Bishop Hendricken High School

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Bishop Thomas F. Hendricken High School
Bishop Hendricken High School seal
2615 Warwick Avenue
Warwick, Rhode Island
United States
Type Private, All-Male, college preparatory
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established September, 1959
President John A. Jackson
Principal Joseph J. Brennan
Faculty 90 full-time
Enrollment 1,020
Color(s) Green and Gold         
Athletics Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Cross-Country, Basketball, Hockey, Swimming, Wrestling, Indoor Track, Baseball, Outdoor Track, Tennis, Lacrosse, Golf, Rugby, Sailing
Mascot Hawk
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Affiliation Roman Catholic

Bishop Thomas Francis Hendricken High School (or Hendricken) is a Catholic, all-male, college preparatory high school located in Warwick, Rhode Island, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence.

Founded by the Brothers of the Holy Cross in 1959, and named in honor of the first Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence, Thomas Francis Hendricken, the school's faculty was long composed of both lay and religious individuals. The Congregation of Christian Brothers provided staff for the school after the Holy Cross Brothers' departure in 1971 until 2011.[2]

The school's current president is John A. Jackson '71 and its principal is Joseph J. Brennan '72.


Hendricken offers instruction in the arts and sciences. The school offers Advanced Placement courses in English, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, European History, United States History, French and Spanish.


Bishop Hendricken has an accomplished and comprehensive athletic program with a total of forty teams in fourteen leagues as well as club sports. It is a member of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL). Hendricken was noted in 2008 by Sports Illustrated magazine for having the best athletic program in the state of Rhode Island.[citation needed]


In 1997 and early-1998, the school built a new 16,000-square-foot (1,500 m2) South Gymnasium; a 5,000-square-foot (460 m2) outdoor street hockey/basketball area; a redesigned West Gate on Oakland Beach Avenue; and a 6,000-square-foot (560 m2) west wing of classrooms.

In 2006, a new 350-seat theater was erected, as were 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2) of new classrooms (all equipped with SmartBoard technology), and a new band suite.[citation needed]


Current president John A. Jackson attracted criticism after writing a letter to the editor of The Providence Journal titled "Obama's immoral position on gay marriage."[3][4][5] A Facebook group was created to protest Jackson's comments, attracting hundreds of students and alumni.[6]

In 1986 the school's then-principal Br. John Walderman was arrested for soliciting sex from an underage boy.[7][8][9] The case was dismissed a year later. When it was discovered Walderman had then been moved to another all-boy high school in Harlem, New York, Walderman became a notable figure in the Sexual abuse scandal in the Congregation of Christian Brothers.[8][9]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
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  3. ^ Jackson, John A. (2012, May 11). Letters to the editor - Obama's immoral position on gay marriage. Providence Journal. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  4. ^ Williams, Loren. (2012, May 21). Teaching children to belittle gay people. FutureWorld. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  5. ^ Almeida, Zachary. (2012, May 18). Letters to the editor - Zachary Almeida: Hendricken official, Obama and gays. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  6. ^ Rowley, Travis. (2012, May 19). Travis Rowley: Hendricken, Progressives, and Homosexuality. GoLocalProv. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  7. ^ (1986, March 20). Catholic school principal pleads innocent. The Lewiston Journal. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  8. ^ a b Mangan, Dan. (2007, November 19). Haunted By Past. New York Post. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  9. ^ a b White, Tim. (2012, March 16). Hendricken Alums Receive Ominous Letter. WPRI. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  10. ^ Fortes, Mark. "Hard Work and Dedication-Will Blackmon". Pour Topps the Magazine. Retrieved 7 September 2012.