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Regis High School (New York City)

Regis High School
Regis crest.jpeg
"Deo et Patriae"[1]
For God and Country
55 East 84th Street
Upper East Side
New York, New York, 10028
 United States
Coordinates 40°46′46″N 73°57′32″W / 40.779522°N 73.958818°W / 40.779522; -73.958818Coordinates: 40°46′46″N 73°57′32″W / 40.779522°N 73.958818°W / 40.779522; -73.958818
Type Private, All-Male
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic;
Patron saint(s) St. John Francis Regis
Established 1914
Founder Julia M. Grant
President Rev. Philip Judge, S.J.
Principal Dr. Gary Tocchet
Asst. Principal Kristin Ross
Faculty 61
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 530  (2008)
Average class size 12
Student to teacher ratio 1:10
Campus type Urban
Color(s) Scarlet, Silver and White             
Song Regis Alma Mater
Athletics Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Track and Field, Cross Country, Volleyball
Mascot Owl
Team name Raiders
Rival Xavier High School
Accreditation(s) Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Publication Images (literary magazine)
The Crow (opinion journal)
The Sports Corner (sports magazine)
Newspaper 'The Owl'
Yearbook 'The Regian'
Endowment $70 million[3]
Tuition $0 (full scholarship only)
Dean of Students Nicholas deSpoelberch
Admissions Director Eric DiMichele
Athletic Director Kevin Cullen

Regis High School is a private Jesuit university-preparatory school for academically gifted Roman Catholic young men located on Manhattan's Upper East Side.[4] Annual class enrollment is limited to approximately 135 male students from the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut tri-state area. The school's motto, "Deo et Patriae" (For God and Country), speaks to its intention to produce men committed to devoting the advantages of his education to the service of society and the underprivileged. All students at Regis receive a tuition-free education. Regis is widely considered a "feeder school" to the top colleges and universities in the nation and abroad.[5]



Regis High School was founded in 1914 through the financial bequest of a single formerly anonymous benefactress: Julia M. Grant, the widow of Mayor Hugh J. Grant. She stipulated that her gift be used to build a Jesuit high school providing a free education for Catholic boys with special consideration given to those who could not otherwise afford a Catholic education.[6] The Grants' former home currently houses the Vatican Observer to the United Nations, which is where the Pope stays when he visits New York City.[citation needed]

The school building was built to the designs of the Boston firm of Maginnis & Walsh.[7]

The identity of the school's founding benefactor was officially kept secret for decades, though the large portrait in the school's first floor conference room titled "Julia Grant" contradicted the official policy. The online announcement of an auction that included items related to the school's founding did so as well.[8] Finally, on October 26, 2009, a documentary film revealed her identity and detailed the circumstances of her gift. Following her husband's death in 1910, Julia Grant met with Father Hearn, S.J. and, with a stipulation of strict anonymity, gave him an envelope with the money needed to start a school to educate bright Catholic boys. When Mrs. Grant died, her children took over the funding of the school. When Lucie Mackey Grant, a daughter-in-law of Julia Grant, died in 2007, none of the Grant heirs remained to fund the school. Since then, Regis has relied primarily on the original endowment and alumni donations to keep the school tuition free. Following Lucie Mackey Grant's death, at an auction of historic items held by the Grant family, Regis bid successfully for the original golden chalice used in Mass when the school was founded in 1914.[8]

On Saturday, May 14, 2011, a two-alarm fire destroyed the school's principal gymnasium and did some peripheral damage. The school re-opened the following Tuesday.[9]


In order to apply to Regis, a prospective student must be an 8th grade Roman Catholic male living in the Tri-State Region who has demonstrated superior academic ability. Once these criteria are met, he must fill out an application, including the composition of a short essay. Then, he must sit for Regis's own admission test. Of the approximately 1,000 students who sit for this test every year, about 250 are selected for two interviews with faculty or alumni. Finally, around 135 students are admitted to Regis High School.[6]


