May 1955 Mateos Ferrahian passes away. In his will Mr. Ferrahian has allotted his house as gift to the first Armenian High School in the U.S.A. Mr. Mateos Ferrahian’s remains are kept at Rosdel Cemetry 1831 W. Washington Bl., Los Angeles, CA 90007
October 1960 Holy Martyrs Church property is purchased; $80,000 donation is made by Mrs. Satenig Arakelian.
July 17, 1964 Holy Martyrs Church Board decides to establish an Armenian day school on the church premises.
September 14, 1964 Holy Martyrs Armenian High School opens its doors with 12 students and Mr. Gabriel Injejikian Principal.
October 25, 1964 Official opening of the school. In attendance, Archbishop Hrant Khachatourian (Cilicia See).
January 1965 The first school periodical “Haghtanag” is published with 15,000prints distributed throughout the USA. The official annual school publication bears the name “Hagtanag” and thereafter the name of the school yearbook.
June 12, 1965 First Dinner-Dance is organized and held at Statler Hilton in Los Angeles.
August 1965 Mr. Gabriel Injejikian travels to sixteen Midwestern, Eastern, and Canadian cities to organize supportcommittees for the school.
September 13, 1965 School opens for the second year with 43 students enrolled.
November 12, 1965 The Second Annual Founders Day. Mr. Arshag Dickranian, theexecutor of Mateos Ferrahian’s will,presents a draft check for $235,000 to Archbishop Hrant Khachatourian, who in turn renamesthe school Holy Martyrs Ferrahian High School. Subsequently, a fund is established the interest of which is allocated for the school needs. In 1969, two-thirds of the fund is allotted to FerrahianSchool and one-third to Mesrobian School in Montebello.
February 1, 1966 Second semester starts with 61 enrolled students.
May 21, 1967 The Third Annual Founder’s Day. The school athletic field is dedicated to Dr. Suren Saroyan.
1967-1968 The first issue of the student newspaper “Eagle” is published.
January 1968 The Board of Trustees of Holy Martyrs Armenian Apostolic Church turn over the responsibility ofgoverning Holy Martyrs Ferrahian Armenian High School to a newly-appointed Board ofGovernors with Dr. Suren Saroyan as President, Mr. Arshag Dickranian as the Honorary President,and Mrs. Lillie Merrigian as Secretary. From then on Dr. Saroyan served on the school governing board as its president till 1980.
August 1968 The 1967-1968 school year ends with an income of $57,278.21 and$54,406.86 in expenses.The projected budget for academic year 1968-1969 is set at $75,000.
1968-1969 “Armens” the first boys’ basketball and the first girls’ cheerleader teams are established.
April 22, 1969 Khoren Catholicos visits Ferrahian School.
June 1969 The first high school commencement. Seven students graduate.
1969-1973 The school acquires adjacent properties through the Ferrahian fund as follows:

  • 1969 – 1.5 acre of land to the north of the school for $58,000
  • 1970 – A house for $39,000
  • 1973 – A property to the east of the school for $42,000.
  • Total estate: 3.5 acres.
August 26, 1974 Groundbreaking of the construction of two-floor first wing (eastern wing of the building with four classrooms, a hall and a kitchen, with Vahram Jebejian as the architect, Mark Noorigian as the building supervisor. The Chairman of the Building Finance and Construction Committees then was Armen Muger.
May 23, 1976 Dedication of the east wing and the “Mihrtad Dickranian Hall.” A$25,000 donation is made byMr. Arshag Dickranian.
1977-1978 The construction of the southern wing of the new building is completed with the addition of classrooms and a library.
September 11, 1978 The new library is dedicated to John Garabedian
September 19, 1978 The school has 200 enrolled students with 10 full time and 20 part time faculty members.
1978-1979 The elementary and the kindergarten sections are established. The school is renamed: Holy Martyrs Armenian Elementary and Ferrahian High School.
