Monsignor Farrell High School

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Monsignor Farrell High School
Monsignor Farrell High School logo.png
2900 Amboy Road
Staten Island, New York 10306
United States
Coordinates 40°34′2″N 74°7′32″W / 40.56722°N 74.12556°W / 40.56722; -74.12556Coordinates: 40°34′2″N 74°7′32″W / 40.56722°N 74.12556°W / 40.56722; -74.12556
Type Private, All-Male
Motto Vir Fidelis
(Faithful Man)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1961
School district 31
Area trustee Msgr. Thomas Bergin
Dean Robert Besignano
Principal Msgr. Edmund Whalen
Faculty Diocesan Priests, Christian Brothers, Sisters of Charity, Lay Educators
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1200[1]
Average class size 25
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Maroon and Gold         
Mascot Farrell Lion
Team name The Lions
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Publication Logos
Newspaper The Lion
Yearbook Cornerstone
School fees Tuition
Affiliation Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York (former)

Monsignor Farrell High School is a Catholic secondary school located in the Oakwood section of Staten Island, New York. Opened in 1961, the school was named in honor of Monsignor Joseph Farrell, a prominent Catholic priest, as well as a religious, political and community leader on Staten Island.

Marching Band[edit]

The school's marching band received 8th Place at the 2008 United States Scholastic Band Association National Championships, competing as a Group II band at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland on November 7, 2008.[3][dead link]

The band's 2010 show entitled "A Celtic Suite" won the band the New York State Championship. They received 3rd place at the National Championships, hosted at the Naval Academy. The band took home the "Esprit de Corp" award for the band which exemplifies the marine characteristics of professionalism and quality. In 2011, the band won first place at the USSBA National Championships for Group 1 open completing their 2011 competitive season completely undefeated.

In 2011 the Farrell Marching Band won the USSBA National Championship also taking the caption awards for Best Music Best Overall Effect and Best Percussion. The 2011 show was entitled "A Celtic Fantasy" with music based on famous Celtic scores including Pomp and Circumstance as well the Irish folk song Danny Boy.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Statistical information gathered from Monsignor Farrell High School's official site's Monsignor Farrell High School enrollment statistics page
  2. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  3. ^ Group I, M&T Bank Stadium, November 16, 2007, United States Scholastic Band Association. Accessed 2007-11-18.
  4. ^ Radosta, John. "NORRIS LEADS BY 1 WITH 63 AT HARTFORD", The New York Times, August 13, 1982. Accessed February 28, 2017. "Britton, who is 26 years old, was graduated from Monsignor Farrell High School on Staten Island."
  5. ^ Kent, Andy. "Inside The Coaching Staff: Kevin Coyle", Miami Dolphins, March 17, 2014. Accessed February 28, 2017. "[Q] Which coach has had the biggest influence on your career? Coyle: It was my high school coach, Coach Dennis Barrett at Monsignor Farrell High School back in Staten Island."
  6. ^ Michael Cusick Biography, New York State Assembly. Accessed February 28, 2017. "He is an honorary member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 120, Richmond Engine #1, the Oceanic Hook and Ladder Co. #1 and was inducted into the Monsignor Farrell High School Alumni Hall of Fame in 2007."
  7. ^ "Rep. Donovan is new chairman of House security panel (commentary)", United States House of Representatives, February 29, 2016. Accessed February 28, 2017. "When I think back to the small apartment my mom and dad raised me in, how they pooled what little they earned to send their boy Danny to Monsignor Farrell High School with the hope that he would have a better life, I'm humbled that I now have the opportunity to honor their sacrifices by making a difference in keeping our city and nation secure."
  8. ^ "Vito Fossella - U.S. Congress Votes Database". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  9. ^ Barone, Vincent. "Monsignor Farrell High School graduates 198", Staten Island Advance, May 23, 2015. Accessed February 28, 2017. "In keeping with tradition, notable school alumni State Sen. Andrew Lanza, class of 1982, and Assemblyman Michael Cusick, class of 1987, were in attendance and handed out community service awards to graduates."
  10. ^ Michael Portantiere (2006-05-17). "Follow Spot | Tovah Feldshuh gets her Irish up to play Dolly Gallagher Levi, and John Lavelle acts like a Wall Street minion in Burleigh Grime$. Plus: What went wrong with Tarzan?". Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  11. ^ "McMAHON, Michael E., (1957 - )", Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed February 28, 2017. "McMAHON, Michael E., a Representative from New York; born in Staten Island, Richmond County, N.Y., September 12, 1957; graduated from Monsignor Farrell High School, Staten Island, N.Y"
  12. ^ Price, Jay. "Six to be enshrined in Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame", Staten Island Advance, December 7, 2008. Accessed February 28, 2017. "[caption] Kevin O'Connor, far left, went from being the point guard for Monsignor Farrell to the general manager of the Utah Jazz in his 40-year basketball career."
  13. ^ "On the Issues: James Oddo |". Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  14. ^ Benanti, Carol Ann. "Staten Island's Farrell alumni dish on show business", Staten Island Advance, March 23, 2012. Accesssed February 28, 2017. "On hand to bring a touch of Hollywood starpower to Staten Island were actor Theo Rossi and actors/comedians James (Murr) Murray and Joe Gatto, who recently returned to Monsignor Farrell High School — their alma mater — to speak to students and credit the Oakwood school for their diligence and success."
  15. ^ "Siena College Official Athletic Site - Siena College". Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  16. ^ Taverner, William J. "Big congressman, little boys", Staten Island Advance, February 15, 2014. Accessed February 28, 2017. "You might accuse me of overanalyzing the congressman’s stunted development. An old friend from Monsignor Farrell High School defended the congressman, saying his response was reasonable because he was ambushed."
  17. ^ Bailey, Rob. "Staten Island's Impractical Jokers premieres with back-to-back episodes tonight on truTV", Staten Island Advance, December 9, 2011. Accessed December 26, 2016. "Brian 'Q' Quinn, James 'Murr' Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano are in the business of making people laugh.... Instead, the quartet's national TV debut takes them back to their formative years in Monsignor Farrell High School's class of '94."
  18. ^ Lou Tobacco Biography, New York State Assembly, backed up by the Internet Archive as of October 15, 2012. Accessed February 28, 2017. "Lou Tobacco was elected to the New York State Assembly on March 27, 2007. Lou is a graduate of Public School 35, St. Joseph Hill Academy, Monsignor Farrell High School and the Rockefeller College of Politics at State University of New York at Albany."
  19. ^ De Biase Jr, Charlie. "Island native John Wolyniec named USL Coach of the Year", Staten Island Advance, November 4, 2016. Accessed February 28, 2017. "It's been quite a few weeks for Annadale native and former Major League Soccer player John Wolyniec. The one-time Monsignor Farrell and Fordham University star not only guided the New York Red Bulls II to the United Soccer Leagues (USL) championship, but was named the USL 2016 Coach of the Year earlier this week."

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