Xavier High School (New York City)


Xavier High School is an
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run by the USA Northeast Province of the
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. It was founded in 1847, as the College of
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(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
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, and which later became
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. It taught boys from the age of eight to twenty-one. The
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of the
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chartered Xavier in 1861. A military training unit began at the school in 1886 under the direction of the
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, 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 student regiment became a
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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 branch of the United States military. Participation in military studies was declared optional in 1971. The school has been accredited by the
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since 1927.Xavier High School
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Following the conclusion of the 2008, Xavier High School announced that then President Daniel James Gatti would be retiring. Gatti's retirement was pushed back until the end of the 2009 school year, at which time it was announced he would be succeeded by Hoboken School Superintendent, Jack Raslowsky. Raslowsky's appointment as the school's 33rd President marked the first time in history that the position would be held by a lay person. Upon ascending to the role, Raslowsky oversaw a development operation that leading to a significant physical expansion of the Xavier High School campus. In March 2021, Xavier High School announced that following a nationwide search, Kim Smith, current Vice President of
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, has been chosen to take over as Headmaster starting July 1. Smith, who will be replacing current Headmaster Michael LiVigni, is to become the first female Headmaster in the over 170 year history of the school.


As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,068 students and 69.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a
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of 15.3:1. The school's student body was 70.3% White, 3.9% Black, 12.0% Hispanic, 3.7% Asian, and 10.1% two or more races.School data for Xavier High School
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The school offers courses under the categories of religion, English studies, English, history, modern and classical languages, mathematics, science, fine arts, Computer science, computer science and technology, military science, Health education, health and physical education, and a guidance department program. Xavier's courses prepare students to embrace the five goals of the Profile of a Graduate of a Jesuit School at Graduation (the "Grad at Grad"). These goals—being open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice—are the foundation of Xavier's curriculum and prepare students to live a life of competence, conscience, and compassion.


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 running, cross-country, American football, football, fencing, golf, ice hockey, hockey, indoor/outdoor track and field, Rugby union, rugby, association football, soccer, lacrosse, swimming (sport), swimming and Diving (sport), diving, tennis, volleyball, and scholastic wrestling, wrestling. Other extracurricular activities include boxing club, choir, speech and debate, chess team, anime, film, science fiction, and skiing /snowboarding, snowboard clubs, school newspaper, ''The Review'', drama productions, UNICEF Club, and the Blue Knight Jazz Band. The Blue Knight 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 off 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 Freshman Track and Field team won the indoor and outdoor 2009 Catholic High School Athletic Association, 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. The team has had much 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 won the CHSAA Intersectional Championships in 2017 and 2019. The team finished 2nd at the New York Federation cross country meet by 2 points in 2016. The team repeated with another 2nd place finish at the New York Federation cross country meet in 2017 and finished 7th in 2019. The team has carried the success with an indoor 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 team captured its second indoor CHSAA Intersectional Championship in 2019.


The Swim Team first moved up to the CHSAA's '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 Department of Education, 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 & Girls Clubs of America, Boys and Girls Club, and Humanities Preparatory Academy, Humanities High School. For many years, Xavier had residence at Borough of Manhattan Community College, using their facilities for both practices and dual meets.

Other sports

In 1859 the College of St. Francis Xavier and St. John's College (now
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) played the first collegiate level baseball game, featuring the new nine-man team style of play. Fordham won the game 33-11. Xavier High School's JV Soccer team won the Catholic High School Athletic Association, CHSAA Intersectional Championship in 2008 and 2009.


In 2016, the school acquired space inside a 25 story building, 35 West 15th Street, to house Fernandez-Duminuco Hall, occupying of space in the basement and six floors. The other floors house condominiums, and both the school campus and the condominiums have separate entrances. The building has allowed for the expansion of the arts at Xavier. The expansion includes a new band room, music practice rooms, small ensemble room, recording studio, theater, and STEAM classroom, which houses an expanded computer science and technology department, and a student activities space.

