Frederick Law Olmsted School

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Frederick Law Olmsted is the gifted and talented program for the Buffalo Public Schools. It houses two schools, an elementary and middle/high school within the district.


The school, named for the landscape architect of the same name, houses the district's gifted and talented program. The program was previously limited to elementary grades but has since to grown to include high school students as well. The school program was initiated in 1978[1] and opened in 1981 as part of the desegregation plan implemented by the Buffalo Public Schools. The elementary school building is typically located at the corners of Lincoln Parkway and Amherst Street. The middle and high schools are located at the former Kensington High School building, now called Olmsted at Kensington, on Suffolk Street.

The program was originally spread across as many as three buildings, with Grades PreK-2 being housed at School 64, 3 and 4 at the former Holy Angels Church at 440 West Avenue, and 5-8 at School 56 at 716 West Delavan Avenue.[2] In 1994, due to an expiration of a lease with Holy Angels Church, grades 3-5 were shifted to School 56, and grades 6-8 moved to Red Jacket Academy at 911 Abbott Road.[3] A proposal to house the school at the former H. H. Richardson Complex near Buffalo State College[1] was proposed in the mid-1990's but never came to fruition.

After the school developed its high school program, Grades PreK through 4 moved to the Lincoln site, and Grades 5 through 8 at the program's high school site.


Frederick Law Olmsted
874 Amherst Street
Park Meadow
Buffalo, New York Erie, 14216
School number 64
Principal Nora J. Trincanati
Asst. Principal Parette U. Walker
Grades PK-4
Team name Owls

The elementary campus for Frederick Law Olmsted is located at 874 Amherst Street and serves Grades PreK through 4. The current principal is Mrs. Nora Trincanati, and the current assistant principal is Mrs. Parette Walker.

Former principals[edit]

Previous assignment and reason for departure denoted in parentheses

  • Dr. Judith Ricca–1981-1997 (Principal - School 56, placed on assignment[4])
  • Ms. Kathleen Campbell–1994-1997 (Assistant Principal - Frederick Law Olmsted 64,[5] named Principal of Waterfront Elementary School[4])
  • Mr. John A. Nowicki–1997-2000 (Assistant Principal - Frederick Law Olmsted Elementary,[4] retired)
  • Dr. Michael V. Gruber–2000-2011 (Assistant Principal - Frederick Law Olmsted 56, named Principal of Frederick Law Olmsted High School)

Selected former assistant principals[edit]

Previous assignment and reason for departure denoted in parentheses

  • Mrs. Barbara J. Marotto (Assistant Principal - Academic Challenge Center, named Principal of Indian Park School)
  • Mrs. Kathleen Campbell–?-1994 (unknown, named Principal of Frederick Law Olmsted 56)
  • Mr. Nathaniel McCrea–1994-1995 (Assistant Principal - Academic Challenge Center, named Principal of Academic Challenge Center[6])
  • Mr. John Nowicki–?-1997 (unknown, named Principal of Fredrick Law Olmsted[4])
  • Mr. Michael Gruber–1999-2000 (Special Education teacher - School 71, named Principal of Fredrick Law Olmsted Academy)
  • Ms. Elaine Verdi–?-2000 (unknown, named Principal of Houghton Academy)
  • Ms. Barbara Clark–?-2001 (unknown, named Principal of E.C.C. 17)
  • Mrs. Cynthia Germain
  • Ms. Sharonn Clawson
  • Ms. Gabriella Morquecho–?-2004 (unknown, named Assistant Principal of Campus West School[7])
  • Mrs. Denise E. Clarke–2005-2006 (Assistant Principal - Burgard Vocational High School,[8] named Interim Assistant Principal of City Honors School)
  • Ms. Kathleen Emhoff–2004-2006 (Elementary teacher - Buffalo Public Schools, resigned)

High School[edit]

Frederick Law Olmsted at Kensington
319 Suffolk Street
Buffalo, NY, Erie, 14215
School number 156
Principal Michael Gruber
Assistant principals James A. Fredo
Leslie R. Potempa
Dean of Students Jordan M. Schmidt
Grades 5-12
Color(s)           Crimson & White
Mascot Ollie the Owl
Team name Owls

The middle/high school (formally known as Frederick Law Olmsted at Kensington) is located at 319 Suffolk Street and serves Grades 5-12. The current principal is Dr. Michael Gruber, and the current assistant principals are Mr. James Fredo and Ms. Leslie Potempa.


Year Superintendent Principal Asst. Principal
2007-2008 James Williams Mike Gruber Jim Fredo
2008-2009 James Williams Mike Gruber Jim Fredo
2009-2010 James Williams Mike Gruber Jim Fredo
2010-2011 James Williams Mike Gruber Jim Fredo
2011-2012 Amber Dixon* Mike Gruber Jim Fredo
2012-2013 Pam Brown Mike Gruber Jim Fredo
2013-2014 Pam Brown Mike Gruber Jim Fredo Leslie Potempa

* Denotes interim appointment



  1. ^ a b O'Brien, B. (1995, January 31). Olmsted school parents endorse plan for campus next to psychiatric center. The Buffalo News, p. B1.
  2. ^ The elementary choices. (1990, December 23). The Buffalo News, p. M9.
  3. ^ O'Brien, B. (1994, August 15). Children face shift in schools this fall. The Buffalo News, p. TRK.
  4. ^ a b c d Heaney, J. (1997, September 15). Schools use promotion to fill 11 principal slots. The Buffalo News, p. B5.
  5. ^ Simon, P. (1994, July 14). Noted educator to head city school. The Buffalo News, p. A1.
  6. ^ Simon, P. (1995, July 27). New Principals Named At 12 City Schools. The Buffalo News, p. B5.
  7. ^ Buffalo Public Schools (2004, June 14). Meeting of the Board of Education: Administrative Appointments.
  8. ^ Buffalo Public Schools (2005, September 28). Meeting of the Board of Education: Principal Appointments.

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