Aquinas High School (New York)

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Aquinas High School
685 East 182nd Street
New York City (Belmont, The Bronx),
New York
United States
Coordinates 40°51′05″N 73°53′15″W / 40.8513°N 73.8874°W / 40.8513; -73.8874Coordinates: 40°51′05″N 73°53′15″W / 40.8513°N 73.8874°W / 40.8513; -73.8874
Type Private
Motto Veritas
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1934
Founder Sr. Mary Joseph, O.P.
President Sr. Margaret Ryan, O.P.
Principal Sr. Catherine Rose Quigley, O.P.
Teaching staff 70
Grades 9-12
Gender Girls
Enrollment 650+ (2008)
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Sports Basketball, Softball, Track, Volleyball
Team name Lady Bears
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Publication The Aquinite (literary magazine)
Newspaper Spirit of Aquinas
Yearbook Veritas
Admissions Director Betsy Davila

Aquinas High School is an all-girls, private, Roman Catholic high school in The Bronx, New York. It is located within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York.


The school was originally established in 1900 as St. Martin's Academy and only served Grades 1-6. In 1923, Aquinas Hall opened as a two-year business school. The school established a 4-year high school in 1934. Founded in 1923 by the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, New York, Aquinas High School provides a Catholic college preparatory education that encourages the development of young women to their potential.[citation needed] The school has over 800 students and 70 teachers and staff complemented by parents and alumnae. The school offers After school activities including athletics as well as its marching band and string orchestra. For the past couple of years the AHS Band has placed in the NYC annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. The school's varsity basketball team was 2006 Class B New York State Federation Champions. Aquinas graduates 100 percent of its girls.[citation needed] In 2002, First Lady Laura Bush visited Aquinas High School.[citation needed]

Accredited by:

Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[citation needed]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Exemplary School Award- United States Department of Education
  • Blue Ribbon School Award- United States Department of Education
  • Catholic Schools for Tomorrow Award for Innovation in Technology - Today's Catholic Teacher.
  • Named an: Outstanding American High School - U.S. News & World Report


Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  2. ^ AHS. "Aquinas High School History". Aquinas High School website. Archived from the original on 2007-07-04. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 

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