Cristo Rey Boston High School

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Cristo Rey Boston High School
100 Savin Hill Avenue
Dorchester, Massachusetts 02125
United States
Coordinates 42°18′44″N 71°3′15″W / 42.31222°N 71.05417°W / 42.31222; -71.05417Coordinates: 42°18′44″N 71°3′15″W / 42.31222°N 71.05417°W / 42.31222; -71.05417
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic,
Cristo Rey Network
Established 1921
President James J. MacDonald
Principal Beth Degnan
Faculty 20
Grades 912
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Athletics conference MIAACatholic Central League
Accreditation NEASC[1]
Tuition $3,600
Graduation Rate 100%
College Acceptance 100%

Cristo Rey Boston High School is a private, Roman Catholic coeducational high school in Boston, Massachusetts. The school was founded in 1921 as St. John's High School, and opened in 1951 as an independent school, North Cambridge Catholic High School. The school moved from Cambridge to Dorchester in 2010. It has 376 students in grades 9-12.


The Cristo Rey Network and relocation[edit]

In 2004, North Cambridge Catholic High School joined the Cristo Rey Network, a national network of Catholic high schools exclusively serving families of limited economic means.[2] The school replicated the Cristo Rey Corporate Work Study Program which allows each student to offset the majority of the cost of their education by working entry-level jobs five days per month throughout Greater Boston. Companies pay $33,800 for a team of four students, the equivalent of one full-time employee, which allows the school to lower the cost of tuition to $3,600 for families.[3]

In 2010, the school moved to Dorchester in order to better serve the low-income population of students primarily commuting from Boston zip codes. Upon moving, the school was renamed Cristo Rey Boston High School. Cristo Rey Boston acquired the former St. William’s Elementary School, which had been closed in 2009 and unused in the interim. In its first year in Boston, the school completed nearly $2 million in renovations to upgrade the facilities to a modern high school. The school’s capacity also increased with the relocation and is now able to educate roughly 400 students.

The former North Cambridge Catholic building was sold on September 17, 2010 for $3.6 million to Somerville resident Dr. Mouhab Z. Rizkallah, an orthodontist. The building underwent Cambridge Historical Landmark status in December 2010. It is located in a Residence B Zone, and is being converted into residential apartments.


A Catholic high school exclusively serving families of limited economic means, Cristo Rey Boston educates young people to become men and women of faith, purpose, and service. By offering a rigorous curriculum, a unique work-study experience, and the support of an inclusive school community, it aims to prepare students to succeed in college and beyond with the values essential to a fulfilling life.


Cristo Rey High School's athletic teams, the Cristo Rey Knights, participate in the following athletics:

  • Fall Sports
  • Soccer (Boys' and Girls')
  • Volleyball (Girls')
  • Winter Sports
  • Basketball (Boys' and Girls')
(2013-14 playoff appearance) (1x D4 State Championship 2007-2008, as North Cambridge Catholic HS)
  • Spring Sports
  • Baseball
(2013-14 playoff appearance)
  • Softball

Prominent graduates[edit]

Prominent graduates include former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill Jr. and former lieutenant governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Thomas P. O'Neill III.

School facts[edit]

  • Since 2010, 100% of graduates have been accepted to four-year colleges, and all graduates have been accepted to college since converting to the Cristo Rey model.
  • 85% of students qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program.
  • The average family income is $28,451.
  • The school is 90% Boston residents.
  • The percentage of our students' families living under the poverty line is 48%.
  • Due to some financial problems, a few layoffs occurred during 2013.
  • Cristo Rey Boston students are employed at 143 Corporate Partners in the 2013-2014 academic year.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Tip O'Neill, St. John the Evangelist High School '1931

Freddy Mata-Busso: Class of 2014 currently attends Wheelock College and is friends with the legendary Carlos Reyes.


  1. ^ NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Archived from the original on June 16, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  2. ^ Cristo Rey Boston. "Cristo Rey Boston History". Archived from the original on 2012-06-26. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  3. ^ Cristo Rey Boston. "Cristo Rey Boston Corporate Work Study Program". Archived from the original on 2011-11-14. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 

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