McQuaid Jesuit High School

McQuaid Jesuit High School
McQuaid Jesuit High School
Ignem Mittere in Terram
Cast Fire Upon the Earth
1800 South Clinton Avenue
Brighton (Rochester), New York, (Monroe County), 14618
 United States
Coordinates 43°7′26″N 77°35′33″W / 43.12389°N 77.5925°W / 43.12389; -77.5925Coordinates: 43°7′26″N 77°35′33″W / 43.12389°N 77.5925°W / 43.12389; -77.5925
Type Private, All-Male
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic;
Patron saint(s) St. Francis Xavier
Established 1954
President Fr. Ed Salmon, SJ
Principal Fr. James Coughlin, SJ
Chancellor Fr. James Fischer
Grades 7-12
Enrollment 870  (2008)
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Black and Gold         
Slogan Men for Others
Mascot Knight
Rival Aquinas Institute
Accreditation(s) Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Yearbook 'The Accolade'
Dean of Academics Andrew Cavacos
Admissions Dean Joseph Feeney
Athletic Director David Spiehler
Middle School Publication "Middleman Messenger"
High School Publication "The Lance"

McQuaid Jesuit High School is an all-male, Jesuit college preparatory high school located in Rochester, New York, USA. Named after Bernard J. McQuaid, the first bishop of the Rochester diocese, McQuaid is located at 1800 Clinton Avenue South, in the suburb of Brighton.

McQuaid was founded in 1954 in downtown Rochester, with its first class containing 129 students. In 1955 it moved to its current site, and it currently educates around 900 young men in grades 7-12.



Every student at McQuaid Jesuit is involved in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. Honors and Advanced Placement sections exist in each of the curricular disciplines. Admissions are based on grades and an entrance exam, among other criteria.

Because of its academic rigor, and the fact that its diploma requirements exceed those of the state of New York, McQuaid Jesuit is one of only four Western New York schools exempt from New York State's Regents Examinations.[citation needed]


McQuaid has taken part in the sectional and state tournaments of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association since 1978, and has won 52 sectional championships since. The school has also won 9 state titles, along with numerous New York State Western Regional championships. In the fall season, McQuaid offers football, volleyball, soccer, crew, and cross country. In the winter season it offers wrestling, basketball, indoor track, hockey, skiing, crew and swimming. In spring season, McQuaid offers baseball, golf, lacrosse, rugby, crew, and track & field. The sailing team competes in both the fall and spring seasons.

A new field house was completed in fall 2007, as part of a broader plan to improve athletic facilities. This initiative increased the capacity of the gym and renovated the locker rooms, weight room, and physical education offices. An aerobic room and three court gym were added with equipment storage for McQuaid athletic teams.

Jeff Van Gundy, former head coach of the Houston Rockets and New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association, began his coaching career at McQuaid, coaching the McQuaid basketball team for one season (1985–1986).

McQuaid Knights hockey, soccer, track, volleyball and golf teams all have done extremely well in past years having won state and sectional titles. The varsity soccer team was ranked 6th in the nation by ESPN.

McQuaid has many other sports, including rowing, which was in the top ten in the nation this past year. The rugby squad (the Rebel Knights) won the New York State High School Rugby Championship from 2003-2007 and 2010. The Rebel Knights also received a preseason ranking of 12th in the nation for the 2011 season. The lacrosse team has won every Greater Rochester Area Lacrosse League championship since the leagues founding in 2004.

The McQuaid Invitational is one of the largest high school Cross Country meets in the nation. The meet takes place in Genessee Valley Park in Rochester, New York, and hosts thousands of runners every year in twenty-four different races. The meet falls on the fourth Saturday after Labor Day every year.

Notable Alumni

Notable current and former teachers

  • Fr. William J. O'Malley, S.J. - actor and technical adviser in The Exorcist; author of several theological texts.


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