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Fordham Preparatory School: Shea-O'Brien Hall and Maloney Hall
Fordham Preparatory School (also known as Fordham Prep) is a private Jesuit all-boys high school located in the Bronxmarker, New York Citymarker, with an enrollment of approximately 900+ students.

School history

The Fordham Preparatory School, formerly known as St. John's Preparatory School until St. John's College was renamed Fordham Universitymarker in 1905, was founded by the Diocese of New York in 1841.

Once integrated into the university as the "lower division", Fordham Prep was originally located in Hughes Hall until it moved to its own facilities at Shea-O'Brien Hall in 1972, where it has remained to the present day. Located at the northeast corner of the Rose Hill campus, Shea-O'Brien Hall is named after a former prefect of discipline, Fr. Arthur Shea, SJ, and Fr. Eugene O'Brien, SJ, a former president of the school. Maloney Hall, adjacent to Shea-O'Brien Hall, was completed in 1995, and houses the school's Hall of Honor and The Leonard Theatre. The theatre is the venue for the school's Drama Society and is used for numerous school assemblies as well as by the university on various occasions. It has also hosted the show Hardball with Chris Matthews.

Recently, Fordham Prep has completed the construction of its fourth floor. Opened in 2009, it features three new chemistry and three new biology laboratories, as well as a greenhouse. The section of the third floor that held the former chemistry and biology rooms has been renovated, creating five new mathematics classrooms and two new physics laboratories. A new band room has also been added.


Fordham Prep has a liberal arts curriculum which focuses on English studies, history, mathematics, the sciences, ancient and modern languages, and religion. Students are given the option to take Honors or Advanced Placement classes depending on their individual performance. All freshmen students take a classical language: Latin, or Ancient Greek. As they move on to their sophomore year, the students can choose to continue with Latin or Greek, or study a modern foreign language, such as Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, or German. All students are required to take four years of English, four years of Religion, four years or three levels of any language, three years of history, three years of mathematics, and three years of science. Senior students have the choice of taking elective courses, and with prior approval, an undergraduate course at Fordham University. Seniors are also required to plan and implement a senior service project at an approved site. They then reflect on their service and journal their experiences for a senior service essay to be completed at the end of the year.


Juniors and Seniors have to fulfill community service requirements of 15 and 70 hours per year, respectively. If a junior does not finish his 15 hours, his senior service requirement jumps to 100 hours. Some of those hours can be obtained by taking advantage of in-school service opportunities.

Each summer, Fordham Prep sponsors trips called "Christian Service Immersion Trips." The destinations include Habitat for Humanity in Robbins, Tennessee, Nazareth Farm in West Virginiamarker, Community Links in Puebla, Mexico, and Ecuadormarker. A group of seniors and juniors also went to the Gulf Coast Spring Break 2007 to help CityTeam. It was a successful trip and plans are underway for another.

Extracurricular Activities

Fordham Prep has many extracurricular activities for students. There are nearly fifty clubs, each pertaining to a specific interest. There are clubs for students who enjoy computers, comic books, studying marine biology, playing music, politics (Young Republicans and Young Democrats clubs), business/finance, law, and others. There are also clubs pertaining to specific ethnic groups, such as the Gaelicmarker Society, Spanish club, Italianmarker club, Asian club, Kawaida club, and others. The Prep also has a successful Speech and Debate Team that represents the school in local and national tournaments including tournaments at Harvard and Yale. Fordham Prep also has a theatre and drama club, hosting two shows a year in The Leonard Theatre.

In addition, there are several student-produced publications that are released throughout the year. The school newspaper, Rampart, and the political science magazine, The Objective, are printed on a monthly basis. Labyrinth, the literary arts magazine, is circulated twice a year. The Prep has also published a yearbook, entitled Ramkin, since 1928.

Fordham Prep also has a large number of athletic teams. It is a member of the CHSAA. Fordham Prep has its own practice field, track, and weight room for the students to use. In 2005, in concert with Fordham University, the back track and practice field were refurbished with MONDO and true grass respectively, vastly updating and improving the facilities. The track is now named in honor of one of the Prep's track coaches, Joe Fox. Additionally, lights were installed for the University's night time use. Fordham Prep has several competitive teams in soccer, baseball, football, ice hockey, basketball, swimming, golf, lacrosse, cross country, track and field, tennis, wrestling, bowling, volleyball, and crew. On March 13, 2009, the 4x55m shuttle hurdle relay team set a new nation high school record (29.15 sec.) while winning the National Championship. The team name is the "Fordham Rams."

Notable Fordham Prep Alumni

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