Scranton Prep History

Scranton Prep first opened its doors in the year of 1944. Since that September day, the school has had a rather unique history. The original building was located on the corner of Wyoming Avenue and Mulberry Street. It had a peaceful existence there until 1961, when the construction of an expressway necessitated a move to a new location. After making the Old Main Building of the University of Scranton its temporary home for two years, Prep moved to its permanent location, the former Women’s Institute Building of the International Correspondence Schools, at 1000 Wyoming Avenue.

Founded as a boys' school, Scranton Prep became co-educational in 1971 when a disastrous fire destroyed Marywood Seminary, a local girls’ academy conducted by the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters.

Scranton Prep was established as a division of the University of Scranton, but received its official charter of separate incorporation in 1977.

Scranton Preparatory School is one of 52 Jesuit secondary schools in the United States. In 1986, Prep was named a National Exemplary School by the United States Department of Education.


What Does Jesuit Education Mean Today?

"While continuing to stress academic excellence, the Society of Jesus has always sought to imbue students with values that transcend the goals of money, fame and success. We want graduates who will be leaders concerned about the society and the world in which they live, desirous of eliminating hunger and conflict in the world, sensitive to the need for more equitable distribution of God’s bounty...eager to share their faith and love of Christ with others.

"Recent trends in education have focused exclusively on self-actualization of the individual. Today it must be the world community that forms the context for growth and learning...There is no aspect of education, not even the hard sciences, which is neutral. All teaching imparts values and these values can be such as to promote justice or to work...at cross purposes to the mission of the Society (of Jesus).

"The objective of Jesuit education is to form men and women for the service of others in the world community of the 21st century."

Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J.
Superior General of the Society of Jesus
June 9, 1989

 

 

 

 

 

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