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Cheverus High School

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Cheverus High School
267 Ocean Avenue
Portland, Maine 04103
United States
Coordinates 43°40′46″N 70°16′40″W / 43.679395°N 70.27776°W / 43.679395; -70.27776Coordinates: 43°40′46″N 70°16′40″W / 43.679395°N 70.27776°W / 43.679395; -70.27776
Type Co-ed, college preparatory, Jesuit
Motto Crescamus in Illo per omina
(May we grow in Him through all things)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1917; 100 years ago (1917)
President George E. Collins
Principal John Moran
Faculty 45
Enrollment 545 (2008–2009)
Student to teacher ratio 12:1
Campus 25 acres (.1 square km)
Color(s) Purple and Gold         
Athletics 28 Interscholastic
Mascot Stag
Rival Scarborough
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Average SAT scores Critical Reading: 541
Math: 543
Writing: 542

Cheverus High School is a private, Jesuit, college-preparatory school in Portland, Maine. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. Cheverus High School was founded in 1917 as a Diocesan school and was named after French Roman Catholic Cardinal Jean-Louis Lefebvre de Cheverus. The Society of Jesus took over responsibility of the school in 1942.


The school is located on property overlooking Portland's Back Cove. It consists of two buildings: the main building and Loyola Hall (named after Saint Ignatius of Loyola). Most math and science classes are taught in the main building, while English, history, theology, and fine arts classes are taught in Loyola Hall. The sports facilities are in the Rev. John Keegan Gymnasium, which connects to the main building. Also, the campus includes Boulos Stadium and Shea Field.


Originally named The Catholic Institute High School, it was renamed Cheverus in 1925 after the first bishop of Boston, Jean-Louis Lefebvre de Cheverus. Cheverus was first located on Free Street, moved to Cumberland Avenue in 1946, and then moved to its current location on Ocean Avenue in 1952. Cheverus was originally run by diocesan priests. In 1942, the Society of Jesus assumed responsibility of the school.
In 2000, the school became coeducational.

Sex abuse scandal[edit]

In 1998, nine male alumni claimed that they had been molested while attending Cheverus. Two former faculty members were accused. The school confirmed the abuse and apologized to the victims. The victims also accused both Cheverus High School and the Portland Diocese of hiding information, and that they had previously known about the abuse.

Settlements to victims have reached a cumulative seven figures, with ongoing counseling additional. Primarily, two long-time Cheverus faculty members, James Talbot, the former chair of the English department, the other, Charles Malia, the former head of the track team, have admitted they are guilty. Talbot was relieved of his teaching duties in 1998 and Malia in 2000.[2]


Cheverus offers 12 AP classes, and has an honors option for most of its courses. Students must take 25.5 courses in 4 years, including at least 4 mathematics courses, 4 English courses, 4 theology courses, 3 science courses, 3 foreign language courses (continuing within the same language), and 3 social studies courses.[3]

In 2005, the schools' average Verbal SAT score was 575, and the average math score was 576.[3]

Extra-curricular activities[edit]


Cheverus’ Campus Ministry provides opportunities for students to experience Jesuit tradition and develop their own personal faith through prayer, reflection, and service. Campus Ministry programs include liturgies and services, retreats, and involvement with Habitat For Humanity. Cheverus High School gathers for worship at significant times during the year. During a regular week, an optional daily Mass is held for students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends in the Loyola Chapel at 7:15 a.m. In addition to its theology courses, Cheverus has a retreat program tailor-made to meet the spiritual needs of its students.[4] Prominent among these retreats is Kairos (retreat), open to juniors and seniors (with priority given to seniors). The retreat was begun after three students made the retreat with Boston College High School and returned to lead Cheverus' Kairos V in the fall of 2006.

Cheverus requires students to be involved in service to the local community. Freshmen must complete a two-day community service retreat with their class and fifteen hours of independent community service. Sophomores are required to complete twenty hours of community service and a reflection paper on their experience. Juniors complete twenty-five hours of community service and a reflection paper. In order to graduate, Seniors are required to complete the May Project, which includes 120 hours of community service and two, 500-word essays.[5]

Dress code[edit]

Both male and female students are required to wear a suit coat, a button-down uniform shirt, and dress shoes. Male students must also wear a tie and dress pants, while females may wear either skirts or dress pants.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]


  • Fr. George E. Collins [14]
  • John Moran, Principal
  • Gary G. Hoyt, Athletic Director


  1. ^ NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Archived from the original on 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  2. ^ "Boston Globe / Spotlight / Abuse in the Catholic Church / Scandal and coverup". The Boston Globe. 
  3. ^ a b About
  4. ^ CheverusHighSchool. "Campus Ministry". Archived from the original on August 10, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  5. ^ "High School Profile 2014-2015". Cheverus High School. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Dress
  7. ^ Most Likely To Succeed Company Magazine
  8. ^ Dangerous When Wet Portland Monthly Magazine
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ Maine authorities want to interview Joubert in Nebraska Bangor Daily News, October 19, 1984
  11. ^ Dick Joyce Historic Baseball
  12. ^ Major Charles Loring Honored At Cheverus High School WCSH 6
  13. ^ Encyclopedia
  14. ^ "High School Profile 2014-2015". Retrieved 15 October 2015.