St. Anthony's High School (New York)
|St. Anthony's High School
Home of the Friars
|South Huntington / Melville, New York 11746
|Motto||Deus Meus Et Omnia
(My God and My All)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic;
Franciscan (Diocese of Rockville Centre)
|Assistant principals||Joshua DiMauro, Christina Buehler, Robert Arrigo|
|Average class size||30–35|
|Color(s)||Black and Gold|
|Slogan||Capture the Heart and the Mind Will Follow.|
|Rival||Chaminade High School|
|Accreditation(s)||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|School fees||$600.00 Registration Fee (2013-2014)|
|Dean of Faculty||Robert Gabriel|
|Athletic Director||Donal Buckley|
St. Anthony's High School is a Roman Catholic college preparatory private high school (grades 9-12) located in South Huntington, New York on Long Island. The school was founded in 1933 by Brothers of the Franciscan order on the principle, “Capture the heart and the mind will follow.” The school motto, featured prominently on its crest, is "Deus Meus Et Omnia," which in Latin means "My God and My All".
The school was originally founded as St. Anthony’s Juniorate by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, New York in September 1931. At the time, it was designed to be an all-boys preparatory boarding school for prospective novitiates.
On August 31, 1933, ground broke on the Juniorate's new facility in Smithtown, New York. Students interested in the Juniorate attended St. Francis Preparatory School, which was then located in Brooklyn. The ground-breaking marks the founding of St. Anthony's and appears on the school's crest. The school never expanded to more than 50 or 60 pupils at one time during the early years. The first five students graduated in June 1935.
In 1958, the Juniorate expanded into a day school to serve the boys of the nearby towns. Anticipating this change, the school admitted no freshmen for a period of one year and changed its name to St. Anthony's High School. The school began to grow in size to its current population of nearly 2,500.
In June 1969, the school's juniorate program was terminated. Following the end of the program was a substantial increase in the percentage of lay faculty members and the presence of nuns.
On December 5, 1983, Most Reverend John R. McGann announced that, as part of extensive changes in the educational plans of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, Holy Family Diocesan High School, South Huntington, New York, would close in June 1984, and St. Anthony’s High School will re-locate in the Holy Family facility. The two schools were athletic rivals and were forced to blend into one school.
On November 1, 2006 construction began on a Romanesque-style Chapel in the former senior courtyard. This is the first of many projects that make up the school's Strategic Planning Process, a multi-phase construction plan tailored to meet the growing population and needs of the Saint Anthony's student body. In 2007, construction began on a new Student Center, an added building to the school's campus for athletics and other extracurricular activities.
The basic curriculum at St. Anthony’s includes required courses in Theology, English, Social Studies and Physical Education (4 years); Mathematics, Science, Foreign Language (3 years); Health, Art, Music or Drama (1 year). Honors and Advanced Placement courses are offered to students who qualify, with electives in all disciplines. The passing grade at St. Anthony's is 75% to ensure that each student leaves with a higher standard of excellence before entering college and a minimum grade of 80% is required for any letter of recommendation to college. Most students graduate with a New York State Advanced Regents diploma after successfully completing the Regents examinations. In cooperation with St. John's University, students are permitted to apply for St. John's University credits, or Long Island University, C.W. Post campus. These students must meet the requirements of St. John's University to be granted these credits.
Awards & Academic Achievements
The "St. Bonaventure Certificate" is awarded to those students who attain an overall average of 94.50% or above in their courses for the year. The "Duns Scotus Certificate" is given to those students who attain an overall average between 89.50% and 94.49% in their courses. In recognition of the academic achievements of our students during the first, second, and third quarters of the school year, students who attain an average of 89.50% or above will be placed on the Honor Roll and an Honor Certificate will be mailed to them at the end of each quarter.
Msgr. Peter J. Nolan Academic Scholarship Awards: Each year, the five highest ranking students from each year - Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior classes are awarded scholarships based on final numerical averages, for a total number of fifteen scholarships.
St. Anthony's' usual opponents include Chaminade and St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School. It has been ranked as the number 1 sports program in New York state and top 50 in the country by Sports Illustrated.
The most lauded team at Saint Anthony's High School in the last 2 decades has been the Varsity Football team. The Friars have won 10 the last 11 championships including 7 in a row from 2001–2007. This run has been orchestrated by head coach Rich Reichert. He has been so successful, the path leading to Cy Donnelly field from the parking lot has been designated "Reichert's Way".
