Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School (St. Catharines)
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|Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School|
|460 Linwell Road.
St. Catharines, Ontario, L2M 2P9, Canada
|School board||Niagara Catholic District School Board|
|Area trustee||Maurice Charbonneau|
|School type||Secondary School|
|Colours||Green, Silver and White|
Holy Cross was founded in 1985. Originally known as P.K. Kerwin (named after an area lawyer who had donated the property the school was constructed on), it was built at 541 Lake Street, as a senior Elementary School, serving only grades seven and eight. Grades nine and ten were later added, but in 1984, grade 11 classes were offered under the name of Denis Morris Catholic High School, Kerwin Campus. In September 1985, re-christened as Holy Cross Secondary School, the facility now offered grade twelve classes as well, while grades seven and eight had been eliminated. In 1993, due to overcrowding, Holy Cross relocated to the former Grantham High School building, which was shut down by the District School Board of Niagara that same year due to declining enrollment. The former Holy Cross building would become St. Francis Catholic Secondary School.
Holy Cross has a very successful lacrosse program which has been one of the most dominant high school lacrosse teams in Canada for several years. Between 1996 and 2011, the school had just two losses in Niagara region play. The team is currently coached by NLL player Mike Accursi and physical education teacher Dave Walker. The team was ranked #1 in Canada for three years straight on Laxpower (2007–2009), and were ranked #124 in North America as of June 6, 2009.
- Twelve Niagara Region AAA/AAAA championships: 1997-2001, 2003, 2005-2009.
- Three OFSAA championships:
- 1997 - Fourth
- 1998 - Silver
- 1999 - Gold
- 2000 - Silver
- 2001 - Gold
- 2002 - Bronze
- 2003 - Bronze
- 2005 - Gold
- 2006 - Silver
- 2007 - Bronze
- 2008 - Bronze
- 2009 - Silver
- 2010 - Silver (A/AA division)
Several Holy Cross lacrosse players have or are currently playing college or professional lacrosse.
- Sean Greenhalgh, Buffalo Bandits. Graduate of Cornell University. Class of 2000.
- Matt Vinc, Rochester Knighthawks/Hamilton Nationals. Graduate of Canisius College. Class of 2000.
- Jon Sullivan, Colorado Mammoth/Hamilton Nationals. Class of 2000.
- Billy Dee Smith, Buffalo Bandits. (Graduate of Governor Simcoe Secondary School, attended Holy Cross in Grade 12b (OAC).)
- Craig Conn, Washington Stealth. Class of 2001.
- Brad Favero, Graduate of Canisius College. Class of 2002.
- Corey Small, Edmonton Rush/Hamilton Nationals. Graduate of University of Albany. Class of 2005.
- Michael Howe, Graduate of Cornell University. Class of 2005.
- Joel McCready. Class of 2006.
- Andrew Potter. Class of 2006.
- Steve Priolo, Buffalo Bandits. Class of 2007.
- Geoff McNulty, Calgary Roughnecks. Class of 2007.
- Zac Reid, Mercyhurst College. (Graduate of Lakeshore Catholic Secondary School, attended Holy Cross in Grade 12b.)
- Jordan Houtby, University of Detroit Mercy. Class of 2009.
- Joel Matthews, Buffalo Bandits. Class of 2009.
- Chris Attwood, Rochester Knighthawks. Class of 2009.
Holy Cross has also had a successful rowing program.
- Buffy-Lynne Williams (Class of 1995)
- Matthew Swick (Class of 1996)
Holy Cross has a few swimmers that have performed very well.
Swimmer Nick Majtenyi (Class of 2008) has placed at OFSAA two years. He won two bronze medals, one in the 200 meter freestyle, and one in the 100 meter freestyle. Nick will be going to the University of Connecticut in the fall of 2008 to compete on the swim team.
The Holy Cross hockey team has had various success in Southern Ontario play in recent years. They won the SOSSA championship three years in a row (2000–2002), and again in 2008 (now in the A-AA division.)
Notable Hockey Players:
- Rob Davison - Currently playing for the EC Red Bull Salzburg in the Erste Bank Hockey League, and formerly played for the New Jersey Devils, San Jose Sharks, New York Islanders and Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League.
Although not a high school sport, former student André-Paul Bailargeon-Smith (Class of 2002), competes at the international level and has medaled at the Canadian National Triathlon Championships at least 5 times thus far. He transferred from Denis Morris Catholic High School in grade 11 as a result of disciplinary problems. He competed both on the cross-country and the swim team while at Holy Cross. He still holds the high school record for the Senior boys 3,000m track event with a time of 8:17.62. He attended the University of Guelph where he was a 4 time OUA Conference All-star and a 4 time All-Canadian in cross-country running.
- Kristen French, a murder victim of Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo. Karla Homolka was later released by signing the "deal with the devil" in 2005.
- In 2014, One student Katie Bialy with the genetic condition Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) was not allowed to go to prom by the principal Denice Robertson because her grades were not as good as required and she could not graduate. Her condition had impaired her ability to do schoolwork and she asked the principal if she could go as a guest, but the principal refused her the option. This incident has resulted in public support for Bialy in social media and also increased awareness of her condition.