1979-1980 The construction of the western and northern wings of the building is completed. A gymnasium/hall iserected in the center of the building. The hall is dedicated in memory of Arzouman Avedissian. A $100,000 donation is made by Kevork Arzoumanian.
1981 Holy Martyrs Church Board assumes the responsibility of governing the school, which was led earlierby the school Governing Body.
November 14, 1984 His Holiness Karekin II visits Ferrahian on the school’s 20thAnniversary. His Holiness had visitedFerrahian twice earlier on November 12, 1980 and on June 20, 1988.
December 5, 1987 Mortgage burning ceremony is held in Avedissian Hall.
1988 The school acquires an additional campus of approximately four acres in North Hills for $2,000,000.
Summer 1989 The new campus undergoes major renovations costing $500,000.
October 23, 1989 Grades 10, 11, and 12 relocate to the new campus.
Summer 1990 Principal Gabriel Injejikian resigns after 26 years of service.
1990 On the occasion of the 25thAnniversary of the school, the school history, collated in 54 page volume is published in Armenian language, authored by Anahid Meymarian
September 1990 Mr. Vartkes Ghazarian is appointed Principal. He serves for three years from 1990 through 1993 with Mr. Levon Kasparian as Vice Principal.
1990-1991 Grades K-4 are transferred to North Hills Campus and grades 10-12 relocate back to Encino Campus.
1990-1991 For the first time the school participates in Model UN and DWP Science Quiz Bowl –extracurricular activities.
February 14, 1991 The pre-school classrooms are reorganized as a separate but as an integral part of the school.
April 19, 1991 A school emblem is adopted; designed by Mher Davitian and funded by Mr. and Mrs. Koko Deukmejian.
April 28, 1991 The Preschool is officially named: “Holy Martyrs ARS Pre-school and Kindergarten” with the ARS Regional Executive allocating $100,000 for the pre-school.
1991-1992 WASC accreditation process starts.
September 1993 Mr. Levon Kasparian is appointed Principal of the school. He serves for four years from 1993 to 1997and Mr. Paul Mooradian being the Vice Principal.
1994-1995 Two-year olds’ classroom starts at the Preschool.
1994 For the first time the school participates in private schools’ Academic Decathlon.
June 1995 The school is WASC accredited for six years with a midterm review visit.
1998 Articles and press releases printed in the Armenian press about the school from 1964 to 1988 arecompiled by Mr. Kourken Khanjianand are published in a 663-page volume. This publication had limited distribution.
September 1997 Dr. Marzbed Margossian is appointed Principal of the school. He serves for four years from 1997 to 2001 with the Vice-Principal being Mr. Vartkes Nalbandian.
June 2000 The school is WASC accredited for six years with midterm report.
August 2001 Mr. John Kossakian is appointed as Principal with Mr. Vartkes Nalbandian continuing in his position as Vice-Principal.
September 2001 The construction of the 5000 sq. ft. administrative building is completed.The new building houses the school administration, the Church Board offices, and the offices of cultural, youth, and relief groups.Mr. & Mrs. Osko and Yeran Karaghossian donate $150,000 toward the construction of the building At an official opening the building is named “Osko and Yeran Karaghossian Building”.
May-June 2004 On the occasion of the school’s 40th Anniversary a banquet and apublic gathering is organized. A revised and an updated history of Ferrahian School is published (Armenian Language, 107 pages); authored by Anahid Meymarian.
June 12, 2004 40th anniversary banquet in Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel. School mortgage is lowered to $700,000.
Summer 2005 Major renovations take place at the North Hills Campus with the addition of fourteen mobileclassrooms for grades K through 5, the library and a computer lab. Mrs. Ashkhen Pilavjiandonates $250,000 toward this renovation project.
January 13, 2006 At the official opening of the renovated campus, the Preschool is renamed“Holy Martyrs A.R.S. Ashkhen Pilavjian Pre-school”.
June 2007 The school is WASC accredited for six years with midterm visit.
June 2010 WASC midterm visit states the school’s successful performance in all aspects of the Action Plans.
January 2013 The Administrative offices of the North Hills campus are renovated