Iona Preparatory School

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Iona Preparatory School
Main entrance to Iona Prep
Main entrance to Iona Prep
Estote Firmi
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255 Wilmot Road
New Rochelle, New York, (Westchester County), 10804
United States
Coordinates 40°57′50″N 73°47′37″W / 40.96389°N 73.79361°W / 40.96389; -73.79361Coordinates: 40°57′50″N 73°47′37″W / 40.96389°N 73.79361°W / 40.96389; -73.79361
Type Private, all-male
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1916
President Br. Thomas Leto, CFC
Principal Maureen Kiers
  • Susan Natale (Academics)
  • Kieran Daly (Student life)
Admissions Director Judy Musho
Athletic Director Bernard Mahoney
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 750[1] (2008)
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Maroon and gold         
Team name Gaels
Rival Stepinac High School
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Publication Renaissance (literary magazine)
Newspaper 'The Gael Force'
Yearbook 'SAGA'
Tuition $15,300

Iona Preparatory School (also known as Iona Prep) is an all-boys National School of Excellence Catholic high school located in New Rochelle, NY, USA, in suburban Westchester County. Named for the Scottish island of Iona, the school was founded by the Congregation of Christian Brothers in 1916. Enrollment is 750 students in grades 9 through 12. The school has earned a blue ribbon award.

Iona Prep is a brother school to the local The Ursuline School.

To gain admission, students complete the ISEE, SSAT, or TACHS.


Iona Prep's curriculum is largely based on the humanities. Each student takes four years of math, science, religion, and history, and three years of a foreign language, and a year of humanities (art and music). Seniors have a choice with electives in selecting many of their classes, and have the option of taking honors or AP classes if they qualify academically. Each student in grade 9-11 must spend a day of community service.

Academic upgrades


The Iona Preparatory School Edline site went live in 2007.[3] It gives parents a twice monthly update on a students grades and important news from Iona Prep.


Iona Prep has reconstructed the Chemistry, Biology, and Physics laboratories, equipping them with new instruments and smart-board technology. Other classrooms throughout the building have received smart-boards. During the 2008 summer vacation Iona Prep upgraded Parents Hall with central air conditioning.


The Christian Service Program at Iona Prep stems from the Gospel command to serve others. All Iona Preparatory students perform volunteer service. Iona Prep requires Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors to complete a minimum amount of community service. Freshmen do a day of service, Sophomores 10 hours outside of school, Juniors 15 hours outside of school, and seniors 50 hours outside of school.[4]

Extracurricular activities

Afterschool activities include clubs for sci-fi movies, video games, and anime. Iona is known for its speech and debate (forensics) team. In 1999, Iona Prep was the National Forensics League Champion, and had multiple national champions in multiple events. There are heritage societies along with acting and stage crew and film club.

Clubs and groups

  • Pipes and Drums
  • Art Club
  • Student Faculty Council
  • Board Game Club
  • Peer Ministry
  • Rosary Prayer Group
  • Campus Ministry
  • Prep Reps
  • Band Club
  • Rock Ensemble
  • Forensics
  • Prep Players
  • Leadership Committee
  • Film Club
  • Midnight Run
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Rock Climbing
  • Gamers Republic
  • Math Team
  • Parent's Club
  • Asian Cultural Society
  • Italian Club
  • Spanish Club
  • African-American Society
  • Arab-American Society
  • Photography Club
  • Gael Force
  • Literary Magazine
  • Yearbook Saga
  • Music Ministry
  • Edmund Rice Society


Football history

The Gaels leave the field following a victory over Mount St. Michael in October 2004

Iona Prep formerly played New Rochelle High School annually on Thanksgiving Day in a rivalry game called the "Turkey Bowl." This tradition ended with the 2002 game, when Ray Rice was a sophomore at NRHS. With the advent of postseason play in the Catholic High School Football League and the New York State Championships that are held in the Carrier Dome, in Syracuse, it looks like the Iona-New Rochelle football rivalry will never be renewed.

On November 2, 2008, Iona Prep won its ninth consecutive game of the year when the Gaels upended Saint Francis Prep 47-7 at Iona field. Alumnus Bob Cesa of the unbeaten 1967 squad was on hand to witness the action. The Prep was then cast as the number one seed in the upcoming CHSFL playoffs.

