Christ the King Regional High School

Christ the King Regional High School

Main entrance on Metropolitan Avenue
A Special Time, Place and Spirit
68-02 Metropolitan Avenue
New York City (Middle Village, Queens), New York 11379
United States
Coordinates 40°42′39″N 73°53′18″W / 40.71083°N 73.88833°W / 40.71083; -73.88833Coordinates: 40°42′39″N 73°53′18″W / 40.71083°N 73.88833°W / 40.71083; -73.88833
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic;
Established 1963
Principal Peter Mannarino
Chaplain Fr. Frank Spacek
Faculty ~60
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1450 (2010)
Average class size 25-28
Campus Urban
Color(s) Maroon and Gold         
Slogan We Believe in Witness, Excellence, and Service
Mascot The Royal
Team name Royals
Rival Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Newspaper Royal Times
Yearbook Genesis
School fees $420.00 Registration Fee (2010-2011)
Tuition $7,775 (2010-2011)
Enrollment Exam T.A.C.H.S
Dean of Students Rebecca Tibbetts
Admissions Director Steven Giusto
Athletic Director Bob Mackey, Joseph Arbitello
Diocese Diocese of Brooklyn/Queens

Christ the King Regional High School is a Catholic high school located in Middle Village, Queens, New York, United States and established in 1962. It is located within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn.


Originally built and operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn as a diocesan high school, Christ the King High School began with its first freshman class starting September 1962 with its teachers at Mater Christi High School in Astoria, Queens. The first classes at the unfinished Middle Village location were held on May 6, 1963 and the school building was dedicated in April 1964.

At its start, Christ the King was organized into separate boys and girls divisions staffed by two religious orders of Marist Brothers and Daughters of Wisdom. The two divisions occupied opposite wings of the building and shared its library, cafeteria and auditorium. The top floors of the separate wings were designed and built as residential facilities to accommodate the two religious orders living areas.

The first graduation took place on June 23, 1966 with 840 graduates, exactly split between 420 boys and girls. Attendance at all of the Brooklyn Archdiocese operated high schools was free until September 1968 when it initiated a $300 tuition charge for the first time.

By 1970, the enormous changes underway in Catholic religious orders compelled the Sisters of Wisdom to withdraw from staffing the Girls Division and coeducational classes were started to transition into merging the two divisions. In September 1971, Mr. Hugh Kirwan became the first lay Principal of the Girl's Division. In 1972 the Marist Brothers announced they would be ending its connection with the school.

In September 1973 Mr. Kirwin was appointed to run a unified school at a time of serious discord with the rapidly expanding lay faculty that delayed opening of classes for one week. After two years of futile negotiations, no contract was signed and in October 1975 the Bishop announced that Christ the King High School would be closed and seniors would be allowed to finish there, but all other students would be transferred to other diocesan schools.

The diocese plan outraged the students and supported by their families, they went on strike and refused to vacate the building. Discussions between the school supporters and the diocese finally resulted in September 1976 becoming Christ the King Regional High School.


Although among private schools in the country CK ranks only in the top 35%, when comparing CK to public schools on the basis of SAT scores, it ranks in the top 10%. The average SAT scores of students at Christ the King have consistently been in the top 15% in the country. Critics however, criticize the school on being too focused on SAT scores and not enough on the personal needs of the students. A great number of students also find placement at Ivy League schools.


This school is known for athletics, especially its basketball teams. They have at least one mythical national championship for girls basketball in 2005.[2] The boys basketball team has won the 1989, 2010, 2013, and 2014 State Federation titles. Christ the King has produced well-known basketball stars such as Lamar Odom, Sue Bird, Chamique Holdsclaw, Tina Charles, Jayson Williams, Omar Cook, Speedy Claxton and Khalid Reeves.

Christ the King offers a wide variety of sports including bowling, cross country fall, handball, indoor track winter and soccer. The boys-only programs are baseball, ice hockey, football and outdoor track winter. The girls-only programs are softball, cheerleading, dance, swimming, tennis and volleyball. The CK Royal Step team is co-ed. Christ the King also has a fitness center.


Clubs include art, broadcasting (formerly Royal Vision), ceramics, computer, key club, literary & art magazine, national honor society, performing arts, portfolio Royal Times (newspaper), PDHP (Program for the Development of Human Potential) Prevention Leadership, speech & debate team, theater arts and video yearbook & yearbook,[3] rosary club, international, and freshman, sophomore, junior and senior student councils.

Notable alumni


  1. MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on February 12, 2011. Retrieved 2009-05-27.
  2. "2005 All-USA girls basketball team". USA Today. April 26, 2005. Retrieved April 30, 2010.
  3. Video Yearbook page, see dropdown for other clubs; CTKRHS website. Retrieved 2011-04-05.
  4. Livnat, Arie (December 16, 2010). "No. 1 WNBA Draft pick Sue Bird headed to Ramle". Haaretz. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
  5. 2011 Hall of Fame Awards Dinner, CTKRHS webpage. Retrieved 2011-04-05.
  6. Curry, Marshall (filmmaker), "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front", PBS POV documentary, produced and first aired 2011. Synopsis only at link. Biographical info from film. Viewed 2011-10-23 MPBN.

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