Archbishop Stepinac High School

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Archbishop Stepinac High School
950 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, New York, (Westchester County) 10605
United States
Coordinates 41°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
Type Private, All-Male
Motto Lumen Scientiae, Religio, Cor Amoris Patriae.
(Light of Knowledge, Religion, Love of Country.)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1948
CEEB code 335940
President Fr. Thomas Collins [1]
Dean Keith Sunderland
Principal Paul Carty
Athletic Director Mike O’Donnell
Chaplain Fr. Timothy Wiggins
Grades 9-12
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Red, White and Blue             
Slogan "Pride In Our Past, Faith In Our Future."
Athletics conference NYCHSAA
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Golf, Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Cross Country / Track & Field, Wrestling
Team name Crusaders
Rival Iona Preparatory School
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Publication The Phoenix (literary journal)
Newspaper The Crusader
Yearbook The Shepherd
Tuition $11,500.00 (2017-2018)[3]

Archbishop Stepinac High School is an all-boys Roman Catholic high school in White Plains, New York, that 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 Blessed Aloysius Stepinac, who was at the time Archbishop of Zagreb, Croatia, then part of Yugoslavia. The school boasts a rigorous academic curriculum including the 3-year Honors Academy program, as well as a wide range of sports and other extracurricular activities.


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 Senior High School (traditionally for the annual post-season football "Turkey Bowl" on Thanksgiving day).

In 2014, Stepinac Varsity Football team won the AAA Championship in the CHSFL. The School has 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.[4]

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


The current administration and faculty of Stepinac is a mix of religious (priests) and lay men and women. The high school draws its students predominantly from Westchester County[5] and has evolved into a college preparatory school. The school offers a College Prep program, 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.[6] 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.

2014 CHSFL "AAA" Champions[edit]

On November 22, the Stepinac Crusaders defeated the Iona Prep Gales in the 2014 CHSFL "AAA" Championship at Coffey Field on the campus of Fordham University. This victory capped of the Crusaders perfect 12-0 season. They later lost to the Canisius Crusaders in the first ever Catholic League State championship game played on December 7th at the Mitchel Athletic Complex. The Crusaders defeated Mansifeld (MA), Monroe- Woodbury, Holy Cross, St. Francis Prep, Iona Prep, Holy Trinity, St. Anthony's, Chaminade, and Monsignor Farrell in the regular season. They defeated Cardinal Hayes 36-22 in the CHSFL quarter final and defeated St. Peters 56-0 in the semi- final. The Crusaders have been in the CHSFL AAA division since 2011 and this marked coach Mike O' Donnell's first championship since 2010. On February 4, 2015, 8 Stepinac Football players signed their National Letter of Intent to play at Navy, Rhode Island, Stony Brook, Assumption, SUNY Brockport, and Fayetteville State.

2015 CHSAA & CHSFL AAA Champions[edit]

On November 28, the Stepinac Crusaders defeated the Monsignor Martin Conference champion St Francis of Buffalo 42-28 at Grand Island HS in Buffalo, NY to capture first State Championship.[7] With victory they improved to 12-0 & were voted #1 by NY Sportswriters poll. Stepinac Defeated Cardinal Hayes in the CHSFL AAA championship to repeat as the AAA Champions 2014 & 2015.

Major Bowes Auditorium[edit]

The school's Major Bowes Auditorium is named after the host of the Major Bowes Amateur Hour, Edward Bowes. He was America's best known radio talent in the 1930s and 1940s. Each week, Bowes would chat with the contestants and listen to their performances. Through this radio program, he was able to find undiscovered talent and send them on vaudeville tours. Since 1949, the Major Bowes Auditorium has been one of the focal points of activity in the school. The theatre program sponsors many programs such as the Annual Alumni Theatre, Annual Talent Show, the Fall Dramas, and the Spring Musicals.

Notable alumni[edit]

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

Archbishop Stepinac High School graduates include:[8]


  1. ^ "Administration". Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  2. ^ "Archbishop Stepinac High School". Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Archbishop Stepinac High School". 
  4. ^ Kevin Devaney Jr. (22 November 2014). "A dream realized: Stepinac wins the "AAA"". MSG Varsity. 
  5. ^ "Archbishop Stepinac High School > About Us > History". Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  6. ^ Haffey, John. "Stepinac High School Launches New Honors Academy". Armonk Daily Voice. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  7. ^ Nagelhout, Ryan. "Stepinac wins CHSAA state championship". lohud. The Journal News. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "Archbishop Stepinac High School -> Hall of Fame Inductees". Retrieved 2011-07-29. 

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