Archbishop Stepinac High School

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Archbishop Stepinac High School
Archbishop Stepinac High School seal.jpg
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; -73.75333Coordinates: 41°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
CEEB code335940
PresidentFr. Thomas Collins[1]
DeanJoseph Cupertino
PrincipalPaul Carty
Athletic DirectorMike O’Donnell
ChaplainFr. Timothy Wiggins
Student to teacher ratio14.1[2]
Color(s)Red, white and blue    
Slogan"Pride In Our Past, Faith In Our Future."
Athletics conferenceNYCHSAA
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)[3]
AffiliationNational Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)

Archbishop Stepinac High School is an all-boys Roman Catholic high school in White Plains, New York, United States. It was operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York until the 2009–2010 school year, when it became independent. It was founded in 1948 and named for Aloysius Stepinac, the Archbishop of Zagreb in Croatia, which was then part of Yugoslavia. In 1952, Stepinac was appointed a cardinal by Pope Pius XII.


Archbishop Stepinac High 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. The school was established subsequent to fundraising by the Catholic parishes of Westchester County, under the leadership of Cardinal Francis Spellman, the Archbishop of New York, and the educational officials of the Archdiocese. 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 early years the administration of the school was in the hands of diocesan priests, assisted by religious brothers and an occasional layman.

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 Iona Prep, Fordham Prep, Holy Cross, St. Francis Prep, Holy Trinity, St. Anthony's, Chaminade, Monsignor Farrell and White Plains High School (the now defunct annual post-season football "Turkey Bowl" on Thanksgiving Day).

Fr. John O'Keefe, president of Archbishop Stepinac from 1992 to 2004, was permanently removed from ministry in 2016 because of allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.[5] 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."[6]



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


Stepinac High School participates in the 2006 Saint Patrick's Parade in Yonkers.

The current administration and faculty of Stepinac is a mix of priests and lay men and women. The high school draws its students predominantly from Westchester County[7] and has evolved into a college preparatory school. The school offers a college prep 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.[8] Stepinac utilizes 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.[9] In 2017, Stepinac was voted as one of the top 15 most dominant New York high school football programs since 2006.[10] The Crusaders have been to five straight CHSFL AAA Championships, winning four of five appearances in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018. Crusaders were the NY State Catholic Champions in 2015, 2017 and 2018. In 2017 Stepinac finished ranked number 5 in the tri-state area, 1 in New York State and 160 in the nation by Max Preps.[11]


In 2014, Stepinac'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 Prep.[12][13]


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.[14] The victory marked the end of a 12-game undefeated season.[15]


Stepinac played in the 2016 CHSFL AAA championship game, losing to Cardinal Hayes.[16]


Stepinac won the 2017 Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) New York State Football Championship.[17][18]


Stepinac won the 2018 Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) New York State Football Championship[19] for the second consecutive year by defeating St. Francis of Buffalo.


Stepinac's basketball team captured a state championship in 2018.[20]

Stepinac's basketball team won the New York Archdiocese Championship in 2020.[21]


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.[22]


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 like the Annual Alumni Theatre, Annual Talent Show, the Fall Dramas, and the Spring Musicals.[23]

Notable alumni[edit]

The 1955 Stepinac High School yearbook photo of Barry Voight

Archbishop Stepinac High School alumni include:[24]


  1. ^ "Administration". Archived from the original on 2008-06-21. Retrieved 2009-11-15.
  2. ^ a b "ARCHBISHOP STEPINAC HIGH SCHOOL". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  3. ^ "Admissions".
  4. ^ "Archbishop Stepinac High School". Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  5. ^ Otterman, Sharon (2017-05-19). "7 Victims Name Priests Who Sexually Abused Them as Children". New York Times. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  6. ^ "Priest accused of sex abuse removed from ministry". Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  7. ^ "Archbishop Stepinac High School > About Us > History". Archived from the original on 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2009-11-15.
  8. ^ Haffey, John (2016-01-25). "Stepinac High School Launches New Honors Academy". Armonk Daily Voice. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  9. ^ "CHSFL Varsity League Champions". 2014-07-03.
  10. ^ "Top 15 most dominant New York high school football programs since 2006 - MaxPreps". 2017-07-12. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  11. ^ "Archbishop Stepinac High School 17-18 Football Schedule". Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  12. ^ Kevin Devaney Jr. (22 November 2014). "A dream realized: Stepinac wins the "AAA"". MSG Varsity. Archived from the original on 9 December 2014. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  13. ^ "Archbishop Stepinac 2014 Football Schedule". maxpreps.
  14. ^ Nagelhout, Ryan. "Stepinac wins CHSAA state championship". lohud. The Journal News. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  15. ^ "Archbishop Stepinac 2015 Football Schedule". Maxpreps.
  16. ^ "Stepinic Crusaders Varsity Schedule 2016". CHSFL.
  17. ^ "Stepinac Wins 2017 Catholic High School New York State Football Championship". The Examiner. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  18. ^ "Stepinac Crusaders Varsity Schedule 2017". CHSFL.
  19. ^ "Football: Stepinac repeats as Catholic state champs with dominating 49-7 win". Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  20. ^ Thomoson, Josh. "Boys basketball: This time, Stepinac leaves no doubt about who's No. 1". Lohud. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
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  22. ^ "A Toast to Stepinac Hockey-Undefeated CHSHL B Division Champs". Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  23. ^ "Stepinac Theatre". Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  24. ^ "Archbishop Stepinac High School -> Hall of Fame Inductees". Archived from the original on 2011-10-01. Retrieved 2011-07-29.
  25. ^ "Classmates - find your school, yearbooks and alumni online".
  26. ^ a b c Stern, Gary (April 26, 2007). "Stepnac inducts Voights into hall of fame". The Journal-News. White Plains, NY. p. 2B – via

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