Chaminade High School

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Chaminade High School
Chaminade High School Facade.png
Chaminade High School building facade
340 Jackson Avenue
Nassau County, NY
Mineola, New York 11501-2441
United States
Coordinates 40°44′39″N 73°38′58″W / 40.744123°N 73.64946°W / 40.744123; -73.64946Coordinates: 40°44′39″N 73°38′58″W / 40.744123°N 73.64946°W / 40.744123; -73.64946
Type Private
Motto Fortes in Unitate
(Strength in Unity)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic Marianist
Established 1930
Status open
CEEB code 333150
President Thomas Cleary
Dean Patrick Kemp
Principal Joseph Bellizzi
Chaplain Garrett Long
Faculty 92 total; 58 Chaminade Alumni [1]
Grades 9-12
Gender Boys
Number of students 1693 [2]
Student to teacher ratio 18:1
Hours in school day 8:05 - 2:57
Color(s) Crimson and Gold         
Athletics 19 varsity sports
Athletics conference CHSAA
Team name Flyers
Rivals St. Anthony's High School, Kellenberg Memorial High School
Accreditation MSA
Publication Skylight (literary magazine)
Newspaper Tarmac
Yearbook Crimson and Gold
Endowment $53,449,083
Tuition $10,960 Total Tuition Paid
$1,725 Paid for by Torch Fund
$12,685 Total Tuition Without Torch Fund



Chaminade High School is a Roman Catholic college preparatory high school for boys in Mineola, New York, United States. The school was founded in 1930 by the Society of Mary (Marianists), an international Roman Catholic teaching order of priests and religious brothers. The school is named after William Joseph Chaminade, S.M. (1761–1850), who founded the Marianist order in 1817, and who was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2000. Operated by the Marianists, Chaminade is independent of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre. The student body numbers over 1,700, mostly from Nassau and Suffolk counties, as well as neighboring New York City. The administration and faculty consists of both Marianists and lay men and women. To this day, Chaminade obtains a reputation which depicts the school as both challenging and competitive, and is often recognized as being one of the most elite college preparatory schools in New York State.

Students follow a traditional liberal arts curriculum, including four years each of English, a foreign language (either French, Latin, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish), mathematics, religion, science (earth science or oceanography, biology, chemistry, or physics), and social studies, as well as one year each of art, music appreciation and health. In senior year students take an additional year of either art or music appreciation. Chaminade is known for its rigorous academic program, and the average SAT scores of its students are consistently well above the national average.[3] Historically, 100% of Chaminade graduates are accepted into college, and each year more than 99% attend college. In 2014, all 399 graduates were accepted to college; and 284 students were awarded one or more scholarship.

Chaminade has a large and diverse selection of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, with more than 90% of the students participating in at least one activity. Additionally, more than half of students participate on at least one interscholastic athletic team.[7] The school's athletic teams are nicknamed the Flyers, in recognition of the fact that at the time of Chaminade's founding, Mineola and the surrounding communities of Long Island were part of what was then a "cradle of aviation", with pioneering aviators such as Charles Lindbergh, Wiley Post and Amelia Earhart making world-record flights from nearby Roosevelt Field. The school newspaper is called Tarmac, a term for airport pavement.

Educational technology[edit]

Each student and teacher receives an iPad for educational use. This program started with the class of freshmen during the 2015-2016 school year. As of the 2016-2017 school year, the iPads have been integrated into each division's curriculum and have become essential for all aspects of Chaminade’s way of teaching, as they are even used to take exams, complete assignments, and copy down notes. Teachers send work to their students through the Learning Management System Canvas by Instructure. Another software, Notability, is used as a notebook which has almost entirely eliminated the need for paper in the institution. Also, each classroom contains a TV equipped with an Apple TV which allows students and teachers to broadcast their iPad's screen for the entire class to see.[8]

Chaminade requires students to take a course entitled “Digital Citizenship” during their freshman and sophomore years. This course teach students how to act correctly online, leave a good digital footprint, and create an online portfolio.[9]

Chaminade students are also required to take a course in computer science during all four years of attendance. This course teaches students how to program and using different coding languages.


