A hub of college prep in the heart of the city

Named after the year in which it was built, the historically certified 1890 Building serves to prepare young men for their futures. With dedicated facilities for outdoor gatherings, religious services, athletic training, and rigorous academics, the building welcomes students to find and build their paths forward.



Alumni Quad

Located in the center of the 1890 Building, our Alumni Quad provides open courtyard space for our teams’ pep rallies — and a spot for students to enjoy lunch. Paying tribute to Roman’s history, the Quad’s pavers are specially inscribed with the names of Roman alumni.


Located in the center of the 1890 Building, our courtyard provides open space for our teams’ pep rallies — and a spot for students to enjoy lunch.



Built before the invention of basketball, our gym is a historical and cultural landmark that has helped us secure a total of 109 athletic championships — including 65 in basketball.

Roman’s athletic program equips student-athletes to build teamwork and independent thinking skills across 35 teams — including multiple freshman programs and 17 varsity sports.

Explore our Wellness Center at The McSherry Annex    

World language labs

Housing over 130 years of language history, these labs combine tradition and cutting-edge technology to prepare students for a global future.

The computer lab enables and reinforces language skills with interactive training.


Mock trial courtroom

Award-winning design firm Strada LLC took inspiration from leading law schools to create our mock trial courtroom, which opened in 2019. As the only courtroom of its kind in Philadelphia, this space hosts regional competitions and helps hone students’ legal skills

Roman boasts the largest mock trial program in Pennsylvania and seven consecutive Mock Trial City championships.



Science labs

Our fully equipped STEM and technology labs provide hands-on reinforcement for students’ exploration of biology, chemistry, and physics. In addition to accessing our state-of-the-art 3D printer, students can choose from courses in astronomy (in partnership with The Franklin Institute), sports medicine (in partnership with Rothman Orthopaedic Institute), anatomy, and physiology.


Students gather in our chapel to reflect on, and grow, their faith. Prayer services and liturgies are held regularly throughout the school year.



Continue your tour

  • Jenn, parent of John ‘22
    The academics at Roman encourage independence, allowing my son to develop critical skills for continuing his education beyond high school.
    Jenn, parent of John ‘22
  • Benjamin ‘23
    Roman let me choose from a wealth of electives to test my limits and prepare me for my future.
    Benjamin ‘23
  • Ade ‘21
    Race is just one part of Roman’s diversity. The community welcomes students from all different neighborhoods, grade schools, and walks of life. I felt accepted as soon as I walked in the school.
    Ade ‘21

Find your son’s place at Roman

Reach out to our admissions team for details about seeing our campus in person, exploring our curriculum, and enrolling your son.