Boston College High School

Boston College High School

Infobox Secondary school
name=Boston College High School
motto="Ut Cognoscant Te" [John 17:3 "That they may know You."]
type=Private all-male, secondary, Catholic
affiliations=Roman Catholic, Jesuit
president=William Kemeza
founder=John McElroy, SJ
enrollment=1,550 (approx.)
faculty=120 (approx.)
campus=40 acres
colors=Maroon and Gold
website= []

Founded in 1863, Boston College High School (also known as BC High) is an all-male Jesuit Roman Catholic college preparatory secondary school with historical ties to Boston College. It has an enrollment in grades 7-12 of approximately 1,550 students and is located on a 40 acre campus on Morrissey Boulevard in the Dorchester section of Boston, Massachusetts. A graduate of BC High who goes on to Boston College is known as a "Double Eagle." If he then goes on to Boston College Law School, he is then known as a "Triple Eagle."


faith," its founding documents reflect the historical realities of the time. The great influx of immigrants to Boston in the nineteenth century corresponded with growing anti-Catholic sentiment among the city's Brahmin elite. As a result, BC's charter was revolutionary for its time in stating that "the profession of religion will not be a necessary condition for admission to the College."

By the turn of the century, BC's enrollment had reached nearly 500. Expansion of the South End buildings onto James Street enabled increased division between the high school and the college. The 1907 purchase of farmland for a new college campus in Chestnut Hill allowed BC High to fully expand into the South End buildings, though it remained a constituent part of Boston College until 1927 when it was separately incorporated. Nonetheless, traditional ties between BC High and BC have survived, and Boston College remains a leading destination for BC High graduates. Alumni who graduate from both institutions are called "Double Eagles" (with "Triple Eagles" going on to Boston College Law School).


Father Hewitt's dream began to see fruition in 1950, with the opening of McElroy Hall and the relocation of the junior and senior classes to the new campus. By 1954, the entire student body had moved to Columbia Point, though members of the Jesuit Community remained at the South End Residence until 1957. In that year, Loyola Hall, the new Jesuit residence, was completed. Successive building campaigns saw the opening of the Walsh Hall Science Center in 1965, the Student Training, Athletic and Recreation Complex (S.T.A.R.) in 1975, Corcoran Library in 1997, and the multi-use McNeice Pavilion in 1988. William J. Kemeza is the current president of Boston College High School. He was the founder of BC High's Renaissance Campaign.

The remaining school facilities have since been sold to other parties. The building immediately facing Harrison Avenue was renovated into an apartment complex by Boston University reserved for the students of its nearby graduate health schools. Recent urban renewal and the influx of young professionals into the South End have led to the conversion of the other buildings into luxury condominiums.

"Renaissance" Campaign

BC High completed a 63,000 ft² (5,900 m²) addition in the spring of 2005. The project included a new state-of-the-art science building, new administrative offices, a new cafeteria, and a general commons. Afterward, during the fall of 2005, President William J. Kemeza announced "Renaissance: The Campaign for Boston College High School," a US$40 million fundraising effort. The campaign raised over US$51 million at at it's conclusion in June 2008. As part of the campaign, the school underwent a US$12.5 million renovation project which included the renovation of the Cushing, Walsh and McElroy buildings. The Corcoran Library has also been updated with the addition of a "Great Books Room", which alone is said to have cost US$500,000. The same US$12.6 million has also been used for an outdoor space with new entrance gates, a new road through campus, a second synthetic turf athletic field, and multi-purpose open spaces including plazas, athletic fields, and gardens. With the commencement of the 2007-2008 school year, the new performing arts center, the Bulger Center (formerly Dever Auditorium) will be available for use by BC High's numerous performing groups, as well as for small school functions. [ [] Dead link|date=March 2008]

Grades 7 and 8

On January 11 2006, BC High announced the addition of a seventh and eighth grade to its high school program beginning in September 2007. [] These classes are conducted in the newly renovated Walsh building. These grades are in addition to the traditional 9-12 grade system that is already in place and will be known as the Arrupe Division. [ [ Boston College High School ~ Off-Campus Visits ] ] The name Arrupe comes from the late Father Pedro Arrupe, who was a missionary living on the outskirts of Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped in 1945. In the aftermath, he turned his novitiate into a hospital in order to provide any medical attention he could. This division has been going well, but has received extremely negative feedback from the high school students.