Chaminade offers the following sports:


  • Crew
  • Varsity / JV / freshman cross country
  • Varsity / JV / freshman football
  • Varsity / JV / freshman soccer
  • Freshman swimming


  • Track and field
  • Varsity / JV wrestling
  • Varsity / JV / freshman basketball
  • Varsity bowling
  • Varsity / JV hockey
  • Varsity riflery
  • Varsity swimming


  • Track and field
  • Varsity / JV / freshman baseball
  • Crew
  • Varsity golf
  • Varsity / JV / freshman lacrosse
  • Varsity tennis
  • Varsity volleyball

The 2016 soccer team finished the season ranked seventh in the nation by USA Today on its final Super 25 Expert Rankings.[10]


In 1986, Philip K. Eichner, then president of Chaminade, established a permanent school endowment known as the Torch Fund. Together with Gary Eck, the director of development at the time, Eichner envisioned a time when the school's tuition would be capped, if not eventually lowered. The Torch Fund's principal has grown substantially over the years. For the 2017-2018 school year, interest from the fund pays $1725 of the tuition cost for each student, resulting in parents having to pay $10,960 tuition per student.


Chaminade's new Marianist Cross, Physical Fitness Center, and Gold Star Stadium from Ott Field
  • Chaminade's musical performance groups include three concert bands (based on level of experience and performance), a string orchestra, a pep band (for sporting events), a jazz band, a bagpipe corps, junior and senior glee clubs, and a vocal chamber ensemble. The school produces two plays each year, a dramatic production in the Fall and a musical production in the Spring, with girls from nearby schools in female roles.
  • Student publications include the school newspaper (Tarmac), the yearbook (Crimson and Gold), and the literary magazine (Skylight). Tarmac was named the number one high school newspaper in New York State by the New York Press Association in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
  • The school's Robert C. Wright Speech and Debate Team (named in honor of alumnus and former Chairman of NBC Universal Robert C. Wright) competes in local and national events.
  • Chaminade owns a theater pipe organ having 3 manuals and 15 ranks, in the school's 1,200-seat Darby Auditorium. The organ consists of a Robert Morton console with ranks by Wurlitzer, Robert Morton, Austin, and Barton.[11]
  • Chaminade's Activity-Athletic Center (AAC) opened in 2007, with a main arena that seats 1,500 for basketball games and 2,500 for Masses and non-athletic events. The facility incorporates a 1/10 mile indoor track suspended over the main arena, a wrestling room, and a 200-seat auditorium.
  • A renovation of Chaminade's athletic facilities was completed in 2014. This included the replacement of artificial turf on Ott Field and the addition of turf on Thomas Field. A new stadium was constructed adjacent to Ott Field. Gold Star Stadium was dedicated on September 6, 2014, in honor of gold star alumni.[12]
  • During the summer of 2014, Chaminade opened a 4K television studio. ETV produces morning announcements which are broadcast to the student body.[13]
  • A new day retreat center, Saragossa, has been constructed. Located next to the AAC on Marcellus Road, the retreat center serves as Chaminade's third retreat house.[14]
  • In December 2014, Chaminade installed a custom-designed cross on the west side of the Physical Fitness Center facing Gold Star Stadium. Designed by artist Yan Rieger, the cross is about 26 feet high and 16 feet wide, weighs about 2,100 lbs., and is constructed of aluminum, nickel-plated bronze, and slab glass. The “M” on the cross symbolizes Mary’s presence with her son at the foot of the cross.

Notable alumni[edit]


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  10. ^ Super 25 Expert Rankings for 2016-17 Boys Soccer Week 13, USA Today. Accessed May 2, 2017.
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