Saint David's School (New York City)

Saint David's School
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12 East 89th Street


United States
School type Private
Motto "That They Be Good Men"
Established 1951
Headmaster P. David O'Halloran[1]
Grades PreK-8
Gender All-boys
Enrollment 416 [2][3]
Average class size 18
Campus type Urban
Color(s) Red and white    
Newspaper The Canticle

Saint David's School is an independent primary and pre-primary school for boys on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City. The school educates boys from pre-kindergarten through to eighth grade. Saint David's was founded in 1951.[4] The current headmaster is P. David O'Halloran.[1][3]


St. David’s was originally the home of Ruth Hunter Cutting, daughter of Robert Fulton Cutting, known as a prominent financier (he and his brother William brought the sugar beet industry to the United States), philanthropist and as “the first citizen of New York.”

The school officially opened on February 5, 1951, and Saint David's began with one teacher and four students. Its purpose, according to its nine[5] founding families, was "to provide a sound substantial education for the growing boy, equal to the best, derived from institutions of a similar level."[3]

While a school in the Roman Catholic tradition, Saint David's has always been lay-run and independent.

Chaplains[6] that serve and have served the school are: Msgr. Thomas Leonard (1968-2003), Rev. Stephen Katsourous, S.J. (2003-2011)[7] Rev. Patrick Bonner, S.T.B., M.S., J.C.L., and Father Christopher Keenan.

In the decades since its founding, Saint David's has undertaken several expansions, adding facilities for its academic and athletics programs.[8] Today, the school community includes 400 students and more than 130 faculty and staff.[3]


Saint David's School is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools,[2] the National Association of Independent Schools,[9] and the Educational Records Bureau.[10]

Boys have largely moved onto day schools in New York City, such as Regis or Collegiate, while others moved onto boarding schools; boys have gone to Deerfield Academy, Kent School, Trinity-Pawling School, Phillips Exeter, Choate Rosemary Hall, Lawrenceville School and Phillips Andover.


The school offers a sports program, including baseball,[11] basketball, cross-country, flag football, floor hockey, lacrosse, soccer, squash, and track.[12] They have three gymnasiums on-campus (including one that is middle school regulation size)[13]

As an after-school elective, Saint David's also offers an ice hockey program which begins in kindergarten and is available until 8th grade.[14][15] In the 2018-2019 hockey season, Saint David's won its first ice hockey championship in the Hudson Valley Hockey League by defeating North Park.

In early June 2019, the school was visited by Justin Tuck, formerly of the New York Giants, to speak at an athletics networking event for alumni, parents, and students.[16]

Community service

Saint David's participates in many community service initiatives, some of which include their annual Halloween candy drive, their bottle cap drive, and other fundraising projects. They work with New York Cares for their annual coat drive,[17] the Graham Windham Mitten and Hat Collection,[18] Project Cicero for book donations,[19] City Harvest for annual food drives, Ronald McDonald's Fun Run,[20] Florence Nightingale Nursing Home[21] and Terence Cardinal Cooke Nursing Home[22][23][24] for nursing home visits and carols, and It's My Park Day[25] to rejuvenate New York City Parks.[26]

In 2004, the school raised more that $10,000 for the Red Cross and their South East Asia Tsunami Fund.[26] In 2010, they raised $36,000 for Haiti's Recovery Fund.[26] And in 2011, they began a new initiative to raise money to build a school in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia with the help of Mimi's Building Blocks[27] and Save the Children.[28] They raised more than $120,000 and Saint David's Kalina School opened in Ethiopia in the fall of 2013.[29][30]

Notable alumni


  • Thomas F. Herlihy (1951-1953)
  • David D. Hume (1953–1990)[3]
  • Timothy Burns (1990–1992)[3][21]
  • Dr. Donald T. Maiocco (1992–2004)[3]
  • Dr. P. David O'Halloran (2004–Present)


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  2. ^ a b "New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS): Saint David's School".
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "About Us - Saint David's School". Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  4. ^ Dolkart, Andrew S; Postal, Matthew A. (2004). Guide to New York City Landmarks. New York City Landmarks Preservation Committee. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (Author of Forward) (Third ed.). Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons. p. 170.
  5. ^ "About Us - Saint David's School". Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  6. ^ "Spirituality : School Program : Saint David's School". November 5, 2011.
  7. ^ "University of San Francisco (USF) -". March 22, 2012.
  8. ^ "About Us - Saint David's School". Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  9. ^ "National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) - Government Relations - Stats Map". May 5, 2005.
  10. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  11. ^ O'Halloran, David (2012-02-28). "Headmaster's Blog: Continuing Development". Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  12. ^ "Athletics | Saint David's School". October 23, 2007.
  13. ^ "Facilities".
  14. ^ "Saint David's Hockey - News". August 21, 2006.
  15. ^ "Saint David's Hockey : Athletics : School Program : Saint David's School". April 30, 2012.
  16. ^ "NY Giant Justin Tuck Inspires at Saint David's Networking Event". Headmaster's Blog. 4 June 2019. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  17. ^ 20 Oct. "Volunteer in NYC". New York Cares. Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  18. ^ "Graham-Windham: 1806 to 2010". Archived from the original on 2010-03-15.
  19. ^ "Project Cicero". Project Cicero. Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  20. ^ "Ronald McDonald House New York - Kids Annual Fun Run". December 13, 2010.
  21. ^ a b Brozan, Nadine (1991-12-24). "Chronicle". New York Times.
  22. ^ "About Us - ArchCare at Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center - ArchCare". November 3, 2009.
  23. ^ O'Halloran, David (2011-03-01). "Headmaster's Blog: The Residents". Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  24. ^ O'Halloran, David (2011-11-18). "Headmaster's Blog: Life is No Less Beautiful". Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  25. ^ "City Parks FoundationPartnerships for Parks - City Parks Foundation". 2014-06-20. Archived from the original on 2012-04-18. Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  26. ^ a b c "Africa Video : Community Service : About Us - Saint David's School". Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  27. ^ "ethiopia, Mimi's Building Blocks New York, NY Welcome". January 8, 2011.
  28. ^ "and Mimi's Building Blocks". Save the Children. Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  29. ^ "Africa Video : Community Service : About Us - Saint David's School". Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  30. ^ O'Halloran, David (2012-01-09). "Headmaster's Blog: Ethiopia: Year Two Launched". Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  31. ^ A study in smutty; Porn perused at posh prep: bias suit,, January 31, 2011.
  32. ^ "Midori - violin". 1997-11-11. Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  33. ^ "Kennedy, Jr., John Fitzgerald - Dictionary definition of Kennedy, Jr., John Fitzgerald | FREE online dictionary". Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  34. ^ "In Memoriam | Prince Alireza Pahlavi Foundation - English". Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  35. ^ Jensen, Elizabeth (2008-12-24). "Where the Meal Is Only Part of the Show". New York Times. Mr. Rossi had interviewed Mr. Maccioni for “Eat This New York” and had attended grade school at St. David’s School on the Upper East Side with Mauro Maccioni.
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