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Global Network of Jesuit Schools

Fairfield College Preparatory School

1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, Connecticut, 06824-5157, United States

Date of Foundation: 1942

Contact: (203) 254-4200 ext. 2235

School Type

Secondary (e.g. 12-19 yrs)

Gender Profile


Head of School

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Dr. Thomas de Quesada


Rev. Thomas M. Simisky, S.J.


Michael Tunney, S.J.

Pastoral Director

Elliott Gualtiere


Fairfield College Preparatory School was founded in 1942 by the Society of Jesus. The Jesuits had sought the permission of Rev. Maurice F. McAuliffe, bishop of Hartford (Connecticut was at that time one diocese) for the founding of a Catholic college preparatory school for boys in Connecticut, and His Excellency had assented not only to the request for a high school, but also to the establishment at a later time of a college linked to the new prep school (Fairfield University would open its doors in 1946).

The Jesuit Fathers were fortunate in that two adjoining estates in Fairfield were available for purchase, one belonging to the Lasher family and another to the Jennings family. The Jesuits bought both properties along with their respective mansions and merged them to create the new campus, renaming the Jennings mansion McAuliffe Hall in honor of the bishop and the Lasher mansion Bellarmine Hall in honor of St. Robert Cardinal Bellarmine, S.J., the new school’s patron saint.

Mission - Vision


Fairfield College Preparatory School is a Jesuit, Catholic School of excellence forming young men of intellectual competence, who possess the conscience to make wise decisions, a compassion for others, and a commitment to justice in our global society.
Fairfield College Preparatory School strives to be a reflective community of faith, in which students revere their relationship with God and with one another. We are committed to graduating transformational leaders who will respond to global and ecological challenges in an interconnected world marked by profound change.