Xaverian Brothers High School

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Xaverian Brothers High School
Xaverian Brothers High School (emblem).png
Classmates for four years. Brothers for life.
800 Clapboardtree Street
Westwood, Massachusetts, (Norfolk County), 02090
United States
Coordinates 42°12′53″N 71°11′48″W / 42.21472°N 71.19667°W / 42.21472; -71.19667Coordinates: 42°12′53″N 71°11′48″W / 42.21472°N 71.19667°W / 42.21472; -71.19667
Type Private, All-Boys
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1963
Dean Mr. Chris Vasta
Principal Mr. Domenic Lalli
Asst. Principal Mr. Stephen Dacey,
Br. Raymond Hoyt C.F.X.,
Mr. Jay McGilvray
Headmaster Brother Daniel Skala, C.F.X
Faculty 75
Grades 712
Enrollment 880 (2014-2015)
Average class size 20-25 students
Student to teacher ratio 13:1
Campus Suburban
Campus size 35 acres (140,000 m2)
Color(s) Navy Blue and Gold         
Athletics 17 Division 1 sports
Athletics conference Catholic Conference - B
Mascot Hawk
Nickname Xaverian
Rival St. John's Preparatory School
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Publication Concordian (literary magazine)
Newspaper The Witness
Yearbook The Talon
Alumni 9,000

Xaverian Brothers High School (XBHS), founded in 1963 by the Xaverian Brothers, is a private, Catholic secondary school for boys on a 35-acre (140,000 m2) campus in Westwood, Massachusetts. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston.

Sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers religious order, XBHS offers a rigorous college preparatory program. The school attracts students from more than 60 communities in eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island and is well-recognized for its highly educated faculty, academic resources and athletics.[2]


Xaverian is a Catholic college preparatory school for boys in grades 7-12. The school is a Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School[Congregation of St. Francis Xavier] that enrolls 880 students from more than 60 different communities. The establishment was built in 1962 on the same plot of land in Westwood, Massachusetts. Today, there are over 9,000 alumni living all around the globe. Xaverian is known for its highly educated staff in which over 75% hold graduate degrees from some of today's most competitive colleges. Every classroom has a Smart Board, and teachers have the ability to utilize five different computer labs that are available to meet with classes. In 2012 the school instituted a technology initiative, opening its Wi-Fi access to all students and beginning a "Bring Your Own Device" program.

A unique aspect to Xaverian is its Department Centers. There are Department Centers for Mathematics, English, Social Studies, World Languages, Theology, and three science labs (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Each department is staffed with teachers who are available during the day and before and after school for assistance for any student.

In 2014, the Francis Xavier Division (grades 7 and 8) was established, bringing in the first-ever 7th grade class.

Interscholastic sports[edit]




Recent Athletic History[edit]


In 2009, Xaverian's football team won the Division 1 Super Bowl, finishing off the season with an undefeated record of 13-0 after shutting out Everett 29-0 at Gillette Stadium to win its sixth State Championship.[3] In 2013, Xaverian's team clinched the Division 1 South Title, giving them a berth in the Division 1 State Championship, where they faced Central Catholic on December 6, 2013.[4] In 2014, Xaverian's football team once again made it to the Division 1 State Championship, where they faced off against powerhouse Everett. The Hawks defeated Everett by a score of 38-29, clinching the Division 1 State Championship and also completed a perfect season at 12-0. The Hawks finished the 2014 season as the #1 ranked football team in Massachusetts.

Football Accomplishments

  • State Champions - 1986, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2009, 2014
  • State Finalists - 1983, 1992, 2005, 2013


In 2004, Xaverian's baseball team won the Division 1 State Championship, and was ranked the 24th best team in the country by USA Today. The baseball team has returned to the Division I South Sectional in 2010, 2011 and won the D1 title again in 2012.

