Loyola High School is a Jesuit school situated in Pune, India, founded in 1961, running primary, secondary and pre-university education. The school takes its name from St. Ignatius of Loyola, a sixteenth-century saint, who was recognized for his devotion to education and is best known for founding the Society of Jesus. Loyola High School is run by Jesuit Priests and welcomes students from all ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds. Loyola is an English medium school and offers Marathi and Hindi as compulsory languages up to the 8th standard. High school students have the option of taking up German. There is a strong emphasis on Science, Mathematics and the Arts. History, Civics and Geography are also offered. Loyola High School and Junior College is recognized by the Government of Maharashtra and prepares students for the Maharashtra State Secondary School Certificate (SSC, Std X) and the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC, Std XII) examinations. It is the PSAA (Pune Schools Athletic Association) Champions of U12, U14 Football Championships, and PSAA champions for chess in the city. Students and alumni of the school are called Loyolites.