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Malden Catholic High School, founded in 1932, is a private, Catholic secondary school for young men located in Malden, Massachusettsmarker. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. The school was founded by the Congregation of the Brothers of St. Francis Xavier (the Xaverian Brothers), an international congregation of religious brothers. It is a member of the Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools and the National Catholic Educational Association. According to the school's Web site, its mission is "to create a community of faith that promotes the dignity of all through Gospel values and an environment that fosters the love of God, of self, and of others."

History

Malden Catholic High School has a long history. It has gone through several incarnations and has seen many improvements, particularly in recent years.

Highland Ave. (1932–1968)

In 1932, work began on a new school, officially called Boys' Catholic High School, located on Highland Avenue in Malden, near the Immaculate Conception School. The project was established by the Right Reverend Richard Neagle, then pastor of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Malden, Massachusettsmarker.

Reverend Neagle turned to the Xaverian Brothers to lead the new school. In 1936, Boys' Catholic officially opened. The school's first headmaster was Brother Gilbert. Boys' Catholic, colloquially referred to as "Malden Catholic", was a highly successful school, and for several decades it served as a major academic institution in Malden. Boys' Catholic went through seven headmasters before it closed in 1968.

After 1968, the building became a junior high school for the Immaculate Conception School. The lab classrooms were used by Girls Catholic High School, (the sister school to Boy's Catholic) until 1991, when that school closed. While both schools were opened, because of their close proximity, and conservative administration, the boys were released from school earlier than the girls so they would not converge in the neighborhood at the same time. Immaculate Conception School closed its doors in 2006 after 125 years of service.

Crystal St. (1968–present)

After the school closed, Richard Cardinal Cushing, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Boston, requested that it be re-established. The Xaverian Brothers created a much larger, more regional high school on Crystal Street. The new building contained two floors and 30 classrooms, along with an auditorium and gymnasium, among other things. The loan given to Malden Catholic by the Archdiocese to build the new complex was later forgiven by Cardinal Cushing.

Malden Catholic gained fame in January 1999 when U.S. News & World Report profiled it in its examination of 96 "Outstanding American High Schools".

In recent years, renovation has started on the Crystal Street complex. The $1 million sports field has recently been completed, as well as a new cafeteria. Unfortunately, the cafeteria has since been severely vandalized with small doodles which MC residents refer to as "rocket ships." These images and carvings are dispersed throughout the entire facility. In recent times administration has been warming up to the vandalism, often considering it an art form and sense of school identity. It has even been suggested that the "rocket ship" be made the official school mascot.

Religious affiliation

Malden Catholic High School is sponsored by the Congregation of St. Francis Xavier, known more commonly as the Xaverian Brothers, and for many years the Brothers formed a large part of its faculty. In recent years, its faculty has been made up primarily of lay people, but the school still has the highest number of Xaverian Brothers of any school on the East Coast.

The school wears its Catholic affiliation proudly. Students take four full years of Catholic Theology courses and take part in many forms of charity drive and Christian service. Over the years, the school has also been active within the religious anti-intolerance movement and has been proudly providing Satanist Theology courses since the late 1990s as an alternative to the standard Catholic course.

Christian service

The school places a strong emphasis on "Christian service", volunteer community service inspired by the teachings of Christ. Such service can take place in many forms. Students are required to perform a minimum number of hours of service each year. Freshmen are to perform at least 10 hours, sophomores are to perform at least 20, and juniors are to perform at least 30.

Seniors take part in a unique Christian service program at the end of the year. Senior classes end in mid-April, and for three weeks after this point, seniors are required to visit a designated service site to do volunteer work for about six hours per day, for a total of 90 hours of Christian service. (Students with Advanced Placement classes continue taking these classes through this interval, and are given a reduced number of hours to complete.) The goal of this project is to give students a sizable amount of experience and practice using Christian principles of mutual service outside of school.

Athletics

Malden Catholic is a Division 1 member of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA). It is a member of the highly competitive Catholic Conference, a five-school athletics league, alongside competitors St. John's Preparatory School, Boston College High Schoolmarker, Xaverian Brothers High Schoolmarker, and Catholic Memorial Schoolmarker. The school colors are blue and gold, and the team mascot is the Lancer.

Malden Catholic students have a long-standing "rivalry" with St. John's Prep and a rivalry with Xaverian is increasing.

Stadium

Malden Catholic's main athletic facility was opened in 1988 as Brother Gilbert Stadium and was set with natural grass. The stadium was constructed so that Malden Catholic teams would no longer have to use the public Roosevelt Park, down the street and off campus. It was found that the stadium could not grow grass well and, after a decade or so, it needed heavy repairs.

Following the 2002 football season, the school received a $1,000,000 donation to completely renovate the stadium from James Donovan, a Natickmarker resident. Four other alumni together donated an additional $800,000 toward the project, and reconstruction began.

The natural grass in the field was replaced with FieldTurf, and a new track and lighting system was added. In 2004, the field was reopened as Donovan Field at Brother Gilbert Stadium, with the new track reopened as Brother Myles MacManus Track . The field was named in memory of Donovan's father, James R. Donovan, a Malden Catholic alumnus who later worked as a custodian at the school.

