Saint Sebastian's School
|Saint Sebastian's School|
|1191 Greendale Avenue
Needham, Massachusetts, (Norfolk County) 02492-4699
|Motto||Semen est sanguis Christianorum.
("The blood of Christians (i.e., Christian Martyrs) is the seed [of Faith]".)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Founder||William Cardinal O'Connell|
|Headmaster||William L. Burke III|
|Chaplain||Father John Arens|
|Average class size||11|
|Campus size||26 acres (110,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||Red and Black|
|Athletics conference||Independent School League|
|Accreditation||New England Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Publication||The Quiver (literary magazine)|
|Assistant Headmaster||Michael Nerbonne|
|Dean of Students||Brendan Sullivan|
|Director of Admissions||Gregory Wishart|
Saint Sebastian's School is an independent, all-boys Catholic secondary school located in Needham, Massachusetts on 26 acres (110,000 m2). The school instructs young men in grades seven through twelve. Founded in 1941 by William Cardinal O'Connell, Archbishop of Boston, the school is named after Saint Sebastian, the Christian martyr who survived an attempted execution by arrows. It is the only Catholic school in the Independent School League. Approximately 350 students are enrolled, with 25% receiving financial aid. Since 1990, the School headmaster is Mr. William L. Burke III. Due to the school's superior academic and athletic offerings, many locals recognize Sebs as the most prestigious Catholic high school in Massachusetts.
The School features a rigorous academic program focusing on the liberal arts and offers Spanish and Classics courses. Writing is emphasized with numerous courses in the English curriculum, with Freshmen (9th grade) students taking a special class to hone their skills. Public speaking is also emphasized, with each student required to deliver an annual speech during his class's weekly chapel meetings.
The student:teacher ratio at St. Sebastian's is 7:1. The average class size is 11. The school offers 20 classes at the Advanced Placement level. Students are all assigned a faculty advisor and at the end of every academic quarter, awards for honors students are presented before the school community.
St. Sebastian's has a competitive athletic program, with 11 varsity sports, and 35 teams in total. Its school colors are red and black, and teams are known as the Arrows. Over the years the Arrows have had an intense rivalry with the Belmont Hill School. St. Sebastian's School is a member of the prestigious Independent School League.
The school has one of the top ice hockey programs in the United States, dating to its founding in 1941. The school regularly produces picks in the NHL Entry Draft, notably, four first round draft picks in its history, such as Noah Hanifin, make it the most of any high school in the US. In June 2003 the school was tied for the most picks from a single high school, ever, at four. St. Sebastian's now has five first round picks after Hannifin's pick in 2015. The team is now coached by Sean McCann, a former Harvard assistant coach and captain, and also a Hobey Baker finalist. St. Sebastian's has produced the most current NHL players of any high school, at five.
The campus rink, the Henry T. Lane Rink, is named in honor of Henry Lane who served the school for over 40 years, first as the Varsity Hockey coach and later the Athletic Director. Lane was also a graduate of St. Sebastian's in the class of 1949. St. Sebastian's has had great success in recent years with lacrosse, winning the ISL Championship in 2012. The School's sailing team was also ranked seventh in the country in 2001. More recently, the varsity baseball team won the ISL championship in 2007. Also, the St. Sebastian's varsity golf team achieved back to back undefeated seasons in addition to back to back ISL Championship Victories in 2009 and 2010.
Furthermore, in its 2012 season, St. Sebastian's football team recorded an undefeated record of 9-0, capturing the ISL championship, as well as the NEPSAC championship, becoming the first team in the school's history to have an undefeated season while also winning a bowl game.
St. Sebastian's has 6 student publications and 33 different clubs and activities. The school newspaper, The Walrus, is published monthly. The school's debate team competes among private secondary schools in New England. Other student groups manage The Arrow, the school yearbook, as well as The Quiver, a creative literary magazine, and The St. Sebastian's Journal, a collection of student-written scholarly essays. Other students run the school's closed-circuit television network, perform community service (The Arrow Club and Labels Are For Jars), perform in dramatic productions, compete in such activities as chess, robotics, support students of color (MPA), and advocate against destructive decisions such as drug and alcohol abuse (SADD).
The Guild of St. Irene
The Guild is the school's association for the mothers of students, rather like the PTA. Founded in 1949, the Guild works for the enhancement of St. Sebastian’s School through social events, fund-raising, and volunteer activities. It is named after St. Irene, who befriended and healed St. Sebastian.
- Red & Black Day: A field day in which the student body is split into two teams (Red and Black). During the day these teams compete in competitive events like tug-o-war, flag football, wiffleball, frisbee golf, and Jenga. This day promotes school spirit and unity through healthy competition.
- Painting The Hills: On the day before St. Sebastian's homecoming, the students paint the numbers and nicknames of the varsity football and soccer players on the hills that overlook the respective fields.
- Unity Day: The Friday after the first quarter ends, students participate in "fishbowl" activities, talk in groups consisting of students in different grades, and listen to some alumni. This day promotes the act of coming together, and becoming more united, especially with students of different races, social backgrounds, interests, and religions.
- Black History Month Assembly: Each year during Black History Month, the students of MPA organize an assembly for the school in order to appreciate the month and show their respects to some of the most celebrated heroes of black rights.
Politics and Government Service
- William B. Evans, Commissioner of the Boston Police Department.
- Paul G. Kirk, former US Senator, former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
- Kevin E. Moley, US Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva
- James H. Maloney, former Member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the Fifth District of Connecticut
- Lawrence O'Donnell, Congressional Staffer, MSNBC host and writer/producer for NBC's The West Wing
- Tony Barros, player for the Cape Verde national basketball team
- Rick DiPietro, goalie for the New York Islanders hockey team
- Mike Grier, retired NHL winger
- Joe Hulbig, former National Hockey League forward and Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick
- Mike Morris, former professional ice hockey player and San Jose Sharks first round draft pick
- Mike Smith (baseball player), Major League Baseball pitcher
- Noah Welch, defenseman in the Elitserien Swedish hockey league
- Brian Boyle (ice hockey), forward for the Tampa Bay Lightning
- Richard Pitino, men's basketball coach at University of Minnesota
- Carl Corazzini, former National Hockey League forward
- Matt Duffy, draft pick of Houston Astros
- Danny O'Regan, draft pick of San Jose Sharks
- Noah Hanifin, defenseman for the Carolina Hurricanes
- Justin Carven, inventor of the Greasecar SVO conversion kit
- John Slattery, Emmy-nominated screen and stage actor, best known for his role on AMC's series Mad Men
- Bob Arnot, American physician and television personality
- St. Sebastian's School profile provided by schooltree.org