St. Anthony's also has a successful hockey team. The team won 7 straight county championships and won the New York State championship for New York State Amateur Hockey Association teams in the 2007–08 season. St. Anthony's hockey applied and was awarded membership to the Catholic High School Hockey League, part of the CHSAA, with members such as Iona Prep, Fordham Prep, Monsignor Farrell High School, Chaminade High School, and Archbishop Stepinac High School, for the 2008–09 season. In the 2009-10 season, the varsity hockey team won the CHSHL championship beating defending champion Monsignor Farrell. In the 2011–2012 Season the Hockey team won its first New York Catholic High School State title beating St.Francis of Athol Springs 4–3. Since joining the CHSHL, the JV team has also won four consecutive championships in the 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, and 2011–12 seasons. The 2012 CHSAA NY State Championshp team included all-state high school hockey legends Chris Wallace, James Mazza and Mike Marnell. The Varsity Men's Lacrosse team had always been among the top 10 schools in the nation. They won the CHSAA AAA crown in four consecutive seasons, 2009–2012. Also, NHL St. Anthony's alumni, Rob Scuderi has won two Stanley Cups (one with Pittsburgh in 2009 and Los Angeles in 2012).
The Girls Varsity Swim team has been a powerhouse winning five championships since 2005 including the 2010 championship. They won 4 straight championships from 2004–08.
In 2008 the Boys Varsity Soccer team went undefeated to a league and state championship title. All ten of their graduated seniors went on to a D1 soccer school including Providence, UConn, St.Johns, Fordham Prep, and the University of Delaware.
In 2010 the Boys Varsity Swimming and Diving team won their first league championship concluding their first undefeated season. Dan McBride was named coach of the year. The team then placed 4th at States and was the top Catholic School.
Dozens of extracurricular activities enable students to pursue widely varied interests and talents, and to involve themselves in community service. The high school's instrumental and choral programs have performed in the great Cathedrals and Basilicas of Europe and the United States.
Other activities include Stage Crew, Support Our Troops, Intramurals, S.A.D.D., Jazz Band, S.A.L.T. (St. Anthony's Leadership Team), Art Club, Gregorian Schola, C.A.R.E. (Caring Adolescents Reaching the Elderly), the Kolbe Retreat Society, Science Club, Catholic League, Legion of Mary, Chess Club, Math Club, Computer Club, Ski Club, Mission Awareness, Mock Trial, Step Team, Sailing Team, Comedy Club, Student Council, Creative Writing, Model UN, Newspaper Apprentice, Table Tennis, DECA, National Honor Society, TAU, Equestrian Club, Meditation Club, Tech Service Club, Foreign Language Club, Peanut Butter and Jelly Gang, Ultimate Frisbee, Pit Orchestra, United Cultures Club, Gaelic Society, Pro-Life, History and Government Club, Saint Anthony's Student Ambassadors(S.A.S.A.), Weightlifting, H.O.P.E. (Help Our Planet Earth), DDR Club, Cycling Club, THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (No longer a club, but some say witches and wizards of the club still secretly meet), Cooking Club and Fashion Club.
The school has five publications including The Anthonian (yearbook), The Paduan (newspaper), The Friar Scoreboard (sports newspaper), Shades of Gray (literary magazine), and The Visionary (video yearbook).
In the Fall of 2006, St. Anthony's completed its construction of its Field Turf field and new Mondo track. The new track is one of the few tracks at a high school level to have colored hand-off zones for relays. The Our Lady of the Angels Chapel was dedicated in September 2008, and the Student Center was dedicated in May 2009. The 120,000-square-foot (11,000 m2) Student Center includes a 5 lane indoor mondo track, wrestling room, locker rooms, chorus and band rooms, three art studios and a dance studio. St Anthony's also completed the construction of a brand new astro-turf baseball field with adjacent bullpen and batting cages behind the new dugouts in 2009.
The pep rallies at St. Anthony's are packed with traditions. At the "homecoming" pep rally in the fall the Homecoming King and Queen are crowned. They "knight" the varsity football players as the "Homecoming Guard" after the announcement is made.
A relatively new tradition is the praying of the Angelus at the beginning of seventh period every day which began in the fall of 2009.
On the last of school for the seniors in May there is a water-balloon fight in the back parking lot after the final 2:30 bell has rung.
- Pat Kirwan, NFL player, coach and executive
- Richard Wiese ('77), explorer, Emmy-winning host and producer, president of the Explorers Club
- John Gregorek ('78), Olympian
- Brian McNamara ('78), actor
- Paul Scheer ('94), actor
- Rob Scuderi ('97), NHL hockey player; defenseman and Stanley Cup Champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins 2009 and the L.A. Kings 2012
- Jim Pavese, Former NHL hockey player for the St. Louis Blues, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, and Hartford Whalers
- Mike Komisarek, NHL hockey player; defenseman selected to 08-09 NHL All-Star game
- St. Anthony's High School official website
- St. Anthony's Fathers' Guild
- St. Anthony's Mothers' Guild
- SAHS Alumni Page
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- SAHS. "St. Anthony's High School History". St. Anthony's High School website. Archived from the original on 2007-07-17. Retrieved 2007-08-01.