Archbishop Williams High School

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Archbishop Williams School
Braintree, Massachusetts, United States
Coordinates 42°13′42″N 71°0′16″W / 42.22833°N 71.00444°W / 42.22833; -71.00444Coordinates: 42°13′42″N 71°0′16″W / 42.22833°N 71.00444°W / 42.22833; -71.00444
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto "The love of Christ drives us on"
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1949
Principal Dr. Michael Volonnino
Asst. Principal Jane Funderburk
Grades 912
Enrollment 539 (2008)
Average class size 23
Student to teacher ratio 14:1
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Blue and gold         
Fight song " Go Bishops!"
Athletics conference Catholic Central
Team name Bishops
Rival Cardinal Spellman High School
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Newspaper 'The Mitre'
Yearbook 'The Crosier'
Endowment $889,173
Tuition $10,300
Athletic Director Gordie McClay

Archbishop Williams High School is a co-educational Catholic school in Braintree, Massachusetts, USA. It was founded in 1949 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. "Archies" as it is known, became a private school in the 2004–05 school year, separating itself from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, although it remains a school of Catholic denomination.

Archbishop Williams' school seal, originally that of the founding order of nuns, is the pelican, which was an early Christian symbol of Jesus. The school's motto is Caritas Christi Urget Nos, or "The Love of Christ Drives Us On." Blue and gold are the school's colors.

The school is named after John Joseph Williams, the first Archbishop of Boston. AWHS was dedicated on September 12, 1949 by Cardinal Richard Cushing.

Tuition is $10,300 for the 2010–2011 school year. The school principal is Dr. Michael Volonnino

In September 2004, union officials reported as many as a quarter of teachers at the regional Catholic high schools in the Boston archdiocese, including Archbishop Williams, left their jobs after the schools stopped negotiating with the union. In June 2004 the union had sued the archdiocese, claiming that the new school bodies were bound as its successors to continue to recognize the union's collective bargaining rights. The archdiocese opposed its teachers' association in this claim. [1]


The theater department puts on two shows annually, a fall play and a spring musical. Both are directed and coordinated by Susan Picillo, a teacher at Northeastern University. She is helped by her husband, Augustus "Gus" Lawlor, who taught English, and is now a history teacher at Archbishop Williams.


The school's rival is Cardinal Spellman High School located in Brockton, Massachusetts.

In 2005, the school witnessed their football team go to their second straight Division 3 Super Bowl. They also had boys' and girls' soccer and boys' basketball team capture league titles. The hockey team, the only Division 1 team in the school, made the tournament in 2005 as well. In 2007, The Girls Basketball Team won the Division Three State Championship, the first sport title of the year. They are now, as of 2008, back-to-back Division Three State Champions. Archbishop Williams High School put in a new all-purpose sports stadium on Storrs Ave.

The Mascot of Archies, The Bishop, is the mascot because Archbishop Williams is named after Archbishop Williams, who was also a bishop, and later became an Archbishop. When other teams play the Bishops they repeatedly chant, "BEAT THE BISHOP(s)"


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Indoor track
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer-2014 Eastern Mass. Champions/State Finalists
  • Swimming
  • Track and field


  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Winter cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Lacrosse
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Indoor track
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball

Noted Alumni[edit]

  • Steve Baker Former NHL goalie with the New York Rangers
  • Edward J. Collins, Jr. Government official
  • Matt Glennon Former NHL Player with the Boston Bruins
  • Pete Kendall Former NFL Offensive Lineman with the Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Washington Redskins and the Arizona Cardinals
  • Brian Noonan Former NHL Player with various teams, member of the 1994 Stanley Cup Champion New York Rangers
  • Mike O'Connell Former NHL Player with the Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, and Detroit Red Wings

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Archived from the original on 16 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 

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