Recent championships

In 2003, Malden Catholic's baseball team won the MIAA Division 1 state championship. They finished 12-8 in the regular season and made it to the state tournament. They went on a 6-0 run in the playoffs to finish 18-8 and with a state championship.

In 2004, wrestler Brian Parow was one of the first state champions for the school. Parow wrestled in the 135 lb weight division, and broke every record in the school finishing with over 100 wins in his career and over 40 wins in his senior year. Parow also finished 3rd in the New England tournament.

Malden Catholic's lacrosse team has been coached by Mr. Rick Mazzei to 6 straight Catholic Conference championships. The inaugural rugby union team took third in the NERFU division 2 tournament.

2008

  • The baseball team finished second in the state
  • The hockey team finish second in the super 8
  • Rugby finished Second in Div. II B at the NERFU tournament


Rugby Football Club

The Lancers Rugby Football Club was started in 2006 and had a very good season going 5-2 and taking third place (Division III) in the NERFU Tourny in Pembroke, NH. In the 2007 season the MC Rugby team went an outstanding 10-1 in the regular season and is quickly becoming one of the best up and coming Rugby programs in Massachusetts. They were recently moved up to Division IIA. The MC Rugby B-side went 5-0 and allowed only one try all season against Seacoast A-side. B-side Victories came against Seacoast, St. John's Prep, Catholic Memorial, Brookline. MC also outscored their opponents in the 2007 regular season. A-side outscored their opponents 45-8. B-side outscored their opponents 32-66. The MC Rugby team finished in third place in the Division IIA NERFU tourny on May 12, 2007. The Lancers won two out of three matches to secure their third place finish. MC defeated Kearsarge in the first match of the day. MC was defeated by the eventual division IIA Champions Marshfield in the second match. And in the third match they defeated Catholic Memorial to secure their third place finish in the Division IIA bracket of the tournament. The MC Rugby club finished out the season 12-2 with their two tournament wins and one loss.

The 2008 season was a rebuilding year for the Lancers. After suffing huge losses to Catholic Memorial and Xvarian, they entered the NERFU tournament in div. IIb. They advanced to the finals after a dramatic win over Springfield when Captain Dan Kreatz scored of a 5m scrum to win the game. The Lancers faced Kinbillton Union Academy in the finals, although playing a hard game in the end lost. After finishing in second place, the Lancers hope to rebuild in 2009 with many returning players under the new head coach William Black.

Malden Catholic Hockey

2005-06 - Overall record: 12-9-3. Division 1 North State Finalists. Head Coach Mr. Chris Serino

2006-07 - Overall record: 13-7-3 (most regular season wins in over 15 years). The team was seeded fourth in the Division 1A Super 8 tournament and finished the season 13-7-3, including the playoffs

2007-08 - Overall record: 15-6-4 (most wins in 33 years). The team was seeded sixth in the Division 1A Super 8 tournament. Made it to the finals at the TD Banknorth Garden. Finished 2nd in the State losing to Reading Memorial High School 3-0 in the Championship Game.

2008-09 - Overall record: 18-4-2. The team was seeded third in the Super Eight. They won all three games of round robin play with ease. However, they fell short against conference rival Catholic Memorial School marker 6-4 in the Semi-Finals.

On June 27, 2009, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the Buffalo Sabres selected Mark (Roo) Adams with pick 134 in round 5. Mark just finished his third year as a Lancer and has helped the team reach the Super Eight in each year he has played. He hopes to follow in the footsteps of another Malden Catholic alumnus, Keith Tkachuk (MC '90), and make a major impact in the NHL.

Extracurricular activities

Malden Catholic High School maintains many clubs and extracurricular activities. Each is moderated by a member of the faculty. Extracurricular activities are considered a crucial element of social and academic development, and students are consistently encouraged to join.

Student government

Malden Catholic has a Student Council which organizes many of the school's events and charity drives. The council consists of an executive board of six officers, as well as seven committee chairs representatives.

Student newspaper

The Crystal 99, Malden Catholic's official newspaper, is a student-written and student-run publication that has been the recipient of many regional awards, including 11 straight all-New Englandmarker awards from the New England Scholastic Press Association. Founded in 1943, the paper has a long history and has helped the school establish a strong sense of identity, bringing together its many different social groups and events.

Lancers Drama

Lancers Drama, the school's theater group, performs several plays per year. Productions are selected from a wide variety of genres by the troupe's director, theology teacher and Malden Catholic graduate Éamonn-Dermot O'Meara-Finnegan Casey.

The group most often performs contemporary comedies and Shakespearean plays. Performances in recent years have included William Shakespeare's Macbeth, the 1945 comedy Harvey, and a stage adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novel Guards! Guards!.

The troupe is notable for performing student-written plays on more than one occasion. In 2005, Lancers Drama performed the one-act comedy Fantasyland, co-written by Casey and then-junior John Ungaro. In 2006, the troupe performed the school's first student-directed play, Ungaro's Ollie's Inferno which was co-written by MC alumni Eric Carfagna, Sean Ikeda, and John Ungaro.