Track & Field[edit]

The Hawks have had an exceptional athletics record in the last decade and a half under the guidance of head coaches Phil Penza, Chris Heaton, and Steve Steinbergher. At the 1999 All-State Meet, Derrick Knight took home the gold in the 100m in 11.24, while the 4x400m team clocked a 3:23 for first.[5] The following year, Adam Benabdallah won the 200m (22.68) and junior Derek Anderson took the discus (170-04) at All-States. Most impressively, the 4x400m team destroyed the competition in a school record time of 3:20.05.[6] His senior year, Anderson followed up with a state record of 186-03, which still stands to this day. In 2002, Chris Bonner won the All-State 600m with a state record of 1:20.11, and outdoors won the 400m in a blazing time of 47.82.[7] In a repeat of 2001, strongman Rob Chiacchio won the discus throw at All-States with a heave of 166-07.[8]

In 2003 the jump squad took to turn to shine as junior Dan O'Hara sophomore Ted McMahan and freshmen Bill Stillman combined as an impressive team. O'Hara, McMahan and Stillman beat the competition in the high jump relay be over a foot at the Bob McIntyre Relays Indoors in 2003 with a combined height of 17'06".[9] The trio repeated their success in 2004 falling less than 1.5 inches short of a Class A Record for the high jump relay with a combined height of 18'02".[10]

The year 2005 saw the Hawks' 4x800m team (Mark Amirault, Alec Bleday, Dan Higgins, and Ryan Keough) run a near-state record of 7:52.08 at the New England Championships. At the same meet high jumper Ted McMahan won the New England Title with a height of 6'7".[11] Keough was the runner-up in the 400 at states and was the all-state 600 champ indoors (1:22.06).

During the 2006 indoor season, Amirault set a D1 state meet record and ran 4:11 at the all-state meet in the mile. The Hawks' DMR squad also set a state relays record of 10:26. Outdoors, the track team won the MIAA All State Meet.[12] Junior Mark Amirault won the 2-mile in 9:14, Bill Stillman was 5th in the 110m High Hurdles in 15.17 (14.90p, 3rd), the 4x100m team was 5th in 43.67, the 4x800m second in 8:00.27, Dana Anderson won the discus throw in 157-06, Bill Stillman was third in the high jump with a leap of 6-04, and junior Kevon Mason was 5th in the triple jump, bounding 44-02. Amirault also ran 8:59 in the 2-mile and a 4:08 split in the Distance Medley Relay at the Penn Relays.[13] The Hawks' diverse squad combined for a total of 46 points, well ahead of the runner-up team.[14] The following year, Taylor Fitzgerald won the 600m (1:21.93), while Amirault clocked 2:27 in the 1000m (state meet record).[15] Outdoors, Amirault was victorious in the mile with a 4:13, and later ran 8:56 in the 2-mile at Nationals. In the 2009 indoor season, the 4x800m team of Andy Stillman, John Fisher, Pete Dolan, and John Bleday won All-States and posted a best of 8:04.[16] Bleday, a junior, also won the mile in 4:20 at the D1 and all-state championship meets. Stillman (1200), Ryan Brandenburg (400), Dolan (800), and Bleday (1600) also won the McIntyre Elite Relays DMR in 10:33, blasting away the competition. The outdoor season saw Bleday win the 2-mile at the state meet in 9:30. The following year, he was a repeat champion in the mile, winning states and all-states indoors (4:19 and 4:20, respectively) and clocking a personal best of 4:12.7. Outdoors, Bleday won All-States in 9:04, and set a school outdoor record of 4:10.87 in the mile.[17] Recently, the track team had five graduates running for Ivy league schools: Alec Bleday '06 (Penn), Dan Higgins '07 (Penn), Peter Dolan '09 (Harvard), Mark Amirault '07 (Princeton), and John Bleday '10 (Dartmouth). Junior standout DJ Pagliuca won the triple jump at states, all-states, and New Englands in 2012, culminating in a personal best performance of 46-06. In 2013, the 4x400m relay team of Greg Petrucci, Jack Wheeler, DJ Pagliuca, and Robert Marcantonio placed third at the New England Championships, setting a new indoor school record of 3:25.09. Kyle Darrow won the D1 state meet in the long jump, and ultimately jumped a personal record of 22-09. Outdoors, he set a state meet record (23' 1.25), and was part of a 4x100m relay with Conor Biagiotti, Terenze Coleman-Howard, and DJ Pagliuca that ran 43.16 at the all-state meet.

