Nestled against the Saddleback Mountains, Santa Margarita Catholic High School began as a dream of the late Bishop William R. Johnson, who saw the need and potential for a Catholic high school in South Orange County. In 1985, Bishop Johnson’s enthusiasm caught the attention of religious and business leaders and soon plans were under way to fund and build an extraordinary school. With dedicated community and church leaders and the generosity of donors, Santa Margarita Catholic High School established its roots. The school opened its doors in the fall of 1987 and the charter class of 216 students graduated in June of 1991. Now home to more than 1,600 students each year, Santa Margarita boasts a dedicated faculty and staff, unmatched academic programs, faith-filled activities and competitive athletics. With more than 10,000 alumni, Santa Margarita Catholic High School continues to produce exceptional graduates – spiritually, intellectually, physically, socially and morally – just as Bishop Johnson envisioned.