Bishop Dubois High School

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Bishop Dubois High School
503 & 505 West 152 nd St.


United States
Coordinates40.82973, -73.94466
TypePrivate, All-Male
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
FounderRev. MSGR. Michael A. Buckley
Color(s)Blue and Gray         
AthleticsBowling, JV and Varsity Basketball, Track.
Team nameLions

Bishop Dubois High School was a private Catholic high school in New York City from 1946 until 1976.


Bishop Dubois High School of New York City opened its doors in September 1946 with the first graduating class in 1950.

The main building and Annex of the private, Roman Catholic Bishop Dubois high school was located in the Harlem area of Manhattan at 503 and 505 West 152nd St. New York City, N.Y. 10031.

The main building and newer annex of Bishop Dubois High School

The Catholic school was established using the name, Bishop John Dubois, after John DuBois (August 24, 1764 – December 20, 1842).

The school provided education to male students and prepared them for college and provided the basis for the development of spiritual, academic, and personal qualities to promote themselves and their family, community, and society.


  1. Rev. MSGR. Michael A. Buckley, Founding Principal, 1946–1960
  2. Rev. MSGR. William J. Ward, Principal, 1960–1969
  3. Rev. MSGR. William J. McMahon, Principal, 1969–1976

Michael A. Buckley William J. Ward William J. McMahon


There was no yearbook produced for the class of 1976 due to the foreseen closure of the school and therefore the last yearbook was published in 1975.

The first yearbook of Bishop Dubois High School, Class of 1950 The yearbook cover of Bishop Dubois High School, Class of 1975

Award and crest[edit]

The Bishop Dubois High School Crest
From the high school year book
The school emblem of Bishop Dubois High School
Received as an award for Athletic endeavors and worn on the school sweaters and jackets, submitted by Joe Moser class of 1957


The faculty, teachers, and staff of the school consisted of Marist Brothers, Fathers or Roman Catholic Priests, Sisters or Nuns, lay teachers, administrative and general staff.

Notable faculty and staff[edit]

Father Donald T. Driscoll
Father Donald T. Driscoll, a photo from the 1973 yearbook
  • Peter Garvey, English and Religion Teacher, Guidance Councilor
  • Joe Walling, basketball coach and Gym Teacher
  • John Lamb, Track coach and Business Teacher
  • John Byrne, English Teacher
  • Thomas Clancy, Business Teacher
  • Charles Conroy, History Teacher, Advisor
  • Bruce Bernero, Science and Mathematics Teacher
  • Rev. Hugh A. Dardis, Dean of Discipline
  • Rev. Edward P. Hauck, Bursar
  • Sr. Carole Walsh, Mathematics Teacher

Father Donald T. Driscoll, a priest for forty-two years, provided guidance counseling to the students of BDHS while the school operated but his contribution after the school closed helped the alumni to organize three school reunions in 2000, 2001, and 2002. The reunions took place at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Orangeburg, New York, where Father Driscoll was a Chaplain.

In 1986, the Cardinal asked me to become Chaplain at Rockland Psychiatric Center (Our Lady Queen of Peace) where we had two reunions. The portrait and commemorating plaque is in the vestibule of the Chapel, and I received a standing ovation from about 500 parishioners. I will miss them. Father Driscoll


The school was located in the upper Manhattan area and the composition of students that attended the school were from the five boroughs of New York.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Jack Keane, class of 60, retired four-star General, former Vice Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer of the Army from 1999 until 2003, also served on the Board of Directors of MetLife.
  • George Carlin, a well-known comedian, attended the school.[1]
  • Kenny Rankin picture is in the 1955 year book, p. 42.; he would have graduated in 1957 but he moved back to Canada.
  • Adriano Espaillat, U.S. Representative of New York's 13th District.


The last graduating class of Bishop Dubois High School was the class of 1976.[2] List of closed schools in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York


Students participated in an activity sponsored by the school. Activities are open to all qualified and interested students. These activities include:

  • School Plays
  • School Dances
  • The Yearly Senior Boat Ride
  • The School Prom
  • The Yearbook Committee
  • The Senior Retreat

Senior students marching in the (Saint Patrick's Day) Parade carrying the school flag.

Senior students march in the Saint Patrick's Day Parade


A plaque of the Bishop Dubois High School mascot
The Basketball Team Mascot of Bishop Dubois High School, presented to P. Bournias as a gift from Mario Roman Jr. an undergraduate of the class of 1976

Students participated in the sports offered by the school. Sports were open to all students that qualified academically. Sports that alumni participated include:

  • Basketball, Varsity and JV
  • Track
  • Baseball
  • Bowling


  1. ^ Gonzalez, David (June 4, 2008). "George Carlin Didn't Shun School That Ejected Him". The New York Times. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  2. ^ The school was closed by the Archdiocese of New York in June 1976.

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Coordinates: 40°49′47.92″N 73°56′41.53″W / 40.8299778°N 73.9448694°W / 40.8299778; -73.9448694