“...That They Be Good Men”

“...Ut Viri Boni Sint”

School History


Saint David's School was founded in 1951 with one teacher and four students. The school's purpose, according to its founding families, was "to provide a sound substantial education for the growing boy, equal to the best to be derived from institutions of a similar level." While a school in the Catholic tradition, Saint David's has always been lay-run and independent. Academically, it has embraced the classical ideal of balance, providing boys a rigorous education while encouraging them to grow into responsible and moral world citizens.

In the decades since its founding, Saint David's has undertaken several expansions, adding state-of-the-art facilities for its academic and athletics programs. Today, the school community includes 400 students and more than 130 faculty and staff.

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The Timeless Boy: Saint David's at 60

That They Be Good Men: 50 Years at Saint David's School

 

Milestones

1950

Purchase of 12 East 89th Street

1951

February 5 - Saint David's opens - 1 teacher and 4 students

1952

Thomas Herlihy appointed first Headmaster

1953

David Hume appointed second Headmaster;
Purchase of 14 East 89th Street

1956

Parents Association formed

1957

November 7 - First issue of Canticle;
Hearst family donates organ and stained glass windows to the Chapel.

1958

June 4 - First school commencement

1963

Purchase of 16 East 89th St.

1969

First Advent Service of Lessons & Carols

1971

Great Coke Machine Crusade

1972

Purchase of 18 and 22 East 89th St.

1973

First Science Lab

1977-78

 Addition of Library and Art Room

1981

Addition of Gymnastic Center and Woodshop

1982

First "You Gotta Have Park" Weekend

1983

Saint David's Philharmonic Ensemble established.

1987

First Mozart Celebration; First issue of Saint David's Magazine

1990

Retirement of David Hume after 37 years of service;
Dr. Timothy Burns, third Headmaster

1992

Dr. Donald T. Maiocco, fourth Headmaster, Eighth Grade Humanities Program

1994

Expansion: Lower School Library, Computer Room, Art and Pottery Studios

1995

Purchase of Saint David's Sports Complex on Ninety-fourth Street

2001

Celebration of Golden Jubilee

2002

Golden Jubilee Expansion Completed: Science Suite, Library/Media Center, Eighth Grade Classrooms, Woodworking Shop, Smith Reception Room, Front Lobby, Expanded Dining Hall/Auditorium; Restoration of Hearst stained glass windows

2004

Dr. P. David O'Halloran, fifth Headmaster

2005

School-wide Curriculum Initiative

2006

Faculty Initiative; Expansion: Fifth Floor Music Suite

2007

Celebration of Fiftieth Commencement; Expansion: Sixth Floor Art Suite

2008

Expansion: Lower, Middle, and Upper School Science Labs and Prep Room; Publication of Saint David's School Hymnal

2011

Celebration of Sixtieth Anniversary; 1,000 Members of Community Gather for Celebratory Mass at St. Ignatius Loyola.

Continuing Our Best Traditions Campaign, the largest in the school's history, exceeds its goal.

Launch of Seventh Grade Summer Study in Salamanca.

2012

Launch of Horizons at Saint David's Summer Program.

Sixth Grade Overnight to Washington, D.C.

2013

Rollout of School-wide Spanish Immersion Program