Xavier High School (New York City)
|Xavier High School|
|30 West 16th Street
New York City (Chelsea, Manhattan),
New York, 10011
|Motto||"Ad Majoriem Dei Gloriam'"
(For The Greater Glory Of God)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic;
|Patron saint(s)||St. Francis Xavier|
|Founder||Fr. John Larkin, S.J.|
|President||John R. Raslowsky II|
|Grades||Ninth grade-Twelfth grade|
|Color(s)||Maroon and Blue|
|Slogan||"Men and women for others..."|
|Song||"Sons of Xavier"|
|Athletics conference||CHSAA New York section|
|Sports||Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country/Track,Football, Golf, Hockey, Rugby, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Wrestling|
|Rival||Fordham Preparatory School (Bronx, New York)|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Publication||Lexicon (literary journal)|
|Affiliation||Jesuit, New York State Association of Independent Schools|
|Dean of Academics||Luciano Lovallo|
|Dean of Faculty||Brian McCabe|
|Dean of Students||Thomas Gibbons|
|Admissions Director||Jonathan Cambras|
|Athletic Director||Anthony Paolozzi|
Xavier High School is an independent Jesuit university-preparatory secondary school for young men located at 30 West 16th Street, in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It was founded in 1847, as the College of St. Francis Xavier (also known as St. Francis Xavier's College) by Father John Larkin, S.J.
Xavier is joined by Regis High School, Fordham Preparatory School, Loyola School and St. Peter's Preparatory School as the five Jesuit high schools in the New York City metropolitan area; a sixth, Brooklyn Preparatory School, is now closed.
Xavier challenges students and teaches students to think critically and to live a life "for others." Though tuition has risen in recent years, a substantial percentage of the cost for each student's education is covered by donations from alumni.
Xavier has maintained its Jesuit and academic traditions despite significant changes during its history. Service in the military training unit, which began at the school in 1884 and became mandatory in 1892, and became a JROTC unit in 1935, was declared optional in 1971. In 2004, Xavier announced the appointment of Dr. Joseph Gerics as the first lay headmaster in the school's history, following former headmaster Fr. David S. Ciancimino's appointment as Socius to the Jesuit Provincial for the New York Province. In 2006, Mr. Michael LiVigni replaced Dr. Gerics as the school's second lay headmaster.
The Ignatian identity of the school has been affected by the declining number of Jesuits at the school. Xavier's lay faculty have consistently renewed themselves to the mission of Ignatian Spirituality, contributing to an increase in the number of students able to intelligently articulate the school's mission.
On June 25, 2007, Father Daniel J. Gatti, S.J. '59, announced the end of his unprecedented 12-year term as Xavier's 32nd President. On Friday, January 4, 2008, the Board of Trustees announced that Francis J. Morison '58 was elected as interim president. He was to assume office on August 1, 2008, but, due to health concerns, was unable to assume the presidency. Morison died in February 2010. With the permission of his superiors, Fr. Gatti was allowed to remain in the office of president. On June 17, 2009, the Board of Trustees announced that John R. Raslowsky II would succeed Fr. Gatti. Mr. Raslowsky assumed office on July 2 of that year.
The school has reinforced its commitment to social justice by refocusing its fourth year religion curriculum to include a half year required course on social justice and by instituting a freshman service program to First Fruits Farm . Xavier offers numerous honors classes and thirteen Advanced Placement classes, some of which are available as early as sophomore year, including Biology, Calculus AB, English Language and Composition, English Literature, European History, Italian, Spanish, Physics, Comparative Government and Politics, U.S. History, and World History. In senior year, the school also offers a course devoted to the study of film history called "Elements of Cinema".
Admission to Xavier is based on the admission exam results (TACHS, CHSEE, COOP, ISEE), the Xavier application, a teacher recommendation, and the academic records of the student from grades 7 and 8. Xavier offers a spend-a-day program for prospective eighth graders called Knight For A Day.
Admission for transfer students is handled on a case-to-case basis.
Over 1.8 million dollars in financial aid is administered to approximately 30% of the student body at Xavier High School. In addition, Xavier offers Merit Scholarships to students who demonstrate a strong academic background.
Xavier an active Campus Ministry department, which organizes liturgies, retreats and community service programs. Campus Ministry has recently revised its retreat program, renewing the freshman retreat, instituting a sophomore overnight retreat and moving the Kairos retreat to the junior year. The Magis retreat, available to seniors, offers seniors the opportunity to experience an adult retreat in the Ignatian tradition.
The "Companions of St. Francis Xavier", or "CFX", another Campus Ministry program, organizes service trips that send groups of student volunteers for a few weeks during the summer to help build homes for people in need in Maryland, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mexico. The program also raises money each year to assist the sponsor organizations at the places of service. The group in Maryland works with First Fruits Farm , Tennessee works with Habitat for Humanity, while the group in Tijuana, Mexico, works with Esperanza International. There are also community service opportunities for all sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Xavier, a CHSAA member, provides its students the opportunity to pursue a wide variety of sports: baseball, basketball, bowling, cross-country, football, golf, hockey, indoor/outdoor track and field, rugby, soccer, lacrosse, swimming, tennis, and wrestling. Other extracurricular activities include boxing club, choir, speech and debate, chess team, anime, film, science fiction, and skiing /snowboard clubs, school newspaper, The Review, drama productions, and the Blue Night Jazz Band. The Blue Night Band won best trombone section at the 2010 Villanova University Big Band Festival.
Xavier's current mascot is a knight, and all of its athletic teams are referred to as the Knights. However, for many years, the teams were called the Cadets, a reflection of Xavier's military program, while a terrier was used as a mascot. After a variety of replacements, including the 1980s Bruins, the nickname of the Knights was decided upon in the early 1990s and has been official since.
