Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (Baltimore)

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Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
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420 South Chester Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21231-2729
United States
Coordinates 39°17′12″N 76°35′13.5″W / 39.28667°N 76.587083°W / 39.28667; -76.587083Coordinates: 39°17′12″N 76°35′13.5″W / 39.28667°N 76.587083°W / 39.28667; -76.587083
Type Private, coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 2007; 10 years ago (2007)
President Dr. William "Bill" Heiser
Principal Walter Reap
Grades 912
Color(s) Black and Gold         
Mascot Hornet
Accreditation Maryland State Board of Education[1]
Affiliation Cristo Rey Network
Corporate Internship Program Director, Janet Shock
Development Director, Meghan Tapscott
Admissions Director, Patricia Hill
Dean of Students Derrick Lifsey
Athletics Director, Anthony DiBartolo

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (CRJ) is a private, Jesuit, co-educational, college preparatory school in Baltimore, Maryland, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore. It is part of the Cristo Rey Network of high schools, the original being Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago.


Cristo Rey Jesuit High School opened in August 2007 and graduated its first class in June 2011. In partnership with the Maryland Province Jesuits, the Cristo Rey Network, and the Baltimore business community, the school targets lower income families of religious, racial, and ethnic diversity.[2]


In 1996, the Jesuits in Chicago founded the first Cristo Rey school to provide a college preparatory education to the children in the Pilsen/Little Village neighborhood.[3] Families there wanted a better life for their children, and the Jesuits believed that education was the way out of poverty. The initial stumbling block of how to pay for a college prep education was resolved through having students earn part of their tuition through the Corporate Internship Program.[3] That school was so successful that it became a model for other cities. The Cristo Rey Network was formed and in 2015 supported 30 schools across the country, including Cristo Rey Jesuit here in Fells Point.[4]

Cristo Rey Jesuit is housed in the former Holy Rosary School, which was an elementary school for the mostly Polish neighborhood around its South Chester Street location.[5] CRJ currently enrolls 350 students in grades nine through twelve, representing 25 zip codes and more than 50 middle schools across the city.

Cristo Rey Jesuit is sponsored by the Maryland Province Jesuits, which in 1852 founded what have become Loyola University Maryland and Loyola Blakefield.[6] In 1993 they opened St. Ignatius Loyola Academy,[7] a tuition-free middle school for disadvantaghed young men from under-served neighborhoods in Baltimore.[8]

Cristo Rey Jesuit's first commencement took place on June 18, 2011, at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. Seventy-eight young men and women formed the first graduating class and all were accepted into college, as has continued to be the case.[9][10]

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Book about the Cristo Rey model[edit]

In January 2008, Loyola Press released a book entitled More than A Dream: How One School's Vision is Changing the World.[11] The book, authored by G.R. Kearney, a writer and former volunteer teacher at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, documents the development of the Cristo Rey model and its remarkable success throughout the United States.

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