St. Francis Preparatory School
|St. Francis Prep|
Deus Meus et Omina
My God and My All
|6100 Francis Lewis Boulevard
New York City (Fresh Meadows, Queens), New York 11365
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Oversight||Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn|
|Principal||Patrick Mclaughlin '73|
|Average class size||30|
|Color(s)||Red and Blue|
|Fight song||On For Ol' St Francis|
|Rival||Holy Cross High School (Flushing) (BOYS) and Mary Louis (GIRLS)|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Publication||The Little Portion Literary Magazine|
|Tuition||$8,500 (2014-2015 school year)|
St. Francis Preparatory School, commonly known as St. Francis Prep, is a private, independent Catholic college preparatory school in the Fresh Meadows neighborhood of the New York City Borough of Queens, in the State of New York. It is the largest non-diocesan Catholic high school in the United States. St. Francis is run by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, who maintain a residence on the top floor of the school. The school has a student body of about 2,750 students and graduates between 600 and 700 students annually.
St. Francis Preparatory originated as St. Francis Academy, a small all-boys high school on 300 Baltic Street in Brooklyn, New York, founded by the Franciscans Brothers of Brooklyn (O.S.F.). The college section became St. Francis College, a private predominantly undergraduate college in Brooklyn Heights. It took its current name in 1935, then moved to a larger facility in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 1952. The school moved to its current location in Fresh Meadows, Queens in 1974 when it acquired the facility that formerly housed Bishop Reilly High School, a co-educational Catholic high school. The school began admitting female students that same year. A fitness center was added recently and the science labs are being updated. There are currently plans to add a three-story addition to the rear of the existing building. The upgrades to the art rooms will support students in the studio, digital and the performing arts.
Co-curricular activities and athletics
St. Francis Prep has a rivalry with Holy Cross High School, fueled particularly by their football teams. Known as the "Battle of the Boulevard" due to the two schools being located only 2 miles apart on Francis Lewis Boulevard, the rivalry between the Prep Terriers and the Holy Cross Knights has been called "arguably the greatest rivalry in New York City football."
The St. Francis Prep girls tennis team has been undefeated for 17 consecutive years, making them 17 time CHSAA champions. In 2015 the St. Francis Prep Varsity Handball team won their 13th consecutive CHSAA championship (with an undefeated season).
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