Welcome to the St. Joseph’s Prep website. As the Jesuit high school of Philadelphia, the Prep plays an active role in the City. From our founding in 1851, a central characteristic of our legacy is civic engagement. In 1966, after a catastrophic fire destroyed much of our campus, the Jesuits decided to rebuild the school in our location in North Philadelphia. That decision revolved around a commitment to the City and our neighborhood. We are proud of this tradition.
We look forward to beginning the academic year as we welcome the Class of 2021. We are fortunate to welcome back Mr. John P. Petruzzelli in his new role of Principal and we are eager to implement a new academic schedule which will improve the student experience.
The Prep is a vibrant community with opportunities for students to find their vocation as scientist, artist, mathematician, writer, explore a wide range of clubs and excel at sports, drama, music, service projects and so much more. The most rewarding aspect of my job is developing relationships with our students and celebrating their accomplishments in these areas.
Rev. John W. Swope, SJ ’72
Year in Review
Commencement for the Class of 2017
Dr. L. Stewart Barbera ’86 presents to his son, John Barbera ’17, his diploma as Fr. Swope, Mrs. Kettinger and Mr. Zazyczny ’90 look on.
Mother & Son Communion Brunch 2016
Fr. Swope, Ms. Susie Cook, Carol Zacney, Pres. of the Mothers' Club 2016-17, Joannie Miles and Emily Chamberlain.
Prep students celebrate with Fr. Swope
President's Reception 2016
James J. Mergiotti, ’71, Chair, Board of Trustees, Betsy Courtney, Chief Development Officer and Fr. Swope at the Barnes Foundation.
To Philly for Francis
Alumni/Father-Son Communion Breakfast 2017
Fr. Swope, Rich Gannon ’83, Stephen Kriz '92, Pres. of the Alumni Association.
The Swope Family
Feast of St. Ignatius celebrated at Saint Joseph’s University
Prep Leadership Team at the Ignatian Spirituality and Leadership Conference at SJU joined by Prep alumnus, Jim Higgins '49.
Villiger Executive Council
Dr. Marianne Ritchie Gordon, Dan Joyce, SJ, Fr. Swope and Tom Pesci, SJ ’67