For the 2007/2008 season they performed Neil Simons play Rumors and have just finished their last play Ollie's Inferno for Drama Festival.

National Honor Society

Malden Catholic maintains a chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS), a national organization designed to recognize students' academic achievements. Malden Catholic's chapter, known as the Brother Gilbert Chapter, currently holds 52 tenth grade sophomores, 43 juniors and 41 seniors. The chapter is open to all juniors and seniors who either have a percentage grade of 88 or higher, or who are in the top 15 percent of their class, gradewise.

The club meets six to eight times a year. Members are required to take part in eight hours of Christian service (see Christian service above) per academic quarter. Members also take part in various charity fundraisers.

Math Team

The Math Team meets six times each year to compete in the New England Mathematics League (NEML), the New Englandmarker division of the Math League. Math League contests consist of six challenging mathematics problems. Students are given a grade from 0 to 6. The top five scores from each school are submitted to the Math League, with a maximum of 30 points per contest. There are six contests a year, with a maximum school score of 180.

In addition to the NEML contests, students also take part in a parallel intramural tournament, the Lancers Intramural Mathematics Organization (LIMO). These contests are similar to NEML's, and take place in between the national contests. LIMO contests consist of an Individual Round, in which students score between 0 and 6, and a Team Round, in which students split into groups to work on problems together, with a maximum score of 3.

Robotics Club

The Robotics Club was founded by Patrick Napier, along with the help of Patrick Devito, both of the graduating class of 2006. Dennis Gleason of the mathematics department is the moderator of the club. In the contest, students build a team of robots that enter the international BotBall competition. The New England Regional Tournament is held annually at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. In 2006, students won first place for the Documentation part of the judging for the New England Division. In 2008, the MC Robotics team was the winner of the New England Regional Botball Tournament. They finished first in the seeding round, second in double-elimination, and third in documentation. These scores were good enough to win the overall championship. They also received a judges' choice award. The team performed admirably at the International championships at the University of Oklahoma, again winning a judges' choice award. In the 2008-2009 season, the Malden Catholic Robotics Team again won the New England Regional Tournament, sweeping all three categories of seeding, double elimination, and documentation. At the 2009 Global Conference on Educational Robotics, Malden Catholic placed third in the world.

Model UN

Malden Catholic's Model UN Club began in the early 1990s to increase awareness of the United Nations system, international relations, as well as foster debate, diplomacy and understanding of different peoples and cultures. In that time MC Delegates have participated in numerous Model UN simulations throughout New England, including conferences at Harvard and Brown Universities, Bentley College, and other conferences hosted by area high schools.

Malden Catholic's MUN Club has also hosted several Malden Catholic Model United Nations Conferences (MCMUNC) throughout the years, for other MUN Clubs throughout Massachusetts and New England.

Current Leadership

  • Faculty Moderator: Brother Brian Davis, CFX
  • Secretary-General Keegan Leitz '09
  • Under Secretary-General Dan Smith '09


Past Leadership

  • Mark Fahey '08, Dennis Hui '08 (07/08)
  • Timothy Clark '07, James Virnelli '07 (05/06,06/07)
  • Matthew Shapanka '05 (04/05)
  • Andrew Yaksic '03 (02/03)
  • Will Phung '01 (00/01)
  • David V. Merrill '97
  • James Bennett '96


Other activities

Malden Catholic's other popular activities include:
  • Asian Cultures Club
  • Best Buddies
  • Chess Club
  • Classic Rock Appreciation Club
  • Computer Club
  • Culinary Club
  • Diversity Club
  • French Club
  • French Honor Society
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Latin Club
  • Mock Trial
  • Model Congress
  • Model UN
  • Lancers in Action
  • Peer Leaders
  • Photography Club
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Robotics Club
  • Rugby
  • Russo Fudge Factory
  • Science Club
  • Ski and Snowboard Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Sports Management
  • St. Paul's Supper Club
  • Video Game Club
  • Creative Writers Club
  • Yearbook


Notable alumni



References

  1. " Schools." Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools. Retrieved September 30, 2006.
  2. " Malden Catholic High School." Private School Review. Retrieved September 30, 2006.
  3. " Home Page." Malden Catholic High School. Retrieved February 26, 2006.
  4. " History." Malden Catholic High School. Retrieved February 26, 2006.
  5. Oliviera, Ric (January 8, 1999). " Durfee named as outstanding high school." SouthCoastToday.com.. Retrieved February 26, 2006.
  6. Tracy, Donis (March 3, 2006). " Natick man honored for support of Catholic schools." The Pilot. Retrieved February 26, 2006.
  7. " Student Council." Malden Catholic High School. Retrieved February 26, 2006.
  8. " Student Newspaper Receives Accolades." Malden Catholic High School. Press release (March 18, 2005). Retrieved February 26, 2006.
  9. " Contests." New England Mathematics League. Retrieved February 26, 2006.
  10. " Extra-Curriculars." Malden Catholic High School. Retrieved February 26, 2006.


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