  The School

"The academic program at Regis is based on a traditional liberal arts curriculum. The first three years of the academic program are largely standard for all students. Incoming freshmen choose the language they will study. There are also some other variations which affect small groups of students. Students with sufficient elementary school preparation in algebra are placed on an advanced math track. Similarly, students with sufficient foreign language preparation are accelerated into the sophomore course. Students may also elect to take extra courses. Band/Chorus and the Science Research Project are open to a small number of sophomores and juniors. In senior year, the student is given considerably more freedom of choice. Theology and English are required for all students, but in those subjects the students choose from a group of trimester-long electives. In addition, the student chooses three year-long electives."[10]

Students must complete a curriculum in the subjects of

  • Science--requiring study in biology, chemistry, and classical physics;
  • Mathematics--requiring algebra II, geometry and trigonometry, and pre-calculus;
  • English language arts--Classics, American literature, British literature, and an elective;
  • History--Western civilizations, American history, Modern European history;
  • Theology--Church History, Scripture, Philosophy and Ethics, and an elective;
  • Foreign Languages & Classics--one of Latin, French, German, Spanish, or Mandarin Chinese for three years, an optional fourth year, an optional two years of Greek;
  • Fine Arts--studio art, cinematography, art & music history;
  • Computer technology--two years;
  • Physical education--four years.

The curriculum is taught at an accelerated pace, using college-level textbooks and, in many classes, exceeding the requirements of the Advanced Placement curriculum. The school does not require its students to take the New York State Regents Examinations.

The Foreign Languages Department runs exchange programs to Spain, France, and Germany. Cultural/academic trips are available to Beijing, China, for students of Chinese, and to the Galapagos Islands or Belize. Service trips are available to Jamaica, Kenya, and Ecuador.

Many other electives are available.[11]


Sports currently available to Regis students include baseball (on the junior varsity and varsity levels), basketball (on the freshman, junior varsity, and varsity levels), cross country, soccer (on the junior varsity and varsity levels), indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball (on the varsity level). The school is a member of the Catholic High School Athletic Association (C.H.S.A.A.). Regis's athletic teams have seen success in recent years, including several City Championships in their division at the junior varsity and varsity levels. In 2005, the year after winning the city championship, the Varsity basketball team won the B division State Federation Championship in Glens Falls, NY, beating the best of the private and public schools of New York. Between 2006 and 2008, the Regis Baseball team, which has played in the A division for only 6 years, finished 3rd, 2nd, and 3rd respectively. This streak of top 3 finishes is a feat no other CHSAA A division school has accomplished since Regis joined the league. Senior Christopher Bates was drafted in the 15th round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. Also, in 2009, the varsity Volleyball team won the CHSAA championship over league rival Xaverian and made it to the final again in 2010 in an attempt to defend their title.

Golf and tennis were offered until the 2007-2008 season, and non-competitive tennis is now offered as an extracurricular.

Regis utilizes several athletic fields and complexes, including Central Park, Randall's Island, and the Armory on West 168th Street.

  Extracurricular activities

Students who attend Regis have many extracurricular activities to select from in addition to athletics. The school carries with it a strong debate tradition, and as such the most popular activity is the speech and debate team, known as "The Hearn" (named for Fr. David Hearn, S.J.). The team competes on state and national levels in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, Student Congress, Extemporaneous speaking, Declamation, Duo Interpretation, and other forms of dramatic interpretation of literature. The Hearn is atypically large for a high school debate team (roughly 40% of the student body is on the team), and is considered one of the best high school teams in the United States. The Hearn's most notable achievements include: 18 state championships in the past 24 years, producing national champions in every single speech and debate category, 5 national collegiate debate champions and one world collegiate champion. A $2.5 million endowment was created in 2008 for the debate society's exclusive use.[12]