On November 22, 2008, Iona Prep took its fourth CHSFL title and first AAA championship in school history when the Gaels outlasted Saint Anthony's 48-35 in arctic conditions at Mitchel Field in Uniondale, Nassau County. Junior Jeff Mack put on one of the greatest shows in the history of Iona Prep football when he ran for 393 yards and seven touchdowns on 24 carries. The win capped the first undefeated season for Iona Prep in 41 years and snapped Saint Anthony's streak of seven consecutive CHSFL titles. Junior quarterback Tyrae Woodson-Samuels was named The Journal News Westchester/Putnam football player of the year, as he completed 72% of his passes, finishing with 2,272 yards and 19 touchdowns. The Gaels finished at "12 and Oh!"

Undefeated and one-loss seasons

  • 1931: 8-0
  • 1932: 9-1
  • 1943: 5-0-2
  • 1944: 6-0-2
  • 1945: 7-1
  • 1946: 8-0
  • 1947: 8-0
  • 1948: 6-1-1
  • 1953: 6-1-1
  • 1954: 7-1
  • 1967: 8-0
  • 1971: 7-1
  • 2008: 12-0

CHSFL Championships

  • 1954: 7-1
  • 1967: 8-0
  • 1971: 7-1 (Metropolitan Champion)
  • 2008: 12-0 (AAA Champion)

Other sports

The school has won numerous golfing championships. The school has been dominant in the CHSAA hockey league, only losing two league games, and consistently being ranked on the Journal News' Top 5 teams. They team had a very successful campaign in the 2007-08 season, winning the regular season championship, as well as the CHSHL championship 3-2 in OT in a best-of-three series over arch-rival Archbishop Stepinac High School.

The rowing and wrestling teams have experienced victories over rival Fordham Prep. In 2009, the rowing team fielded three Division I college recruits, and placed 2nd in the State in the Sr. 4+ to go along with a State Championship in the Jr. 4+.

The 2009 Varsity Basketball team, with Jeff Mack (a football standout as well[5]), Jordan Bonner, Kerwin Okero, Aaron Savage, and future University of Vermont players,[6] Brian Voelkel and Sandro Carissimo, finished with a 26-2 record.[7] Head coach Victor Quirolo, who was also Iona's varsity football coach, a team that went a perfect 12-0 and won the CHSFL AAA Championship, led his squad to victory\ in the City Catholic High School and the State Catholic High School Championships.[8]

Sports offered include:

  • Crew
  • Varsity Football
  • JV Football
  • Freshman Football
  • Varsity Soccer
  • JV Soccer
  • Varsity Bowling
  • JV Bowling
  • Varsity Hockey
  • JV Hockey
  • Varsity Swimming
  • Cross Country Track
  • Pole Vaulting
  • Varsity Lacrosse
  • JV Lacrosse
  • Varsity Baseball
  • JV Baseball
  • Freshman Baseball
  • Varsity Volleyball
  • Varsity Golf
  • Varsity Tennis
  • JV Tennis
  • Varsity Wrestling
  • JV Wrestling

Notable alumni

Image gallery


  1. ^ Statistical information gathered from Iona Prep's official site's Iona Prep Quick Facts page. Archived 12 February 2011 at WebCite
  2. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  3. ^ Iona Prep's Edline page Official Edline page Archived 12 February 2011 at WebCite
  4. ^ Iona Prep's community service information Community Service page Archived 12 February 2011 at WebCite
  5. ^ Iona Prep News, March 32013
  6. ^ UVM Athletics, March 2013
  7. ^ USA Today, High School Sports, March 2013
  8. ^ Iona Prep News, March 2013
  9. ^ Dominitz, Nathan (June 6, 2014). "Sand Gnats' L.J. Mazzilli hits way toward big-league goal". Savannah Morning News. Retrieved October 23, 2014. 
  10. ^ Staff. "Ellen Chapman to Be Bride Of William Reilly Jr. on Nov. 19", The New York Times, October 15, 1966. Retrieved October 23, 2008.

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