St. Francis Preparatory School

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St. Francis Prep
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6100 Francis Lewis Boulevard
New York City (Fresh Meadows, Queens), New York 11365
United States
Coordinates 40°44′32″N 73°46′34″W / 40.74222°N 73.77611°W / 40.74222; -73.77611
Type Private
Motto Deus Meus et Omnia
(My God and My All)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1858
Oversight Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn
President Leonard Conway
Principal Patrick McLaughlin '73
Faculty 137
Grades 912
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 2750[1] (2008)
Average class size 30
Color(s) Red and Blue         
Fight song On For Ol' St Francis
Mascot Terrier
Nickname Prep
Team name Terriers
Rival Holy Cross High School (Flushing) (BOYS) and Mary Louis (GIRLS)
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Publication The Little Portion Literary Magazine
Newspaper The Seraph
Yearbook San Fran
Tuition $9,550

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.[3] 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.


The Queens building as Bishop Reilly High School in 1963

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.).[3] 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.[4] 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.[4] A fitness center was added recently and the science labs are being updated.[citation needed] There are currently plans to add a three-story addition to the rear of the existing building.[citation needed] The upgrades to the art rooms will support students in the studio, digital and the performing arts.[5]

Co-curricular activities and athletics[edit]

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,[6] the rivalry between the Prep Terriers and the Holy Cross Knights has been called "arguably the greatest rivalry in New York City football."[7]

The St. Francis Prep girls tennis team has been undefeated for 17 consecutive years, making them 17 time CHSAA champions.[citation needed] In 2015 the St. Francis Prep Varsity Handball team won their 13th consecutive CHSAA championship (with an undefeated season).[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  3. ^ a b Gustafson, Anna (November 28, 2008). "Students, Faculty Reflect on 150 Years of St. Francis Prep". The New York Daily News. Archived from the original on January 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "About St. Francis Preparatory School". Archived from the original on 2014-11-04. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  5. ^ Rhoades, Liz (December 4, 2008). "St. Francis Prep readies building expansion plan". Queens Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-01-13. [dead link]
  6. ^ Samuel, Ebenezer (October 7, 2008). "St. Francis Prep Cruises Past Holy Cross in Battle of the Boulevard". The New York Daily News. 
  7. ^ "Live Blog: Holy Cross-St. Francis Prep Football". Five Boro Sports. 
  8. ^ "Patti Ann Browne '83". St. Francis Preparatory Alumni. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  9. ^ " - CBS' Julie Chen: Unique Blend of Cultural Influences Motivates Big Brother Host". September 21, 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-13. [permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Peter Facinelli's Twitter account". December 16, 2009. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  11. ^ "New York City Council: District 26 - Eric N. Gioia". New York City Council. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  12. ^ "Dan Henning - Miami Dolphins". Miami Dolphins official site. Archived from the original on 30 September 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  13. ^ "Hall of Famers: Vince Lombardi". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  14. ^ "Frank Serpico '54". St. Francis Preparatory Alumni. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  15. ^ Newell, Kevin. "The Joe Torre Story". Scholastic Corporation. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 

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