McQuaid Jesuit High School

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McQuaid Jesuit High School
1800 South Clinton Avenue
Brighton, New York 14618
United States
Coordinates 43°7′26″N 77°35′33″W / 43.12389°N 77.59250°W / 43.12389; -77.59250Coordinates: 43°7′26″N 77°35′33″W / 43.12389°N 77.59250°W / 43.12389; -77.59250
Type Private, All-Male
Motto Ignem Mittere in Terram
("To Cast Fire Upon the Earth")
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) St. Francis Xavier
Established 1954; 64 years ago (1954)
President Robert Reiser
Principal Adam Baber
Grades 612
Student to teacher ratio 14:1
Campus Suburban
Campus size 33 acres
Color(s) Black and Gold         
Athletics NYS Section V
Athletics conference RCAC
Nickname Knights
Rival Aquinas Institute
Accreditation New York State Association of Independent Schools, Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus
Yearbook The Accolade

McQuaid Jesuit High School is an all-male, Catholic, Jesuit, college preparatory school located in the metropolitan area of Rochester, New York. Named after Bernard J. McQuaid, the first bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, McQuaid is located at 1800 Clinton Avenue South, in the suburb of Brighton.


McQuaid Jesuit was founded in 1954 when James E. Kearney, the fifth bishop of Rochester, invited members of the New York Province of the Society of a Jesus to open a high school for boys in his diocese. McQuaid Jesuit was first established in downtown Rochester, with an initial class of 129 students. The school was housed in a temporary site located in the former Saint Andrew's Seminary while the 33-acre Brighton campus was being built. The first class, the Class of 1958, moved to the new campus as sophomores in September 1955 where they were joined by a new class of freshmen, the Class of 1959.

In 1967, the school added an eighth grade; in 1993 a seventh grade; and in 2012 a sixth grade. There are currently 933 students at McQuaid Jesuit, with approximately 300 in the middle school and 633 in the high school.

While the school campus is located in the Town of Brighton, it is geographically proximate to the City of Rochester and therefore enjoys the benefits of a suburban campus with access to the cultural, commercial, and other resources of the city. Some recent facility upgrades include a Fitness Center (2015), security enhanced front entrance (2014), six all-purpose, high-tech classrooms (2012), a new Jesuit community building (2012), renovated cafeteria and new kitchen (2012), outdoor sports complex (2010), indoor sports complex (2007), chapel renovation (2005), and arts wing (2001). The "Wegman Family Science and Technology Center," a 36,000 square foot state-of-the-art STEM Center, was dedicated in November 2017 and students began classes in the new Center in January 2018. The "IgKnight the Future Fund" supports this effort, as well as an initiative to enhance the school's scholarship (financial aid) endowment.

While the student population is predominantly Catholic, there are approximately twenty other faith traditions represented. Students come to McQuaid Jesuit from forty-two different school districts throughout the greater Rochester, NY, area. As a college-preparatory school, approximately 99% of the McQuaid Jesuit student body go on to colleges and universities located throughout the United States and Canada. Altogether, more than 9,000 men are part of the McQuaid Jesuit alumni community, pursuing interests in business, arts, the church, education, the military, government, medicine, and non-profits, among many others.

McQuaid Jesuit has been in continual operation for over sixty years, and continues today as Rochester's Jesuit, Catholic, college preparatory school.[1]


McQuaid has taken part in the sectional and state tournaments of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association since 1978, and has won 12 state titles with soccer the most recent state title in 2017. In the fall season, McQuaid offers football, volleyball, soccer, crew, and cross country. In the winter season it offers wrestling, basketball, indoor track, hockey, skiing, crew, and swimming. In spring season, McQuaid offers baseball, golf, lacrosse, rugby, crew, tennis, and track & field. The sailing team competes in both the fall and spring seasons. More than 75 percent of students participate in sports and twenty-one varsity level sports are offered. Most varsity sports are offered to middle and high school students at junior varsity, freshmen, and modified team levels, and the varsity sports teams are consistently recognized for their sportsmanship and academic standards.

The Deborah and John DiMarco '60 Field House was completed in fall 2007 as part of a broader plan to improve athletic facilities. This initiative increased the capacity of the gym and renovated the locker rooms, weight room, and physical education offices. An aerobic room and three-court gym were added, with equipment storage for McQuaid athletic teams.

Jeff Van Gundy, former head coach of the Houston Rockets and New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association, began his coaching career at McQuaid, coaching the McQuaid basketball team for one season (1985–1986).[2]

McQuaid Knights hockey, soccer, track, volleyball, cross country, and golf teams have won state titles. In the 2017-18 season, the varsity soccer team was ranked 6th in the nation by ESPN and are the 2017 New York State Champions. Cross-country, volleyball, football and hockey were each competitive. The McQuaid Knights' basketball team are the 2018 Section V Champions, and will go on to compete for the New York State title.


The McQuaid Invitational is one of the largest high school cross-country meets in the nation.[4] The meet takes place in Genessee Valley Park in Rochester, New York, and hosts thousands of runners every year in over 20 different races. The meet falls on the fourth Saturday after Labor Day every year.

Notable alumni[edit]

The school has more than 8,000 alumni since 1958 with 4,000 located in the Rochester area, sending their sons to the school. The alumni teach, administer, and coach: 16 alumni are on the staff, including the Principal, Dean of Students and Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

Notable faculty members[edit]


  1. ^ History Archived 2015-07-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Gundy
  3. ^ Titles Archived 2015-12-08 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Cross-country Archived 2013-06-03 at the Wayback Machine.

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