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St. Anthony's High School (South Huntington, New York)

St. Anthony's High School is a Roman Catholic college preparatory (grades 9–12) school located in South Huntington, New York on Long Island. The school was founded in 1933 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn

St. Anthony's High School
Home of the Friars
SAHS Seal2.png
Address
275 Wolf Hill Road

South Huntington
,
New York
11747

United States
Coordinates40°48′45″N 73°23′19″W / 40.81250°N 73.38861°W / 40.81250; -73.38861Coordinates: 40°48′45″N 73°23′19″W / 40.81250°N 73.38861°W / 40.81250; -73.38861
Information
TypePrivate, parochial
MottoDeus Meus Et Omnia
(My God and My All)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic;
Franciscan
Patron saint(s)St. Anthony of Padua
St. Francis of Assisi
Established1933
School code
  1. 696
PrincipalBr. David Migliorino, OSF
ChaplainRev. Khoa T. Le
Faculty~150
Grades912
GenderCoeducational
Enrollment2390 (2017)
 • Grade 11619
Average class size30–35
CampusSingle Building
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)Black and Gold         
SloganCapture the Heart and the Mind Will Follow.
MascotThe Friar
Team nameFriars
RivalChaminade High School
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
PublicationFriar Focus
NewspaperThe Paduan
The Friar Scoreboard (sports)
YearbookThe Anthonian
School fees$600 Registration Fee (2015-2016)
$200 Graduation Fee (Seniors Only)
Tuition$10,950 (2019-2020)
Enrollment ExamC.H.S.E.E
Athletic DirectorMr. Joe Minucci
Academic DeanMr. Paul Washington
Dean of FreshmanBr. Joshua DiMauro, OSF
Dean of MenMr. Robert Arrigo
Dean of WomenMs. Christina Buehler
Website

HistoryEdit

The school was founded as St. Anthony's Juniorate by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, New York in September 1931. At the time, it was designed to be an all-boys preparatory boarding school for prospective novitiates.

On August 31, 1933, ground broke on the Juniorate's new facility in Smithtown, New York. Students interested in the Juniorate attended St. Francis Preparatory School, which was then located in Brooklyn. The ground-breaking marks the founding of St. Anthony's and appears on the school's crest. The school never expanded to more than 50 or 60 pupils at one time during the early years. The first five students graduated in June 1935.[2]

In 1949, the Franciscan Novitiate moved from Smithtown to Wyandanch, New York.[2]

In 1958, the Juniorate expanded into a day school to serve the boys of the nearby towns. Anticipating this change, the school admitted no freshmen for a period of one year and changed its name to St. Anthony's High School. The school began to grow in size to its current population of nearly 2,500.

In June 1969, the school's juniorate program was terminated. Following the end of the program was a substantial increase in the percentage of lay faculty members and the presence of nuns.

On December 5, 1983, Most Reverend John R. McGann announced that, as part of extensive changes in the educational plans of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, Holy Family Diocesan High School, South Huntington, New York, would close in June 1984, and St. Anthony's High School will re-locate in the Holy Family facility. The two schools were athletic rivals and were forced to blend into one school.[2]

Following this, the school began to admit young women. St. Anthony's is currently located in this former Holy Family location at 275 Wolf Hill Road in South Huntington.[2]

On November 1, 2006 construction began on a Romanesque-style Chapel in the former senior courtyard. This is the first of many projects that make up the school's Strategic Planning Process, a multi-phase construction plan tailored to meet the growing population and needs of the Saint Anthony's student body. In 2007, construction began on a new Student Center, an added building to the school's campus for athletics and other extracurricular activities.[citation needed]

On July 12, 2019 Brother Robert Gabriel, OSF announced his intent to step down as Academic Dean and Dean of Faculty. Alumnus and Director of Admissions Paul Washington was appointed to succeed Brother Robert. Subsequently, on August 16, 2019 Brother Gary Cregan, OSF resigned as principal and Brother David Anthony Migliorino, OSF was appointed as his successor, effective immediately.

CurriculumEdit

The basic curriculum at St. Anthony's includes required courses in Theology, English, Social Studies and Physical Education (4 years); Mathematics, Science, Foreign Language (3 years); Fine Arts (Health, Art, Music or Drama) (1 year). Honors and Advanced Placement courses are offered to students who qualify, with electives in all disciplines. The passing grade at St. Anthony's is 75% to ensure that each student leaves with a higher standard of excellence before entering college and a minimum grade of 80% is required for any letter of recommendation to college.[3] Most students graduate with a New York State Advanced Regents diploma after successfully completing the Regents examinations. In cooperation with St. John's University, students are permitted to apply for St. John's University credits, or Long Island University, C.W. Post campus. These students must meet the requirements of St. John's University to be granted these credits.[citation needed]

AthleticsEdit

St. Anthony's usual opponents include Chaminade and St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School. It has been ranked as the number 1 sports program in New York state and top 50 in the country by Sports Illustrated[citation needed]

The Friars have won 10 out of the last 11 varsity football championships including 7 in a row from 2001–2007.[citation needed]

