night. Walking by day and sleeping in trees at night, it was several days before he found his cousins, Benson, seven years old, and Lino, five.  Together the three young boys joined the exodus of thousands of others and fled a thousand miles across Africa’s largest country. They becam known to the world as The Lost Boys.


Ensemble Royale is featured in Showcase of choirs at Walt Disney concert hall's annual high school choir festival

Louisville High School’s Ensemble Royale, conducted by Ms. Maura Piazza, was featured as a solo choir at the Walt Disney Concert Hall during the 20th Annual High School Choir Festival, sponsored by the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Of the 25 choirs participating in the event, four were selected to perform a selection of music on center stage and receive feedback from professionals. They then performed six prepared choral pieces together with all thirty participating choirs, providing our all-girl choir a unique opportunity to sing in combined male/female vocal arrangements. Bravo, Ensemble Royale!