Arrupe Jesuit High School was named for Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ Born in 1907 in the Basque region of Spain Arrupe was ordained as a Jesuit priest in 1936 and was appointed Jesuit superior and the master of novices in Japan in 1942. He was living in suburban Hiroshima when the atomic bomb fell in August of 1945. He utilized his medical skills in the service of the wounded and the dying; transforming the novitiate into a make-shift hospital for over 200 grievously scarred human remnants. He eventually was appointed the provincial superior of the Jesuits in the Japanese province.
On May 22, 1965 the thirty-first general congregation of the Jesuits elected Fr. Arrupe as the twenty-eighth superior general of the Society of Jesus. In his years as superior general, Fr. Arrupe promoted his belief that religious faith, as expounded in the gospel, must oppose oppression and injustice, alleviate poverty and eradicate racial discrimination. In his address to Jesuit Alumni in July, 1973 Fr. Arrupe called upon Jesuit schools to educate men and women to serve others, an ideal that now guides Jesuit schools across the world.