Archbishop Stepinac High School

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Archbishop Stepinac High School
Lumen Scientiae, Religio, Cor Amoris Patriae.
Light of Knowledge, Religion, Love of Country.
950 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, New York, (Westchester County), 10605
United States
Coordinates 41°0′30″N 73°45′12″W / 41.00833°N 73.75333°W / 41.00833; -73.75333Coordinates: 41°0′30″N 73°45′12″W / 41.00833°N 73.75333°W / 41.00833; -73.75333
Type Private, All-Male
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1948
President Fr. Thomas Collins [1]
Dean Keith Sunderland
Principal Paul Carty
Vice principal Frank Portanova
Grades 9-12
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Red, White and Blue             
Athletics conference NYCHSAA
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Golf, Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Cross Country / Track & Field, Wrestling
Team name Crusaders
Rival Iona Preparatory School
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Publication The Phoenix (literary journal)
Newspaper The Crusader
Yearbook The Shepherd
Tuition $9,500 (2014-2015)[3]

Archbishop Stepinac High School is an all-boys Roman Catholic high school in White Plains, New York, that was operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York until the 2009-2010 school year when it became independent. It was founded in 1948 and named for Blessed Aloysius Stepinac, who was at the time archbishop of Zagreb, Croatia, then part of Yugoslavia.


Archbishop Stepinac High School opened in 1948 with a capacity of 1,360 students. It began with freshman and sophomore years and reached its full complement in 1950. The school was established subsequent to fundraising by the Catholic parishes of Westchester County, under the leadership of Cardinal Francis Spellman, the Archbishop of New York, and the educational officials of the Archdiocese. The initial purpose of the school was to establish a full educational program with a diversity of subject choices leading to a well-rounded student. In addition to the college preparatory program it offered a general course for boys who wanted to finish their education with high school and enter a trade. Boys were taught by an all-male faculty, almost entirely religious in makeup. In its early years the administration of the school was in the hands of diocesan priests, assisted by religious brothers and an occasional layman. Students from the school were used as extras in the 1972 film Child's Play directed by Sidney Lumet. In many sports, Stepinac has many rival schools that include Iona Prep, Fordham Prep, Holy Cross, St. Francis Prep, Holy Trinity, St. Anthony's, Chaminade, Monsignor Farrell and White Plains Public High School(traditionally for the annual post-season football "Turkey Bowl" on Thanksgiving day).

In 2014 Stepinac Varsity Football team won the AAA Championship in the CHSFL. The School has won lower division championships, but it was the first time the school was League champion since 1955.[4]

Archbishop Stepinac's wrestling team also won the catholic league championship during the 2013-2014 season and the 2014-2015 season.


Stepinac utilizes a library of digital textbooks that can be accessed by students on a variety of devices and is vastly less expensive than buying individual textbooks. The current administration and faculty of Stepinac is a mix of religious (both priests and nuns) and lay men and women. The high school draws its students predominantly from Westchester County[5] and has evolved into a college preparatory school.

2014 CHSFL "AAA" Champions[edit]

On November 22, the Stepinac Crusaders defeated the Iona Prep Gales in the 2014 CHSFL "AAA" Championship at Coffey Field on the campus of Fordham University. This victory capped of the Crusaders perfect 12-0 season. They later lost to the Canisius Crusaders in the first ever Catholic League State championship game played on December 7th at the Mitchel Athletic Complex. The Crusaders defeated Mansifeld (MA), Monroe- Woodbury, Holy Cross, St. Francis Prep, Iona Prep, Holy Trinity, St. Anthony's, Chaminade, and Monsignor Farrell in the regular season. They defeated Cardinal Hayes 36-22 in the CHSFL quarter final and defeated St. Peters 56-0 in the semi- final. The Crusaders have been in the CHSFL AAA division since 2011 and this marked coach Mike O' Donnell's first championship since 2010. On February 4, 2015, 8 Stepinac Football players signed their National Letter of Intent to play at Navy, Rhode Island, Stony Brook, Assumption, SUNY Brockport, and Fayetteville State.

Major Bowes Auditorium[edit]

The achool's Major Bowes Auditorium is named after the host of the Major Bowes Amateur Hour, Edward Bowes. He was America's best known radio talent in the 1930s and 1940s. Each week, Bowes would chat with the contestants and listen to their performances. Through this radio program, he was able to find undiscovered talent and send them on vaudeville tours. Since 1949, the Major Bowes Auditorium has been one of the focal points of activity in the school. The theatre program sponsors many programs such as the Annual Alumni Theatre, Annual Talent Show, the Fall Dramas, and the Spring Musicals.

Allegations of sexual misconduct by priests[edit]

In 2002 news media reported that some former school administrators had been either released from the priesthood or relieved of their duties due to accusations that they had solicited or molested youth during their years at Stepinac. In 1988 Rev. Donald T. Malone, principal and former Dean of Students, was reportedly picked up by White Plains police for soliciting sex from a 16- or 17-year-old boy. While the impropriety was not made public by either the police or the school's administration, Rev. Malone was immediately removed as principal and reassigned to a parish.[6]

Also in 2002, it became publicly known that in 1998 the archdiocese had quietly settled a lawsuit over accusations that Monsignor William White had carried on a sexual relationship with a male student for a three-year period in the late 1970s when White was a dean at the school.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]

Stepinac High School participates in the 2006 Saint Patrick's Parade in Yonkers

Former Archbishop Stepinac High School students include:[8]


  1. ^ "Administration". Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  2. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  3. ^ [1]
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  5. ^ "Archbishop Stepinac High School > About Us > History". Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  6. ^ "Stepinac Priest-Principal Ousted in '88 Sex Case", by Gary Stern and Richard Liebson, Journal News, Apr. 12, 2002, retrieved from Bishop Accountability website, Jan. 23, 2009
  7. ^ "Stepinac Grad Claims Sex Abuse by Priest", by Gary Stern and Noreen O'Donnell, Journal News, Apr. 3, 2002, retrieved from Bishop Accountability website, Jan. 23, 2009
  8. ^ "Archbishop Stepinac High School -> Hall of Fame Inductees". Retrieved 2011-07-29. 

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