President's Office

Dear Friends,

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

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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

Fr. Swope and Prep students, along with Vittoria Woodill lead the Papal pilgrimage to Independence Hall during the 2P4F pilgrimage.

Alumni/Father-Son Communion Breakfast 2017

Fr. Swope, Rich Gannon ’83, Stephen Kriz '92, Pres. of the Alumni Association.

The Swope Family

(lr-) Thomas Swope, MD '83, Melissa Butler, Fr. Swope with Kael Butler, John W. Swope, Cathleen Moynihan, Brendan Moynihan.

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

John and Lisa Figge, parents of John '18 and Mark '20, chairs of the Villiger Executive Council with Fr. Swope.

Trustees 2016-17

Dr. Marianne Ritchie Gordon, Dan Joyce, SJ, Fr. Swope and Tom Pesci, SJ ’67

Listen. Understand. Act.

"I look forward to working with all of the Prep constituencies to move the school forward toward a successful future.

St. Joseph's Prep has a proud tradition and a 166-year legacy to uphold. Its mission inspires and brings us together. The Prep is steeped in a firm foundation of Jesuit education, but enters a future full of new frontiers. I am eager to embark on a new focus, building upon our legacy, strengthening our Prep community and creating a future where all citizens of the Prep proudly fulfill their obligations and responsibilities.

Thank you for your feedback, thoughts and prayers as we work together to guide the young men of St. Joseph's Prep as they become men, for and with others."

--Rev. John W. Swope, SJ '72

St. Joseph's Preparatory School
1733 West Girard Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19130
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