St. Francis Preparatory School

St. Francis Preparatory School, commonly known as St. Francis Prep, is a private, independent Catholic college preparatory school in the Fresh Meadows neighborhood of the New York City Borough of Queens, in the State of New York. It is the largest non-diocesan Catholic high school in the United States.[3] St. Francis is run by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, who maintain a residence on the top floor of the school. The school has a student body of about 2,750 students and graduates between 600 and 700 students annually.

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Coordinates40°44′32″N 73°46′34″W / 40.74222°N 73.77611°W
MottoDeus Meus et Omnia
(My God and My All)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
OversightFranciscan Brothers of Brooklyn
PresidentLeonard Conway
PrincipalPatrick McLaughlin '73
Enrollment2750[1] (2008)
Average class size30
Color(s)Red and Blue         
Fight songOn For Ol' St Francis
Team nameTerriers
RivalHoly Cross High School (Flushing) (BOYS) Archbishop Molloy (BOTH) and Mary Louis (GIRLS)
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
PublicationThe Little Portion Literary Magazine
NewspaperThe Seraph
YearbookSan Fran


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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.).[3] 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.[4] 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.[4] A fitness center was added recently and the science labs are being updated. There are currently plans to add a three-story addition to the rear of the existing building. The upgrades to the art rooms will support students in the studio, digital and the performing arts.[5]

Co-curricular activities and athletics

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,[6] the rivalry between the Prep Terriers and the Holy Cross Knights has been called "arguably the greatest rivalry in New York City football."[7]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "St. Francis Preparatory School Online". Archived from the original on 2009-09-07. Retrieved 2009-12-04.
  2. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2009-05-27.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b "About St. Francis Preparatory School". Archived from the original on 2014-11-04. Retrieved 2014-11-20.
  5. ^ Rhoades, Liz (December 4, 2008). "St. Francis Prep readies building expansion plan". Queens Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
  6. ^ Samuel, Ebenezer (October 7, 2008). "St. Francis Prep Cruises Past Holy Cross in Battle of the Boulevard". The New York Daily News.
  7. ^ "Live Blog: Holy Cross-St. Francis Prep Football". Five Boro Sports.
  8. ^ "Patti Ann Browne '83". St. Francis Preparatory Alumni. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  9. ^ " - CBS' Julie Chen: Unique Blend of Cultural Influences Motivates Big Brother Host". September 21, 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
  10. ^ "Peter Facinelli's Twitter account". December 16, 2009. Retrieved December 17, 2009.
  11. ^ "New York City Council: District 26 - Eric N. Gioia". New York City Council. Retrieved 3 December 2009.
  12. ^ "Dan Henning - Miami Dolphins". Miami Dolphins official site. Archived from the original on 30 September 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  13. ^ "Hall of Famers: Vince Lombardi". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  14. ^ "Frank Serpico '54". St. Francis Preparatory Alumni. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  15. ^ Newell, Kevin. "The Joe Torre Story". Scholastic Corporation. Retrieved 2009-01-07.

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William George Pickel (born November 5, 1959 in Queens, New York) is a former defensive tackle who played for twelve seasons in the National Football League with the Los Angeles Raiders (1983–1990) and the New York Jets (1991–1994). Pickel attended St. Francis Prep. He played college football for Rutgers University. As a second round draft pick of the Raiders in 1983, Pickel overcame injuries to win a Super Bowl as a rookie, and was a sack threat during the early part of his career with the Raiders, making the 1985 All-Pro team. He is currently 98th in career sacks with 56. A standout player, Pickel played nearly every Raider defensive snap in 1984 and 1985. He had a distinct 4-point stance, placing two hands down instead of the usual one, as was the case with other quick defensive tackles such as Bob Lilly and Tom Keating.

Pickel guest starred in a 1994 episode of Home Improvement[1]. He is noted for his volunteer work with the Joshua Frase Foundation, a non-profit group that supports research for centronuclear myopathy.

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O'Brien was hired as head coach on April 7, 1997 after Ohio State had fired previous coach Randy Ayers. O'Brien guided the Buckeye program to the 1999 Final Four, 2000 and 2002 Big Ten regular-season co-championships, the 2002 Big Ten Tournament Championship, four 20-win seasons and a school record four-consecutive NCAA tournament appearances (1999–2002). Ohio State later had to vacate all wins from 1999 to 2002, remove all references to team accomplishments for those years, and pay back all tournament money due to rules violations during O'Brien's tenure. On June 8, 2004, then-Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger fired O'Brien for alleged NCAA rules violations. The Ohio Court of Claims determined that Ohio State breached its contract with O'Brien by terminating him and awarded him $2.4 million. However, O'Brien was given an NCAA "show-cause" order effectively banning him from coaching from 2006 to 2008, and only returned to coaching in 2011.

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Luis Barragan (executive)

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Luis Barragan was not only a business man he was a great man who inspired anyone who met him.

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After graduating from Harvard University in 1971 with a degree in economics Szaro participated in a track meet in Paris, and he decided to stay in Europe and work as an export manager for Colgate-Palmolive. However, he missed playing football and saw other foreign- born soccer-style kickers making NFL rosters including fellow Pole, Chester Marcol of the Green Bay Packers. He returned to the USA in 1974 to pursue a career in Professional Football.

After his playing career, Szaro returned to international trade with a clothing firm based in New York but traveling extensively throughout South America, Europe, and the Far East. He was very adept at fitting in with other cultures helped by the fact that he spoke six languages, and his English had barely a trace of an accent. Szaro worked as liaison between skilled Jewish professionals emigrating from Russia and American businesses, many emigrants whom he place through Harvard connections.Szaro returned to Poland to live and work in the 1990s. He died in at his home in Warsaw at the age of 67.

Saint Francis High School

Saint Francis High School may refer to:

Saint Francis High School (Calgary), Alberta, CanadaUnited States (sorted by state):

Saint Francis High School (La Cañada Flintridge, California)

Saint Francis High School (Mountain View, California)

St. Francis High School (Sacramento, California), an all-female college preparatory school

Saint Francis Central Coast Catholic High School, Watsonville, California

St. Francis High School (Gainesville, Florida), renamed St. Francis Catholic Academy in 2016

St. Francis Schools (Atlanta area, Georgia), grades K-12 in Alpharetta, Georgia

Saint Francis School (Hawaii), grades PK–12 in Honolulu, Hawaii

St. Francis High School (Wheaton, Illinois)

Saint Francis High School (Louisville), Kentucky

St. Francis High School (Traverse City, Michigan)

Saint Francis High School (Saint Francis, Minnesota)

St. Francis High School (Humphrey, Nebraska)

Saint Francis High School (Athol Springs), New York

St. Francis Preparatory School, Queens, New York

Saint Francis High School (St. Francis, Wisconsin)

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