chool Facts and Athletic Achievements

*MIAA State Championships Fact|date=December 2007
**Hockey-Super 8 Championships: 1996,2002,2006,2007

*1,550 student enrollment
*16,000-plus living alumni
*40 acre campus on Boston Harbor
*12:1 student to faculty ratio
*45,000-plus hours of community service performed by seniors each year
*99% of students go on to attend 4 year colleges
*128 elective courses are offered to students
*22 Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered each year
*50 students earned National Merit Commendations from 2004 to 2006
*28 students earned National Merit Commendations or Semifinalist Designation in 2007
*4 class maximum for faculty
*85%-plus of the faculty hold MASTERS degrees
*45% of students receive some form of financial aid
*Students scoring in the 90th percentile and above on HSPT entrance exam awarded some level of academic scholarship.
*65% of total students are from the South Shore notably Quincy, Weymouth, Braintree, Milton ,Scituate, Norwell, Hanover and Hingham.
*30% of total students are from urban areas
*20% of total students are minorities
*120 Extracurriculars currently offered
*Sister school, Notre Dame Academy serves as BC High's cheerleading squad for football and basketball season.
*Fierce rivals with the Scarlet Knights of Catholic Memorial High School, from West Roxbury, Massachusetts and Xaverian Brothers High School from Westwood, Massachusetts.
*In Boston Magazine's "The Best High Schools 2006" BC High was chosen as the best high school for "Politicians in Training" for the local and state government level. [ [ Best Schools 2006: The Right Private School for Your Kid - Boston Magazine ] ]
*Jazz/Rock Ensemble won the Silver Medal at the All State Jazz Competition in 2006. Fact|date=December 2007
*Ranked #10 on's list of Top High School Athletic programs-the only school in New England to be ranked. [ [ - More Sports - Nation's Top 10 athletic programs - Tuesday June 19, 2007 4:17PM ] ]

Notable Alumni

*Paul Benedict, actor
*William M. Bulger, politician, ex-president of the University of Massachusetts system
*General George W. Casey, Jr., four star general, Chief of Staff of the Army, US Army
*John Connors, Navy Lieutenant, the first US fatality in the United States invasion of Panama in 1989
*Dr. Thomas E. Cronin, political scientist and educator
*Richard James Cardinal Cushing, Archbishop of Boston
*Most Rev. John Michael D'Arcy, Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, former Auxiliary Bishop of Boston
*Jason Delaney, current minor league baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates
*Michael F. Flaherty, president, Boston City Council
*Robert Gillis, author
*Paul Guilfoyle, actor, as seen on ""
*Rev. John J. Hanwell, S.J., president, Fairfield College Preparatory School
*Patrick Healy, Pulitzer-prize nominated New York Times political correspondent
*General Joseph P. Hoar, former Commander in Chief, United States Central Command
*Lawrence Hyde, former president, Jeep and AM General, developer of the Hummer
*Thomas G. Kelley, Medal of Honor recipient and Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services
*Mike Ryan, NHL
*Dennis Lehane, author
*Phil Lynch, former CEO, Reuters America; current CEO, Asset Control Systems
*John A. McNeice Jr, philanthropist, former Chairman and CEO, Colonial Group
*Joseph Alan Nash, Seattle Seahawks NFL
*Joseph T. O'Callahan, Catholic priest and recipient of the Medal of Honor
*William Henry Cardinal O'Connell, Archbishop of Boston
*Pietro Pezzati, painter
*Walter Robinson, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist
*Bernard S. Smith III, journalist
*Jim Sullivan, author of "Over the Moat:Love Among the Ruins of Imperial Vietnam"
*Mike Sullivan, former Boston Bruins head coach
*Steve Trapilo, NFL football player
*Erik Vendt, Olympic swimmer, gold medalist 2008,silver medalist in both 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics
*Jerry York, Boston College Men's Hockey head coach; has over 700 wins,3 National Championships leading all active coaches, played hockey at both BC High and BC.
*Jack Yunits, former Mayor of Brockton, MA


External links

* [ Official homepage] succession box
title=Super Eight Hockey Tournament Champions
years=2006 and 2007
before=Catholic Memorial High School
after=Reading Memorial High School
succession box
title=Super Eight Hockey Tournament Champions
before=Catholic Memorial High School
after=Catholic Memorial High School
succession box
title=Super Eight Hockey Tournament Champions
before=Catholic Memorial High School
after=Arlington Catholic High School

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