Bishop Connolly High School

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Bishop Connolly High School
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Non auditores tantum, sed factores verbi.
Not only hearers, but doers of the word." (from James 1:22)
Address
373 Elsbree Street
Fall River, Massachusetts, (Bristol County), 02720
United States
Coordinates 41°42′55″N 71°7′16″W / 41.71528°N 71.12111°W / 41.71528; -71.12111Coordinates: 41°42′55″N 71°7′16″W / 41.71528°N 71.12111°W / 41.71528; -71.12111
Information
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1967
Principal E. Christopher Myron
Chaplain Father David Andrade
Grades 912
Enrollment 306 (2008)
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Red, White and Gold             
Athletics conference Mayflower
Team name Cougars
Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Tuition $8,550
Website

Bishop Connolly High School is a co-educational Catholic high school in Fall River, Massachusetts.

Campus and Building[edit]

Connolly's campus is approximately 60 acres (240,000 m2). The campus is adjacent to Bristol Community College and B.M.C Durfee High School, Fall River's public high school is located directly across Elsbree Street. The campus contains a football field with bleachers and a concession stand, a soccer field, an outdoor non-rubber track, six tennis courts, a baseball field, a softball field and several practice fields.

The main school building is composed of three sections. The activities section contains a 1000 seat gymnasium, an 800 seat auditorium, and 200 seat cafeteria at the far west end. The middle academic wing contains the classrooms and most offices. At the far east end is the former faculty house, which is now the Cardinal Medeiros residence, a retirement home for diocesan priests. The library is located in a circular building in back of the main building and was renamed the "Academic Achievement Center" in 2012.

Academics[edit]

Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, Bishop Connolly will divide its curriculum into three departments: Humanities (English, History, Foreign Language, Religion), Math & Science, and Fine Arts/Athletics, each headed by one of three academic deans. Aside from college preparatory classes, Connolly has extensive honors and advanced placement offerings, including Calculus AB/BC, Biology, Chemistry, English Literature, and US History. The average class size is 22-25 students. Honors sections average 15-18 students, while AP courses tend to number 8-11 students or less.

Bishop Connolly High School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Athletics[edit]

Connolly offers 23 different interscholastic sports for boys and girls and 38 separate teams throughout the year. Connolly is a member of The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Associations's Mayflower League. The athletic squads are called the Cougars.

During the 1990s Connolly athletic squads routinely qualified for state tournament play. The hockey program was the first to produce a state championship hockey team from southeastern Massachusetts. The student-athletes have also won state championships in baseball and tennis; as well as state sectional titles in basketball, hockey, baseball, cross country, and tennis.

In 2003 Connolly fielded its first football team in school history.

In its first season in the Mayflower Athletic Conference, the Cougar lacrosse team won the league championship with a league record of 13-1 and an overall record of 14-4 which included a 1-1 record in the MIAA Division 3 tournament. The team was led by 4th year head coach, Justin Shay.

In the past three years, Bishop Connolly has seen success in all of its athletic teams. In the 2009-2010 academic year, the boys basketball and lacrosse teams were Mayflower League Champions. In the 2010-2011 academic year, a banner was raised in every single season. In the fall, the boys soccer team had a 12-3-3 record on their road to their Mayflower League Championship, which was the first boys soccer title since 1993. The girls basketball team won the Mayflower League title in the winter and the softball team also won a title in the spring. In the winter of 2011, the boys basketball team won the Mayflower League Championship under new first year head coach Matt Coute, who is the all time leading scorer at Bishop Connolly and was the replacement of the longtime coaching legend Billy Shea. In the spring of 2012, the Bishop Connolly baseball team won the Mayflower League Championship and made an unforgettable run to the Division 4 South Sectional Finals after defeating Cape Cod Tech, Pope John Paul II, and West Bridgewater. On March 13, 2013, the boys varsity basketball team won the Division IV state championship title at the TD Garden in Boston, MA. Bishop Connolly was recognized by Fall River Mayor William Flanagan and state representatives.

Clubs and activities[edit]

Students at Bishop Connolly have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities, including

  • Student Government
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Theatre Company
  • Chorus
  • National Honor Society
  • Debate Team
  • Math Team
  • Mock Trial
  • French Honor Society
  • Spanish Honor Society
  • Portuguese Honor Society
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Track and Cross Country
  • Softball, Baseball
  • Volleyball

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". Retrieved 2009-07-28.