Kensington High School

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Kensington High School
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Address
319 Suffolk Street
Kensington
Buffalo, New York, Erie, 14215
United States United States
Coordinates 42°55′51.90″N 78°48′37.66″W / 42.9310833°N 78.8104611°W / 42.9310833; -78.8104611Coordinates: 42°55′51.90″N 78°48′37.66″W / 42.9310833°N 78.8104611°W / 42.9310833; -78.8104611
Information
Type Public
Opened 1937
Status Closed
Closed 2003
School board Buffalo Public Schools
School number 203
Grades 9-12
Color(s) Green and Gold          
Team name Knights
Yearbook The Compass

Kensington High School is a former high school located in Buffalo, New York. Named for the Kensington neighborhood it is located in, the building is located at 319 Suffolk Street in Buffalo. It currently serves as home to the Frederick Law Olmsted School at Kensington.[1]

History[edit]

Kensington High School is one of three Art Deco buildings in the City of Buffalo.[1] The building was constructed in the 1930s and opened in 1937, operating for 67 years. The school was closed in 2003 due to a myriad of reasons including poor academic performance, a high concentration of students in poverty, the threat of take over from New York State, and increasing student violence, as well as the school district's financial crisis.[1][2][3] In the years that followed, Kensington housed adult GED and vocational classes, and was one of the locations for Buffalo's Opportunity Program, an alternative school service for suspended students,[1] as well as the temporary home of Hutchinson Central Technical High School while it was renovated from 2005-2007. It was later announced that the building would be the home for Olmsted High School. Olmsted was operated at Kensington from 2007-2010 before the building was renovated by LPCiminelli from 2010-2012. In Fall 2012, Kensington reopened to Olmsted students.

Kensington was also home to the Buffalo Academy of Science and Math, a small magnet high school, from 1989-1993 when it was moved to Riverside High School.[4]

Former principals[edit]

Previous assignment and reason for departure denoted in parenthesis

  • Mr. Thomas J. McDonnell–1937-1947 (Assistant Principal - Grover Cleveland High School, passed away[5])
  • Mr. Charles J. Monan–1947-1950 (Principal - South Park High School Annex, returned to teaching at South Park High School)
  • Mr. John M. Chassin–1950-1955 (Vice Principal - Kensington High School, retired)
  • Mr. Garnett F. Roberts [interim]–1955-1957 (Director of Center Schools - Buffalo Public Schools, retired)
  • Mr. Frank J. Kelly–1957-1966 (Vice Principal - Kensington High School, retired)
  • Mr. Angelo J. Gianturco–1966-1977 (Vice Principal - Grover Cleveland High School,[6] named Principal of City Honors School)
  • Mr. Rocco A. Lamparelli [interim]–1977 (Supervising Principal - South Buffalo Public Schools, returned to position)
  • Mr. Gerald H. Hesson–1977-1982 (Principal - Fillmore Middle School, named Principal of Buffalo Traditional School)
  • Mr. Stanley J. Wegrzynowski–1982-1985 (unknown, named Director of Science Education for Buffalo Public Schools)
  • Dr. Richard A. Marotto–1985-1986 (Assistant Principal - Burgard Vocational High School, named Principal of Lewiston-Porter High School)
  • Mr. Mark L. Balen–1986-1990 (Vice Principal - Seneca Vocational High School,[7] named Principal of Seneca Vocational High School[8])
  • Mrs. Yvonne Hargrave–1990-1993 (Principal - Kensington Prep,[8] named Assistant Superintendent for Integration of Buffalo Public Schools)
  • Mr. Robert M. Barton–1993-2001 (Principal - Buffalo Alternative High School,[9] named Principal of Seneca Vocational High School[10])
  • Dr. Eileen H. Czarnecki–2001 (Assistant Principal - Grover Cleveland High School,[10] named Acting Principal of E.C.C. 90[11])
  • Ms. Geraldine Horton–2001-2003 (Principal - Buffalo Vocational Technical Center,[10] school closed[2])

Selected former assistant principals[edit]