St. Anthony's also has an ice hockey team. The team won 7 straight county championships and won the New York State championship for New York State Amateur Hockey Association teams in the 2007–08 season. St. Anthony's hockey applied and was awarded membership to the Catholic High School Hockey League, part of the CHSAA, with members such as Iona Prep, Fordham Prep, Monsignor Farrell High School, Chaminade High School, and Archbishop Stepinac High School, for the 2008–09 season. In the 2009-10 season, the varsity hockey team won the CHSHL championship beating defending champion Monsignor Farrell. In the 2011–2012 Season the Hockey team won its first New York Catholic High School State title beating St.Francis of Athol Springs 4–3. Since joining the CHSHL, the JV team has also won four consecutive championships in the 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, and 2011–12 seasons. The 2012 CHSAA NY State Championship team included all-state high school hockey legends Chris Wallace, James Mazza and Mike Marnell. The Varsity Men's Lacrosse team had always been among the top 10 schools in the nation.[citation needed] They won the CHSAA AAA crown in four consecutive seasons, 2009–2012. Also, NHL St. Anthony's alumni, Rob Scuderi has won two Stanley Cups (one with Pittsburgh in 2009 and Los Angeles in 2012).

The Girls Swimming Varsity team has won five consecutive championships since 2005 including the 2010 championship. They won 4 straight consecutive championships from 2004–08.[citation needed]

In 2008 the Boys Varsity Soccer team was undefeated to a league and state championship title.

In 2010 the Boys Varsity Swimming and Diving team won their first league championship concluding their first undefeated season. Dan McBride was named coach of the year. The team then placed 4th at States and was proclaimed the top Catholic School.

ActivitiesEdit

Dozens of extracurricular activities enable students to pursue wide variety of interests and talents, and can involve themselves in community service. The high school's instrumental and choral programs have performed in the great Cathedrals and Basilicas of Europe and in the United States.

Other activities include Stage Crew, Support Our Troops, Intramurals, S.A.D.D., Jazz Band, S.A.L.T. (St. Anthony's Leadership Team), Art Club, Gregorian Schola, C.A.R.E. (Caring Adolescents Reaching the Elderly), the Kolbe Retreat Society, Science Club, Catholic League, Legion of Mary, Chess Club, Math Club, Computer Club, Ski Club, Mission Awareness, Mock Trial, Step Team, Sailing Team, Comedy Club, Student Council, Creative Writing, Model UN, Newspaper Apprentice, Table Tennis, DECA, National Honor Society, TAU, Equestrian Club, Meditation Club, Tech Service Club, Foreign Language Club, Peanut Butter and Jelly Gang, Ultimate Frisbee, Pit Orchestra, United Cultures Club, Gaelic Society, Pro-Life, History and Government Club, Saint Anthony's Student Ambassadors(S.A.S.A.), Weightlifting, H.O.P.E. (Help Our Planet Earth), DDR Club, Cycling Club, Cooking Club, Fashion Club, Wall Street Club, Celtic Friars Pipe Band.

The school has five publications namely, The Anthonian (yearbook), The Paduan (newspaper), The Friar Scoreboard (sports newspaper), Shades of Gray (literary magazine), and The Visionary (video yearbook).

ExpansionEdit

In the Fall of 2006, St. Anthony's completed its construction of its Field Turf field and new Mondo track. The new track is one of the few tracks at a high school level to have colored hand-off zones for relays. The athletic fields were redone leading into the 2018/19 School Year

Saint Anthony's completed construction and dedicated Our Lady of the Angles Chapel in 2009.

The Student Center was dedicated in May 2009. The 120,000-square-foot (11,000 m2) Student Center includes a 5 lane indoor track, wrestling room, locker rooms, chorus and band rooms, three art studios and a dance studio. St Anthony's also completed the construction of a brand new astro-turf baseball field with adjacent bullpen and batting cages behind the new dugouts in 2009.

In November 2013, St. Anthony's High School announced plans to renovate the science lab rooms. With the creation of the new Science Center, the school has one modern chemistry room, one chemistry/microbiology room, one earth science/physics room, two multidisciplinary rooms and one marine biology room. The center is also expected to include a FriarQuest research room where new technologies will be used to test advances in medicine and environmental studies. The final phase was completed during the summer of 2017. The New lab room, in connection with a local hospital is under construction during Fall and Winter of 2018, will allow students to have a more indepth understanding of the Human body and Anatomy.

In January 2016, the school had completed its second turf football field, James C. Metzger Stadium.

TraditionsEdit

The pep rallies at St. Anthony's contain many traditions. At the "homecoming" pep rally in the fall the Homecoming King and Queen are crowned. They "knight" the varsity football players as the "Homecoming Guard" after the announcement is made. The symphonic band also plays during the pep rallies.

At St. Anthony's football games, one freshman who is especially short and light is named as the season mascot. He wears a habit (robe) similar to that worn by the brothers and holds the role of leading chants/cheers with the crowd, he rides on the back of a horse, which is just two other freshman in a costume.

A relatively new tradition is the praying of the Angelus at the end of seventh period every day which began in the fall of 2009. In the fall of 2019, the Angelus was replaced with a prayer devoted to St. Anthony, created by Theology Chairman and Alumnus Patrick Maguire.

Notable alumniEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on 2009-09-17. Retrieved 2009-05-27. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d SAHS. "St. Anthony's High School History". St. Anthony's High School website. Archived from the original on 2007-07-17. Retrieved 2007-08-01.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-12-06. Retrieved 2012-03-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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