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Encyclopedia > Portsmouth Abbey School
Portsmouth Abbey School
Motto Veritas
Established 1926
Type Private coeducational secondary, boarding-day
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Headmaster Dr. James DeVecchi
Students 353
Grades 9–12
Location Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA
Campus Suburban
Mascot Raven
Website www.portsmouthabbey.org

Portsmouth Abbey School is a private, coeducational high school located in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Founded by a group of Benedictine monks in 1926, the school, then known as the Portsmouth Priory offered a classical education to boys. Using the British "public" school model, the Priory School employed a form system, and supplemented a student's education with athletics after classes. Portsmouth's education has always been grounded in the classics, and has recently grown to include a humanities curriculum as part of a student's fourth form, or sophomore, year. In 1969, the Portsmouth Priory gained new status as the Portsmouth Abbey, denoting the increased size of its monastic community. A motto (from Italian) is a phrase or a short list of words meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. ... Educational institutions are often categorised along several dimensions. ... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... Location of Portsmouth, Rhode Island Portsmouth is a town in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... The Universitätscampus Wien, Austria ( details) Campus (plural: campuses) is derived from the (identical) Latin word for field or open space. English gets the words camp and campus from this origin. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... Species See text. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets and hosted on a particular domain or subdomain on the World Wide Web. ... Coeducation is the integrated education of men and women. ... Location of Portsmouth, Rhode Island Portsmouth is a town in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States. ... Munichs city symbol celebrates its founding by Benedictine monks—the origin of its name A Benedictine is a person who follows the Rule of St Benedict. ... A priory is an ecclesiastical circumscription run by a prior. ... A sport consists of a physical activity or skill carried out with a recreational purpose: for competition, for self-enjoyment, to attain excellence, for the development of a skill, or some combination of these. ... Classics, particularly within the Western University tradition, when used as a singular noun, means the study of the language, literature, history, art, and other aspects of Greek and Roman culture during the time frame known as classical antiquity. ... The humanities are those academic disciplines which study the human condition using methods that are largely analytic, critical, or speculative, as distinguished from the mainly empirical approaches of the natural and social sciences. ... Bold textTHIS IS THE PAGE THAT A.S. REALLY NEEDS!! THIS IS NOW MARKED!!! ] ps i like A.O. This article is about an abbey as a Christian monastic community. ... Monasticism (from Greek: monachos—a solitary person) is the religious practice of renouncing all worldly pursuits in order to fully devote ones life to spiritual work. ...

Today, the Portsmouth Abbey School remains true to the spirit of its founding and committed to education. Its beautiful campus is located on over 500 acres on the shores of Narragansett Bay. Supplemented with world-renowned modern architecture designed by Pietro Belluschi, the Portsmouth Abbey School has created a setting unlike other New England prep schools. In 2006, the School installed a large wind turbine, the first such project in Rhode Island, to provide more than half of the school's electricity. In 2000, the adjacent Carnegie Abbey Club was opened, built on a portion of the school's lands leased for a 99-year term. The club includes a golf course designed by Donald Steele. The Universitätscampus Wien, Austria ( details) Campus (plural: campuses) is derived from the (identical) Latin word for field or open space. English gets the words camp and campus from this origin. ... This article is about the unit of measure known as the acre. ... Narragansett Bay, shown in pink. ... Architecture (from Latin, architectura and ultimately from Greek, a master builder, from αρχι- chiefs, leader , builder, carpenter)[1] is the art and science of designing buildings and structures. ... Pietro Belluschi (August 18, 1899 - February 14, 1994) was an architect, a leader of the Modern Architecture movement, and responsible for the design of over one thousand buildings. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

In addition to the golf course, available for use by the faculty and by the golf team, the school's athletic facilities include eight squash courts and a state-of-the-art fitness center, a six-lane, all-weather track, nine tennis courts, an indoor ice hockey rink, two gymnasiums, and multiple outdoor playing fields. The school also nurtures a wide range of visual and performing art programs, with its spacious fine arts center, state-of-the-art still photography lab, art gallery (which alternatively showcases traveling exhibits and selected student work), drama program, annual musical, and private music lessons. The Portsmouth Abbey mens ice hockey team is not that good coming in middle to last place in an easy Division 2 conference. They rarely ever come go above five hundred and they are not recommended for hockey, because they aren't good at all.

