Christ the King Regional High School
|Christ the King Regional High School|
Main entrance on Metropolitan Avenue
A Special Time, Place and Spirit
|68-02 Metropolitan Avenue
New York City (Middle Village, Queens), New York, 11379
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic;
|Asst. Principal||Carol Timpone|
|Chaplain||Fr. Frank Spacek|
|Average class size||25-28|
|Color(s)||Maroon and Gold|
|Slogan||We Believe in Witness, Excellence, and Service|
|Rival||Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|School fees||$420.00 Registration Fee (2010-2011)|
|Dean of Students||Rebecca Tibbetts|
|Admissions Director||Steven Giusto|
|Athletic Director||Bob Mackey, Joseph Arbitello|
|Diocese||Diocese of Brooklyn/Queens|
Originally built and operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn as a diocesan high school, Christ the King High School began with its first freshman class starting September 1962 with its teachers at Mater Christi High School in Astoria, Queens. The first classes at the unfinished Middle Village location were held on May 6, 1963 and the school building was dedicated in April 1964.
At its start, Christ the King was organized into separate boys and girls divisions staffed by two religious orders of Marist Brothers and Daughters of Wisdom. The two divisions occupied opposite wings of the building and shared its library, cafeteria and auditorium. The top floors of the separate wings were designed and built as residential facilities to accommodate the two religious orders living areas.
The first graduation took place on June 23, 1966 with 840 graduates, exactly split between 420 boys and girls. Attendance at all of the Brooklyn Archdiocese operated high schools was free until September 1968 when it initiated a $300 tuition charge for the first time.
By 1970, the enormous changes underway in Catholic religious orders compelled the Sisters of Wisdom to withdraw from staffing the Girls Division and coeducational classes were started to transition into merging the two divisions. In September 1971, Mr. Hugh Kirwan became the first lay Principal of the Girl's Division. In 1972 the Marist Brothers announced they would be ending its connection with the school.
In September 1973 Mr. Kirwin was appointed to run a unified school at a time of serious discord with the rapidly expanding lay faculty that delayed opening of classes for one week. After two years of futile negotiations, no contract was signed and in October 1975 the Bishop announced that Christ the King High School would be closed and seniors would be allowed to finish there, but all other students would be transferred to other diocesan schools.
The diocese plan outraged the students and supported by their families, they went on strike and refused to vacate the building. Discussions between the school supporters and the diocese finally resulted in September 1976 becoming Christ the King Regional High School.
Although among private schools in the country CK ranks only in the top 35%, when comparing CK to public schools on the basis of SAT scores, it ranks in the top 10%. The average SAT scores of students at Christ the King have consistently been in the top 15% in the country. Critics however, criticize the school on being too focused on SAT scores and not enough on the personal needs of the students. A great number of students also find placement at Ivy League schools.
This school is known for athletics, especially its basketball teams. They have at least one mythical national championship for women's basketball in 2005. Christ the King has produced well-known basketball stars such as Lamar Odom, Sue Bird, Chamique Holdsclaw, Tina Charles, Jayson Williams, Omar Cook, Speedy Claxton and Khalid Reeves.
Christ the King offers a wide variety of sports including bowling, cross country fall, handball, indoor track winter and soccer. The men only programs are baseball, ice hockey, football and outdoor track winter. The women only programs are softball, cheerleading, dance, swimming, tennis and volleyball. The CK Royal Step team is co-ed. Christ the King also has a fitness center.
Clubs include art, broadcasting (formerly Royal Vision), ceramics, computer, key club, literary & art magazine, national honor society, performing arts, portfolio Royal Times (newspaper), PDHP (Program for the Development of Human Potential) Prevention Leadership, speech & debate team, theater arts and video yearbook & yearbook, rosary club, international, and freshman, sophomore, junior and senior student councils.
- Wendell Alexis, retired American basketball player and three-time MVP of the German Bundesliga.
- Erick Barkley, former NBA player.
- Sue Bird, Women's National Basketball Association point guard, two-times Olympic champion, four-times All-Star (Seattle Storm)
- Tina Charles, WNBA player for the Connecticut Sun, two-times NCAA Champion.
- Jason Cipolla, former Syracuse Orange basketball player
- Speedy Claxton, former NBA player.
- Shay Doron, WNBA basketball guard (New York Liberty)
- Chamique Holdsclaw '95, University of Tennessee, WNBA player for the Atlanta Dream and the San Antonio Silver Stars.
- Daniel G. McGowan, environmental activist jailed and fined in 2006 for his involvement with Earth Liberation Front actions
- Lamar Odom, NBA player with the Los Angeles Clippers
- Derrick Phelps, former professional basketball player and current Assistant Coach at Monmouth University
- Khalid Reeves, University of Arizona Wildcats and NBA player 1994-2000, including Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls.
- Jayson Williams, former NBA player for the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets, pled guilty to assault in 2010 in the shooting death of a limousine driver.
- MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-05-27.
- "2005 All-USA girls basketball team". USA Today. April 26, 2005. Retrieved April 30, 2010.
- Video Yearbook page, see dropdown for other clubs; CTKRHS website. Retrieved 2011-04-05.
- Livnat, Arie (December 16, 2010). "No. 1 WNBA Draft pick Sue Bird headed to Ramle". Haaretz. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
- 2011 Hall of Fame Awards Dinner, CTKRHS webpage. Retrieved 2011-04-05.
- Curry, Marshall (filmmaker), "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front", PBS POV documentary, produced and first aired 2011. Synopsis only at link. Biographical info from film. Viewed 2011-10-23 MPBN.