St. Anthony's High School (New York)

St. Anthony's High School (New York)

St. Anthony's High School is a Roman Catholic private high school (grades 9-12) located on Long Island, New York in Suffolk County's South Huntington. The school was founded in 1933 by Brothers of the Franciscan order on the principle, “Educate the heart and the mind will follow.” The school motto, featured prominently on its crest, is "Deus Meus et Omnia," which in Latin means "My God and My All".

History

The school was originally 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. cite web|url=http://www.stanthonyshs.org/./aboutus/history1.htm|title=St. Anthony's High School History|accessdate=2007-08-01|publisher=St. Anthony's High School website|author=SAHS]

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

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 2,400.

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.

Following this merger, 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.

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 the Spring of 2007, construction began on a new Student Center, an added building to the school's campus for athletics and other extracurricular activities.

Curriculum

The basic curriculum at St. Anthony’s includes required courses in Theology, English, Social Studies and Physical Education (4 years); Mathematics, Science, French or Spanish (3 years); Health, Art, Music or Drama (1 year). Honors and Advanced Placement courses are offered to students who qualify, with electives in all disciplines. All students graduate with a New York State Advanced Regents diploma after successfully completing the Regents examinations.

A student receives a report card four times during the school year. Final grades are determined by calculating 90% of the four quarterly grades and 10% of the Regents (or Final) Exam.

In cooperation with St. John's University, students are permitted to apply for St. John's University credits. These students must meet the requirements of St. John's University to be granted these credits.

Awards & Academic Achievements

The "St. Bonaventure Certificate" is awarded to those students who attain an overall average of 94.50% or above in their courses for the year. The "Duns Scotus Certificate" is given to those students who attain an overall average between 89.50% and 94.49% in their courses.

In recognition of the academic achievements of our students during the first, second, and third quarters of the school year, students who attain an average of 89.50% or above will be placed on the Honor Roll and an Honor Certificate will be mailed to them at the end of each quarter.

Msgr. Peter J. Nolan Academic Scholarship Awards: Each year, the five highest ranking students from each year - Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior classes are awarded scholarships based on final numerical averages, for a total number of fifteen scholarships.

Requirements

Entering freshmen must take the Catholic High School Entrance Exam. To apply as a transfer student, interested parties must telephone the school for an application. The school does not accept transfers for the senior year.

Students are required to maintain a 75% average in order to graduate. An average of 80% is required to obtain a letter of recommendation to any college. 100%Fact|date=February 2008 of St. Anthony's graduating seniors choose to attend college with most students matriculating at four-year universities such as Fordham University, New York University, University of Notre Dame, Boston College, Loyola College in Maryland, Boston University,University of Scranton, Providence College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Fairfield University,Stonehill College and Cornell University. An approximate 75% of the most recent graduating class received grants and/or scholarships valued at over $25 million dollars.Fact|date=February 2008

Uniforms

All students must wear the official school uniform to school. Senior & Junior Boys (Classes of 2009 & 2010)Gray uniform slacks, worn at waist-level,Black uniform blazer, with the embroidered school emblem,Either long or short-sleeved, white oxford, button-down uniform shirt, fully tucked into the slacks, with cuffs, neck and collar buttoned,Uniform gold and black dress tie,Uniform black belt,Black socks only and White Cross, black uniform shoes only.

Senior & Junior Girls (Classes of 2009 & 2010)Gray box pleated uniform skirt worn to the knee,Black uniform blazer, embroidered with school emblem,Either long or short sleeved white oxford button-down uniform shirt, fully tucked into the skirt, with cuffs and collar buttoned, and if desired, the top button only left open,Plain beige nylons only, with no design, and White Cross, black uniform shoes only.

Sophomore & Freshman Boys (Classes of 2011 & 2012)Black uniform slacks, worn at waist-level,Grey uniform blazer, with the embroidered school emblem,Either long or short-sleeved, white oxford, button-down uniform shirt, fully tucked into the slacks, with cuffs, neck and collar buttoned,Uniform black and gold patterned tie,Uniform black belt,Black socks only and White Cross, black uniform shoes only.

Sophomore & Freshman Girls (Classes of 2011 & 2012)Black knife pleated uniform skirt worn to the knee,Gray uniform blazer, embroidered with school emblem,Either long or short sleeved white oxford button-down uniform shirt, fully tucked into the skirt, with cuffs and collar buttoned, and if desired, the top button only left open,Plain beige nylons only, with no design, and White Cross, black uniform shoes only.

Athletics

In the past decade, St. Anthony's has won 19 league title, plus some state championships, in the last 10 years. St. Anthony's usual opponents include Chaminade, Kellenberg Memorial High School, and St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School.

