McQuaid Jesuit High School

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McQuaid Jesuit High School
Ignem Mittere in Terram
To Cast Fire Upon the Earth
1800 South Clinton Avenue
Brighton (Rochester), New York, (Monroe County), 14618
United States
Coordinates 43°7′26″N 77°35′33″W / 43.12389°N 77.59250°W / 43.12389; -77.59250Coordinates: 43°7′26″N 77°35′33″W / 43.12389°N 77.59250°W / 43.12389; -77.59250
Type Private, All-Male
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic;
Patron saint(s) St. Francis Xavier
Established 1954
President Fr. Robert Reiser, S.J.
Principal Fr. James Coughlin, S.J. '83
Asst. Principal Mr. Andrew Cavacos
Chancellor Fr. Ed Salmon, S.J.
Faculty 95
Grades 612
Enrollment 930 (2014)
Average class size 15
Student to teacher ratio 14:1
Campus Suburban
Campus size 33 acres
Campus type Open
Color(s) Black and Gold         
Slogan "Men for Others"
Athletics NYS Section V
Athletics conference RCAC
Mascot Knight
Rival Aquinas Institute
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Yearbook The Accolade
Endowment $10 million
Tuition $9,000 (Grade Six), $12,150 (Grades 7-11), $12,350 (Grade 12)
Student Organization Simba Society
Athletic Director Matthew Thomas
Middle School Publication "Middleman Messenger"
High School Publication "The Lance"

McQuaid Jesuit High School, commonly referred to as "McQuaid", or simply "MCQ", is an all-male, Jesuit college preparatory high school located in Rochester, New York, USA. Named after Bernard J. McQuaid, the first bishop of the Rochester diocese, McQuaid is located at 1800 Clinton Avenue South, in the suburb of Brighton.

The school serves as greater Rochester’s only male, Catholic college preparatory school, grades 6 to 12 and started the teaching and formation practices rooted in the Jesuit tradition since opening in 1954. McQuaid was founded in downtown Rochester, with its first class containing 129 students. In 1955, it moved to its current site, and it educates around 930 young men in grades 6–12 as of September 2014. Students come from over 36 districts. While the student population is predominantly Catholic, there are more than 20 faiths represented within the school. The students have a strict dress code, including a dress shirt, tie, suit coat from October–April (except for Seniors, who are allowed to wear sweaters instead), a belt, dress pants and dress shoes.

The campus is a geographically convenient campus placed on 33 acres in Brighton, with proximity to the City of Rochester. Some recent facility upgrades include six all-purpose, high-tech classrooms (2012), renovated cafeteria with new kitchen (2012), outdoor sports complex (2010), indoor sports complex (2007), chapel renovation (2005), new arts wing (2001).

The school hosts a major black-tie fundraiser annually at the end of March. It is known as B.A.S.H. (Building A Scholastic Heritage), and consists of two nights. Friday night is known as Family Fun Night, and consists of carnival games and a student-produced coffeehouse. Saturday night's event is held in the Deborah and John DiMarco '60 Field House, and hosts over 600 guests, which include alumni, parents and Rochestarians. The night consists of a silent auction, live auction and dinner. The event started in 1974. Typically, alumni/current parents are chosen at Chair Couples to host and plan the event.


Front entrance of en:McQuaid Jesuit High School in en:Brighton, Monroe County, New York

Every student at McQuaid Jesuit is involved in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. Honors and Advanced Placement sections exist in each of the curricular disciplines. Admissions are based on grades and an entrance exam, among other criteria. The school has a track record for placing students at very selective colleges and universities throughout the country, and 99% percent of the class of 2013 enrolled in colleges or universities. Ninety-one percent of students who take the SAT score higher than the national average. The class of 2013 consisted of 9 National Merit Commended Scholars, 5 National Merit Semifinalist Scholars, 3 National Merit Finalist Scholars. 71 percent of all students receive AP equity and excellence status and eighteen AP courses are offered.

Forty-four extracurricular clubs and activities are offered, mostly moderated by faculty and staff members. The school hosts Jesuit-inspired three and four day spiritual retreats offered to juniors (Emmaus) and seniors (Kairos). The retreats are held at Camp Stella Maris. The school also offers single-day spiritual retreats offered to underclassmen.Students will average 40 hours of community service during the 2013-2014 academic year, and are required to have at least 100 community service hours in order to graduate.

Because of its academic rigor, and the fact that its diploma requirements exceed those of the state of New York, McQuaid Jesuit is one of only four Jesuit schools exempt from New York State's Regents Examinations.


McQuaid has taken part in the sectional and state tournaments of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association since 1978, and has won 11 state titles. In the fall season, McQuaid offers football, volleyball, soccer, crew, and cross country. In the winter season it offers wrestling, basketball, indoor track, hockey, skiing, crew and swimming. In spring season, McQuaid offers baseball, golf, lacrosse, rugby, crew, tennis, and track & field. The sailing team competes in both the fall and spring seasons. More than 75 percent of students participate in sports and twenty-one varsity level sports are offered. Most varsity sports offered to middle and high school students at junior varsity, freshmen, and modified team levels, and the varsity sports teams are consistently recognized for their sportsmanship and academic standards.

The Deborah and John DiMarco '60 Field House was completed in fall 2007 as part of a broader plan to improve athletic facilities. This initiative increased the capacity of the gym and renovated the locker rooms, weight room, and physical education offices. An aerobic room and three court gym were added with equipment storage for McQuaid athletic teams.

Jeff Van Gundy, former head coach of the Houston Rockets and New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association, began his coaching career at McQuaid, coaching the McQuaid basketball team for one season (1985–1986).[2]

McQuaid Knights hockey, soccer, track, volleyball and golf teams have won state titles. The varsity soccer team was ranked 6th in the nation by ESPN. The rugby squad (the Rebel Knights) won the New York State High School Rugby Championship from 2003–2007 and 2010.

The McQuaid Invitational is one of the largest high school cross-country meets in the nation.[3] The meet takes place in Genessee Valley Park in Rochester, New York, and hosts thousands of runners every year in over 20 different races. The meet falls on the fourth Saturday after Labor Day every year.

Notable alumni[edit]

The alumni are well known for their fierce loyalty to school and their generosity allows the school to deliver on its mission, many of whom hold prominent positions in the Rochester community today. Many of the graduates establish themselves prominently in medicine, business, law and finance. The school has more than 8,000 alumni since 1958 with 4,000 located in the Rochester area. Many of the alumni send their sons to the school. The alumni teach, administer and coach; 16 alumni on staff including the Principal, Dean of Students and Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

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