Previous assignments and reason for departure denoted in parentheses

  • Mr. John Chassin–1937-1950 (Principal - South Park High School Annex, named Principal of Kensington High School)
  • Mr. William H. Davenport–1950-1952 (Assistant Principal - Fosdick-Masten Park High School, named Principal of East High School)
  • Mr. Abraham Axelrod–1952-1955 (Assistant Principal - Bennett High School, named Principal of Lafayette High School)
  • Mr. Frank Kelly–1955-1957 (Assistant Principal - Lafayette High School, named Principal of Kensington High School)
  • Mr. Louis T. Masson–1957-1962 (Science teacher - Riverside High School, retired[12])
  • Mr. William Blomberg–1964-1978 (Assistant Principal - East High School, named Assistant Principal of Riverside High School)
  • Mr. Wilber E. Unger–1962-1966 (Science teacher - Lafayette High School, named Project Administrator of Buffalo Public Schools[13])
  • Mr. Alfred H. Rasp–1966-1969 (Assistant Principal for Instruction - Lakewood High School, named Assistant Principal of East High School)
  • Mr. Charles L. Sodaro–1968-1971 (Assistant Principal - Southside Junior High School, named Assistant Principal of Riverside High School)
  • Mr. Alfred H. Rasp–1971-1978 (Assistant Principal - East High School, unknown)
  • Mr. Daniel J. Krzesinski–1978-1987 (Assistant Principal - Genesee Humboldt Junior High School, named Assistant Principal of McKinley Vocational High School)
  • Mr. Thomas A. Cosgrove–1979-1981 (Assistant Principal - East High School, unknown)
  • Mr. Fritz F. Hessel
  • Mr. Gerald D. Pope (Social Studies teacher - Kensington High School, named Assistant Principal of South Park High School[14])
  • Mr. Daniel M. Kubitz (Assistant Principal - Bennett High School, named Assistant Principal of Lafayette High School)
  • Mr. William J. Bell–?-1987 (Assistant Principal - McKinley Vocational High School, named Assistant Principal of Buffalo Alternative High School)
  • Mr. Gary R. Lopez–1984-1985 (Physical Education teacher - Buffalo Public Schools, named Assistant Principal of Riverside High School)
  • Mrs. Yvonne Hargrave–1985-1987 (Assistant Principal - Campus West School, named Principal of Kensington Prep)
  • Mr. James J. Christmann–1987-1989 (Assistant Principal - City Honors School, named Principal of Cheektowaga High School[15])
  • Mr. Elzie B. Fisher–1989-1990 (Social Studies teacher - Buffalo Public Schools, named Assistant Principal of Lafayette High School)
  • Mr. Thaddeus F. Weselak (Assistant Principal - Kensington Prep, named Assistant Principal of Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts)
  • Mr. Jon G. Lyon–?-1993 (Science teacher - Buffalo Traditional School, named Assistant Principal of Grover Cleveland High School[16])
  • Mr. Daniel Krzesinski–1993-1995 (Assistant Principal - Kensington Prep,[4] retired)
  • Mr. Gary Lopez–1995[17]-1999 (Assistant Principal - Buffalo Public Schools, named Assistant Principal of Riverside High School)
  • Mr. James J. Pautler–1999-2002 (Electrical Vocational teacher - Seneca Vocational High School,[18] named Principal of Burgard Vocational High School)
  • Mr. Carlos J. Villarroel–?-2002 (Spanish teacher - Kensington High School, named Assistant Principal of Grover Cleveland High School)
  • Mr. William A. Kresse–2002-2003 (Assistant Principal - Musselman High School, named Assistant Principal of South Park High School)

Administration[edit]

