Xavier High School, Micronesia

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Xavier High School
Location
Federated States of Micronesia
Information
Type Jesuit, Private, Catholic, University preparatory
Motto "Ut Omnes Unum Sint" (lit. That they all might be one)
Established 1952
Director Fr. Dave Andrus, S.J. (While Fr Rich McAuliff S.J. is on a sabbatical year)[1]
Faculty 17
Number of students approx. 150
School color(s) Red
Athletics 3 sports
Mascot Navigators
Website
St. Xavier Academy
Xavier High School, Micronesia is located in Federated States of Micronesia
Xavier High School, Micronesia
Location Winipis, Moen Island, Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia
Coordinates 7°26′50″N 151°53′14″E / 7.44722°N 151.88722°E / 7.44722; 151.88722Coordinates: 7°26′50″N 151°53′14″E / 7.44722°N 151.88722°E / 7.44722; 151.88722
Area 0.3 acres (0.12 ha)
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 76002209[2]
Added to NRHP September 30, 1976


Xavier High School is a Jesuit coeducational high school located on the island of Weno in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia. It was established in 1952. It was the first high school in the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. Bishop Thomas Feeney, S.J., D.D. from the New York Province of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) originally envisioned a minor seminary to train local clergy. Soon after, Xavier Seminary became the first college preparatory school in the Western Pacific.

Today, Xavier High School continues to provide a rigorous college preparatory education as a Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition. With an international staff of Jesuits, Jesuit Volunteers, alumni, and local people, Xavier has an enrollment of about 150 students, serving the islands nations of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Students come from the different island nations of Micronesia, and are selected by passing a written test and written recommendation. Alumni have gone on to lead influential roles in Micronesia. This has earned Xavier the distinction of "the Harvard of Micronesia".[citation needed]

History[edit]

During World War II, the Japanese government urged Mabuchi Construction Company (now "Mzec") to construct a communications center for the Japanese military in Chuuk. In 1952, Xavier High School was opened at its present site on Mabuchi hill, as the first high school in the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. Bishop Thomas Feeney, S.J., D.D. from the New York Province of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) originally envisioned a minor seminary to train local clergy. Soon after, Xavier Seminary became the first college preparatory school in the Western Pacific.[3] The school property was added to the United States National Register of Historic Places in 1976 as St. Xavier Academy.

Xavier High School continues to provide a rigorous college preparatory education as a Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition. With an international staff of Jesuits, volunteers, alumni, and local people, Xavier has an enrollment[when?] of 151 students (96 boys, 65 girls), serving the islands nations of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://xaviermicronesia.org/about/administration
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  3. ^ "History". About. Xavier High School. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  4. ^ http://www.xaviermicronesia.org/about/index.htm
  5. ^ In memoriam of the late Peter L. Sugiyama, former senator of the Republic of Palau, Palau National Congress, 2007-06-13, retrieved 2010-11-24 

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