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Archbishop Stepinac High School

Coordinates: 41°0′30″N 73°45′12″W / 41.00833°N 73.75333°W / 41.00833; -73.75333
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Archbishop Stepinac High School
950 Mamaroneck Avenue

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United States
Coordinates41°0′30″N 73°45′12″W / 41.00833°N 73.75333°W / 41.00833; -73.75333
TypePrivate, all-male
MottoLumen Scientiae, Religio, Cor Amoris Patriae
(Light of Knowledge, Religion, Love of Country)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1948 (76 years ago) (1948)
CEEB code335940
PresidentFr. Thomas Collins[1]
DeanJoseph Cupertino
PrincipalPaul Carty
Athletic DirectorMike O’Donnell
ChaplainFr. Timothy Wiggins
Student to teacher ratio14.1[2]
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)Red, white and blue    
Slogan"Pride in Our Past, Faith in Our Future".
Athletics conferenceNew York Catholic High School Athletic Association
SportsBaseball, basketball, bowling, football, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, cross country / track & field, wrestling
Team nameCrusaders
RivalIona Preparatory School
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[4]
PublicationThe Phoenix (literary journal)
NewspaperThe Crusader
YearbookThe Shepherd
Tuition$13,500.00 (2019–2020)[needs update][3]
AffiliationNational Catholic Educational Association

Archbishop Stepinac High School is an American all-boys' Roman Catholic high school in White Plains, New York.

It was operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York until the 2009–2010 school year, when it became independent of the Archdiocese.

It was founded in 1948 and named after Aloysius Stepinac, who was the Archbishop of Zagreb in Croatia (which was then part of Yugoslavia).

In 1952, Stepinac was appointed a cardinal by Pope Pius XII. Stepinac was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1998.[5]


The school opened in 1948 with a capacity of 1,360 students. It began with freshman and sophomore years and reached its full complement in 1950.

Archbishop Stephanic High School in 1948

The school was established after fundraising by the Catholic parishes of Westchester County, under the leadership of Francis Cardinal Spellman, the Archbishop of New York, and the archdiocese's educational officials.

The initial purpose of the school was to establish a full educational program with a diversity of subject choices, leading to a well-rounded student. In addition to the college preparatory program, it offered a general course for boys who wanted to finish their education with high school and enter a trade.

Boys were taught by an all-male faculty, almost entirely religious in makeup. In its earliest years, the administration of the school was mostly in the hands of priests of the Illinois-based Viatorian order, aided by some New York archdiocesan priests assisted by religious brothers and an occasional layman. All were under the supervision of the principal, Msgr. Joseph Krug.

Resident at the high school and in semi-retirement was the Catholic scholar, educator, and author Edwin Ryan, D.D. (later Msgr. Ryan). He served on occasion as counselor to students as well as a consultant to the archdiocese.

Students from the school were used as extras in the 1972 film Child's Play directed by Sidney Lumet.

In many sports, Stepinac has many rival schools that include:

Fr. John O'Keefe, the school's president from 1992 to 2004, was permanently removed from ministry in 2016 because of allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.[6] O'Keefe's suspension was announced in a December 16, 2015, letter to parishioners from New York's archbishop, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who called the allegation "credible" .[7]



The high school is 8.5% Asian, 12.5% Black, 14% Hispanic, 60% White and 5% other.[2]


Archbishop Stepinac High School participates in the 2006 Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Yonkers, New York.

The school's administration and faculty is a mix of priests and lay men and women.

The school draws its students predominantly from Westchester County[8] and has evolved into a college-preparatory school.

The school offers a college-preparatory program, an honors program offering 22 AP classes, and starting in the 2016–2017 school year, an honors academy designed to give students a head start in their respective field.[9]

The school uses a library of digital textbooks that can be accessed by students on a variety of devices and is vastly less expensive than buying individual textbooks.



Stepinac began playing football in 1950 and was one of the initial teams in the Catholic High School Football League when the league was organized in 1954.[10]

In 2017, Stepinac was voted as one of the top-15 most-dominant New York high school football programs since 2006.[11]

The Crusaders have been to five straight CHSFL AAA Championships, winning four of five appearances in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.

The Crusaders were the New York State Catholic Champions in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

In 2017, the school finished ranked number five in the tri-state area, number one in New York State and number 160 in the nation by MaxPreps.[12]


In 2014, the school's varsity football team won the AAA Championship in the CHSFL. The school had won lower-division championships, but it was the first time the school was League champion since 1955, when it shared the title with Saint Francis Preparatory.[13][14]


The 2015 Stepinac Varsity Crusaders went undefeated at 12-0 and won both the Catholic High School Football League (CHSFL) and Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) Championships to complete an historic season.

On November 28, 2015, the Stepinac Crusaders football team defeated the Monsignor Martin Conference champion Saint Francis High School of Buffalo 42–28 at Grand Island High School to capture their first state championship.[15] The victory marked the end of a 12-game undefeated season.[16]


Stepinac played in the 2016 CHSFL AAA championship game, losing to Cardinal Hayes High School.[17]


Stepinac won the 2017 Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) New York State Football Championship.[18][19]


Stepinac won the 2018 Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) New York State Football Championship[20] for the second consecutive year by defeating St. Francis of Buffalo.


