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Saint Dominic High School

One Journey Through Faith and Education

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Celebrating 90 Years of Success


OVER 90 Years of Faith in Education


In 1921 Reverend Charles J. Canivan, pastor of St Dominic (1914-1944), began to execute his vision of building a parish school by purchasing the Ross property on Anstice Street.  August 15, 1922 marked the groundbreaking, and on September 8, 1924 St. Dominic Elementary School opened.  The school cost $220,000 and had seventeen classrooms and a large auditorium.  With the consent of Reverend Thomas E. Malloy, the Bishop of Brooklyn, Father Canivan invited the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to come and teach at St. Dominic.


St. Dominic High School opened on September 10, 1928, making it the first Catholic secondary school on Long Island.  Groundbreaking for a new high school building took place on April 25, 1941.  The new building, Marian Hall, contained ten classrooms, a library, a medical office, a science office and an administrative office.  The building also had an impressive basement, complete with bowling alleys, and a room that served as a projection room, recreation room, and an auditorium that seated 500.


In 1968 a new building was built for the Elementary School on School Street due to high enrollment and overcrowding.  With the Elementary School now down the street, the High School was able to hold classes at both Marian Hall and Canivan Hall.


Ground was broken once again on October 24, 1976 in order to construct a new gymnasium.  The sports center cost $600,000 and was named after Msgr. Collins, the “master builder.”  Dedication Day was September 10, 1978, exactly fifty years after the High School opened.  The old gym/theatre was built in the 1920’s and held proms, band concerts, dance shows, pep rallies, and basketball games.  Renovations to the theatre began in the late 1970s, and then in the late 1990s further enhancements were made towards it.


The next addition to the High School was made when Charles Wang presented the school with a strip of property for outdoor athletic facilities in Muttontown.  There are currently two baseball fields, two softball fields, two soccer/lacrosse fields, tennis courts, and a meeting house.


In October 2012 the final piece to the High School was added when a ten million dollar gift was given to convert the Covent into The new Science & Communication Center.  The Center consists of five high school state-of the- art labs. Since its opening Saint Dominic High School has built Research Partnerships with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Waterfront Center.


Nine decades after it’s opening, St. Dominic High School is still going strong and proving to be “a parish school where science, culture, and religion are taught for the glory of God and the advancement of mankind.” (Msgr. Canivan)


Saint Dominic High School continues its tradition of offering a values-centered Catholic education to young women and men on Long Island; in fact, Saint Dominic is honored to hold the distinction of being the oldest co-educational Catholic high school in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Saint Dominic is, and always has been, a parish high school. Parishioners proudly refer to their high school as The Parish Gem.
Yet from its earliest days it has also attracted students from communities outside the local community, fulfilling the hope and intent of the founding pastor, Monsignor Charles J. Canivan, to make Saint Dominic Parish an educational center that included a high school of outstanding merit. At the time of its founding, Saint Dominic was one of only a few schools accessible to young women and men seeking a Catholic secondary education.
Today, even with many more schools in the region from which students can choose, Saint Dominic continues to draw from a broad geographic area, encompassing more than 60 communities and 42 public school districts in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Transportation from Syosset & Hicksville train station is available.
The key to Saint Dominic's perennial attractiveness and success is simply this: Saint Dominic strives to respond to each student in a personal and caring manner, treating her or him as an individual with unique needs, aspirations, and potential. Saint Dominic begins by meeting the students at their level and then seeks to bring them to a higher, better place in their lives intellectually, socially, morally, and spiritually.
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