Archbishop Stepinac High School
|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
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|President||Fr. Thomas Collins |
|Vice principal||Frank Portanova|
|Color(s)||Red, White and Blue|
|Rival||Iona Preparatory School|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Publication||The Phoenix (literary journal)|
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 archbishop of Zagreb, Croatia (then part of Yugoslavia) at the time and convicted as a Nazi and Ustasa collaborator. See more on Catholic clergy involvement with the Ustaše.
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 (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 rivals schools that include Iona Prep, Fordham Prep, and White Plains High School.
Former Archbishop Stepinac High School students include:
- Lou Albano - former professional wrestler & manager
- Alan Alda - actor
- Billy Collins - poet and former U.S. Poet Laureate
- Marty Conlon - former NBA center
- Owen Flanagan - James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy at Duke University
- Bob Hyland - former NFL guard
- Eric Ogbogu - former NFL linebacker
- Brian Sweeney - pitcher in the Seattle Mariners' organization
- Chip Taylor - songwriter
- Jon Voight - actor
- Kevin Zraly - wine critic
- Patrick Colucci aka Christopher Cole- poet, author of "The Closer's Song"
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 and has evolved into a college preparatory school.
Major Bowes Auditorium
The Major Bowes Theatre 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
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.
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.
- "Administration". Retrieved 2009-11-15.
- MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-05-27.
- "Archbishop Stepinac High School -> Hall of Fame Inductees". Retrieved 2011-07-29.
- "Archbishop Stepinac High School > About Us > History". Retrieved 2009-11-15.
- "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
- "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