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The countdown to dedicating our new athletic field and stadium has begun. Join us as we host staff, students, parents, alumni, community members and local government & civic leaders to dedicate and bless our brand new state of the art athletic field and stadium on Wednesday October 3rd at 6:00 pm at the school facility located at 7851 Gardendale Street, Downey, 90242.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

  • 5pm Gates open and food for sale
  • 6pm Ceremony begins
  • 7pm Local Elementary School play a flag football game
  • 8 pm Gates close

The 17-acre Downey school that was once previously home to the co-ed Pius X High School from 1953-95, and was the site of the all-girls St. Matthias High School from 1995-2013, broke ground on numerous projects last summer (2017) as part of an $8 million campus master facility plan made possible through the support and funding of the John H. & Cynthia Lee Smet Foundation, Shea Properties and Shea Family Charities.

We are pleased to welcome the Mayor of Downey, Sean Ashton, the Downey Chamber of Commerce, Pius X Alumni/Board members & Mayor of Paramount, Diane Martinez,  the Paramount Chamber of Commerce, members of the PMA Board and generous benefactors who made this dream a reality.   

The Stadium and field will be blessed by newly ordained Regional Bishop Marc Trudeau of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, San Pedro Pastoral Region. The school and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will honor the Smet and Shea families by naming the new stadium “Shea Field at Smet Family Stadium” in recognition of the contributions made by both families who support many Catholic schools and Catholic education initiatives throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The facilities are also used by numerous local youth and community sports programs including the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO). 

The former Pius X High School produced notable football athletes such as 2014 College Football Hall of Famer Darrin Nelson ‘77 (who played with the Minnesota Vikings and San Diego Chargers) and Lamont Hollinquest ’88 who played with the Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers.

Last year the school relaunched its football program after having been in hiatus for 25 years. Just one year later, the new PMA Warriors will play their first Homecoming game on the new “Shea Field at Smet Family Stadium” on Friday October 5th against Stellar Prep under the leadership of Head Coach Todd Butler.

The school recently blessed the newly renovated baseball/softball field which was part of the first phase of projects in the Campus master facility plan. Other projects included: enhancements to the landscaping in front of the school including a new LED electronic marquee sign; the renovation of a campus residence which will be utilized by Loyola Marymount University’s, Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Education (PLACE) Corps program. As enrollment continues to increase and more families search for alternative option in education for their teenagers, these projects will continue the transformation that began in 2013 when the school was established as St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy.



Alumni Homecoming Tailgate Game: Be a part of one of PMA’s new traditions on Oct. 5th from 5pm - 8pm.  Free burgers and drinks to all wearing alumni t-shirt, all others $20. The first game on the new field will be against Stellar Prep following the tailgate. Contact Gabby Santos (562) 861-2271 ext. 2205 for more info.



The 4th Annual Grand Reunion

Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 11:30 PM 

All-year Alumni Celebration for Pius X HS, St. Matthias HS and PMA. Come catch up with old friends and make new ones! This year, we will be at the Embassy Suites in Downey -  Join us for dinner, dancing and fun!  

We will be inducting Diane J. Martinez & Evelia Castillo-Rodriguez into the Alumni Hall of Fame, as well as honoring all graduating classes ending with "8" Contact the Alumni office for your discounted tickets! 

Purchase your ticket today by clicking here: 2018 GRAND REUNION REGISTRATION