Pope John XXIII High School (Everett, Massachusetts)

Pope John XXIII High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Everett, Massachusetts, in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. The school was established in 1965. It is an independent, coeducational, Catholic college preparatory school serving the metro Boston area. In 2016, Roncalli Prep, recognizing Pope John XXIII's name before taking John as his name ( Grade 8 ) was added to the student body. Roncalli Prep attracts Catholic students from the public school system seeking an advanced curriculum including STEM science, honors algebra, honors Spanish and the humanities.

Pope John XXIII High School
Papa Ioannes XXIII High School
888 Broadway

Everett Massachusetts

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United States
Coordinates42°25′13″N 71°2′42″W
TypePrivate, Coeducational
MottoIn necessariis unitas, in nonessentials libertas in omnibus caritas
(In essentials unity, in nonessentials liberty, in all things charity)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s)Saint John XXIII, Saint Joseph
FounderRichard Cardinal Cushing
OversightArchdiocese of Boston
SuperintendentKaty Mears
CEEB code220 765
PrincipalThomas J Mahoney
Head of schoolCarl DiMaiti
Teaching staff30
Enrollment352 (2017)
Student to teacher ratio15:1
Color(s)Blue and Gold         
SloganUnlock Your Future
SongPope John High Will Reign Supreme
AthleticsVarsity/ Junior Varsity/ Club
Athletics conferenceCatholic Central League
SportsFootball, Soccer (Boys & Girls), Basketball (Boys & Girls), Volleyball (Boys & Girls), Girls' Tennis, Softball, Baseball, Boys LAX Cheerleading.
Team nameTigers
AccreditationNew England Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
NewspaperThe Mercury
TuitionDomestic: $9500; International Home Stay $16,500
Communities servedEverett, Malden, Melrose, Saugus, Lynn, Revere, Boston, Chelsea, Somerville, Medford, China, Korea, Angola, Brazil, Vietnam, Italy, Spain, Canada
Feeder schoolsCheverus School (Malden); Sacred Heart (Lynn); Saint Rose (Chelsea)

Due to financial difficulties brought on by a default by United School Association (president Phil Morgaman of Florida), the school closed on May 31, 2019.


The curriculum at Pope John XXIII High School provides multiple pathways of distinct academic function - College Preparatory, Honors and Advanced Placement.

Performing arts

Students produce drama, musicals, talent shows, and summer productions. Recent shows include Godspell, A Christmas Carol, Guys and Dolls, and Hello, Dolly!. Visits are made to shows at Boston theatres; the Drama Club saw the production of War Horse at the Boston Opera House.

In the fall of 2016, students performed a timely rendition "The Election."


Sports teams include:

  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Boys' Soccer
  • Girls' Soccer
  • Boys' Volleyball
  • Girls' Volleyball
  • Boys' Basketball
  • Girls' Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Girls' Tennis
  • Boys LAX

In 2016 the Pope John Tigers won the Catholic Central Small League after defeating second place, Matignon (Cambridge) 93-70 in Matignon's gym. The Tigers would go on to have one of the greatest seasons in the school's history by reaching the MIAA Division 4 North Final. The Tigers would fall to St Mary's (Lynn) 68-49 (who would go on to win the Division 4 State Championship a week later) after defeating St Clement (Medford) in the Division 4 North Quarter Finals, 52-49 at Pope John and defeating defending state champion Hamilton-Wenham 50-38 in the Division 4 North Semi-Finals at Wilmington High School. The Tigers would finish with a 20-3 record for the season. In 2018, the Tigers on the strength of a 49-point performance by Angel Price Espada would win the schools first State Championship in basketball. Pope John defeated the defending State Champion Maynard HS 89-57 at Springfield College. Seniors Mike Thompson, Marquis Bouyer and Juniors Mekhi Collins and Luis Velasquez started the game for the Tigers. The 2018 Pope John Football team went undefeated in the Catholic Central (Small) League winning that championship. In the MIAA playoffs Pope John won the Eastern Massachusetts Championship before falling to Saint Bernard Catholic High School in the Super Bowl played at Gillette Stadium.

Clubs and organizations

  • Adventure Club
  • Ambassador Club
  • Campus Ministry
  • Chess Club
  • Culinary Club
  • Drama Club/Theatre Arts Program
  • Girls Who Code
  • Math Club
  • Mock Trial
  • National Honor Society
  • Poetry Club
  • Running Club
  • School Newspaper: The Mercury
  • School Yearbook Club
  • Special Effects Club
  • Student Government
  • World Travel Club
Student life

Extracurricular activities include campus ministry, drama and theatre Arts, the school newspaper The Mercury, the chess club, and student government.

Notes and references

  1. NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Archived from the original on 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
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