All Hallows High School

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All Hallows High School
Pro Fide et Patria
"For Faith and Country"
Address
111 East 164th Street
New York City (Grand Concourse, The Bronx), New York, 10452
 United States
Coordinates40°49′48″N 73°55′18.5″W / 40.83000°N 73.921806°W / 40.83000; -73.921806Coordinates: 40°49′48″N 73°55′18.5″W / 40.83000°N 73.921806°W / 40.83000; -73.921806
Information
TypePrivate, All-Male
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1909
StatusOpen
OversightCongregation of Christian Brothers
PresidentPaul Krebbs
PrincipalSean Sullivan
Vice principalPaul Fontana;
Robert Conte
Grades9-12
Enrollment650  (2007-2008)
Color(s)Navy Blue, White, and gold(rare occasions)             
Athletics conferenceCatholic High School Athletic Association
MascotThe Gael
Team nameGaels
Accreditation(s)Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Newspaper'The Blue and White'
Yearbook"Halloween"
Admissions DirectorEric Mercado
Athletic DirectorMark Bonilla
Website
 
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All Hallows High School
Pro Fide et Patria
"For Faith and Country"
Address
111 East 164th Street
New York City (Grand Concourse, The Bronx), New York, 10452
 United States
Coordinates40°49′48″N 73°55′18.5″W / 40.83000°N 73.921806°W / 40.83000; -73.921806Coordinates: 40°49′48″N 73°55′18.5″W / 40.83000°N 73.921806°W / 40.83000; -73.921806
Information
TypePrivate, All-Male
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1909
StatusOpen
OversightCongregation of Christian Brothers
PresidentPaul Krebbs
PrincipalSean Sullivan
Vice principalPaul Fontana;
Robert Conte
Grades9-12
Enrollment650  (2007-2008)
Color(s)Navy Blue, White, and gold(rare occasions)             
Athletics conferenceCatholic High School Athletic Association
MascotThe Gael
Team nameGaels
Accreditation(s)Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Newspaper'The Blue and White'
Yearbook"Halloween"
Admissions DirectorEric Mercado
Athletic DirectorMark Bonilla
Website

All Hallows High School (formerly known as All Hallows Institute) is a Catholic boys' high school in South Bronx, New York, United States. Located at 111 East 164th Street, near Yankee Stadium, the school has an enrollment of approximately 650 boys, 98% of whom are persons of color.[2]

Despite sitting in the poorest Congressional district in the country, All Hallows routinely places its entire graduating class in four-year colleges. The Wall Street Journal has called the school's success in this area "stunning."[3] The Acton Institute has named All Hallows as one of the top 50 Catholic high schools in the United States for nine consecutive years.[4] It is located within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York and is the only city school in the Archdiocese of New York to have earned this distinction.

History and philosophy[edit]

All Hallows was founded in 1909 by the Congregation of Christian Brothers. The order founded the school upon the principles of Blessed Edmund Rice, which center on providing moral and scholastic training, especially to the children of the poor. Originally located at 13-15 West 124th in Manhattan, the school moved to its current location in 1929. The school has more than 10,000 graduates.

All Hallows was the first school founded by the Christian Brothers in the United States. For much of its history, All Hallows was an elementary school as well as a high school, but it has been exclusively the latter since 1977.

When All Hallows was established in 1909 the school seal was carefully chosen by the Brother from Ireland. The American Eagle at the center of the seal represents the All Hallows Community's commitment to the United States. The wreath of palm surrounding the seal refers to victory and achievement in both athletics and scholastics. The circle surrounding the eagle serves a reminder of the school's "continuing faith" and the four corners of the seal are represented by the Gaelic symbol for the continuation of life. The Latin phrase Pro fide et patria means For faith and country.

All Hallows celebrated its centennial in 2009 and was honored with its own street name change to All Hallows Way as a parting gift from the Class of 2012. The school was also visited by Mary McAleese, the former president of Ireland, during the 2012-2013 school year.[5]

Sports and activities[edit]

The Gael

All Hallows students participate in more than 40 sports and activities; these include the newspaper (The Blue and White), the chess team, Big Brothers, as well as "El Club Latino." Students also have various opportunities to join clubs such as student government, the Sports Bowl, the Montefiore Medical Center Program, and intramural sports (football, dodge ball, basketball, etc.).

All Hallows has a much decorated history with athletic awards all across the senior hallway and the lobby. The ore recent string of accomplishments began in Spring 2006, when the varsity baseball team won a Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) championship, and, in Winter 2007, when the Freshmen basketball team also won a CHSAA championship. The All Hallows J.V. Bowling team won the CHSAA division championship in 2011 for the second straight year. All Hallows has twice been the Bronx champions on the televised team academic game show "The Challenge" on MGS Varsity (2009 and 2012).

The teams are called The Gaels, although the mascot-emblem looks more like a leprechaun wielding a shillelagh.

The All Hallows Foundation[edit]

In 1997, graduates of the school set up The All Hallows Foundation, a 501(C)(3) organized for the purpose of supporting the school and the surrounding neighborhood. The board of directors for the All Hallows Foundation is composed primarily of All Hallows graduates who have achieved notable success in fields such as finance, technology, law, and television.

The Foundation provides funds for a scholarship fund that allows talented, but impoverished young men to attend All Hallows. It also supports facility renovations and improvements, a faculty endowment and community outreach programs. Philip J. Eagan,[6] the board chairman of the All Hallows Foundation applies his background in finance to bring "a bold, entrepreneurial, and creative approach to inner city education.”[7]

In December 2006, the Foundation received an anonymously donated check for 2 million dollars. The donation was made by a graduate of the school.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  2. ^ Site that provides profiles of private schools.
  3. ^ Suskind, Ron. “A Bronx Tale: “College is Better Than No College, Period. You’ll Thank Me Later.” THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, 04/01/1999.
  4. ^ Fowle, Noah. “All Hallows High School recognized as ‘Top 50’ parochial school.” BRONX TIMES REPORTER, 11/04/2004.
  5. ^ Lestch, Corrine. "All Hallows High School in the Bronx gets special visit from former president of Ireland Mary McAleese". Newspaper. New York Dailey News. 
  6. ^ Patrick Benzaleski, Web Designer, Internet Web Systems www.internetwebsystems.com. "All Hallows High School". E15minutes.com. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  7. ^ Cositore, Joseph. The All Hallows Foundation: The Mission of the All Hallows Foundation (Bronx, NY: All Hallows Foundation [2001?].
  8. ^ Krebbs, Paul. Good News Made Possible By You (Bronx, NY: All Hallows Times, February 2007).