Stepinac's basketball team captured a state championship in 2018.[21]

Stepinac's basketball team won the New York Archdiocese Championship in 2020.[22]


In the 2017–18 hockey season the Stepinac Crusaders were undefeated with a 25-0-1 record. The team captured the CHSHL B division championship by defeating Xavier High School in two consecutive games in the best of three championship round.[23]

Track and Field[edit]

On June 11, 1963, the Stepinac Two Mile Relay Team set the National High School record of 7:49.3. Running on the St. John's University grasstex track in Hillcrest, Queens, the team of Kevin Malone (2:00.7), John Lamb (1:56.3), Ray Donaton (1:55.5), and Brian Hernon (1:56.8) broke the previous record of 7:49.9. The team was named High School All Americans by the Amateur Athletic Union.[24]


Archbishop Stepinac's wrestling team won the Catholic league championship during the 2013–2014 season and the 2014–2015 season.

Drama Club[edit]

The school's auditorium is named after Edward Bowes, the host of the Major Bowes Amateur Hour. The theatre hosts programs including the Annual Alumni Theatre, Annual Talent Show, the Fall Dramas, and the Spring Musicals.[25]

Notable alumni[edit]

The 1955 Archbishop Stepinac High School yearbook photo of Barry Voight

Archbishop Stepinac High School alumni include:[26]


  1. ^ "Administration". Archbishop Stepinac High School. Archived from the original on June 21, 2008. Retrieved November 15, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "ARCHBISHOP STEPINAC HIGH SCHOOL". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  3. ^ "Admissions". Archbishop Stepinac High School.
  4. ^ "Archbishop Stepinac High School". Archbishop Stepinac High School. Archived from the original on August 14, 2020. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
  5. ^ "Blessed Alojzije Stepinac". Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Zagreb. Retrieved December 5, 2021.
  6. ^ Otterman, Sharon (May 19, 2017). "7 Victims Name Priests Who Sexually Abused Them as Children". The New York Times. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  7. ^ "Priest Accused of Sex Abuse Removed from Ministry". The Journal News. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  8. ^ "Archbishop Stepinac High School > About Us > History". Archbishop Stepinac High School. Archived from the original on July 24, 2008. Retrieved November 15, 2009.
  9. ^ Haffey, John (January 25, 2016). "Stepinac High School Launches New Honors Academy". Armonk Daily Voice. Retrieved December 1, 2022.
  10. ^ "CHSFL Varsity League Champions". New York Catholic High School Football League. July 3, 2014.
  11. ^ "Top 15 Most Dominant New York High School Football Programs since 2006". MaxPreps. July 12, 2017. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  12. ^ "Archbishop Stepinac High School 17–18 Football Schedule". MaxPreps. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  13. ^ Devaney, Kevin Jr. (November 22, 2014). "A Dream Realized: Stepinac Wins the "AAA"". MSG Varsity. Archived from the original on December 9, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  14. ^ "Archbishop Stepinac 2014 Football Schedule". MaxPreps.
  15. ^ Nagelhout, Ryan. "Stepinac Wins CHSAA State Championship". The Journal News. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  16. ^ "Archbishop Stepinac 2015 Football Schedule". MaxPreps.
  17. ^ "Stepinic Crusaders Varsity Schedule 2016". CHSFL.
  18. ^ "Stepinac Wins 2017 Catholic High School New York State Football Championship". The Examiner. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  19. ^ "Stepinac Crusaders Varsity Schedule 2017". CHSFL.
  20. ^ "Football: Stepinac repeats as Catholic state champs with dominating 49-7 win". lohud.com. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  21. ^ Thomoson, Josh. "Boys basketball: This time, Stepinac leaves no doubt about who's No. 1". Lohud. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  22. ^ "Boys basketball: With revenge in mind, Stepinac takes Archdiocesan title over St. Ray's".
  23. ^ "A Toast to Stepinac Hockey-Undefeated CHSHL B Division Champs". www.theexaminernews.com. March 6, 2017. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  24. ^ New York Times, June 12, 1963, page S51
  25. ^ "Stepinac Theatre". Achbishop Stepinac High School. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  26. ^ "Archbishop Stepinac High School -> Hall of Fame Inductees". Archived from the original on October 1, 2011. Retrieved July 29, 2011.
  27. ^ Zacchio, Mike (November 24, 2018). "Football: Stepinac repeats as Catholic state champs with dominating 49-7 win". lohud.com. Retrieved December 2, 2022.
  28. ^ Norman Druker and Mick Patrick, "Chip Taylor Interviewed", Spectropop. Retrieved 31 July 2021
  29. ^ Cordova, David (September 20, 2019). "This Is New York: Part 16: The Magical Summer of R.J. Davis". Dave's Joint. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  30. ^ Dougherty, Mike (October 20, 2023). "Stepinac basketball star Boogie Fland makes his college commitment". The Journal News.
  31. ^ Interview with Garagiola, mlb.com; accessed September 13, 2015. Archived November 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  32. ^ Marks, Brendan (April 13, 2020). "A.J. Griffin is primed to be another in a long line of Duke stars". The Athletic. Retrieved June 17, 2021.
  33. ^ Thomson, Josh (April 6, 2018). "Boys basketball: At Stepinac, Westchester/Putnam POY Alan Griffin delivered on his promise". The Journal News. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  34. ^ Rapay, Eugene (April 27, 2020). "Former Stepinac star Gavin Heslop signs with Seattle Seahawks". The Journal News. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  35. ^ "Classmates – Find Your School, Yearbooks and Alumni Online".
  36. ^ a b c Stern, Gary (April 26, 2007). "Stepnac Inducts Voights into Hall of Fame". The Journal-News. White Plains, New York. p. 2B – via Newspapers.com.
  37. ^ Dopirak, Dustin (February 8, 2019). "Jordan Tucker left his dream school and found what he was looking for at Butler". The Athletic. Retrieved November 27, 2021.
  38. ^ Thomson, Josh (August 22, 2017). "Football: Trill Williams a better player, leader in return to Stepinac". The Journal News. Retrieved May 27, 2023.

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