Our Headmaster


"A Special Place" He Calls Home

David C. Eustis Jr., named the headmaster at Xavier High School in 2017, is in his fifth year at the school.

Headmaster Dave Eustis at Opening of School Mass.

He formerly served as President and Chief Administrator of Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford, overseeing the operations of the co-educational college preparatory high school. During his tenure there, the school experienced stability in enrollment, the highest academic test scores in the school’s history, expansion and improvement in facilities, and unsurpassed growth in the annual fund.


Before Northwest Catholic, Mr. Eustis was the associate head of school at Cheshire Academy, focusing on the school’s advancement, finances and facilities.


Here's a little more about Mr. Eustis. As you’ll see, his favorite meal includes a New York strip steak, though his sports tastes have a distinct Boston flavor:


Born/resides: Born in Boston, lives in Farmington, CT. After Boston lived in Seattle, San Francisco, Buffalo and then Simsbury for high school.


Family: Wife Eileen, Principal, Berlin High School. Son Curt, age 24, a UConn graduate who works in corporate human resources at Pratt & Whitney. Daughter Kelly, 24, lives in Los Angeles and is a member of the Los Angeles Lakers Dance Team. Kevin, 21, is a senior at Providence College.


Memories/accomplishments for 2019-2020: Completing the NEASC accreditation process, completing the self-study on our Mission Effectiveness, winning state championships in cross country and wrestling, closing down school for the COVID crisis and seeing our amazing faculty adjust so quickly to bring a quality online instructional program to all of our students, who also adjusted very well.


Priorities for 2020-21: Provide a safe, clean environment for the entire Xavier community, continue to stabilize our enrollment and meet our fundraising goals, continue to deliver on the Mission of Xavier, keep a strong focus on cultural diversity within our building and welcome all those that want to learn here.


What makes Xavier special: The Brotherhood. It is such a special community, from the resident Xaverian Brothers to the diversity of having boys from 60 towns attend the school. The passion of the teaching faculty, staff, administrators, coaches and moderators is unparalleled in my career in education. A strong alumni base that has boundless energy in its support of the school.


Favorite pro/college sports teams: Patriots, Bruins, Red Sox, Notre Dame football, UConn basketball, (and I love Formula 1 auto racing)!


Favorite food: Perfect meal is NY strip steak, baked potato and grilled asparagus.


Hobbies: Landscaping, running, golf.


Message to the Xavier community: Xavier is such a special school. Let’s continue to produce excellence and let the world know about it.


Mr. Eustis can be reached at deustis@xavierhighschool.org.