Brooklyn Preparatory School


Brooklyn Preparatory School, commonly referred to as Brooklyn Prep, was a highly selective
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preparatory school founded by the Society of Jesus in 1908. The school educated generations of young men from throughout New York City and Long Island until its closure in 1972. The Prep was located on 1150 Carroll Street in the Crown Heights section of
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(CUNY). Located next to the Prep was the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, which was also run by the Jesuits and which was closed in 2011. As a Jesuit institution, Brooklyn Prep was noted for its religious values, classical roots (e.g.,
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and Greek), and dress code (ties and jackets) – all part of its goal of turning out well-rounded, educated men. Most of its graduates matriculated to four-year colleges. For many years, the school offered a full,$1,800. four-year scholarship, to the winner of its annual "Diocesan Spelling Bee", which was open to all eighth grade male students from the Diocese of Brooklyn as well as the Diocese of Rockville Center. In 1961, the more than 150 entrants dwindled down to the Spelling Bee winner... Arthur Reilly, from St. Pascal Baylon School, in Saint Albans, New York. The "Prep" was part of a group of eight Jesuit secondary schools in New York and New Jersey (
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, Fordham Preparatory School, Fordham Prep, St. Peter's Preparatory School, St. Peter's Prep, Canisius High School, Canisius and McQuaid Jesuit High School, McQuaid). The 100th anniversary of the school was celebrated by alumni and former faculty in October 2008. In 2003, New York Nativity began "Brooklyn Jesuit Prep", a co-educational middle school in the former St. Teresa's School at Sterling Place and Classon Avenue in Crown Heights, providing Jesuit-taught tuition-free education for 5th through 8th grades.Brooklyn Jesuit Prep website

Notable alumni

Among Brooklyn Prep's notable alumni are: *Robert S. Bennett, 1957 – Washington, D.C. attorney* (official site) *William Peter Blatty, 1945 – author of ''The Exorcist (novel), The Exorcist'' *Joseph Califano, 1948 – former Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare *William P. Ford, 1953 [deceased] – international civil rights attorney* *Jack Hofsiss, 1967 – director of ''The Elephant Man'' *Joseph M. McLaughlin, 1950 – Senior Appellate Judge, Second Circuit *John Musto, 1972 – composer, concert pianist; 1997 Pulitzer Prize in Music finalist *Joe Paterno, 1944 [deceased] – football coach at Penn State for 45 years *John Sexton, 1959 – President of New York University *Dr. George A. Sheehan, 1936 (deceased) – best-selling running and fitness expert *Raymond Siller, 1956 – television writer, political consultant

Notable faculty

Noted faculty included: *Rev. Thomas V. Bermingham, SJ – classical scholar; professor at Georgetown University and Fordham University who worked on The Exorcist (film), ''The Exorcist'' *Rev. Daniel Berrigan, SJ – peace activist; author and poet *Rev. Edward B. Bunn – dean of Brooklyn Prep and later president of Loyola University Maryland and Georgetown University *Rev. J. Charles Davey, SJ – first dean of Brooklyn Prep and president of Saint Joseph's University *John C. Lawn – varsity basketball coach, who became Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator, COO of the New York Yankees, and CEO of The Century Council


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