Xavier High School (New York City)
|Xavier High School|
30 West 16th St|
New York City, New York 10011
"Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam"|
(For the Greater Glory of God)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Patron saint(s)||St. Francis Xavier|
|Sister school||Notre Dame School|
|Oversight||Society of Jesus|
|President||John R. Raslowsky II|
|Teaching staff||75.3 FTEs|
|Grades||Ninth grade-twelfth grade|
|Student to teacher ratio||14.5:1|
|School color(s)||Maroon and Blue|
|Slogan||"Men for Others"|
|Song||"Sons of Xavier"|
|Athletics conference||CHSAA New York section|
Regis High School Xaverian High School |
Fordham Preparatory School
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Publication||Lexicon (literary journal)|
|Newspaper||The Xavier Review|
|Endowment||$41 million|
|Affiliations||JSEA, NCEA, NYSAIS|
Xavier High School is an independent Jesuit university-preparatory high school for boys located at 30 West 16th Street, in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It was founded in 1847, as the College of St. Francis Xavier (also known as St. Francis Xavier College) by John Larkin.
The school was founded in 1847 by John Larkin, a professor at St. John's College in Rosehill Manor, then in Westchester County, now a part of the Borough of the Bronx, and which later became Fordham University. It taught boys from the age of eight to twenty-one. The Regents of the University of the State of New York chartered Xavier in 1861.
A military training unit began at the school in 1886 under the direction of the National Guard, and membership became mandatory in 1892. Five years later, collegiate and secondary studies were separated into different departments, and the college level department was closed in 1912. The Regiment became a Junior ROTC unit in 1935, and the school was declared a military institute in 1968, offering four years of military science and training which would be recognized upon enrollment in any branches of the United States Military. Participation in military studies was declared optional in 1971.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,090 students and 75.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.5:1. The school's student body was 69.8% White, 4.9% Black, 12.4% Hispanic, 3.9% Asian, and 9.1% two or more races.
Xavier, a Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) member, provides its students the opportunity to pursue a wide variety of sports: baseball, basketball, bowling, cross-country, football, golf, hockey, indoor/outdoor track and field, rugby, soccer, lacrosse, swimming, tennis, and wrestling. Other extracurricular activities include boxing club, choir, speech and debate, chess team, anime, film, science fiction, and skiing /snowboard clubs, school newspaper, The Review, drama productions, and the Blue Night Jazz Band. The Blue Night Band won best trombone section at the 2010 Villanova University Big Band Festival.
Xavier's current mascot is a knight, and all of its athletic teams are referred to as the Knights. However, for many years, the teams were called the Cadets, a reflection of Xavier's military program, while a terrier was used as a mascot. After a variety of replacements, including the 1980s Bruins, the nickname of the Knights was decided upon in the early 1990s and has been official since.
The Xavier Football program began in the late 19th century. It has a continued rivalry with the Bronx's Fordham Preparatory School. The two schools compete in an annual "Turkey Bowl", the oldest high school football rivalry in New York City. Their very first game against one another took place in the late 19th century when the game was called due to darkness, ending in a tie. Many of these football matches were played at Manhattan's famed Polo Grounds, until its demolition.
Rugby is a popular sport at Xavier. Rugby has varsity status, and fields four teams with over 125 players. Xavier has fielded one of the top rugby teams in the United States since the club's founding in 1976. The team achieved an undefeated season in 2007, winning the Tier B National Championship Tournament. The Xavier Rugby Team also won National Championship Tournaments in 1985 and 1993 and has won the East Coast/Northeast US Championship Tournament every year from 2000 to 2009. The team won their 4th National Championship on May 22, 2010. They defeated Gonzaga 32-10 to win the Boy's National High School Championship.
