Fordham Preparatory School

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Fordham Preparatory School
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Amor et Conscia Virtus
Love and Conscious Virtue
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, New York
New York City (Fordham, Bronx), New York, 10458
United States
Coordinates 40°51′41″N 73°53′09″W / 40.86139°N 73.88583°W / 40.86139; -73.88583Coordinates: 40°51′41″N 73°53′09″W / 40.86139°N 73.88583°W / 40.86139; -73.88583
Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) Ignatius of Loyola
Established 1841
Founder Most Reverend John Hughes
President Rev. Christopher Devron, SJ
Principal Robert Gomprecht
Asst. Principal Dennis Ahern, Theresa Napoli
Faculty 89
Teaching staff 80
Grades 912
Gender Boys
Enrollment 950 (2009-10)
Average class size 24
Student to teacher ratio 11:1
Campus Urban
Campus type Urban
Color(s) Maroon, White
Fight song "The Ram"
Athletics intramural gyms, Fitness Center, practice field, and use of University fields, tennis courts and pool
Athletics conference Catholic High School Athletic Association
Sports 38 teams in 17 sports
Mascot The Ram
Nickname "Fordham Prep" or "The Prep"
Team name Rams
Rivals Iona Prep, Xavier High School, Regis High School
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Publication Labyrinth (literary magazine)
Newspaper Rampart
The Objective
Yearbook Ramkin
Tuition $17,880 (2014–2015 academic year), plus books and supplies
Affiliation Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
Dean of Students Steven Pettus
Admissions Director Christopher Lauber
Athletic Director Robert McLaughlin
FShea-O'Brien Hall and Maloney Hall

Fordham Preparatory School (also known as Fordham Prep) is a private, Jesuit, all-male high school located in the Bronx, New York City, with an enrollment of approximately 950 students. It is located on the Rose Hill campus of Fordham University.

School history[edit]

The Fordham Preparatory School, formerly known as St. John's Preparatory School until St. John's College was renamed Fordham University, was founded in 1841.

Once integrated into the university as the "lower division", Fordham Prep was located in Hughes Hall from 1890 until it moved to its own facilities when it formally separated from the university in 1972. Located on the northwest corner of the Rose Hill campus, Fordham Prep's main building was completed in 1995, and houses the school's Hall of Honor, intramural gym, Fitness Center and Leonard Theatre. The theatre is the venue for the school's Dramatics Society and is used for school assemblies as well as by Fordham University on various occasions. It has twice hosted the show Hardball with Chris Matthews.

Recently, Fordham Prep completed its third floor renovation and fourth floor expansion. Opened in September 2009, the fourth floor's Boller Science Center features three new chemistry and three new biology laboratories, as well as a greenhouse. The third floor was renovated to include six new classrooms and three new physics laboratories.


Fordham Prep has a liberal arts curriculum which focuses on English, history, mathematics, the sciences, ancient and modern languages, and religious studies. Students are given the option to take Honors or Advanced Placement classes depending on their individual performance. All freshmen take a classical language: Latin, or Ancient Greek. As they move on to their sophomore year, the students can choose to continue with Latin or Greek,study a modern foreign language such as Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic or German, or take both a modern and classical language. All students are required to take four years of English, four years of Religion, four years or three levels of any language, three years of history, three years of mathematics, and three years of science. Senior students have the choice of taking elective courses, and with prior approval, undergraduate courses at Fordham University. Seniors are also required to plan and implement a senior service project at an approved site. They then reflect on their service and journal their experiences for a senior service essay to be completed at the end of the year. Fordham Prep contains a generally academically gifted student body, by drawing from a large amount of the tri-state area, and maintaining a 1:2 admission to application rate.


Juniors have to fulfill community service requirements of 15 hours per year and Seniors have to fulfill 70 hours per year.

Each summer, Fordham Prep sponsors Service Immersion Trips. The destinations include Camden, NJ and Habitat for Humanity in Robbins, Tennessee, and Quito, Ecuador.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Fordham Prep has many extracurricular activities for students. There are over fifty clubs, each pertaining to a specific interest. There are clubs for students who enjoy computers, marine biology, music, politics, etc. There are also the Asian, Irish, Italian and Spanish clubs. The Prep has a successful Speech and Debate Team. The team competes on state and national levels in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, Student Congress, Extemporaneous speaking, Declamation, Duo Interpretation, and other forms of dramatic interpretation of literature. The Dramatics Society puts on two shows a year in the Leonard Theater.

In addition, there are several student-produced publications that are released throughout the year. The school newspaper, Rampart, and the political science journal, The Objective, are printed on a monthly basis. Labyrinth, the literary arts magazine, is circulated twice a year. The Prep has published a yearbook, Ramkin, since 1929.

Fordham Prep also has a large number of athletic teams. It is a member of the CHSAA. Fordham Prep's own track and practice field were refurbished with MONDO and true grass respectively. The track is named in honor of one of the Prep's track coaches, Joe Fox. Fordham Prep has several competitive teams in soccer, baseball (CHSAA champions 2009), football, ice hockey (CHSAA Champions 2006 and 2007), basketball, swimming (CHSAA champions 2006-2009 twice undefeated and back to back State Champions '11 and '12), golf (CHSAA Champions '98, '02, '06, '08, '09, '11, '12), lacrosse, cross country, track and field, tennis, wrestling, bowling, volleyball, and crew. On March 13, 2009, the 4x55m shuttle hurdle relay team set a new national high school record (29.15 sec.) while winning the National Championship. The team name is the "Fordham Rams."

Notable alumni[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-05-27. 

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