Catholic High School Athletic Association

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The Catholic High School Athletic Association or CHSAA is a high school athletic association made up of Catholic High Schools based in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester. It is the largest such Catholic High School athletic league in the United States.


The NYCHSAA is divided into three sections.

New York Section[edit]

The New York Section consists of schools in Westchester, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, corresponding to the Archdiocese of New York.

Brooklyn-Queens Section[edit]

The Brooklyn-Queens Section consists of schools in Brooklyn and Queens, corresponding to the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Nassau-Suffolk Section[edit]

The Nassau-Suffolk Section consists of schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties, corresponding to the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

Former members[edit]


New York's Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) was formed in March 1927. The Catholic schools in the city from approximately 1908 to 1922 competed along with their grammar school counterparts in baseball and track, but no larger organization arose from the competition. The Catholic secondary schools of the city remained largely unorganized, while their counterparts in such cities as Chicago and Philadelphia had been organized into leagues for years. Finally, in 1927, the Southern Branch of the New York Catholic High Schools’ Athletic Association organized league competition with an outdoor track meet held at Fordham University on May 26, 1927. The charter members of the league were Fordham Prep, All Hallows, LaSalle Academy, Regis, St. Ann’s, and Xavier High, all in Manhattan; and Brooklyn Prep, Bishop Loughlin, Brooklyn Cathedral, St. John’s Prep, and St. Francis Prep; all in Brooklyn.

In 1928, the CHSAA introduced indoor track, basketball, and baseball to the program, and in 1929 added cross country and ice hockey. In 1930, swimming was added to the program. The basketball winner would compete with the three other sectional winners in the state for the right to compete in the Loyola National Catholic Basketball tournament in Chicago. A.G. Spalding & Co. contributed two silver loving cups for the baseball and football competition. The first team winning the league title in baseball or football three times would receive permanent possession of the cup.

Notable NYCHSAA alumni[edit]

Listed below are former CHSAA students who are/were involved in professional or college athletics.

All Hallows Gaels

Archbishop Molloy Stanners:

Archbishop Stepinac Crusaders:

Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School Lions:

  • Mark Jackson (1983) – NBA Player
  • Devin Ebanks (2007) - NBA Player
  • Doron Lamb - NBA Player
  • Jayvaughn Pinkston (2010) McDonalds All American Villanova University- Basketball

Cardinal Hayes Cardinals:

Brooklyn Prep John Dockery New York Jets Kenny Charles NBA

Chaminade Flyers:

Christ the King Royals:

Sue Bird, on offense

Fordham Prep Rams:

  • Frankie Frisch (1916) – MLB Hall of Famer, also known as "The Fordham Flash," he is third all-time on the list for Series hits, behind Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle and just ahead of Joe DiMaggio.
  • Johnny Murphy (1925) – former New York Yankees pitcher who appeared in a total of 8 World Series games, pitched 16.1 innings, and had an E.R.A. of 1.10.
  • George Stirnwiess (1936) – former second baseman for the New York Yankees who also was the American League batting champion in 1945.
  • Vin Scully (1944) – baseball announcer in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Radio Hall of Fame, American Sportscasters Hall of Fame. He has been broadcasting Dodger games, first in Brooklyn and then in Los Angeles, since 1950.
  • Robert Hackett (1977) – silver medalist in swimming at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal

Holy Cross High School Knights

Kevin Ogletree Detroit Lions

Iona Prep Gaels:

Kellenberg Memorial High School

La Salle Academy Cardinals:

Nazareth Regional High School Kingsmen:

Power Memorial Academy Panthers:

Salesian Eagles:

St. Francis Prep Terriers:

St. Raymond's Ravens:

Xaverian Clippers:

Xavier Knights/Cadets:

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