The Freshman Track and Field team won the indoor and outdoor 2009 CHSAA Intersectional Championships, the first time in team history. In 2010, the team defended their outdoor victory as sophomores. The Track and Field team competed in the Nationals track meet in Greensboro, North Carolina and finished fifth in both the 4 by 100 and 4 by 200 meter relay, earning Emerging Elite Metals. In June 2012, Edward Wagner, a Xavier track and field athlete became the school's first to earn All-America honors during the outdoor season with a 4th place overall finish in the 400 meter hurdles at the National Championship. The team has had lots of recent success in both cross country and on the track. The cross country team has finished 4th at CHSAA Intersectional Championships in 2011, 5th in 2012, 3rd in 2013, 2nd in 2014, 2nd in 2015 and 1st in 2016, the teams first cross country title in almost a century. The team also finished 2nd at the New York Federation cross country meet by 2 points in 2016. The team has carried the success with a CHSAA Intersectional Championship victory in 2015 and most recently in 2017, the 4X800 meter relay placed 3rd at the National track meet, capturing All American with a 7:50.84
The Swim Team first moved up to the CHSAA'a 'A' Division in the early 1990s. It won the school's first City Championship in 1996 and followed that up by winning the 'A' Division title in 1997. Also in 1996, Xavier won the first 'All-City' Swimming Championship by beating New York City Public School swimming champion Stuyvesant High School. Like many schools in Manhattan, Xavier does not have many athletic resources on-site. As a result, the Xavier Swim Team has used various pools around the city, such as St. Francis College in Brooklyn, the Lower East Side Boys and Girls Club, and Humanities High School. For many years, Xavier had residence at Borough of Manhattan Community College, using their facilities for both practices and dual meets.
In 1859 the College of St. Francis Xavier and St. John's College (now Fordham University) played the first collegiate level baseball game, featuring the new nine-man team style of play. Fordham won the game 33-11.
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in 2016 the school acquired space inside a 25 story building, 35 West 15th Street, to house Fernandez-Duminuco Hall, occupying 45,000 square feet (4,200 m2) of space in the basement and six floors. The other floors house condominiums, and both the school campus and the condominiums have separate entrances.
Xavier High School offers an Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps unit, known as "The Regiment", which is available to students in all grade levels. Before 1972, the Regiment was a mandatory piece of Xavier education, and thus helped to label Xavier as Manhattan's unofficial Military School. Many notable alumni have been former cadets in the Regiment, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who spoke to the Regiment at a recent award ceremony, recounting the important role that the Regiment played in kindling his growth as a student and cementing the ideals that Xavier instilled in him.
Colonel Anderson of the Eastern Region Command called the Xavier Regiment one of "the top five in the Northeast". Under the leadership of LTC Roy E. Campbell, US Army (ret.) until 2016, it achieved a school record overall score of 99.2 in the 2005 inspection. During its Army Formal Inspection on April 28, 2011, Xavier achieved a score of 99.1. The Regiment marches annually in the St. Patrick's and Columbus Day parades. Xavier's Regiment has five extracurricular teams: the Rifle Team, the Raider Unit, the Color Guard, the drill team, which consists of the X-squad and the Saber Guard. The X-Squad and Saber Guard are a part of Xavier's regimental drill team, the former being established in 1937. X-Squad being the armed portion and the Saber Guard being the unarmed portion. They compete in local competitions in New York and New Jersey, as well as the National High School Drill Team Championship and Army Nationals. The Color Guard carries the colors at parades, school functions, and other important events. Formerly known as the Black Jacks, the Raiders are the Regiment's physical fitness team. They compete annually in the Raider Challenge and the Commander's Cup. The Rifle Team, one of the three oldest sports teams at Xavier, competes nationally in postal matches, as well as regional tournaments. During parades, the Rifle Team, Raiders, Saber Guard, X-squad and the Blue Night Band, Xavier's jazz band, march separately from the Regiment. As a unit, it has twice has been named best high school marching unit in the St. Patrick's Day Parade.
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In popular culture
Xavier High School has been used in several television shows and movies, including:
- Scenes of The Peacemaker were filmed at Xavier.
- New Kids On The Block filmed the music video for their song "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)" at Xavier.
- Xavier was used as a police precinct for the film Premium Rush.
- A scene from The Winning Season was filmed in the main gymnasium.
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