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Fairfield College Preparatory School

Fairfield College Preparatory school
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Per Fidem Ad Plenam Veritatem
Through Faith to the Fullness of Truth
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, Connecticut, 06824-5157
United States
Type Private, Preparatory
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic,
Established 1942
Founder The Society of Jesus (with permission from Rev. Maurice F. McAuliffe, bishop of Hartford)
President Rev. Thomas Simisky, S.J.
Chairman Robert D. Russo, Jr.
Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, EDD
Chaplain Rev. Brett Stockdale, S.J.
Faculty 105
Grades 912
Gender Boys
Enrollment approx. 901 (2014)
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Pantone 186C and White         
Team name Jesuits
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Newspaper Soundings; Zeitgeist
Yearbook Hearthstone
Dean of Academics Dr. Donna Andrade, EDD
Dean of Students Harold (Dean) Davis
Dean of Admissions Gregory Marshall '73
Director of Athletics Thomas Curran '05

Fairfield College Preparatory School (Fairfield Prep) is a Jesuit prep school located on the campus of Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. It is an all-male school of about 900 students, first founded by the Society of Jesus in 1942. Operating with the approbation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, Fairfield Prep is self-sufficient with no diocesan or government financial assistance.


  • Mission 1
  • Athletics 2
    • Hockey 2.1
    • Swimming and diving 2.2
    • Lacrosse 2.3
    • Tennis 2.4
    • Rugby 2.5
    • Rivals 2.6
  • Other information 3
  • Notable alumni 4
  • Notable former faculty 5
  • Notes and references 6
  • External links 7


Fairfield College Preparatory School is by tradition and choice a Jesuit, Catholic high school of excellence. Fairfield Prep welcomes young men of every race, religion and economic background to a community of faith that is academically challenging and personally enriching.

The mission of Fairfield Prep is:

• to offer its students the finest preparation for college

• to inspire in its students a lifelong love of learning

• to invite each student to deepen his relationship with God

• to encourage each student’s social, cultural and physical development

• to challenge its students to become leaders, living as men of conscience, compassion and action

Fairfield Prep strives to accomplish this mission by demonstrating personal care and concern for all of its students and by celebrating their unique gifts and diversity. In turn, students are expected to become responsible participants in the Prep community and beyond and are encouraged to use their talents in the service of others, especially to those in need, ad majorem Dei gloriam (translation: For the greater glory of God)


Fairfield College Preparatory School is part of the Quinnipiac Division in the Southern Connecticut Conference. The school fields 15 varsity sports including football, soccer, cross country, basketball, ice hockey, swimming & diving, wrestling, skiing, baseball, lacrosse, track & field, rugby, golf, crew and sailing. Prep's athletic teams have won 48 CIAC state championships and numerous other state titles in non-CIAC sports. Over the years many athletes have won individual CIAC state titles cross country, track & field, swimming & diving, wrestling, tennis, and golf.


Prep has won 16 state championships, the most recent in 2014 where Prep defeated Darien 2-1 at the Ingalls Rink. Prep has had three players work their way up to the National Hockey League, including Chris '89 and Ted Drury '94, and Mark Arcobello. Matt Sather '93 has coached the hockey team since 1999, and has won nine state championships.[2][3]

Swimming and diving

The Jesuit swim team is coached by Rick Hutchinson '87. Prep posted three straight undefeated seasons from 2007 to 2009 and won the CIAC Class L Championship in 2007. The Jesuits have placed second behind rival Greenwich High School in the CIAC Class LL Championship in each season since the Class L title in 2007. In 2012, Fairfield Prep finished undefeated for the first time since 2009, and won their 8th straight SCC championship. The team won the 2012 Class LL and State Open Championships.[4]


Prep’s lacrosse program has won six state titles since 2006 with three runner-up finishes during that time. The team won most recently in 2013, beating Staples High School, for the school's 5th state championship.[5] The team is coached by Christopher Smalkais, who was inducted into the Connecticut Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2013. His introduction speech was given by 2011 Hall of Fame Inductee Howard Benedict, longtime New Canaan High School Lacrosse coach and a '63 Fairfield Prep alumnus.


Prep's tennis team has won 10 state team championships, with the most recent in 2003. Todd Paul, Class of 2003, won the Class LL Singles Championship four years in a row.[6]


Prep Rugby have been perennial contenders under Coach Frank Decker, and have been runner up in every state championship match except one. Arch rival Greenwich High School has stolen the championship from Prep each year. Prep rugby has many notable alumni, including Kenneth Stern '06, who attended Boston University, and plays for the Philippines national team, and Will Brazier '01, who attended Fairfield University, and played for the USA Tomahawks and the USA Falcons.


Prep's rivals include Greenwich High School, Hamden High School, Notre Dame of West Haven, Notre Dame of Fairfield, and Xavier High School.

Other information

The tuition for the Fairfield College Preparatory School for the 2015-2016 school year is $18,600.

Notable alumni

Notable former faculty

Notes and references

  1. ^ NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  2. ^ Chris Drury
  3. ^ Fairfield College Preparatory School
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  7. ^ "Oilers Roster - Edmonton Oilers - Team". Retrieved 2012-08-15. 

External links

  • Fairfield Prep Homepage
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport
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