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Boston College High School (also known as BC High) is an all-male, Jesuit, Roman Catholic, college preparatory secondary school founded in 1863 with historical ties to Boston College. It has an enrollment in grades 7-12 of approximately 1,500 students and is located on a 40-acre (160,000 m2) campus on Morrissey Boulevard in the Dorchester section of Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

Boston College High School

Coordinates42°18′58″N 71°2′47″W / 42.31611°N 71.04639°W / 42.31611; -71.04639Coordinates: 42°18′58″N 71°2′47″W / 42.31611°N 71.04639°W / 42.31611; -71.04639
Motto"Ut Cognoscant Te"[2]
(So they may know You.)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic, Jesuit
FounderJohn McElroy, SJ
OversightBoard of Trustees
PresidentGrace Cotter Regan
PrincipalAdam Lewis
Vice principals
Robert Hamblet
Hollis Brooks
Kimberly Smith
Faculty140 (approx.)
Enrollment1,575 (approx.) (2015)
Average class size21
Student to teacher ratio13:1 [1]
Campus size40 acres (160,000 m2)
Color(s)Maroon and Gold         
AthleticsMIAA Division 1
Athletics conferenceCatholic Conference
Team nameEagles
RivalsCatholic Memorial, St. John's Prep, Xaverian
AccreditationNew England Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
PublicationThe Botolphian (literary magazine)
NewspaperThe Eagle
Endowment$60+ million
Alumni15,000+ living
AcademicsDean, Thomas Smith
DisciplineDean, Nelson Miranda
Instructional TechnologyDirector, Jen McLarnon
AthleticsDirector, Jon Bartlett
EnrollmentVice President, Charles Drane


BC's founder, Fr. John McElroy, SJ

On March 31, 1863, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts approved a charter for the incorporation of Boston College. Fr. Johannes Bapst, SJ, was selected first president and presided over the original grounds on Harrison Avenue in Boston's South End. For most of its early history, BC offered a singular 7-year program corresponding to both high school and college. Its first entering class of 22 students ranged in age from 11 to 16 years. The curriculum was based on the Jesuit Ratio Studiorum, emphasizing Latin, Greek, philosophy and theology. While BC's mission, as articulated by founder Fr. John McElroy, SJ, was to "educate pupils in the principles and practice of the Catholic faith," its founding documents reflect the historical realities of the time. The great influx of immigrants to Boston in the nineteenth century corresponded with growing anti-Catholic sentiment among the city's aristocratic elite. As a result, BC's charter was revolutionary for its time in stating that "the profession of religion will not be a necessary condition for admission to the College."

BC High's original campus in Boston's South End. The building has been converted to residential condominiums. On the right, a corner of the Jesuit Urban Center can be seen.

By the start of the 20th century, BC's enrollment had reached nearly 500. Expansion of the South End buildings onto James Street enabled increased division between the high school and the college. The 1907 purchase of farmland for a new college campus in Chestnut Hill allowed BC High to fully expand into the South End buildings, though it remained a constituent part of Boston College until 1927 when it was separately incorporated. Nonetheless, traditional ties between BC High and BC have survived, and Boston College remains a leading destination for BC High graduates. Alumni who graduate from both institutions are called "Double Eagles" (with "Triple Eagles" going on to Boston College Law School).

Following the Great Depression, BC High was characterized by increasing enrollment and aging facilities. By the 1940s, the South End buildings proved inadequate once again. Overcrowding and a demand for athletic fields led Jesuit President Fr. Robert A. Hewitt to purchase 70 acres (28 ha) on Columbia Point, in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester in 1948, a move that was controversial at the time. At a cost of $240,000, critics warned that BC High would be abandoning its city roots and moving to an undeveloped part of the city. But Father Hewitt had a vision, and he dreamed of "a modern high school with a full range of scholastic facilities, including science laboratories and a library; the necessary ecclesiastical facilities, including a Jesuit faculty residence and a church; a wide range of athletic facilities, including a gymnasium, field house, and outdoor areas for a variety of sports, both interscholastic and intramural, and areas for general recreation, faculty walks, parking, and campus landscaping."

Father Hewitt's dream began to see fruition in 1950, with the opening of McElroy Hall and the relocation of the junior and senior classes to the new campus. By 1954, the entire student body had moved to Columbia Point, though members of the Jesuit Community remained at the South End Residence until 1957. In that year, Loyola Hall, the new Jesuit residence, was completed. Successive building campaigns saw the opening of the Walsh Hall Science Center in 1965, the Student Training, Athletic and Recreation Complex (S.T.A.R.) in 1975, Corcoran Library in 1997, and the multi-use McNeice Pavilion in 1988. William Kemeza, the former president of the school, was the founder of BC High's Renaissance Campaign. Grace Cotter Regan is now the current president of Boston College High School.