Other Sports[edit]

The Cross-country team won 6 Catholic Conference titles in 7 years. The Alpine Ski Team won the State Championship in 2013 and Volleyball team won the their second straight Western Alliance Conference title in 2010 and 2011. In 2008, the powerlifting team won their fifth straight state title.[18] In 2013, the Varsity Golf team tied at the Division 1 State championships and lost the tie-breaker. Xaverian currently has over 100 athletes participating in college athletics (Xaverian Magazine winter 2011). Chris Wagner '09 was drafted in 2010 by the NHL's Anaheim Ducks and is now playing for them. The Lacrosse team won the Division 1 state title in 2013. The Hawks compete in Division 1 the Catholic Conference. They are fierce rivals with the St. John's Prep Eagles, Catholic Memorial Knights, and Boston College High School Eaglettes.

Xaverian Theater[edit]

Xaverian's theatrical performances have been in existence since Xaverian first opened in the late 1960s. Since its first production, "Take Time Out" Xaverian has performed over 80 shows. Xaverian presents a fall drama, a spring musical, and two sketch comedy shows and live music performances dubbed "Live @ the X". The Theater Arts Program at Xaverian is currently run by Mr. Scott Walker.

Performance History:

Year Performance 1 Performance 2 Performance 3 Year Performance 1 Performance 2 Performance 3
'67 Take Time Out '68 It's The Most
'69 Life Zoo Story by Will '70 The New Touch Waiting for Godot
'71 Bravo '72 Razz-ma-Jazz
'73 The Sky's the Limit Child's Play '74 The Music Man
'75 West Side Story Picnique en Compagne '76 Fiddler on the Roof Stalag 17
'77 Anything Goes The Real Inspector Hound '78 Cabaret The Crucible
'79 Kiss Me Kate One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest '80 West Side Story The Lion in Winter
'81 Most Happy Fella A Man for All Seasons '82 Guys and Dolls
'83 Jesus Christ, Superstar Rashomon '84 George M. The Real Inspector Hound
'85 Oklahoma! '86 West Side Story Mass Appeal
'87 Jesus Christ, Superstar Invitation to Murder '88 Working One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest
'89 Anything Goes '90 Grease The Foreigner
'91 Damn Yankees Wait Until Dark '92 West Side Story The Boys Next Door
'93 Godspell Arsenic and Old Lace '94 Oklahoma! Rumors
'95 Guys and Dolls Len Me a Tenor '96 Jesus Christ, Superstar You Can't Take It With You
'97 The Pajama Game Flowers for Algernon '98 Once On This Island One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest
'99 West Side Story '00 Damn Yankees Antigone
'01 Li'l Abner A Midsummer Night's Dream '02 Anything Goes Rumors
'03 Crazy for You The Foreigner '04 Godspell Laughter on the 23rd Floor
'05 Blood Brothers XNL Arsenic and Old Lace '06 How to Succeed in Business XNL 2: The "Odd"yssey One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
'07 Pippin XNL 3 The Dining Room '08 West Side Story XNL 4 Flowers for Algernon
'09 Damn Yankees XNL 5 You Can't Take it With You '10 Once On This Island XNL 6 It's a Wonderful Life
'11 Footloose "Classical Cafe" The Boys Next Door '12 The Pajama Game Live@theX All My Sons
'13 Godspell Live@theX The Man Who Came to Dinner '14 Oklahoma! TBA Harvey_(play)

XNL = Xaverian Night Live


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