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St. John's Preparatory School (Massachusetts)

St. John's Preparatory School is a 612 private, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory school for boys in Danvers, Massachusetts, United States. It was established in 1907 by the Xaverian Brothers and is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. It was formerly a combination commuter-boarding school but ended its residential program in 1975.

St. John's Preparatory School
St. John's Preparatory School.jpg
72 Spring Street


United States
Coordinates42°34′57″N 70°57′10″W / 42.58250°N 70.95278°W / 42.58250; -70.95278Coordinates: 42°34′57″N 70°57′10″W / 42.58250°N 70.95278°W / 42.58250; -70.95278
Other names
  • St. John's
  • SJP
  • The Prep
TypePrivate college-preparatory school
MottoLatin: Concordia Res Parvae Crescunt
(In Harmony Small Things Grow)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1907 (1907)
FoundersXaverian Brothers
OversightRoman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston
NCES School ID00600937[1]
HeadmasterEdward P. Hardiman[2]
Teaching staff146.8 (on an FTE basis)[1]
Enrollment1,448 (2019-2020)[1]
Student to teacher ratio10.0[1]
Campus size175 acres (71 ha)
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)Navy Blue and White         
  • "We are St. John's"
  • "It's a great day to be an eagle"
  • "Faith, brotherhood, wisdom"
SongFar above the neighboring hilltops
Athletics conferenceMIAA Catholic Conference
AccreditationNew England Association of Schools and Colleges
PublicationPiece of Mind
NewspaperThe Concordia
YearbookThe Spire

List of headmasters and principalsEdit

Headmaster Tenure Principal Tenure
Br. Benjamin, CFX 1907—1917 unknown 1907—1940
Br. Norbert, CFX 1917—1926
Br. Edmund, CFX 1926—1929
Br. Ambrose, CFX 1929—1934
Br. Aubert, CFX 1934—1940
Br. Aloysius, CFX 1940—1946 Br. Richard (Ricardo) Kerressey, CFX 1940—1949
Br. William, CFX 1946—1949
Br. Bertin, CFX 1949—1955 unknown 1949—1951
Br. John Chrysostom, CFX 1951—1952
Br. Paul, CFX 1952—1956
Br. Gilroy, CFX 1955—1960
Br. Edwin, CFX 1956—1958
Br. Edward Daniel, CFX 1958—1960
Br. Harold (Climacus) Boyle, CFX 1960—1965 Br. Robert, CFX 1960—1963
Br. Jean, CFX 1963—1969
Br. Richard (Ricardo) Kerressey, CFX 1965—1971
Br. Joseph Smithers, CFX 1969—1971
Br. Joseph Smithers, CFX 1971—1974 Br. Edward Keefe, CFX 1971—1974
Br. Edward Keefe, CFX 1974—1989 Br. James Boyle, CFX 1974—1976
Br. John T. Hart, CFX 1976—1993
Br. William Drinan, CFX 1989—2001
Br. Brian Davis, CFX 1993—2000
Br. Timothy Paul, CFX 2000—2003
Albert J. "Skip" Shannon, PhD 2001—2011 Edward P. Hardiman, PhD 2003—2011
Edward P. Hardiman, PhD 2011—present Keith A. Crowley, PhD 2011—present


St. John's Preparatory school is located in the town of Danvers, Massachusetts, about 15 miles (24 km) north of Boston. The school is spread out over 175 acres (71 ha) of wooded, residential land. The student population spends the majority of its time in the three main academic buildings:

  • A.E. Studzinski Library (2003)
  • Xavier Hall (built 1911; renovated 2004–05)
  • Brother Benjamin Hall (1964; renovated in 2015 to house the middle school)
  • Brother Keefe, CFX Academic Center (built 2015)

Other buildings of note include:

  • The Administration Building (1880), which includes a chapel
  • Ryken Center for the Arts (1916; renovated 1995), a former dormitory building that has been renovated into a fine arts facility
  • Memorial Dining Hall (1925; renovated in 2007), the cafeteria
  • Alumni Hall (1965; renovated in 1993), home to the 350-seat Kaneb Theatre
  • Memorial Gymnasium (1955; renovated 1991)
  • Leo and Joan Mahoney Wellness Center (2017)

Also on the property of St. John's are two homes for Xaverian Brothers:

  • Xaverian House
  • The Xavier Center

School lifeEdit


Since 2001, the swim and dive team has won twelve Division-1 State Titles, including nine in a row between 2006 and 2014, with the most recent title in 2017.[citation needed] The fencing team won their 6th straight state championship and went undefeated in the 2009–2010 season. The golf team won the state championship in the fall of 2010 and 2015, and came in second place in 2011 following a league title. The athletic program has a longstanding rivalry with Catholic Conference competitor Xaverian Brothers High School. The other members of the Catholic Conference include Malden Catholic High School, Boston College High School, and Catholic Memorial High School. St. John's is the sixth team in the conference in some sports. In 2012 and 2018 the football team won the state title.[citation needed]The hockey team won the Super 8 state title in 2015.[3] As recently as the fall sports season in 2019, the school's mountain biking team won the NNEMTB New England Championship, their second straight.

Drama GuildEdit

The St. John's Prep Drama Guild presents two major productions a year: a fall production, and in the spring, an entry into the Massachusetts State Drama Festival. Through the rigorous drama classes offered through the Fine Arts Department, students gain an understanding of the inner-workings of theater which is then applied in the productions. Recent fall productions include Peter and the Starcatchers, Beauty and the Beast, Anonymous,[4] Young Frankenstein, One Man Two Guvnors, Spamalot, The Laramie Project, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Animal Crackers, On the Razzle and Crazy for You.

The St. John's Prep Drama Guild is currently in first place for all time victories in the Massachusetts State Drama Festival (presented by the METG), with 19 wins.[when?] Their participation in the festival began in 1974 under the direction of Brother Ron Santoro, and is now currently under the direction of Alicia Greenwood. Their first winning production was Molière's The Doctor in Spite of Himself in 1974.[5] Recent festival entries include Borealis[disambiguation needed], Iphigenia 2.0, The Quest of Queen Thomas,[6] And God Created Great Whales, Metamorphoses, bobrauschenbergamerica, Macbeth, The Manhattan Project's Alice in Wonderland, The Green Bird, Richard III and The Odyssey. The Drama Guild won the Massachusetts's Educational Theatre Guild's 2017 Drama Festival with their production of The Quest of Queen Thomas by Brit Christopher, directed by Alicia Greenwood. They have also represented the state at the New England Festival on numerous occasions.

The St. John's Prep Drama Guild has two to three summer productions a year. Recent summer shows include Much Ado About Nothing, The Sparrow, and Middletown. These shows are often directed by alumni who have graduated from the St. John's Prep Drama Guild.

Clubs and other extracurricularsEdit

St. John's is the home of more than 60 clubs and extracurricular activities. While faculty moderators are present, many of these groups are run solely by the students. The clubs include academic organizations, such as The Spire yearbook staff, The Concordia newspaper, and the Cicero Society debating club. Recreational clubs include the Improv Club and the Aviation Club. St. John's also has many clubs that help further prepare students for life after college, such as the Young Republicans, Model United Nations, Young Socialists, Mock Trial (model court hearing), Animal Welfare Club, and Future Entrepreneurs. Minority outreach clubs exist as well, such as L.U.N.A. (Latinos Unidos "N" Accion) and Always our Brothers and Sisters, St. John's Prep's Gay/Straight Alliance. Many fine arts activities are offered, including after-school music lessons and the award-winning Drama Guild, Swingtown!, the Prep's faculty-student acappella group.

Notable alumniEdit

Beginning in 1993 St. Johns has given one alumni a Distinguished Alumnus Award (DAA) each year.[7]



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