The school's mission encompasses the importance of reverence for God and the human person, respect for learning and order, and responsibility for the shared experience of community life. In keeping with the Benedictine tradition of the pursuit of knowledge, the school also provides one full four-year academic merit scholarship, named for the school's founder, Father John Diman, for students with test scores in the 90th percentile or above, and annual Abbey scholarships for students with test scores in the 80th percentile or above.

Internet access is available in computer labs and all House libraries. The average size for a class is 12 to 14 students. Clubs include Amnesty International, the Appalachia Service Project, The Beacon (the student newspaper), The Raven (the art and literary magazine), Math League, Future Problem Solvers, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Community Service Projects, Debate Club, The Gregorian (yearbook), Model United Nations, Red Key (campus tour guides), Social Committee, Student Council, and more.



The Portsmouth Abbey School is located on Aquidneck Island. It was originally founded by John Hugh Diman, a monk at the Portsmouth Priory, and a former Episcopalian. Portsmouth was not Diman's first school. In 1896, Diman founded St. George's School in Newport, Rhode Island and Diman Regional, a vocational technical high school in Fall River, MA. A conversion experience brought Diman to Catholicism and ultimately to the Benedictines that were just beginning a priory in Portsmouth. After joining the Order of Benedict, Diman was again moved to found a school. Aquidneck Island highlighted in red Aquidneck Island, also called Rhode Island, is the largest island in Narragansett Bay. ... Munichs city symbol celebrates its founding by Benedictine monks—and the origin of its name A monk is a person who practices religious asceticism, the conditioning of mind and body in favor of the spirit. ... The arms of the Episcopal Church are based on the St Georges Cross, a symbol of England (mother of world Anglicanism), with a saltire reminiscent of the Cross of St Andrew in the canton in reference to the historical origins of the American episcopate in the Scottish Episcopal Church. ... St. ... Newport is a city in Newport County, Rhode Island, about 30 miles (48 km) south of Providence. ... In general, conversion is the transformation of one thing into another. ... Look up Experience in Wiktionary, the free dictionary This article discusses the general concept of experience. ... As a Christian ecclesiastical term, Catholic - from the Greek adjective , meaning general or universal[1] - is described in the Oxford English Dictionary as follows: ~Church, (originally) whole body of Christians; ~, belonging to or in accord with (a) this, (b) the church before separation into Greek or Eastern and Latin or... Munichs city symbol celebrates its founding by Benedictine monks—the origin of its name A Benedictine is a person who follows the Rule of St Benedict. ... A priory is an ecclesiastical circumscription run by a prior. ... Look up Benedict in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Benedict can mean many things. ...

Current affairs

Today, the Portsmouth Abbey School represents 17 nations and a number of states. Its enrollment totals over 350 students, living at home and in six residential houses. The school's endowment as of fiscal year 2005 was approximately $30,000,000. Tuition for boarding students was $36,300; day student tuition was $25,300. A nation is an imagined community of people created by a national ideology, to which certain norms and behavior are usually attributed. ... The term state may refer to: a sovereign political entity, see state unitary state nation state a non-sovereign political entity, see state (non-sovereign). ...

Portsmouth Abbey is a member of the Eastern Independent League and has occasional contests against ISL (Independent School League) schools and other non-league boarding and day schools in New England. The Abbey's rivals include St. George's School and Pomfret School. The Abbey is home to, among other things, a nationally-ranked sailing team and the world-class, eighteen-hole Scottish links golf course, Carnegie Abbey. The Abbey's Track & Field teams are often among the top in New England, their Lacrosse teams both won the SENE division championships and the girls went undefeated, and the Boys Football team recently competed for the New England Championship. There are several expansions of Independent School League and ISL: Independent School League can refer to the Boston area Independent School League, a group of 16 elite New England preparatory schools. ... Rivals is the title of a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode, from the second season. ... St. ... Pomfret School was founded by William E. Peck in 1894 on the principles of intellectual rigor and the development of character. ... For the songs, see Sailing (song). ... Motto (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity Cha togar mfhearg gun dioladh (Scottish Gaelic)1 Wha daur meddle wi me?(Scots)1 Anthem (Multiple unofficial anthems) Scotlands location in Europe Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English, Gaelic, Scots Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II... Athletics, also known as track and field or track and field athletics, is a collection of sport events. ... This article is about the region in the United States of America. ... Look up Football in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about the region in the United States of America. ...