Year Superintendent Principal Asst. Principal Asst. Principal
1937-1938 Robert Pabst Tom McDonnell John Chassin
1938-1939 Robert Pabst Tom McDonnell John Chassin
1939-1940 Robert Pabst Tom McDonnell John Chassin
1940-1941 Robert Pabst Tom McDonnell John Chassin
1941-1942 Robert Pabst Tom McDonnell John Chassin
1942-1943 Robert Pabst Tom McDonnell John Chassin
1943-1944 Robert Pabst Tom McDonnell John Chassin
1944-1945 Robert Pabst Tom McDonnell John Chassin
1945-1946 Robert Pabst Tom McDonnell John Chassin
1946-1947 Robert Pabst Tom McDonnell John Chassin
1947-1948 Robert Pabst Charlie Monan John Chassin
1948-1949 Robert Pabst Charlie Monan John Chassin
1949-1950 Robert Pabst Charlie Monan John Chassin
1950-1951 Ben Willis John Chassin Bill Davenport
1951-1952 Ben Willis John Chassin Bill Davenport
1952-1953 Parmer Ewing John Chassin Abe Axelrod
1953-1954 Parmer Ewing John Chassin Abe Axelrod
1954-1955 Parmer Ewing John Chassin Abe Axelrod
1955-1956 Parmer Ewing Chassin/Roberts* Frank Kelly
1956-1957 Parmer Ewing Garnett Roberts* Frank Kelly
1957-1958 Joseph Mench Frank Kelly Louis Masson
1958-1959 Joseph Mench Frank Kelly Louis Masson
1959-1960 Joseph Mench Frank Kelly Louis Masson
1960-1961 Joseph Mench Frank Kelly Louis Masson
1961-1962 Joseph Mench Frank Kelly Louis Masson
1962-1963 Joseph Mench Frank Kelly Wilber Unger
1963-1964 Joseph Mench Frank Kelly Wilber Unger Bill Blomberg
1964-1965 Joseph Mench Frank Kelly Wilber Unger Bill Blomberg
1965-1966 Joseph Mench Frank Kelly Al Rasp Bill Blomberg
1966-1967 Joseph Mench Angel Gianturco Al Rasp Bill Blomberg
1967-1968 Joseph Mench Angelo Gianturco Al Rasp Bill Blomberg
1968-1969 Joseph Mench Angelo Gianturco Charlie Sodaro Bill Blomberg
1969-1970 Joseph Mench Angelo Gianturco Charlie Sodaro Bill Blomberg
1970-1971 Joseph Mench Angelo Gianturco Charlie Sodaro Bill Blomberg
1971-1972 Joseph Mench Angelo Gianturco Al Rasp Bill Blomberg
1972-1973 Joseph Mench Angelo Gianturco Al Rasp Bill Blomberg
1973-1974 Joseph Mench Angelo Gianturco Al Rasp Bill Blomberg
1974-1975 Joseph Mench Angelo Gianturco Al Rasp Bill Blomberg
1975-1976 Eugene Reville Angelo Gianturco Al Rasp Bill Blomberg
1976-1977 Eugene Reville Gianturco/Lamparelli* Al Rasp Bill Blomberg
1977-1978 Eugene Reville Gerald Hesson Al Rasp Bill Blomberg
1978-1979 Eugene Reville Gerald Hesson Dan Krzesinski Tom Cosgrove
1979-1980 Eugene Reville Gerald Hesson Dan Krzesinski Tom Cosgrove
1980-1981 Eugene Reville Gerald Hesson Dan Krzesinski Fritz Hessel
1981-1982 Eugene Reville Gerald Hesson Dan Krzesinski Fritz Hessel
1982-1983 Eugene Reville Stan Wegrzynowski Dan Krzesinski Fritz Hessel
1983-1984 Eugene Reville Stan Wegrzynowski Dan Krzesinski Fritz Hessel
1984-1985 Eugene Reville Stan Wegrzynowski Dan Krzesinski Gary Lopez
1985-1986 Eugene Reville Rick Marotto Dan Krzesinski Yvonne Hargrave
1986-1987 Eugene Reville Mark Balen Dan Krzesinski Yvonne Hargrave
1987-1988 Eugene Reville Mark Balen Jim Christmann
1988-1989 Eugene Reville Mark Balen Jim Christmann
1989-1990 Albert Thompson Mark Balen Elzie Fisher
1990-1991 Albert Thompson Yvonne Hargrave Jon Lyon Thad Weselak
1991-1992 Albert Thompson Yvonne Hargrave Jon Lyon Thad Weselak
1992-1993 Albert Thompson Yvonne Hargrave Jon Lyon Thad Weselak
1993-1994 Albert Thompson Bob Barton Dan Krzesinski Thad Weselak
1994-1995 Albert Thompson Bob Barton Dan Krzesinski Thad Weselak
1995-1996 Albert Thompson Bob Barton Gary Lopez Thad Weselak
1996-1997 Jim Harris Bob Barton Gary Lopez
1997-1998 Jim Harris Bob Barton Gary Lopez
1998-1999 Jim Harris Bob Barton Gary Lopez
1999-2000 Jim Harris Bob Barton Jim Pautler
2000-2001 Marion Canedo Bob Barton Jim Pautler Carlos Villarroel
2001-2002 Marion Canedo Czarnecki/Horton Jim Pautler Carlos Villarroel
2002-2003 Marion Canedo Geraldine Horton Bill Kresse

Kensington Prep[edit]

Kensington Prep
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Address
1409 East Delavan Avenue
Schiller Park
Buffalo, New York, Erie, 14215
United States United States
Information
Type Public
Opened 1987
Closed 1993
Grades 9

From 1987-1993, Kensington High had a satellite school, "Kensington Prep" for its ninth graders, in an effort to provide a structured atmosphere for its freshmen and attract more Caucasian students.[19] The school was located at the former Archbishop Carroll High School at 1409 East Delavan Avenue, and offered enriched programs in mathematics, sciences, and computers.[20] The school was closed in 1993, and 9th graders returned to Kensington.[21]

Former principals[edit]

