Academy of the Holy Names (Albany, New York)

Coordinates: 42°39′4″N 73°50′8″W / 42.65111°N 73.83556°W / 42.65111; -73.83556
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Academy of the Holy Names
1073 New Scotland Road

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United States
Coordinates42°39′4″N 73°50′8″W / 42.65111°N 73.83556°W / 42.65111; -73.83556
TypePrivate, all-female
MottoEsse Quam Videri
("To Be rather than to Seem")
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic;
Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
PresidentDr. Martin Kilbridge
PrincipalMargaret Taranto
GradesHigh School Grades 9 to 12, Middle School Grades 6 to 8
Enrollment196 (2021–2022)
Color(s)Navy blue and gold   
Athletics conferenceColonial Council Athletics Conference
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
PublicationSpectrum (literary/art journal)
NewspaperAcademy Courier

Academy of the Holy Names, or AHN, in Albany, New York, United States, is an independent, Middle States accredited Catholic girls' college-preparatory school for girls in grades 6–12. It is located within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. The school was founded in 1884 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. The mission of AHN is to prepare its students to become cultural, intellectual, moral, and spiritual leaders. Current enrollment for the 2021–2022 school year is 196 students.


Academy of the Holy Names has been a preparatory school in the Albany area for over a century, having first opened its doors as the Academy of Notre Dame on September 10, 1884.

The school was first located on Hamilton Street in Albany, but less than a year after its opening, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary purchased property at 628 Madison Avenue and began preparations to move the academy. By June 1890, Regents examinations had been given for the first time, and three students had become the first graduating class. It was not until 1899 that the academy established by the Sisters became known as The Academy of the Holy Names.

In 1922, the Sisters purchased the Hennessey Farm on New Scotland Road, but it was not until 1957 that a school building was placed on the property. In that year, the Sisters opened a new high school building for grades 9 through 12 at 1075 New Scotland Road. The Madison Avenue building still housed the grade school and junior high.

In January 2016, it was announced that Academy of the Holy Names would discontinue Pre-K through 5th grade education at the end of the 2015–2016 academic year due to declining enrollment. Academy of the Holy Names continues to flourish as a 6-12th grade institution.[2]


School Prayer[edit]

This is said every morning during announcements, after a reading from Scripture:

"Blessed Mother Marie Rose, we firmly believe in the power of your intercession with almighty God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We beg you to hear our humble prayers and to obtain for us the favors which we now ask in the silence of our hearts. God, our father, knows all, can do all things, and loves us. Sure of God’s love and strong in our faith, together with you, Blessed Mother Marie Rose, we accept God’s most holy will. Through Jesus Christ. Amen."

Notable past students[edit]

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ MSA-CIWA. "MSA-Committee on Institution-Wide Accreditation". Archived from the original on May 14, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2009.
  2. ^ "Academy of the Holy Names -Albany, NY ~History". Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013.
  3. ^ "Kirsten Gillibrand - United States Senator for New York: About - Biography". Archived from the original on March 19, 2015.
  4. ^ McCloud, Anne (January 27, 2020). "Loudonville reality TV star Paige DeSorbo shares about new life in the spotlight". WRGB-TV, Schenectady, New York. Archived from the original on December 15, 2021.
  5. ^ "IMDB: Paige DeSorbo". IMDb. Archived from the original on December 15, 2021. Retrieved December 15, 2021.
  6. ^ "Life, Leadership, and Pursuing Your Passion: Catching Up with Teressa Foglia, Class of 2006". Academy of the Holy Names, School Blog. June 10, 2021. Archived from the original on December 15, 2021.
  7. ^ "Rear Admiral Nancy S. Lacore".

External links[edit]

  • Academy of the Holy Names School website
  • AHN at the Capital Region Independent Schools Association