If Bishop McQuaid had had his way, McQuaid Jesuit would now be more than 140 years old. As early as the late 1870's, the first Bishop of Rochester (1868-1909) had tried to convince the Jesuits to found an institution of learning in his diocese. He'd admired them as teachers since his own student days at St. Joseph's Seminary on the campus of Fordham University. However, during the bishop's regular ad Limina visit to the pope in 1879, Henry Edward Cardinal Manning of London scuttled all hopes of a Jesuit high school in Rochester for at least a half century more.
It wasn't until 1954 that Bishop McQuaid's idea and hope of a Jesuit institution in Rochester would become a reality when McQuaid Jesuit High School opened its doors to 129 young men who exemplified the Jesuit ideal of leaders in service both personally and professionally.
McQuaid Jesuit is a Catholic, Jesuit, college-preparatory school that inspires young men to realize their God-given gifts through the pursuit of excellence in all things, service to others, and a life-long commitment to justice.
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