Xavier: Rich In History, Steeped In Tradition

A trip through the hallways at Xavier High School, a stroll through the yearbooks, time spent looking through the many files and boxes in the archives in the back of the library is an education in itself.

A school should make you thirst for knowledge, so exploring the 56-year history of this school and its many traditions whets our appetite. It leads us to answering many questions and raising others.

We want to learn more about the significance of St. Francis Xavier and all that is in the Xavier crest.

What is the history of the student newspaper? Why is the yearbook named “The Don?”

What were the rules like back in 1963 as compared to now? And just how did Xavier get the nickname Falcons and colors black and white?

Let's find out about the 25th, 40th and 50th anniversaries of the school and the various dedications as the school expanded.

Dust off the archives, dig deep into one’s memory. The answers to more than 20 questions lie in photos, newspaper clippings, yearbooks, files, and the memories of faculty and staff.

As we stroll through the building, it soon becomes clear to keep our eyes open at every turn. You never know what you’ll see in the building. A 9-11 flag. A statue of St. Joseph. A photo of Bro. Celestine. More questions arise. So more answers are needed.

The short history is this: Xavier opened its doors in 1963 and was founded by The Most Rev. Vincent J. Hines, the second bishop of the Diocese of Norwich, pictured above in a groundbreaking ceremony in 1961. It is a Xaverian Brothers' Sponsored School, and at the heart of its mission is this written by St. Irenaeus: "The glory of God is the human person fully alive." Xavier seeks to educate the whole person: spirit, mind and body.

But that is the one-paragraph description. Our stroll down memory lane is divided into multiple parts. And, while we are done for now, more will have to come. History does not stop. Questions beget questions.

On the right are links to many stories, each representing a piece of Xavier's fabulous history. Pick and choose, or read them all over time. Enjoy.