Cheverus High School
|Cheverus High School|
Crescamus in Illo per omina
May we grow in Him through all things
|267 Ocean Avenue
Portland, Maine, 04103
|Type||Co-ed, college preparatory, Jesuit|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|President||Fr. William R. Campbell, S.J.|
|Principal||Mr. John H.R. Mullen|
|Student to teacher ratio||12:1|
|Campus||25 acres (.1 square km)|
|Color(s)||Purple and Gold|
|Accreditation||New England Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Average SAT scores||Critical Reading: 541
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 1926 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
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. Both teachers lost their jobs at Cheverus in 1998.
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.
In 2005, the schools' average Verbal SAT score was 575, and the average math score was 576.
Cheverus offers many varsity sports, including soccer, sailing, cross country, football, field hockey, ice hockey, basketball, indoor track, track & field, softball, baseball, alpine and Nordic skiing, and lacrosse. Cheverus has won 73 Class A State Championships in the following sports:
- Boys Baseball (1): 2011
- Girls Cross Country (1): 2009, 2010, 2011
- Football (3): 1985, 2010, 2011
- Boys Golf (1): 2005
- Girls Ice Hockey (1): 2010
- Boys Ice Hockey (2): 2005, 2006
- Boys Soccer (2): 2001, 2014
- Girls Swimming and Diving (1): 2014
- Boys Swimming and Diving (4): 1979, 2013, 2014, 2015
- Boys Basketball (8): 1930, 1940, 1948, 1961, 1981, 1982, 1997, 2008
- Boys Tennis (4): 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 (all were unbeaten seasons in conference play)
- Boys Cross Country (18): 1971, 1972, 1974, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2009
- Boys Indoor Track (17): 1977*, 1978*, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998
- Boys Outdoor Track (10): 1979*, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2014
- Sailing (2): 2007, 2010
- Girls Lacrosse (1): 2013
- *Denotes Class B Championship
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. 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.
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.
- Joseph E. Brennan, former governor of Maine
- Ian Crocker, Olympic swimmer
- John Joubert, serial killer
- Dick Joyce, Major League baseball player
- Charles J. Loring, Jr., Medal of Honor recipient, namesake of Loring Air Force Base
- John O'Leary, Mayor of Portland, Maine, and U.S. Ambassador to Chile 1998–2001
- Rodney S. Quinn, Secretary of State of Maine (1979–1988)
- John McLaughlin, political commentator (The McLaughlin Group)
- Fr. George E. Collins 
- John H.R. Mullen, Principal
- Gary G. Hoyt, Athletic Director
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- Dick Joyce Historic Baseball
- Major Charles Loring Honored At Cheverus High School WCSH 6
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