All-boys Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco will become a coed institution beginning in the 2020-21 school year, school president Andrew announced Jan. 29 in a message on the school’s website.

Currier said he has requested permission from the archdiocese to move forward, with support from the board of trustees. He called the move from an all-boys enrollment to a boys and girls enrollment “exciting news.”

The administration and board acted quickly in ruling on the proposed coed model. It was just on Jan. 19 that the idea was publicly put forward by Currier in a message on the school website, in the wake of the surprise announcement by Mercy High School San Francisco that the all-girls school would close after the current academic year.

“While admitting young women represents a new direction after 70 years of exclusively educating young men, school leadership has looked at this change from many angles and believes this decision is in the best interest for the long-term vitality of the school and to build an even stronger school community,” Currier said.

No timeline was offered in either message as to when the Archdiocese of San Francisco might give final word on the change.

Owned and operated by the Archdiocese of San FranciscoRiordan was established in 1949 with an all-boys student body.

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Statement from school president on Riordan homepage.