Previous assignment and reason for departure denoted in parentheses

  • Ms. Yvonne Hargrave–1987-1990 (Assistant Principal - Kensington High School, named Principal of Kensington High School)
  • Ms. Barbara A. Schnell–1990 (Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services - Buffalo Public Schools, named Interim Principal of Hutchinson Central Technical High School)
  • Mrs. Doris H. Erickson–1990-1991 (Principal - South Park Prep, reitred)
  • Mr. Gerald H. Hesson–1991-1992 (Principal - Buffalo Alternative High School, retired)
  • Mr. Gerald D. Pope [interim]–1992-1993 (Assistant Principal - Kensington High School, named Assistant Principal of Buffalo Traditional School)

Former assistant principals[edit]

Previous assignment and reason for departure denoted in parentheses

  • Mr. Alfred H. Rasp–1987-1989 (Assistant Principal - Burgard Vocational High School, named Assistant Principal of Seneca Vocational High School)
  • Mr. Thaddeus Weselak–1989-1990 (Guidance Counselor - Burgard Vocational High School, named Assistant Principal of Kensington High School)
  • Mr. Daniel Krzesinski–1990-1993 (Assistant Principal - McKinley Vocational High School, named Assistant Principal of Kensington High School)

Administration[edit]

Year Superintendent Principal Asst. Principal
1987-1988 Eugene Reville Yvonne Hargrave Thad Weselak
1988-1989 Albert Thompson Yvonne Hargrave Thad Weselak
1989-1990 Albert Thompson Yvonne Hargrave Thad Weselak
1990-1991 Albert Thompson Doris Erickson Dan Krzesinski
1991-1992 Albert Thompson Gerald Hesson Dan Krzesinski
1992-1993 Albert Thompson Jerry Pope* Dan Krzesinski

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Simon, P. (2003, April 17). Kensington high will close after this year. The Buffalo News, p. A1.
  3. ^ Simon, P., & Warner, G. (2003, April 18). School's closing halts a proud legacy. The Buffalo News, p. A1.
  4. ^ a b Hammersley, M. (1993, September 6). Changes in store for Buffalo schools . The Buffalo News, p. TRK
  5. ^ McDonnell, P. (2012, November 1). The Frederick Law Olmsted school at Kensington-Buffalo's other art deco building. Retrieved from http://www.buffalorising.com/2012/11/the-frederick-law-olmsted-school-at-kensington-buffalos-other-art-deco-building.html
  6. ^ Angelo J. Gianturco , Ex-principal in Buffalo district - March 1, 1921 -- Aug. 28, 2009. (2009, August 29). The Buffalo News, p. D5.
  7. ^ Cardinale, A. (1997, August 31). Mark Balen's latest coup nets school board catbird seat. The Buffalo News, p. C1.
  8. ^ a b Hammersly, M. (1990, August 8). Fisher will head school board. The Buffalo News, p. TRK.
  9. ^ Racz, G. N. (1995, January 15). Great Expectations: Robert Barton's grand vision for Kensington High. The Buffalo News, p. E1.
  10. ^ a b c Sapong, E. D. (2001, November 23). Kensington High blames principal for woes. The Buffalo News, p. C2.
  11. ^ Simon, P. (2002, July 23). Charter school plan poses fiscal concern. The Buffalo News, p. B1.
  12. ^ Louis T. Masson, science author, educator. (1992, August 28). The Buffalo News, p. DEATH.
  13. ^ W. e. unger, u.s. school aide, dlies . (1967, July 15). The Buffalo Courier-Express. Retrieved from http://fultonhistory.com/Newspapers 21/Buffalo NY Courier Express/Buffalo NY Courier Express 1967/Buffalo NY Courier Express 1967 a - 0643.pdf
  14. ^ Uncrowned community builders. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://uncrownedcommunitybuilders.com/person/jerry-pope
  15. ^ Cheektowaga principal is schooled in computers . (1989, July 22). The Buffalo News, p. C6.
  16. ^ Jon G. Lyon, Retired Buffalo School Principal. (2011, September 28). The Buffalo News.
  17. ^ Heaney, J. (1995, August 24). City schools hire firm in job. The Buffalo News, p. B5.
  18. ^ Heaney, J. (1998, June 8). Troubled students - school lacks tools to handle behavioral problems. The Buffalo News, p. A1.
  19. ^ Hammersley, M. (1992, July 31). Board member backs school consolidation. The Buffalo News
  20. ^ Hammersley, M. (1991, September 20). Slaying spurs search for answers at school. The Buffalo News, p. A9.
  21. ^ Hammersley, M. (1993, September 6). Changes in store for buffalo schools. The Buffalo News