Cristo Rey New York High School

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Cristo Rey New York High School
The School That Works[1]
112 East 106th Street, New York City
(East Harlem, Manhattan)

New York 10029, United States
Coordinates 40°47′33″N 73°56′50″W / 40.79250°N 73.94722°W / 40.79250; -73.94722Coordinates: 40°47′33″N 73°56′50″W / 40.79250°N 73.94722°W / 40.79250; -73.94722
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 2004; 13 years ago (2004)
President Fr. Joseph Parkes
Principal William Ford
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 354 (2008)
Color(s) Red and White         
Song Cristo Rey Alma Mater
Sports basketball, soccer, cross country, track and field, volleyball, softball, and baseball
Team name Lions/Lady Lions
Newspaper Mane Stream
Tuition $2,000
Affiliation Cristo Rey Network
Dean of Students Robert Gordon
Admissions Director William Porcaro
Athletic Director William Porcaro
Dean of Faculty Laura Ripley
Dean of Student Learning and Support Rosanjela Batista

Cristo Rey New York High School is a college preparatory, Catholic high school located in East Harlem, Manhattan, New York City. Students spend one day out of the week interning with multinational corporations such as Pfizer, American Express, JP Morgan, and McKinsey.[1] The school's founder and principal is Bill Ford, whose aunt is the martyr Ita Ford.

According to Father Joseph Parkes, the president of the school, Cristo Rey High School was "founded around a work-study program, so that, in effect, the school would function like a temp agency."[1] The students, who are 98% black and Latino, serve as a "diversity pipeline" for the corporations, while the students' salaries constitute much of the school's operating costs. The students gain "a good deal of poise" in addition to clerical skills. Some are offered summer jobs.[1]


Cristo Rey New York High School was established in 2004. It is part of the Cristo Rey Network of high schools, the original being Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago. This school ministry is endorsed by the American Province of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, the Long Island New England Province of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, and the New York Province of the Society of Jesus. In January 2008, Loyola Press released a book titled More than A Dream: How One School's Vision is Changing the World.[2] Written by G. R. Kearney, a writer and former volunteer teacher at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, the book documents the unlikely development of the Cristo Rey model and its success throughout the United States.


  1. ^ a b c d Marantz, Andrew (17 September 2012). "Skill Set". New Yorker. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  2. ^ More than a Dream official site

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