The History of St. Joseph By The Sea High School:


Co-educational Catholic St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School is located in Staten Island, New York, in the Huguenot section of the city. Although it operates in all actuality as a school of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, it is formally an independent school with its own board of trustees. The current principal is Michael Reilly with 1,265 students in attendance from grades 9-12. Here is all about the start and history of St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School.

In 1963 a beautiful high school was built on Hylan Blvd. in the Huguenot section of Staten Island. It was an all girl's high school, set in a park-like setting overlooking Arbutus Lake. The religious congregation of the Sisters of Charity started this high school; this congregation was founded by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.


The population on Staten Island was growing rapidly, as the Verrazano Bridge would open in the near future. The school did very well for many years then enrollment started to decline and rumors of the school closing began. Students, family and community leaders banded together to try and save the school. They appealed to Cardinal Cook and he decided to get involved. Cardinal Cook and his staff worked out a plan to try and get the school back on track.

Monsignor Gaffney was named supervising principal along with Principal Sister Margaret Mary Hayes. Sea went from an all girl's school to a co-educational school. (Sister Mary Hayes died in 1993) Monsignor Ansaldi became principal of St. Joseph by the Sea in 1982, and under his leadership the school became financially secure and enrollment doubled. There were some new additions set in motion at the school; including a gym, a large athletic complex and a performing arts wing.

Many students who graduate from St. Joseph by the Sea have accumulated college credits. You do not have to be from the South Shore to send your children to this beautiful school. You can live anywhere on Staten Island and attend St. Joseph By The Sea High School, with all the transportation methods we have available here.


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