Savio Preparatory High School
|St. Dominic Savio Preparatory High School|
|145 Byron Street
East Boston, Massachusetts, 02128
|School type||Private, Coeducational|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Color(s)||Maroon and Gold|
The school's original incarnation was an all-boys school called Saint Dominic Savio High School, which was founded in 1958 by the Salesians of Don Bosco, an order of the Catholic Church. Savio built a positive reputation as it educated young men from predominantly Italian American and Irish American families in East Boston, Revere, Winthrop, and Chelsea. At its peak, about 440 students were enrolled.
In the early 1990s, as part of a continual process to cut back on resources due to a decrease in the number of priests and brothers, the Salesians of Don Bosco announced that the school would be closing, a revelation that caused an uproar in the community. The decline made it harder to keep up facilities, and an increase in costs in areas such as healthcare needed to take care of an aging priest population. A group of alumni stepped in and eventually the Salesians agreed to cede control of the school to the group, initially with no charge for property rental. In September 1993, Savio was reincarnated as Savio Preparatory High School. Though there was no gap between the Salesians administering the school and the alumni taking over, the period of indecision that preceded the change saw many faculty members and students relocate to other schools. Since that point, Savio became coeducational in an effort to regain the enrollment.
In its final years, Savio faced plummeting enrollment and financial distress, which caused the school's board of directors to vote in early 2007 to close the school at the end of the academic year.
- Carlo Basile, member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
- Eddie Palladino, Boston Celtics public address announcer
- Robert Travaglini, President of the Massachusetts Senate from 2003-2007
- Ebbert, Stephanie (2007-03-02). "Savio Prep students and parents prep for closing". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-05-11.
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