St. Thomas Aquinas High School (New Hampshire)

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St. Thomas Aquinas High School
197 Dover Point Road
Dover, New Hampshire 03820
United States
Coordinates 43°9′5″N 70°50′28″W / 43.15139°N 70.84111°W / 43.15139; -70.84111Coordinates: 43°9′5″N 70°50′28″W / 43.15139°N 70.84111°W / 43.15139; -70.84111
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto Lux In Tenebris
(Light in Darkness)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1960
Founder School Sisters of Notre Dame
Oversight Diocese of Manchester
Principal Kevin Collins
Faculty 55
Grades 912
Enrollment 585 (2013-14)
Average class size 18
Student to teacher ratio 14:1
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Navy and White          
Athletics conference NHIAA Division II (Ice hockey- Division Il, Football- Division II)
Mascot Saint Bernard
Team name Saints
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Average SAT scores 565 (Reading)
556 (Math)
560 (Writing)
Publication Reflections Magazine
Tuition $11,650
Alumni 6,800

St. Thomas Aquinas High School is a coeducational Catholic high school in Dover, New Hampshire, United States, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester. It has a student population of approximately 650, and a faculty of 55.


In August 1959, His Excellency Matthew F. Brady, Bishop of Manchester, opened the fundraising drive for St. Thomas Aquinas High School. When Bishop Brady suddenly died, Cardinal Richard Cushing of Boston kept his last project alive. Cardinal Cushing greeted the new bishop, His Excellency Ernest J. Primeau, with the advice, "Go on with St. Thomas Aquinas."

The diocesan co-educational school opened in 1960 with a freshman class only. Serving seventeen parishes in southeastern New Hampshire, the school was staffed by two diocesan priests, seven School Sisters of Notre Dame and one layman. When STA graduated its class of 219 in 1964, the faculty had grown to six priests, twenty-one sisters (requiring a new convent) and four lay teachers.

By the late 1960s, enrollment topped nine hundred students, making St. Thomas a Class L power in athletics. A nationwide trend toward declining enrollments, combined with the higher cost of salaries as the number of teaching sisters fell, brought St. Thomas through a series of challenges throughout the 1970s.

Beginning in the mid-1980s through the 1990s St. Thomas showed a steady and dramatic increase in enrollment. During this period the school enhanced and expanded the academic and extracurricular programs available to students. The convent, named Notre Dame Hall, was converted to provide additional classroom space and to house the Guidance Department, which includes offices, a library, and a conference area. Today the school is at its maximum enrollment.


The school's sports teams compete as the "Saints". Teams of note include football, soccer, swimming and diving, ice hockey, basketball, lacrosse, tennis, track, alpine skiing, cross country, and baseball. The Ice Hockey team competes as one of the four catholic schools in the state in the NHIAA Division II.

In 2011-12, STA was state champion in football (Div IV), girls' swimming, baseball (Div II), and girls' tennis (Div II). The school was a finalist in girls' volleyball and boys' lacrosse. Tennis player Julia Keenan became the first high school athlete in New Hampshire to win four straight individual titles in any sport.

In 2012-13, the girls' volleyball team repeated as state finalists and the girls' tennis team repeated as state champions.

Overall, St. Thomas has won 30 state team championships in the last 16 years, along with dozens of individual titles.

Notable alumni[edit]

Among St. Thomas' graduates are Ron Fortier, comic book and pulp writer best known for his work on The Green Hornet, and Brendan DuBois, author of numerous novels including Resurrection Day.

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Retrieved 2009-07-28.