St. Edmund Preparatory High School

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St. Edmund Parish has sponsored a high school since the depression. The school opened on February 2, 1932 as St. Edmund Academy, a two-year high school for girls, with a class of sixty students. In 1936 it became St. Edmund Commercial High School, offering a two year commercial program. It became a four-year high school in 1962 and was re-titled St. Edmund High School, accredited by Middle States.

During the period from 1932 to 1962 classes for the school were held in part of the building that now, and then, housed the grammar school and church. On June 12, 1960 ground was broken for a new high school building and the dedication ceremony for the new high school took place on May 20, 1962. The new school building opened in September of 1962 and graduated its first class of two hundred and thirty two graduates in June of 1964.

In September of 1994 the school was again re-named as St. Edmund Preparatory High School and became an independent entity run by a Board of Trustees. At this time, the school became a co-educational institution dedicated to preparing boys and girls for entrance to college. Bishop Thomas V. Daily approved the change after consultation with Monsignor Vincent D. Breen, Superintendent of Catholic Education, and Monsignor Thomas F. Noonan, pastor of St. Edmund Church. The proposal to enroll boys was made to the Bishop in response to an increasing number of inquiries in recent years from parents who sought a Catholic High School to serve boys from parishes in South Brooklyn.

From its opening in 1932 the administration of the school was in the very capable hands of the Dominican Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary of Sparkill, New York. However, in 1986, as the number of Dominican teaching faculty decreased, the administration of the school was turned over to the equally capable hands of the Congregation of The Sisters of Saint Joseph. In 1995 Mr. John Lorenzetti was named as the first lay principal of St. Edmund's and was assisted by Sr. Barbara Doyle C.S.J. as Assistant Principal.

In September of 1999 Sister Barbara was appointed Campus Minister and Mr. James Benson was appointed as the first lay Assistant Principal. Due to the ever increasing student population it was determined that another layer of administration was required and Mr. Tom Maher and Mr. Ray Malafronte were appointed Academic Deans. In September of 2005, Mrs. Allison McGinnis was appointed as the school's second lay Assistant Principal. In September of 2008, Mr. Kevin Raphael was appointed as the school's third lay Assistant Principal.

On February 14, 2007, St. Edmund Prep took the first step towards expanding our physical school building with a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Library & Media Center Wing. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio presided over the ceremony. January 31, 2008 saw the final piece of steel rise into place, completing the building's basic shell. A Topping Off Ceremony was held, where members of the St. Edmund Community signed the beam that would be hoisted into place. Auxiliary Bishop Frank Caggiano presided over the ceremony. The new wing was officially dedicated on the Feast of St. Edmund of Canterbury, November 16, 2008. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio presided over the Mass of Thanksgiving and Dedication Ceremony.

Responding to the needs of our students, St. Edmund Prep cemented our place as an institution dedicated to rigorous academic study when the school officially became an International Baccalaureate World School in September 2008 an began teaching IB courses in the Fall of 2009. 

In June 2014, Rev. Edward Brophy retired as Pastor of St. Edmund Parish and ended his tenure as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, a post he held since coming to St. Edmund Parish in 2001. On June 30, 2014, Rev. David Dettmer became the Pastor of St. Edmund Parish and assumed the role of Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

On March 8, 2017, after twenty-two years as the Principal of St. Edmund Prep and forty-eight years in Catholic education, Mr. John Lorenzetti informed the Board of Trustees of his plans to retire at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. On May 4, 2017, Rev. David Dettmer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees announced to the school community that Mrs. Allison McGinnis would serve as the eleventh principal of St. Edmund Prep, beginning at the start of the 2017-2018 academic year. 


History is one of change. We at St. Edmund are responding to history... to change. The desire to expand St. Edmund has always existed. Circumstances, however, did not permit such expansion until 1994. The opportunity is here. Society has changed such that men and women work side by side in the business world, the professional world and in life itself. St. Edmund Prep has become a blending of young men and women working together in an educational setting. This blending has a futuristic intent. 

In 1998 we experienced for the first time new types of college bound professionals emerging from St. Edmund Prep . . . young men and women walking side by side into a future where their capabilities have been enhanced by a "PREP" education, where tolerance, understanding and futuristic thinking have been nurtured. 

What does a "PREP" education mean to your sons and daughters? St. Edmund Prep provides a convenient location for travel purposes. Traveling to High School and subsequently to college requires preparation. Our convenient location can be the beginning of that preparation.

A "student friendly" atmosphere will greet each young man and woman as they arrive for a day of academic and extra-curricular activities.

Classes are relatively small and provide for individual differences and needs. Ninety Eight percent of the graduating class are going to college. Students of a high caliber who excel will be challenged in the Honors Programs, regent classes and advanced placement courses/college credit courses. The student of average ability will be challenged to work to full capacity with the option of using math, science, history, or language centers. In these learning centers students of all abilities will have computers, a wide range of software, multiple audio-visual materials, major resource books, speed reading facilities and machinery, language tapes, and the most important resource of all - - a teacher, to assist in the wide range of "How to". Academically challenged students are offered remedial level classes with a resource room available for students with learning disabilities.

All students at St. Edmund Prep are free to learn. Together with this freedom comes the responsibility to use each learning opportunity wisely and to respect the rights of others. To learn that can only be attained through a spirit of self-discipline. All true discipline comes from within. As young men and women in a Christian atmosphere, a spirit of self-discipline will include the practice of human values. These values will be reflected in speech, behavior and appearance. Prep students will be challenged to strive for excellence in these areas.

By attaining and implementing basic Christian values, we will strive to develop the whole person . . . body and soul, mind and heart, through mutual respect, responsibility, cooperation, and education. Our ultimate goal will be the development of mature, responsible young men and women who understand and accept both the beauty and challenge of life and who are capable of developing their potential to deal with life creatively.

Our faculty is compromised of competent lay and religious educators, strong and informed guidance counselors, a campus ministry, and a full administrative staff. Our teachers are rich in professional expertise having studied and received degrees from:

St. John's University; St. Louis University, MO; Molloy College; Manhattan College, N.Y. ; Teachers College of Columbia University; Cathedral College; Boston College University of Dayton, OH; University of Florida;St. Joseph's College, N.Y.; College of Mount St. Vincent; Georgetown University; Hunter College, N.Y. ; Ohio University; John Carroll University; Queens College; Catholic University; St. Joseph's College, Ind.; Adelphi University; Villanova University; N.Y.U. Graduate School; Fordham University, N.Y.; Boston College, MA; Bucknell University, PA; Webster College, MO; Brooklyn College, N.Y.; Brentwood College, N.Y. ; St. Michael's College, VT; Marquette University, Wis. ; SUNY - Cortland College; St. Francis College, N.Y.; Iona College; Polytechnical Institute, N.Y.; SUNY - New Paltz and Universita di Pescar , Pescara, Italy. 

Ability, talent and creativity find their outlets in the Prep's many cultural, athletic and service orientated clubs. You can find a detailed list of all activities on our fact sheet. St. Edmund Prep will admit boys and girls of all race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarship, athletic and school-administered programs.

St. Edmund Preparatory High School is an accredited secondary school by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. We look forward to serving your sons and daughters and guiding them into the next millennium.