St. Anthony's has also had many notable athletes as well.The football team has won 6 championships in the last 6 years the lost their first game during that time this past season. many great players have lead the team. In 2001 Chris Auletta at OL was the team leader, he was at Penn state.In 2002 QB Alex Conlon who played at Utica, Led the team to an impressive undefeated record of 11-0 which hadn't been accomplished since 1995. In 2003 Alex Fletcher and Matt Hahn were the leaders. Hahn start 2 years at PSU at FB and Fletcher looks to be NFL bound. In 2004 Frank and Jon Scappaticci both whom played a Army were key for the team. In 2005 Brandon Brown, Bob Ryan and John-Kevin Dolce were physically dominating. Brown is at Fordham and Dolce is at UVA. 2006 did not have one or two outstanding stars which distanced themselves from the rest, but consisted of an entire senior class with the most heart to ever come through St. Anthony's and lead them to an undefeated season. In 2007 the team made up of Scott Vallone, James Brady, and Austen Fletcher lead an impressive group of seniors. Vallone is RU bound, Brady committed to Georgetown and Fletcher is going to Dartmouth along with two of his teammates. In 2008 the team will be headed by two RB's Nick Mercurio and Atiq Lucas, and on D Nick Auriemma at DT and Rafiq Wallace at DE/LB lead an extremely talented group. There is probably no such thing as a team that can stop the Friar football team. Opposing football teams should just stop trying.

Lacrosse is the main sport at Saint Anthony's. This past season a group of talented seniors led them to a 11-4 record. The main components were Ryan Mcdonagh, Will Koshansky, Gregg Shannon, Mike Chanenchuck, and Tim Schwalje. They were considered a top team in the nation. This year the team will be led by captains Pat Fiorvanti and John Burk.

St. Anthony's hockey team has also exhibited recent success. The team has won 7 straight county championships and won the New York State championship for New York State Amateur Hockey Association teams (non-sanctioned club teams, i.e. there is no limit on number of games played) in the 2007-2008 season, beating Niagara Wheatfield High School in the championship game 6-3. (The season prior, 2006-2007, the team lost to New York State power, St. Mary's High School (Manhasset, New York), 5-1 in the championship game.) 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, Archbishop Stepinac High School, etc., for the 2008-2009 season.

Academic successes

St. Anthony's is mostly known for its athletic dominance, but recently, the school's academic team has been very successful in competition. In 2006, Dan McShane, Tim Heiman, Kieran McShane, and John Sharkey made up the team that became Long Island Champions in a local game show, News 12's The Challenge. The 2007 team advanced to the finals. The team was not selected to compete in the upcoming season.

In 1972, Saint Anthony's was the winning team on WNBC Channel 4's "It's Academic" program hosted by Art James. The team defeated other schools from throughout the tri-state area.

Activities

Dozens of extracurricular activities enable students to pursue widely varied interests and talents, and to involve themselves in community service. The high school's instrumental and choral programs have performed in the great Cathedrals and Basilicas of Europe and 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, Ski Club, Mission Awareness, Mock Trial, Step Team, Comedy Club, Student Council, Creative Writing, Newspaper Apprentice, Table Tennis, DECA, National Honor Society, TAU, Equestrian 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, Public Relations Organization, Weightlifting, H.O.P.E. (Help Our Planet Earth), DDR Club, and Fashion Club.

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

Construction and Expansion

As part of the Strategic Planning Process, Saint Anthony's is currently expanding by building two new buildings. The first is a chapel in the middle of the school in the former Senior Courtyard and the second is a student center, North of the auditorium and gymnasium. The chapel is expected to be completed by June 2008 to be dedicated at the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year and the student center is expected to be completed sometime in 2008 or 2009. More on the construction can be found at [http://www.stanthonyshs.org St. Anthony's High School]

In the Fall of 2006, Saint Anthony's completed its construction of the new astro-turf field and new Mondo track. The new track is one of the few (possibly only) tracks at a high school to have colored hand-off zones for relays.

External links

* [http://www.newsphoto.com/usa1_detail.php/125624/Sports/Saint_Anthony%27sChaminadeLacrosseBoysVarsitySt_Anthony%27sHuntington Boys Varsity Lacrosse team beating Chaminade on May 13, 2008]
* [http://www.stanthonyshs.org/./index.htm St. Anthony's High School]
* [http://www.newsphoto.com/usa1_detail.php/39499/Sports/Saint_AnthonyGarden_CityHigh_SchoolJVJunior_varsityBoyslacrosse/ The boys JV lacrosse team beating Garden City on 3-24-07]
* [http://www.stanthonyhs.homestead.com/ St. Anthony's Fathers' Guild]
* [http://www.stanthonyshsmothersguild.com/pages/1/index.htm St. Anthony's Mothers' Guild]
* [http://www.sahsalumni.us/ SAHS Alumni Page]

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