Saint John Paul II High School (Massachusetts)

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St. John Paul II High School
Pope John Paul II High School, Hyannis MA.jpg
120 High School Road
Hyannis, Massachusetts, (Barnstable County), 02601
United States
Coordinates 41°38′53″N 70°17′5″W / 41.64806°N 70.28472°W / 41.64806; -70.28472Coordinates: 41°38′53″N 70°17′5″W / 41.64806°N 70.28472°W / 41.64806; -70.28472
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 2007
Oversight Diocese of Fall River
Head of school Christopher Keavy
Grades 912
Age 14 to 18
Enrollment 301
Color(s) Blue & Gold          
Athletics conference Cape & Islands, Catholic Central
Mascot Lions
Rivals Monomoy, Cape Cod Tech, Upper Cape Tech
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Communities served Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket
Assistant Principal Mona Lisa Valentino
Admissions Director Jennifer Canzano
Athletic Director John J. Muldoon "The Big Lion"
Performing Arts Director Richard Fish

St. John Paul II High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Hyannis, Massachusetts. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River.


Operated by the Diocese of Fall River, St. John Paul II High School opened in 2007 (as Pope John Paul II High School) to serve the residents of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In June of 2013, the Diocese unified St. John Paul II High School with St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School (grades 5–8). The schools are located across the parking lot from each other. They operate as a 5–12 school with separate campuses for middle school and high school. Following the April 2014 canonization of St. John Paul II, Fall River Diocesan Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, announced on December 8, 2014 that Pope John Paul II High School would now be called St. John Paul II High School.

St. John Paul II High School is located in the old Barnstable High School building in downtown Hyannis, off of Main Street. The school has a 500-seat auditorium for stage productions and assemblies.

Major renovations such as a fitness center, full-length lockers, classroom redecoration, new locker rooms, a new chemistry lab, and an iMac graphics design lab were all part of the restoration.

Currently, 301 students are enrolled in grades 9-12. The school graduated its first senior class (27 students) in June 2011 with 100% of the class accepted to college. Since its inception, the school, has a 100% college acceptance rate.

The school is open to not only families of the Catholic faith, but followers of all religions.

The New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) granted the school a maximum 10-year accreditation in December 2010.

One Crazy Summer a 1986 romantic comedy film written and directed by Savage Steve Holland was filmed at this school, which was renamed Generic High School for the opening graduation scene [2]

Mission Statement[edit]

St. John Paul II High School is a Roman Catholic, co-educational, college preparatory school serving students and families of all faiths from Cape Cod, the Islands, and surrounding towns. We are one community committed to academic excellence and spiritual growth. Inspired by the life and example of St. John Paul II, the integrated academic, spiritual, and co-curricular programs challenge young men and women to be intellectually accomplished, skilled leaders who develop personal relationships with God. St. John Paul II High School students respond generously to the needs of others and possess a strong desire to “communicate Christ” in all that they say and do. [3]

Athletics & co-Curricular Activities[edit]

St. John Paul II High School is a member of the MIAA and has 18 interscholastic sport teams competing at the varsity level. The majority of teams compete in the Cape & Islands League. The football team competes in the Catholic Central Small conference. The other members of the Catholic Central Small are Cathedral High School, Lowell Catholic High School, Trinity Catholic High School, Marian High School, Pope John XXIII High School, St. Clement High School, and Matignon High School.

In 2013, the baseball team won the Division 4 State Championship, the first state championship in PJP's history. They play their home games at McKeon Park located behind the school, which is also the home of the Hyannis Harborhawks of the Cape Cod Baseball League.

In 2014, The football team won Catholic Central Small championship for the first time. Behind the leadership of All-State quarterback Ryan Barabe, the Lion's football team completed an undefeated regular season in 2014 and were the #1 ranked team in Division 6 most of the year and were ranked as high as #20 in the state. The Lions qualified for the state playoffs and were the #1 ranked team in Division 6 South. After winning their first round match-up, the Lions were upset by a powerful Millis-Hopedale team. The Lions finished their historic season with a 8-3 record.


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