The school is often referred to as "The Abbey." One of the Abbey's most prominent means of community interaction is the school's radio station, WJHD at 90.7 FM. Broadcasting to much of Aquidneck Island and the surrounding communities, WJHD presents twenty-four hours of commercial free radio. Student shows fill primetime slots with a predilection for alternative rock. Recently, WJHD (named for John Hugh Diman, school founder) played host to The Squizzles, one of Providence, RI's most popular rock groups. WJHD is the radio station of the Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, RI. Broadcasting from a studio located in the schools science building, WJHD provides Acquidneck Island with 24 hour, commercial-free radio. ... WJHD is the radio station of the Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, RI. Broadcasting from a studio located in the schools science building, WJHD provides Acquidneck Island with 24 hour, commercial-free radio. ... Alternative rock (also called alternative music or simply alternative; known primarily in the UK as indie) is a genre of rock music that emerged in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. ... WJHD is the radio station of the Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, RI. Broadcasting from a studio located in the schools science building, WJHD provides Acquidneck Island with 24 hour, commercial-free radio. ... Providence is the capital and largest city in Rhode Island, a state of the United States of America. ...


The School is known to embrace a number of traditions, such as a six-day week with classes on Saturday. In the center of the school campus is a large quadrangle used exclusively for commencement exercises on which students and faculty are not allowed to walk. This "Holy Lawn" is an unwritten school rule that has no confirmed story of origin. Its name likely derives from the lawn's location in front of the Abbey Church of St. Gregory the Great. The Holy Lawn tradition has manifested itself in various student productions and lore. In 2000, a student film series known as 'The Blue Potato' produced a clip of a student running across the lawn from the perspective of a monastery security camera. The Abbot Mark Serna (elected head of the monastic community) made a cameo appearance in which he pushed a button that sent a bolt of lighting from the sky, electrocuting the student. The clip celebrated the tongue-in-cheek mythology of the lawn's tradition. A tradition is a story or a custom that is memorized and passed down from generation to generation, originally without the need for a writing system. ... quadrangle is a good name for a mathlete team. ... It has been suggested that Ecclesia (Church) be merged into this article or section. ... Saint Gregory I, or Gregory the Great (called the Dialogist in Eastern Orthodoxy) (circa 540 - March 12, 604) was pope of the Catholic Church from September 3, 590 until his death. ... Abbots coat of arms The word abbot, meaning father, has been used as a Christian clerical title in various, mainly monastic, meanings. ...

"George's Monday," the celebrated day of athletic competition with St. George's School forms a cornerstone of school spirit. Each year between the Abbey and St. George's, the school with a higher margin of success in varsity sports takes the Diman Cup. The trophy is named for John Hugh Diman, founder of both schools. This has contributed to the rivalry between the schools. Father Diman is buried on the grounds of Portsmouth Abbey. St. ...

In keeping with the school's commitment to classical education, another school tradition is one required year of Latin. Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in Latium, the region immediately surrounding Rome. ...

Incoming Class of 2011: Tim Sanders, Michael Levin, Alxander Goldman, Ari Tomlinsion, Howard Hoffman, Ryan Mueller, Shaymus Jones, Yasa Blaza, Ahman Istan, Kevin Tooley, Christian Breda, Oxford Willis, Shayne Dagiro Gogin Hoshin, Terry Pozlinsky, Matt Dillion, Taka Oshiro, Samuel Tompon, Thomas Tillis, Benjamin Gojgin,

Notable Alumni

  • U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), serving since 1962. Younger brother of President John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy. Attended, did not graduate.
  • U.S. Representative Phil English (R-PA) 3rd District, 1995~. Serves the House Ways & Means Committee.
  • William A. Dembski, controversial American mathematician, philosopher, and theologian; proponent of embattled concept of intelligent design. Left the Abbey before graduating to attend the University of Chicago in 1977; was awarded his honorary diploma upon delivery of the 1988 Dom Luke Childs lecture at Portsmouth Abbey.
  • Various members of the Bacardi family.
  • Angelo Spizzirri, actor, The Rookie (2002), The Pleasure Drivers (2005), Pretty Persuasion (2005).
  • Charlie Day, actor, known for the role of Charlie Kelly on FX's network It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, for which he is also a writer and executive producer.

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External links

  • Portsmouth Abbey official website
  • Portsmouth Abbey boarding school profile



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