St. Francis Preparatory School

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St. Francis Preparatory School
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Coordinates40°44′32″N 73°46′34″W / 40.74222°N 73.77611°W / 40.74222; -73.77611
Other nameSt. Francis Prep
School typePrivate, College-preparatory school
MottoLatin: Deus Meus et Omnia
(My God and My All)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1858; 161 years ago (1858)
OversightFranciscan Brothers of Brooklyn
PresidentLeonard Conway
PrincipalPatrick McLaughlin '73
ChaplainFr. Ralph Edel[1]
Teaching staff113.8 (FTE) (2015–16)[2]
Enrollment2,489 (2015–16)[2]
Average class size30
Student to teacher ratio21.9∶1 (2015–16)[2]
Color(s)     Red
Slogan“High school is for 4 years, Prep is forever”[3]
Fight songOn For Ol' St Francis
Team nameTerriers
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[4]
PublicationThe Little Portion Literary Magazine
NewspaperThe Seraph
YearbookSan Fran

St. Francis Preparatory School, commonly known as St. Francis Prep, is a private, independent Catholic college preparatory school in Fresh Meadows, Queens, New York City, New York. It is the largest non-diocesan Catholic high school in the United States.[6] St. Francis is run by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, who maintain a residence on the top floor of the school; as of the 2015–16 school year, enrollment at St. Francis was 2,489.[2]


The Queens building as Bishop Reilly High School in 1963

St. Francis Preparatory originated as St. Francis Academy, a small all-boys high school on 300 Baltic Street in Brooklyn, New York, founded by the Franciscans Brothers of Brooklyn (O.S.F.).[6] The college section became St. Francis College, a private predominantly undergraduate college in Brooklyn Heights. It took its current name in 1935, then moved to a larger facility in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 1952;[7] the school moved to its current location in Fresh Meadows, Queens in 1974 when it acquired the facility that formerly housed Bishop Reilly High School, a co-educational Catholic high school. The school began admitting female students that same year.[7] A fitness center was added recently and the science labs are being updated.[citation needed] There are currently plans to add a three-story addition to the rear of the existing building.[citation needed] The upgrades to the art rooms will support students in the studio, digital and the performing arts.[8]

Co-curricular activities and athletics[edit]

St. Francis Prep has a rivalry with Holy Cross High School, fueled particularly by their football teams. Known as the "Battle of the Boulevard" due to the two schools being located only 2 miles apart on Francis Lewis Boulevard,[9] the rivalry between the Prep Terriers and the Holy Cross Knights has been called "arguably the greatest rivalry in New York City football."[10]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Campus Ministry". St. Francis Preparatory School. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Search for Private Schools – School Detail for St Francis Preparatory School". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  3. ^ "SPF Open House Booklet" (PDF). Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  4. ^ "Member Directory > Saint Francis Preparatory School". Middle States Association of Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Retrieved June 2, 2009.
  5. ^ "Admissions". St. Francis Preparatory School. Retrieved June 2, 2019. The tuition for the 2018-2019 school year is $9,800.
  6. ^ a b Gustafson, Anna (November 28, 2008). "Students, Faculty Reflect on 150 Years of St. Francis Prep". The New York Daily News. Archived from the original on January 30, 2013.
  7. ^ a b "About St. Francis Preparatory School". Archived from the original on November 4, 2014. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  8. ^ Rhoades, Liz (December 4, 2008). "St. Francis Prep readies building expansion plan". Queens Chronicle. Retrieved January 13, 2009.[dead link]
  9. ^ Samuel, Ebenezer (October 7, 2008). "St. Francis Prep Cruises Past Holy Cross in Battle of the Boulevard". The New York Daily News.
  10. ^ "Live Blog: Holy Cross-St. Francis Prep Football". Five Boro Sports.
  11. ^ "Patti Ann Browne '83". St. Francis Preparatory Alumni. Retrieved February 7, 2010.
  12. ^ " - CBS' Julie Chen: Unique Blend of Cultural Influences Motivates Big Brother Host". September 21, 2007. Retrieved January 13, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Peter Facinelli's Twitter account". December 16, 2009. Retrieved December 17, 2009.
  14. ^ "New York City Council: District 26 - Eric N. Gioia". New York City Council. Retrieved December 3, 2009.
  15. ^ "Dan Henning - Miami Dolphins". Miami Dolphins official site. Archived from the original on September 30, 2009. Retrieved February 7, 2010.
  16. ^ "Hall of Famers: Vince Lombardi". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 7, 2010.
  17. ^ "Frank Serpico '54". St. Francis Preparatory Alumni. Retrieved February 7, 2010.
  18. ^ Newell, Kevin. "The Joe Torre Story". Scholastic Corporation. Retrieved January 7, 2009.

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