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From the Archives

Thousands of photos have been taken since Xaverian Brothers High School was founded in 1963. Many are in storage here at Xaverian, and many are sent to us from alumni and friends. To submit a photo from the archives, post it on the alumni Facebook page.

Future alumni gather outside to pose for a photo

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Life at Xaverian: Photos

At Xaverian Brothers High School, there’s always a way to get involved. Here are some photos from life at Xaverian. Click the photos to view them on Facebook.

Senior Gerard Florentino is ready for an afternoon behind the plate for the Varsity Baseball team.

Dean of Students Chris Vasta shares a laugh with his father John Vasta, who is serving as a substitute math teacher.

Juniors Brian Fannon, Bobby Leon, and Chris Schwab turn the corner during a recent track practice.

Freshman Peter Roche keeps his eye on the ball during tennis practice.

Sophomore Connor Day is hard at work on a project in his cartooning class.

Junior Ian MacPherson returns to his seat after accepting his College of Mt. St. Vincent Book Award during this week's award ceremony.

At Xaverian Brothers High School, there’s always a way to get involved. Here are some photos from life at Xaverian.


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Physics Class Trebuchet Lab

Last week all Juniors taking Physics participated in a department-wide trebuchet competition. The students were split into pairs, and had to construct their own siege engine according to teacher-provided guidelines. After all students had turned in their final masterpieces, students battled to decide who’s trebuchet was the best in each class. Competitions included distance and accuracy. Once a class champion was crowned, the winners went head to head in a final “battle” round of competition.

“I really enjoyed seeing the energy and enthusiasm the students brought to the project,” said Physics teacher David Eggli (Whose class ultimately won the competition). Junior class champions Peter Dailey and Luke Walsh admitted that “building the trebuchet was more difficult than we thought it would be, but the competition was a lot of fun”. All students seemed to enjoy putting their knowledge of potential energy, kinetic energy, and projectile motion to use in the exercise. While there was no prize (other than a good grade) given to the trebuchet champions of 2011, Peter and Luke agreed that bragging rights are enough!

(Editor’s Note: Click the photos to view the complete Facebook album)

Junior class trebuchet champions Peter Dailey and Luke Walsh take aim.

Mr. Eggli helped set up a tower of cups which served as a target during the final round of competition.

Even though there was only one winning team, everybody had fun.


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From The Archives

Thousands of photos have been taken since Xaverian Brothers High School was founded in 1963. Many are in storage here at Xaverian, and many are sent to us from alumni and friends. Here is one of those photos! (Click the photo to view on Facebook. For more alumni resources, visit our website. )

The Hawk Squad was out in full force at a Xaverian Football game. Can anyone help us figure out what year this photo is from?


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Xaverian Class of 2011 Graduation

By Kevin Loftus ’05, Assistant Director of Admissions

Editor’s note: Official Graduation photos can be found here. Even more photos can be found on our Flickr page.

Last week, on a decidedly sunny Friday, a 40% chance of rain forced school officials to hold the Class of 2011 Graduation ceremony indoors. After friends and family had taken their seats in the gym (and overflow seating in the auditorium), thunder rumbled above and rain began to fall, proving that the indoor location was indeed the right choice.

Some seniors told me they were disappointed because of the change in location. I understand why they were upset, but I couldn’t help but smile as I stood in the back of the gym watching the seniors walk in wearing their caps and gowns. I watched parents take pictures from the same bleachers I sat in when my brother graduated in ’95. In fact, thousands of Xaverian seniors graduated from that very gym under the watchful eye of the Xaverian Hawk.

I watched seniors take their seats in the same spot that Mr. Morse sat at his graduation in ’71. Friends cheered for each other just like they did at Brother Ray’s graduation in ’70, Mr. Brodeur’s in ’91, and Mr. MacKinnon’s in ’84. Proud Hawks recieved their diplomas on the same stage that Mr. Smith walked across in ’67. And they turned their Graduation tassels together just like when Mr. McPhillips graduated in ’86, Mr. Dacey in ’95, Mr. Puclowski in ’98, Mr. Press in ’03, Mr. Vasta in ’00, and Mr. Palmieri in ’93. When the ceremony was over, their parents made them pose for pictures for an hour, just like Mr. Bowers did in ’87, and Mr. Cavanaugh in ’96 (I could keep going, but I think you get the picture…).

Not only does that room share a rich tradition that spans almost 40 years, but it’s the place where the Xaverian community gathered for liturgy, sporting events, club fairs, dances, charity events, and those are just a few I can name off the top of my head. I think it’s perfect that the senior class graduated in the exact spot they stood five years before as wide-eyed eighth graders attending our open house.

So congratulations, Seniors (I mean fellow Alumni!) and be happy that you were lucky enough to share a Xaverian tradition with thousands of your Hawk brothers!


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Senior Class Dinner and Awards Ceremony 2011

On Tuesday, the Class of 2011 gathered with their families at Lombardo’s in Randolph to celebrate the Senior Class Dinner and Awards Ceremony. Seniors were recognized for their outstanding achievements in all areas of student life, and all students showed great support and enthusiasm for their classmates. The Senior Class Dinner marked the beginning of Graduation week, which continues tonight at the Baccalaureate Liturgy, which will be held at St. Timothy’s Church in Norwood. For the full Graduation week schedule, please visit our website.

See the entire photo album on our Flickr page.

Chris Tamasi receives the Senior Spirit Award

Alex Kradin addresses his fellow Seniors while Prinicpal Dominic Lalli looks on.


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Senior Parent Appreciation Dinner 2011

Last week, the Xaverian community gathered to honor the parents of this year’s Senior Class. The night included a dinner, and Headmaster Brother Dan Skala reflecting on the transformation he saw in the Class of 2011. On behalf of the Class of 2011 Parents, the Senior Parent Gift Committee ended the night by presenting the school with a very generous donation.

For the full photo album, visit our Flickr page.