There are also various publications that students can work on, such as the newspaper (The Owl) and yearbook (The Regian) as well as several literary publications. Regis Repertory stages a musical in the fall and a drama or comedy in the spring, relying on the efforts of over 90 students in the cast, stage crew, business staff, and band. Recreational clubs include the Flag Football League, Billiards Club, Games Club, Rock Music Club, Tennis Club, Yoga Club, and various cultural and special interests/political clubs. The Regis Historical Society, in addition to being a forum for general and school-specific historical debate, publishes its own journal, Cliographia. The Owl interviewed CIA Leak case prosecutor and alumnus Patrick J. Fitzgerald in 2006. The subsequent article was linked on the Drudge Report and quoted in an Associated Press article.[13][14]

  In Pop Culture

Regis High School has been used in several television shows and movies:

  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent -- Season Six, Episode Two, "Tru Love."
  • Rock group Of A Revolution (O.A.R.) filmed the music video for their song "Lay Down," which is featured on their 2005 album Stories of a Stranger, at Regis High School.
  • The 2000 film Finding Forrester features the school building to represent the Mailor Academy.
  • Classroom scene in Prince of the City.
  • Regis High School inspired the atmosphere and setting of the play Child's Play by Robert Marasco, who was a teacher there in the 1960s.
  • Actor Robert Pattinson filmed his movie Remember Me at the school in July 2009.[15] Actor Pierce Brosnan was also there during filming.
  • Regis High School is also often cited as the inspiration for the movie The Emperor's Club. Actor Kevin Kline shadowed history teacher (and Debate Coach and Admissions Director) Eric DiMichele to prepare for the film.
  • On July 30, 2009, auditions were held in the Regis upper gym for a new movie starring Queen Latifah called Just Wright.
  • On August 6, 2009, Common, a well known rapper and actor, visited the school building in anticipation of his role in the film Just Wright.[16]
  • On January 8, 2012, Regis appeared as Alicia Florrick's children's private school in Season 3 Episode 12 "Alienation of Affection" of The Good Wife.


Notable alumni include:


  1. ^
  2. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  3. ^ New York Sun: Birkner, "Catholic Schools Turn Toward Endowments," March 9, 2007, accessed September 7, 2010
  4. ^ "Regis High School, About Regis", retrieved April 18, 2010
  5. ^ Yaqub, Reshma (September 2002). "Getting Inside the Ivy Gates". Worth Magazine. Retrieved July 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Bahrampour, Tara (March 13, 2002). "At Regis, Academic Rigor and Service, All Free". The New York Times. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  7. ^ Norval White and Elliot Willensky with Fran Leadon, AIA Guide to New York City, Fifth Edition, (New York City: Oxford University Press, 2010), p.453.
  8. ^ a b
  9. ^ NBC New York: "Fire Tears Through Regis High School," May 16, 2011, accessed May 17, 2011
  10. ^
  11. ^ Regis Senior Electives, accessed September 7, 2011
  12. ^
  13. ^ "CIA Leak Prosecutor Gives Interview to High School Newspaper". Fox News. April 25, 2006.,2933,193102,00.html. 
  14. ^ "CIA Leak Prosecutor Gives Interview to High School Newspaper". Associated Press. April 25, 2006.,2933,193102,00.html. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  15. ^
  16. ^
  17. ^ Internet Movie Database: Bill Condon, accessed September 7, 2010
  18. ^ a b c Eileen Wirth, They Made All the Difference: Life-Changing Stories from Jesuit High Schools (Chicago: Loyola Press, 2007), 176-7
  19. ^ One Shot: The memory of a lifetime [1], accessed June 4, 2012
  20. ^ New York Times: "Pete Hamill's Circuitous Route to a High School Diploma," June 24, 2010, accessed June 28, 2010
  21. ^ Los Angeles Times: "AIDS Activist Finds Creative Outlet in 'Church'," September, 6, 1991, accessed June 28, 2010
  22. ^ Columbia Law School: Gerard E. Lynch , accessed September 7, 2010
  23. ^ The New School: Fall 2009 Photography Lecture Series: Luc Sante, accessed September 7, 2010


  • Peterson's Private Secondary Schools 2008 (Lawrenceville, NJ: Peterson's, 2007), 485, available online, accessed September 7, 2010

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