Xavier has fielded one of the top rugby teams in the United States since the club's founding in 1976. The team achieved an undefeated season in 2007, winning the Tier B National Championship Tournament. The Xavier Rugby Team also won National Championship Tournaments in 1985 and 1993 and has won the East Coast/Northeast US Championship Tournament every year from 2000 to 2009. The team won their 4th National Championship on May 22, 2010. They defeated Gonzaga 32-10 to win the Boy's National High School Championship.
In 1859 the College of St. Francis Xavier and St. John's College (now Fordham University) played the first collegiate level baseball game, featuring the new nine-man team style of play. Fordham won the game 33-11.
The Xavier Football program began in the late 19th century. It has a continued rivalry with the Bronx's Fordham Preparatory School. The two schools compete in an annual "Turkey Bowl", the oldest high school football rivalry in New York City. Their very first game against one another took place in the late 19th century when the game was called due to darkness, ending in a tie. Many of these football matches were played at Manhattan's famed Polo Grounds, until its demolition. In 2012, due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, eleven players on Xavier's football team were displaced from their homes, and the team was forced to practice in the gym and cafeteria. Despite this, the Knights managed to win the CHSAA AA Intersectional Championship and received national media attention from ESPN's SportsCenter.
The Freshman Track and Field Team won the indoor and outdoor 2009 CHSAA Intersectional Championships, the first time in team history. In 2010, the team defended their outdoor victory as sophomores. The Track and Field team competed in the New Balance Nationals track meet in Greensboro, North Carolina in both the 4 by 100 and 4 by 200 meter relay. Both relays finished fifth places over all, earning Emerging Elite Metals. Both relay teams set school records for their performance at the national championship meet In June 2012, Edward Wagner, a Xavier track and field athlete became the school's first to earn All-America honors during the outdoor season with a 4th place overall finish in the 400 meter hurdles at the New Balance National Championship.
Corps of Cadets
Xavier High School offers an Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps unit, known as "The Regiment", which is available to students in all grade levels. Before 1972, the Regiment was a mandatory piece of Xavier education, and thus helped to label Xavier as Manhattan's unofficial Military School. Many notable alumni have been former cadets in the Regiment, including Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who spoke to the Regiment at a recent award ceremony, recounting the important role that the Regiment played in kindling his growth as a student and cementing the ideals that Xavier instilled in him.
Colonel Anderson of the Eastern Region Command called the Xavier Regiment one of "the top five in the Northeast". Under the leadership of LTC Roy E. Campbell, US Army (ret.), it achieved a school record overall score of 99.2 in the 2005 inspection. During its Army Formal Inspection on April 28, 2011, Xavier achieved a score of 99.1. The Regiment marches annually in the St. Patrick's and Columbus Day parades. Xavier's Regiment has four extracurricular teams: the Rifle Team, the Raider Unit, the X-squad and the Saber Guard. The X-Squad and Saber Guard are a part of Xavier's regimental drill team, the former being established in 1937. X-Squad being the armed portion and the Saber Guard being the unarmed portion. They compete in local competitions in New York and New Jersey, as well as the National High School Drill Team Championship and Army Nationals. Formerly known as the Black Jacks, the Raiders are the Regiment's physical fitness team. They compete annually in the Raider Challenge and the Commander's Cup. The Rifle Team, one of the three oldest sports teams at Xavier, competes nationally in postal matches, as well as regional tournaments. During parades, the Rifle Team, Raiders,Saber Guard,X-squad and the Blue Night Band, Xavier's jazz band, march alongside the Regiment. As a unit, it has twice has been named best high school marching unit in the St. Patrick's Day Parade.
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- Donald Cook, 1952, Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, Medal of Honor recipient
- William H. Crain, Congressman from Texas
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- Joseph F. Finnegan, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
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- Michael Gargiulo, 1977, Emmy Award-Winning Television Personality (Host of Today In New York)
- Sonny Grosso, film and television producer
- Jerramiah Healy, 1968, mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey
- George Kaftan, 1945, basketball player in the NBA and NCAA; recipient of 1947 MOP award
- Michael Keane, 1979, Nuffield Professor of Economics, University of Oxford
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- Robert Trehy, 1939, opera singer
- Jimmy Walker, mayor of New York City
- F. Paul Wilson, author of the Repairman Jack science fiction series
- Leo Paquin, athletic director, football coach, and English and Latin teacher. Played end for Fordham University as part of the 1936 line known as the "Seven Blocks of Granite".
- Mike Petri, Rugby coach, Physics and Biology teacher and graduate of the class of 2002. Currently on the faculty.
- Mike Tolkin, Varsity Rugby coach, English teacher and graduate of the class of 1985. Left in 2012, after being asked to become the head coach of the USA Rugby team.
In popular culture
Xavier High School has been used in several television shows and movies, including:
- Scenes of The Peacemaker were filmed at Xavier.
- New Kids On The Block filmed the music video for their song "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)" at Xavier.
- Scenes of an early episode of The Cosby Show were filmed at Xavier.
- Xavier was used as a police precinct for the film Premium Rush.
- A scene from The Winning Season was filmed in the main gymnasium.
- Martha Stewart has spoken about her attendance at many Xavier dances while she was in high school.
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- Al Roker Biography, The Biography Channel. Accessed November 18, 2007. "After graduating from Xavier High School in Manhattan, Roker studied communicatons [sic] at State University of New York at Oswego, where he got his first shot at weathercasting."
- Santos, Fernanda."Who's That Guy? Without Robes, Grand Marshal Is Mystery", The New York Times, October 11, 2005. Accessed November 3, 2007. "Justice Scalia, 69, had marched at the parade once before, five decades ago as a student at Xavier High School in Chelsea."
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