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A celebration of 175 years of faith, scholarship & service




During the 2016-2017 school year, Fordham Prep is celebrating its 175th anniversary. Founded in 1841 as St. John's College, and officially chartered Fordham Preparatory School in 1937, the Prep has educated thousands of young men, creating men for others for the greater glory of God.

June 25

On June 25, Fordham Prep celebrated its Founder's Day Mass, officially marking the start of our 175th year. The Mass concluded with a blessing of the new entrance and lobby. 

Founder's Day Mass Homily   Photo Gallery Event Recap

September 17

Fordham Prep held its 175th Celebratory Anniversary Mass at the Basilica of Old St. Patrick's Cathedral in lower Manhattan. Fr. John Cecero, SJ, Provincial of the U.S. Northeast Provice of the Society of Jesus served at the Principal Celebrant, while Fr. Thomas Scirghi, SJ, Rector of the Fordham Jesuit Community was the Homilist.

Celebratory Mass Homily  Photo Gallery  Fordham Prep Choir Performs Event Recap

September 30

Fordham Prep held its annual President's Reception & Dinner at the Water Club in Manhattan. Thank you to our generous donors and Water Club owner Buzzy O'Keefe '56 for making the event a memorable one!

Photo Gallery Remarks by Matthew Diaz '18 & Fr. Devron Event Recap


Fordham Prep Trustee and CIA graduate, Fr. Chuck Frederico, SJ, hosted a private tour of the grounds of The Culinary Institute of America, formerly the Jesuit novitiate St. Andrew-on-Hudson, followed by Mass and a luncheon. 

Photo Gallery Event Recap


Ach du lieber! Fordham Prep celebrated Oktoberfest at Bierhaus NYC with a German style party. 

Photo Gallery Event Recap

November 12

Over 100 football fans came to the Prep's Pregame Reception at Yankee Stadium last Saturday as Fordham University played Holy Cross for the Ram-Crusader Cup. 

Photo Gallery Event Recap


Thousands of Fordham Prep fans came out to the annual Turkey Bowl game against Xavier to see the Rams come back from a late 4th quarter deficit to defeat the Knights, 21-18. The game wasn't the only victory for the Prep as the school beat Xavier in the Turkey Bowl Challenge, a competition between the two schools as to which school could get the most donations from the Classes of 2002 to 2016.  Xavier High School President Jack Raslowsky presented Fr. Christopher Devron, SJ a gift in commemoration of the Prep’s 175th Anniversary.

Photo Gallery Event Recap 

February 28

Nearly 150 Fordham Prep alumni, parents, and friends gathered at the Harvard Club for this year's Wall Street Forum. This year's featured speaker was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of  ConEdison, John McAvoy '76. Mr. McAvoy spoke about the upcoming changes and challenges facing the energy industry.

Photo Gallery Event Recap

MARCH 11, 2017


Nearly 900 Fordham Prep alumni, parents, and friends gathered at Fordham Prep to hear world renowned Irish tenor Ronan Tynan perform in the Leonard Theatre at Fordham Prep. The performance also featured actor Dominic Chianese, who performed a medley of songs. Thank you to all who attended, especially our event sponsors! 

Event Program Photo Gallery Event Recap Video Thank You Attendees!


MARCH 17, 2017                               

Nearly 150 alumni, parents, students, faculty and their families gathered to march with the Prep in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  A brunch was offered at The Harvard Club, close to our step off point on West 45th Street.

Photo Gallery Event Recap

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Opening in 1841 as St. John’s College, Fordham Prep was one of the very first Jesuit schools founded in the United States. Today, we are part of a network of 62 Jesuit high schools across the country. Our mission is to form young men of faith, scholarship and service. 

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