St. John's Preparatory School (Massachusetts)
St. John's Preparatory School is a 6–12 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|
72 Spring Street
|Type||Private college-preparatory school|
|Motto||Latin: Concordia Res Parvae Crescunt|
(In Harmony Small Things Grow)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Oversight||Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston|
|NCES School ID||00600937|
|Headmaster||Edward P. Hardiman|
|Teaching staff||146.8 (on an FTE basis)|
|Student to teacher ratio||10.0|
|Campus size||175 acres (71 ha)|
|Color(s)||Navy Blue and White|
|Song||Far above the neighboring hilltops|
|Athletics conference||MIAA Catholic Conference|
|Accreditation||New England Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Publication||Piece of Mind|
List of headmasters and principalsEdit
|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
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. 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.The hockey team won the Super 8 state title in 2015. As recently as the fall sports season in 2019, the school's mountain biking team won the NNEMTB New England Championship, their second straight.
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, 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. Recent festival entries include Borealis[disambiguation needed], Iphigenia 2.0, The Quest of Queen Thomas, 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.
Beginning in 1993 St. Johns has given one alumni a Distinguished Alumnus Award (DAA) each year.
- Bo Burnham, writer/director of Eighth Grade, comedian
- Sandro Corsaro, Emmy-nominated TV show creator/producer
- Peter R. Dolan, (2007 DAA) '74, retired Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb
- Pete Frates, (2018 DAA),co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
- Thomas Fulham, president of Suffolk University in Boston
- Andrew Haldane, World War II Marine officer
- Michael J. Harrington, former United States Congressman
- The Juan Maclean, electronic musician
- Rob Kerkovich, actor, NCIS: New Orleans, Cloverfield
- Bishop Robert Reed, (2017 DAA) '77, Auxiliary Bishop of Boston and President/CEO of the CatholicTV Network
- David Self, screenwriter, The Road to Perdition, The Wolfman
- John J. Studzinski, (1998 DAA) '74, Vice Chairman of Investor Relations and Business Development at The Blackstone Group; philanthropist
- Peter G. Torkildsen, former United States Congressman, former Chairman of Massachusetts Republican Party
- Matt Antonelli, baseball player for Wake Forest; first-round draft pick, San Diego Padres
- Bob Carpenter, first American-born hockey player drafted by an NHL team while still in high school
- Pat Connaughton, professional baseball and basketball player, Milwaukee Bucks
- Peter Giunta, secondary coach, New York Giants
- Jonathan Goff, football player, Vanderbilt University, New York Giants
- Ken Hodge, Jr., former NHL player with Boston, Tampa Bay and Minnesota
- Brian Kelly, University of Notre Dame head football coach
- Rob Konrad, professional football player
- Steven Langton, 2x Olympic bronze medalist, bobsled
- Stephen Lombardozzi, second baseman for 1987 World Series champion Minnesota Twins; leading hitter of series (.412) with home run in Game 2
- Wayne Lucier, former professional football player
- John McCarthy, professional hockey player, San Jose Sharks
- Joe Mulligan, former MLB player (Boston Red Sox)
- Danny Murphy, former MLB player (Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox)
- Tim Murray, professional soccer player
- Bill O'Brien, (2013 DAA) '88, Head Coach, Houston Texans
- James Pedro, Olympic bronze medalist, judo
- Scott Shaunessy, former NHL player with Quebec Nordiques
- Glenn Sherlock, bullpen coach, Arizona Diamondbacks
- Paul Sorrento, professional baseball player
- Brian St. Pierre, professional football player
- Mike Yastrzemski, professional baseball player
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