A Message from Alex Zequeira P'19, Headmaster

Thank you for wanting to learn more about Saint John’s High School.

My first opportunity to learn about Saint John’s High School was through two graduates from the class of 1990 who brought me onto campus in the spring of 1992. We all lived in the same dorm hall at the College of the Holy Cross, and it was clear from my conversations with them and our visit to campus, that their four years at Saint John’s was a transformative time in their lives.

When my wife and I moved to the Worcester area in 2011, our oldest was in 5th grade. Though high school was still four years away, we both knew we wanted him to be a Saint John’s man. Now, years later, he has graduated from SJ and is finding success in college – personally, spiritually, and academically.  We are convinced that his future started here, at Saint John’s High School.

From Temple Street in Worcester to Main Street in Shrewsbury, for nearly 120 years, the experience of the Saint John’s man has remained rooted in the charism and values of the Xaverian Brothers – humility, simplicity, zeal, compassion, humility, and trust. As a parent first, and now as the school’s 18th headmaster, I see it every day in the important and enduring relationships that are fostered in this caring community.  It is a place where students are known, loved, valued, and challenged.

I also see a true community – one that gathers to celebrate the Pioneer tradition, but that also stands by each other in times of great need.  

It is a community that is inclusive - a place for everyone who is willing to work hard and commit to doing good and being good.  

It is community with an amazingly talented and hardworking faculty and staff, who are committed to educating the whole person.  

It is a community that understands that we are all children of God who are given unique gifts and talents where students are pushed to explore those and develop those – not just for themselves, but for a better community and a better world.

It is a community steeped in a tradition of excellence in program – spiritual, academic, artistic, athletic – and with faculty experts and the facilities that provide a space where students can thrive in those areas.

It is a community that will challenge – and with that challenge comes authentic success and the opportunity to fail in a place with people who help pick you up and be ready to meet that next challenge.

If you are new to the Saint John’s community, I invite you to learn more about us – about the history and tradition of excellence with a vision to the future and the goal of educating young men to reach their fullest potential.  If you are already a member of the Saint John’s community, I invite you to stop by and see how much the school has grown and changed over the last two decades. I think you will be amazed by what you see and hear.

I look forward to seeing you soon at Saint John’s High School.

Alex Zequeira

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