Notable people

;Alumni * Dave Anderson (sportswriter), Dave Anderson (1929-2018, class of 1947), ''New York Times'' writer and author * Vincent M. Battle, 1958, former United States ambassador to Lebanon * John D. Caemmerer (1928-1982), lawyer and politician who served in the New York Senate. * Jerry Capeci, former organized crime reporter for the ''New York Daily News'', writer, and author * John T. Clancy (1903-1985), lawyer, politician and New York Surrogate's Court, surrogate judge from Queens. * Donald Cook (Medal of Honor recipient), Donald Cook, 1952, Colonel in the United States Marine Corps, U.S. Marine Corps, Medal of Honor recipient * Vincent Cooke, President of Canisius College (1993–2010) *John R. Countryman, 1950, United States Ambassador to Oman (1981-1985) * William H. Crain, Congressman from Texas * Brigadier General Ruben Cubero, 1957, first Hispanic Dean of the Faculty of the United States Air Force Academy * Major General Anthony Cucolo, 1975, 49th Commandant of the United States Army War College * John M. Culkin, 1950, media scholar and critic, educator, writer, and consultant. * Albert del Rosario, 1957, former Philippine Ambassador to the USA and currently the Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary * Hugh Aloysius Drum, Lieutenant-General in the United States Army * George Dzundza, 1963, movie and television actor (''Law & Order (franchise), Law and Order'') * Brad Ferguson, 1970, author and journalist * Dudley Field Malone, Defense Attorney, Scopes "Monkey" Trial, Collector of Customs for the Port of New York 1913, Third Assistant Secy of State in Woodrow Wilson Administration. * Joseph F. Finnegan, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (USA), Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service * Bobby Flay, American celebrity chef, restaurateur and reality television personality * Douglas Fowley, an American movie and television actor * Michael Gargiulo (journalist), Michael Gargiulo, 1977, Emmy Award-Winning Television Personality (Host of Today In New York) * Sonny Grosso, film and television producer * Jerramiah Healy, 1968, mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey * George Kaftan, 1945, basketball player in the NBA and NCAA; recipient of 1947 NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player, MOP award * Michael Keane (economist), Michael Keane, 1979, Nuffield Professor of Economics, University of Oxford * Seamus Kelly (rugby), Seamus Kelly, 2009, outside center for the United States national rugby union team * Robert Kibbee (died 1982), Chancellor of the City University of New York * Thomas A. Ledwith, 1856, American lawyer and politician New York City, New York * Joseph O. Mauborgne, 1901, U.S. Army major general, portrait artist, cryptanalyst, and head of the Signal Corps (United States Army), Signal Corps * Cornelius Augustine McGlennon, Representative for ; mayor of East Newark, New Jersey * Frank McGuire, 1932, Hall of Fame basketball coach who taught and coached the basketball team at Xavier for more than a decade. * Charles Messina, 1989, playwright, director * Neil Olshey, 1983, General Manager for the Portland Trail Blazers * Mario Pei, 1918, linguist * Edmund D. Pellegrino, Former Chair of the President's Council on Bioethics * Michael Petri, 2002, United States National Rugby Team * Eugene A. Philbin, New York County District Attorney * John Paul Pitoc, 1992, actor * Robert J. Reiley, American Institute of Architects, AIA, (1878–1961), prominent architect of churches, schools, and hospitals in the NortheastRobert J. Reiley
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* Al Roker, 1972, NBC television personality and entrepreneur. * Wilbur Ross, 1955,United States Secretary of Commerce and investor known for restructuring failed companies * Antonin Scalia, 1953, United States Supreme Court Justice. * Brian Schulz, 1992, Emmy Award-winning producer and cinematographer for Major League Baseball Productions * Dermot Shea, 1986, New York City Police Department Commissioner since 2019. * Thomas F. Smith, US Congressman, State of New York, 1917-1921. * Stephen Spiro, 1957, Vietnam War opponent and conscientious objector * Patrick Stokes (businessman), Patrick Stokes, 1960, president of Anheuser-Busch * Steven Strait, 2004, actor, fashion model, and singer * Augustus Vincent Tack, 1890, painter of portraits, landscapes and abstractions * Mike Tolkin, 1985, head coach of the USA Rugby men's national team * Lieutenant General John A. Toolan, 1972, commander Fleet Marine Force Pacific * Robert Trehy, 1939, opera singer * Jimmy Walker, mayor of New York City * Winand Wigger, Catholic Prelate * F. Paul Wilson, author of the Repairman Jack science fiction series ;Faculty * Leo Paquin (1910-1993), 40-year faculty member who was athletic director, football coach, and English language, English and Latin language, Latin teacher. Played end (American football), end for
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as part of the 1936 line known as the "Seven Blocks of Granite". * Mike Petri, Rugby coach, Physics and Biology teacher and graduate of the class of 2002. * Mike Tolkin, Varsity Rugby coach, English language, English teacher and graduate of the class of 1985. Left in 2012, after being asked to become the head coach of the USA Rugby team. * Francis P. Duffy, Rev. Duffy served as chaplain for the 69th Infantry Regiment (known as the "Fighting 69th") teacher of French in 1893, "Duffy Square – the northern half of New York City's Times Square between 45th and 47th Streets – is named in his honor."].

In popular culture

Xavier High School has been used in several television shows and movies, including: * Scenes of ''The Peacemaker (1997 film), 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.

See also

* List of Jesuit sites * List of Jesuit secondary schools in the United States


External links

Xavier High School Website
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