Saint David's School (New York City)

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Saint David's School
Saint David's School (48236942356).jpg
12 East 89th Street


United States
School typePrivate
Motto"That They Be Good Men"
HeadmasterP. David O'Halloran[1]
Average class size18
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)Red and white          
NewspaperThe Canticle

Saint David's School is an independent primary and pre-primary school located on East 89th Street in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City, USA. It is an all-boys school, educating students from pre-kindergarten through to eighth grade. Saint David's was founded in 1951.[4] The current headmaster is P. David O'Halloran.[1][3]


Officially opening on February 5, 1951, Saint David's began with one teacher and four students. Its purpose, according to its nine[5] founding families, was "to provide a sound substantial education for the growing boy, equal to the best, derived from institutions of a similar level."[3]

While a school in the Roman Catholic tradition, Saint David's has always been lay-run and independent.

Chaplains[6] that serve and have served the school are: Msgr. Thomas Leonard (1968-2003),Rev. Stephen Katsourous, S.J. (2003-2011)[7] Rev. Patrick Bonner, S.T.B., M.S., J.C.L., and Father Christopher Keenan.

In the decades since its founding, Saint David's has undertaken several expansions, adding facilities for its academic and athletics programs.[8] Today, the school community includes 400 students and more than 130 faculty and staff.[3]


Saint David's School is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools,[2] the National Association of Independent Schools,[9] and the Educational Records Bureau.[10]


The school offers an extensive sports program, including baseball,[11] basketball, cross-country, flag football, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, squash (sport), and track.[12] They have three gymnasiums on-campus (including one that is middle school regulation size)[13]

As an after school elective, Saint David's also offers an ice hockey program which begins in kindergarten and is available until 8th grade.[14][15] Along with other private schools, Saint David's use of an ice rink at a state park in Harlem has aroused some controversy.[16][17]

Community service[edit]

Saint David's participates in many community service initiatives. Some of which include their annual Halloween candy drive, their bottle cap drive, and other fundraising projects. They work with New York Cares for their annual coat drive,[18] the Graham Windham Mitten and Hat Collection,[19] Project Cicero for book donations,[20] City Harvest for annual food drives, Ronald McDonald's Fun Run,[21] Florence Nightingale Nursing Home[22] and Terence Cardinal Cooke Nursing Home[23][24][25] for nursing home visits and carols, and It's My Park Day[26] to rejuvenate New York City Parks.[27]

In 2004, the school raised more that $10,000 for the Red Cross and their South East Asia Tsunami Fund.[27] In 2010, they raised $36,000 for Haiti's Recovery Fund.[27] And in 2011, they began a new initiative to raise money to build a school in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia with the help of Mimi's Building Blocks[28] and Save the Children.[29] They raised more than $120,000 and Saint David's Kalina School opened in Ethiopia in the fall of 2013.[30][31][32]

Notable alumni[edit]


  • Thomas F. Herlihy (1951-1953)
  • David D. Hume (1953–1990)[3]
  • Timothy Burns (1990–1992)[3][22]
  • Dr. Donald T. Maiocco (1992–2004)[3]
  • Dr. P. David O'Halloran (2004-Present)


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  2. ^ a b "New York State Association of Independent Schools: Saint David's School".
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "About Us - Saint David's School". Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  4. ^ Dolkart, Andrew S; Postal, Matthew A. (2004). Guide to New York City Landmarks. New York City Landmarks Preservation Committee. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (Author of Forward) (Third ed.). Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons. p. 170.
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  11. ^ O'Halloran, David (2012-02-28). "Headmaster's Blog: Continuing Development". Retrieved 2016-10-20.
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  13. ^ "Facilities".
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  16. ^ Juan Gonzalez (February 18, 2011). "Bitter faceoff at Harlem ice rink as residents complain that prep school teams hog ice time". New York Daily News.
  17. ^ Rebecca White (March 21, 2011), "Harlem Skaters Say Park Favors Hockey", The New York Times
  18. ^ 20 Oct. "Volunteer in NYC". New York Cares. Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  19. ^ [7]
  20. ^ "Project Cicero". Project Cicero. Retrieved 2016-10-20.
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  22. ^ a b Brozan, Nadine (1991-12-24). "Chronicle". New York Times.
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  24. ^ O'Halloran, David (2011-03-01). "Headmaster's Blog: The Residents". Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  25. ^ O'Halloran, David (2011-11-18). "Headmaster's Blog: Life is No Less Beautiful". Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  26. ^ "City Parks FoundationPartnerships for Parks - City Parks Foundation". 2014-06-20. Archived from the original on 2012-04-18. Retrieved 2016-10-20. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  27. ^ a b c "Africa Video : Community Service : About Us - Saint David's School". Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  28. ^ [10]
  29. ^ "and Mimi's Building Blocks". Save the Children. Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  30. ^ "Africa Video : Community Service : About Us - Saint David's School". Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  31. ^ O'Halloran, David (2012-01-09). "Headmaster's Blog: Ethiopia: Year Two Launched". Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  32. ^ "Africa Video : Community Service : About Us - Saint David's School". Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  33. ^ A study in smutty; Porn perused at posh prep: bias suit,, January 31, 2011.
  34. ^ "Midori - violin". 1997-11-11. Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  35. ^ "Kennedy, Jr., John Fitzgerald - Dictionary definition of Kennedy, Jr., John Fitzgerald | FREE online dictionary". Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  36. ^ "In Memoriam | Prince Alireza Pahlavi Foundation - English". Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  37. ^ Jensen, Elizabeth (2008-12-24). "Where the Meal Is Only Part of the Show". New York Times. Mr. Rossi had interviewed Mr. Maccioni for “Eat This New York” and had attended grade school at St. David’s School on the Upper East Side with Mauro Maccioni.
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