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Creating great men
1800 South Clinton Avenue
|Type||Private Roman Catholic all-male secondary school|
|Motto||Ignem Mittere in Terram|
("To Cast Fire Upon the Earth")
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic (Jesuit)|
|Patron saint(s)||St. Francis Xavier|
|Founder||Society of Jesus|
|President||Philip Judge, S.J.|
|Faculty||76.3 (on a FTE basis)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.0|
|Campus||Suburban 33 acres (13 ha)|
|Rival||Aquinas Institute|
McQuaid Jesuit High School is an all-male, Catholic, Jesuit, college preparatory school run by the USA Northeast Jesuit province of the Society of Jesus in the metropolitan area of Rochester, New York. Named after Bernard J. McQuaid, the first bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, McQuaid is located at 1800 Clinton Avenue South, in the suburb of Brighton.
As early as the late 1870s, Bishop Bernard McQuaid, the first Bishop of Rochester (1868-1909) had tried to convince the Jesuits to found an institution of learning in his diocese. He'd admired them as teachers since his own student days at St. Joseph's Seminary on the campus of Fordham University. However, during the bishop's regular ad Limina visit to the pope in 1879, Henry Edward Cardinal Manning of London scuttled all hopes of a Jesuit high school in Rochester for at least a half century more.
It wasn't until 1954 that Bishop McQuaid's idea and hope of a Jesuit institution in Rochester would become a reality when McQuaid Jesuit High School opened its doors to 129 young men.
On June 23, 1953, ground breaking on the 33-acre campus took place, and the first school building was completed by September 1955. The total construction cost exceeded $2.5 million. While the new school was under construction, classes were held in the former St. Andrew's Seminary building in Rochester. Here, the first class of McQuaid Jesuit (196 students) was admitted on September 8, 1954. That group of young men, together with the new first year class, started the school's second year in the current complex September 7, 1955.
McQuaid opened its doors to eighth graders in 1967; to seventh graders in 1993; and to sixth graders in 2012.
Since 1954, McQuaid Jesuit High School has been in continual operation, and continues to thrive today as a Jesuit, Catholic, independent college preparatory school.
- Tom Deckman - stage and television actor
- Frank Paul Geraci, Jr. - judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
- Michael C. Green - District Attorney for Monroe County
- Jack Leasure - professional basketball player, Coach of McQuaid Varsity Basketball
- Brodie Lee (Jon Huber) - American professional wrestler
- Charlie Lowell - musician Jars of Clay
- Danny Wegman - CEO, Wegmans Food Market
- Matt Odmark - musician Jars of Clay
- Ryan Pettinella - professional basketball player
- C. J. Rapp - founder of Jolt Cola
- Marty Reasoner - professional hockey player for the New York Islanders of the NHL
- John Ryan (musician) - singer, songwriter, producer, and instrumentalist
- David Schickler - author
- Robert R. Thomas - Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Illinois and former professional football player
Notable faculty members
- William J. O'Malley - actor and technical adviser in The Exorcist; author of several theological texts
- Jeff Van Gundy - former basketball coach for the New York Knicks and the Houston Rockets, began his coaching career at McQuaid in the 1985–1986 season
- "Search for Private Schools - School Detail for MCQUAID JESUIT". nces.ed.gov. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
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