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06-13-2012, 11:28 AM
From DNAinfo.com (http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20120612/concourse/top-ranked-south-bronx-high-school-graduates-100th-class) by Patrick Wall:
As a child, Jose Pacheco usually kept to himself.

But when he entered All Hallows High School, an all-male Catholic school on East 164th Street, he felt comfortable enough to try branching out.

Three years later, Jose, 17, is in full bloom.

Now a junior, Jose has become a captain of his baseball and basketball teams, a member of the National Honor Society and, after a vote last week, the student body vice-president. Recently, he attended leadership conferences in Florida and Ireland.

He even took another shy student under his wing, talking to him in homeroom and inviting him to his lunch table, until that boy too began to flourish and wrote Jose an email saying that he had changed his life.

All Hallows “made my son who he is,” said Jose’s mother, Iris Pacheco. “And he’s become a really great young man because of it.”

Earlier this month, inside St. Patrick's Cathedral, the historic South Bronx school dispensed diplomas to its 100th graduating class. Ninety-eight percent of those 154 seniors were accepted into four-year colleges, and the entire class graduated on time.

Last year, its students earned an average score of 1390 on the SATs. For the past 15 years, the school’s graduation rate has hovered around 100 percent — compared to a rate of 61 percent in the city’s public high schools. And it is the only school in the Archdiocese of New York to be included on a list of the top 50 Catholic high schools in the country.

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