St. Joseph's Preparatory School

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St. Joseph's Preparatory School, known as "St. Joseph's Prep" or simply "The Prep", is an urban, private, Catholic, college preparatory school run by the Jesuits in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It was founded in 1851.

St. Joseph's Preparatory School
1733 West Girard Avenue


United States
Coordinates39°58′21″N 75°9′53″W / 39.97250°N 75.16472°W / 39.97250; -75.16472Coordinates: 39°58′21″N 75°9′53″W / 39.97250°N 75.16472°W / 39.97250; -75.16472
MottoAd Maiorem Dei Gloriam
(For the greater glory of God)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1851; 170 years ago (1851)
OversightSociety of Jesus
PresidentJohn F. Marinacci
PrincipalAndrew T. Cavacos
Campus size6.5 acres (26,000 m2)
Color(s)Crimson and Gray   
SloganEducating Men of Competence, Conscience & Compassion since 1851
SongSwing on Along With the Crimson
Athletics conferencePhiladelphia Catholic League
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
NewspaperThe Hawkeye
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The credits must satisfy the minimums in religious studies (4), english (4), mathematics / computer science (4), history (3), science (3), classics & modern language (5), fine arts (1), electives (2). A minimum of two of the language credits must be in classics.[2]


St. Joseph's Prep's athletic teams compete as one of the 16 schools in the Philadelphia Catholic League. The Prep joined the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association in the 2007-2008 school year. The Prep offers the following athletic programs:

Fall: cross country, football (varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen), crew (varsity and junior varsity), rugby, soccer (varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen), squash (varsity and junior varsity), Ultimate Frisbee (club), and golf.

Winter: basketball (varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen), bowling (varsity and junior varsity), indoor track and field, swimming, wrestling (varsity and junior varsity), and ice hockey (varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen).

Spring: baseball (varsity, junior varsity, and freshman), crew (varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen), volleyball, lacrosse, outdoor track and field, tennis, Ultimate Frisbee (club), and rugby (varsity, junior varsity, freshmen/sophomore). The boys senior eight crew team has won the Stotesbury Cup in national competition 12 times; in 1955, 1987, 1992, 1995, 1997, 1999-2001, 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2019.[3] In 2000, the Prep Varsity 8 won the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta.[4]

The Prep football team won back-to-back state championships, winning the Class 4A state championship in 2014 with a 49-41 win against Pine-Richland High School in the finals.[5] Despite losing to La Salle College High School early in the 2015 playoffs, the St. Joseph's Prep football team won the first ever Class 6A PIAA state championship, defeating Pittsburgh Central Catholic by a score of 42-7 at HersheyPark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania.[6] The team won the program's fourth state title in 2018 with a 40-20 win against Harrisburg High School in the Class 6A tournament final.[7]

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  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on 2009-09-17. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
  2. ^ "Program of Studies St. Joseph's Preparatory School". Retrieved 2020-12-07.
  3. ^ "Winners: Previous Years". Stotesbury Cup Regatta. 2015-02-19. Retrieved 2017-07-26.
  4. ^ Hildes-Heim, Norman. "Plus: Rowing -- Henley Royal Regatta; Brown's Crew Edges Germans", The New York Times, July 3, 2000. Accessed December 30, 2018. "In an all-American final of the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup for schoolboy eights, St. Joseph's Prep of Philadelphia fought off a persistent crew from Groton School in Connecticut to win by three-quarters of a length in 6:47."
  5. ^ White, Mike. "PIAA Class AAAA: Pine-Richland suffers loss to St. Joseph’s Prep", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 13, 2014. Accessed December 30, 2018. "The Rams came close to pulling off the greatest comeback in PIAA championship history Saturday night, but came up short, losing to St. Joseph’s Prep of Philadelphia, 49-41.... St. Joseph’s (11-3) won its second consecutive PIAA title as the Hawks finished with 334 rushing yards."
  6. ^ White, Mike. "St. Joseph's Prep trounces Central Catholic, 42-7, in first PIAA Class 6A title game", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 10, 2016. Accessed December 30, 2018. "Mighty St. Joseph’s Prep of Philadelphia made Central Catholic look rather ordinary, drubbing the Vikings, 42-7, to win the 6A championship against the defending champions."
  7. ^ O'Brien, Rick. "St. Joe’s Prep collects fourth state football crown by turning back resilient Harrisburg", The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 8, 2018. Accessed December 30, 2018. "The final score may indicate otherwise, but St. Joseph’s Prep had its hands full with underdog Harrisburg until the fourth quarter..... With Mason producing a pair of 4-yard touchdown runs in the last frame, the Hawks pulled away from the Cougars and triumphed, 40-20, Saturday night to earn top PIAA Class 6A honors at frigid Hersheypark Stadium.... The Hawks (13-0) captured their fourth state title in six seasons."
  8. ^ Evan Amos (April 28, 2011). "Evan Amosinterview with Matt Duke". Retrieved May 4, 2011.
  9. ^ Kenna, Kara (April 21, 1993). "Loyola Loses a Leader, Inherits a Legacy". The Greyhound. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  10. ^ Wade, Michael J. (2016). Adaptation in Metapopulations: How Interaction Changes Evolution. University of Chicago Press. p. 3. ISBN 9780226129730. I attended St. Joseph's Preparatory High School and my endless hours in the swamps were replaced by 5–6 hours of homework each night; a test every week in every subject; and daily quizzes in Latin and math. The Prep faculty had two of my best teachers, Mr. Earl Hart in honors mathematics and Stephen A. Garber, S. J., in honors chemistry.
  11. ^ "U S Navy Biography Rear Admiral Joseph F. Kilkenny". Archived from the original on March 14, 2011.
  12. ^ Couloumbis, Angela (June 20, 2011). "Hussein capture puts spotlight on local officer Army Maj. Brian J. Reed of Huntingdon Valley was part of the team that caught the Iraqi ex-dictator". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
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  14. ^ "BioTime, Inc. Appoints Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D. to its Board of Directors". BusinessWire Press Release. November 9, 2011.
  15. ^ Callahan, Kevin. "Criscuolo coming up big at Harvard", Courier-Post, February 15, 2015. Accessed December 11, 2018. "Kyle Criscuolo grew up in Southampton and is just 5-foot-8, which isn’t the tangible recipe for success in college ice hockey.... Criscuolo, who attended St. Joseph’s Prep School in Philadelphia, was named last week by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston as one of 20 NCAA Division I players for the 63rd Walter Brown Award, which is presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England."
  16. ^ Smith, E. J. "New Cleveland Browns coach Kevin Stefanski was a star athlete at St. Joseph's Prep, Penn". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  17. ^ Hunt, Donald (April 16, 2019). "Local prospects could make 2019 NFL Draft interesting". Philadelphia Tribune. Retrieved January 8, 2020.
  18. ^ "The journey of the Wizard of Oz (also known as South Jersey's Olamide Zaccheaus) to Atlanta". PhillyVoice. Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  19. ^ Davis, Jack et al. (2009). Humbug, p. 213. Retrieved 6 June 2021.
  20. ^ "Christopher McDougall – New York Times Bestselling Author". Christopher McDougall. Retrieved 2020-12-07.
  • Twyman, Anthony S., "Prepped for Politics". Philadelphia Inquirer. 23 November 2005.

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