"Renaissance" CampaignEdit

BC High completed a 63,000-square-foot (5,900 m2) addition in the spring of 2005. The project included a new state-of-the-art science building, new administrative offices, a new cafeteria, and a general commons. Afterward, during the fall of 2005, President William J. Kemeza announced "Renaissance: The Campaign for Boston College High School," a $40 million fundraising effort. The campaign raised over $51 million by its conclusion in June 2008. As part of the campaign, the school underwent a $12.5 million renovation project which included the renovation of the Cushing, Walsh, and McElroy buildings. The Corcoran Library was also updated with the addition of a "Great Books Room", which alone reportedly cost $500,000. The same $12.6 million has also been used for an outdoor space with new entrance gates, a new road through campus, a second synthetic-turf athletic field, and multi-purpose open spaces including plazas, athletic fields, and gardens. With the commencement of the 2007-2008 school year, the new performing arts center, the Bulger Center (formerly Dever Auditorium), became available for use by BC High's numerous performing groups, as well as for small school functions.

Grades 7 and 8Edit

On January 11, 2006, BC High announced the addition of a seventh and eighth grade to its high school program beginning in September 2007.[3] These classes are conducted in the newly renovated Walsh building. These grades are in addition to the traditional 9-12 grade system and is known as the Arrupe Division.[4] The name Arrupe comes from the late Father Pedro Arrupe, who was a notable missionary, and an influential Jesuit. The Arrupe division differs from the rest of the school in their stricter rules and more involvement from the teachers.


  • McElroy Hall (3 floors): The Classics (2nd Floor) and Modern Language (end of 3rd floor) departments and most Language, History, Religious Education, and English classrooms.
  • Cushing Hall (2 floors): The Math Department and classrooms on the second floor; the Corcoran Library on the first floor.
  • Loyola Hall (3 floors): Houses the Chapel, Faculty Dining Room, "Eagles Nest" faculty daycare center, Jesuit Residence, President's Office, the History, English, and Religious Education Departments, as well as many administrative departments.
  • Walsh Hall (3 floors): Houses the Arrupe Division (7th and 8th Grades), formerly a part of the High School.
  • McQuillan Hall (3 floors): Newest addition to BC High Campus in 2005. Houses the Admissions Office, Principal's Office, Bookstore, Guidance Department, Cafeteria, Campus Ministry, and many classrooms.
  • McNeice Pavilion (Gym): Basketball courts, locker rooms, indoor track, and weight room.
  • Gregory E. Bulger Performing Arts Center (Theater), formerly Dever Auditorium
  • Cadigan Hall: A second gym, for the Arrupe Division, new art classrooms and theaters as well as a student lounge will be in Cadigan Hall. The new hall was announced in the spring of 2012.

Athletic achievementsEdit

The school was ranked #10 on Sports Illustrated's list of Top High School Athletic programs – the only school in New England to be ranked.[5]

State championshipsEdit

The 2009 Indoor Track Relay Team won the Massachusetts State Relays.[6][7] The baseball team won the State Finals in 2001, 2008 and 2009. [8]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Archived from the original on 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  2. ^ John 17:3 "That they may know You."
  3. ^ Area news[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Off-Campus Visits
  5. ^ " - Nation's Top 10 athletic programs - Jun 19, 2007". CNN. June 19, 2007. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
  6. ^ Raymond, Jonathan (January 18, 2009). "BC High: Group dynamic". The Boston Globe.
  7. ^ Herald, track Archived June 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "State Finals". Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association.
  9. ^ Board of Trustees: William M. Bulger Archived 2013-02-05 at the Wayback Machine, Boston Public Library. Accessed January 5, 2017. "Upon his graduation from Boston College High School in 1952, President Bulger enrolled at Boston College."
  10. ^ Boston College High School Archived 2018-01-06 at the Wayback Machine, Accessed January 5, 2017.
  11. ^ English, Bella. "General rallying the troops of Pan-Mass riders", The Boston Globe, July 30, 2012. Accessed January 5, 2017. "Young George attended boarding school in Rome, and when his father was on a Harvard fellowship for a year, he and his brother enrolled at Boston College High School.... He did his senior year at BC High in 1966."
  12. ^ Terry Driscoll, Basketball Reference. Accessed January 5, 2017.
  13. ^ Nowlin, Bill. Ed Gallagher, Society for American Baseball Research. Accessed January 5, 2017. "Ed Gallagher was a 1928 graduate of Boston College High School and a 1932 graduate of BC itself, where he starred in baseball, football, and hockey."
  14. ^ Hanson, Fred. "Milton family celebrates Alex Hassan's call-up by Red Sox", The Patriot Ledger, May 30, 2014. Accessed January 5, 2017. "An outfielder/first baseman, Hassan was a four-year letterman for Boston College High School."
  15. ^ "Edwin McDonough, 72, of Needham, Army vet". Boston Herald. 2016-02-12. Archived from the original on 2016-02-13. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  16. ^ Clark, Jim. "BC High's Ryan Shea, Nobles' Luke Stevens chosen in NHL draft" Archived 2017-01-06 at the Wayback Machine, Boston Herald, June 27, 2015. Accessed January 5, 2017. "BC High star defenseman Ryan Shea was taken by the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks with the final pick in the fourth round, No. 121 overall."

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Preceded by
Catholic Memorial High School
Super Eight Hockey Tournament Champions
2006 and 2007
Succeeded by
Reading Memorial High School
Preceded by
Catholic Memorial High School
Super Eight Hockey Tournament Champions
Succeeded by
Catholic Memorial High School
Preceded by
Catholic Memorial High School
Super Eight Hockey Tournament Champions
Succeeded by
Arlington Catholic High School