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Why Xaverian?

By Kevin Loftus ’05, Assistant Director of Admissions

Last month the Admissions Office and Director of Communications teamed up with Cramer Production Company of Norwood to shoot a new Open House video. When we began the assignment, our vision was clear: we wanted to capture the heart of our community in a way that was simple, effective, and authentic.

This minimalist approach allowed our students to do the talking. We interviewed twenty students in two days, and after logging about three hours of footage, we had to trim down to four minutes of content.

In the video, we ask our students three questions: Why did you choose Xaverian? What do you like most about Xaverian? What has Xaverian done for you?

Three simple questions provided us with an enormous range of answers, and after watching the final product, you’ll see that Xaverian is an exceptional place, full of opportunities, and bursting with promise. Enjoy!

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From The Archives

Editor’s note: Thousands of photos have been taken since Xaverian Brothers High School was founded in 1963. Many are in storage at here at Xaverian, and many are sent to us from alumni and friends. Here are some of those photos!

Mr. Connolly is helping students study the human skeleton...or practicing a ventriloquist routine

Xaverian football team ready to compete (before the days of the X helmet logo).

Xaverian's lunch menu has definitely improved over the years...

Technology at Xaverian has improved quite a bit as well!

The original Xaverian bookstore featuring Mr. Higgins

The Xaverian hockey team moves the puck through the neutral zone

A rare shot of Mr. Lewis standing still!


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Where do Xaverian students come from?

Xaverian Students arriving on campus

This time of year representatives from Xaverian, including me, attend a lot of school fairs and speak to middle school students and their families about Xaverian Brothers High School.  One of the most common questions we are asked in the admissions office is “Where do your students come from?” In the limited time we have to answer the question we are usually forced to say something generic such as “we draw students from over 80 communities.” Since I have more time and space here I thought it would be helpful to answer the question as specifically as possible. So here it is, the top ten towns represented at Xaverian Brothers High School:

Town                                     Number of current students
1. Franklin, MA                                         99
2. Norwood, MA                                        80
3. Walpole, MA                                          66
4. Dedham, MA                                         61
5. Norfolk, MA                                           55
6. Canton, MA                                            53
7. Boston, MA                                             38
*includes all Boston neighborhoods – Chelsea, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan
8. Mansfield, MA                                       35
9. Westwood, MA                                      32
10. Foxboro, MA                                       31
10. Wrentham, MA                                   31

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Although we are represented by over eighty different towns these ten make up over 60% of our student body.

We have students who come from as far south as Sandwich, Marshfield, and Bridgewater, as far west as Stow, Upton, and Hopkinton, and as far east as Chelsea. Adding to Xaverian’s geographic diversity some of our young men were born in China, South Korea, Bermuda, Russian, Haiti, India, Peru, Chile, Phillipines, and our neighbors to the north Canada.

All of this makes Xaverian a diverse and vibrant learning environment, but please don’t take my word for it, come visit us and find out.

Tim McDonough
Director of Admission
Xaverian Brothers High School