Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School

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Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School
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357 Clermont Avenue


United States
Coordinates40°41′13″N 73°58′9″W / 40.68694°N 73.96917°W / 40.68694; -73.96917Coordinates: 40°41′13″N 73°58′9″W / 40.68694°N 73.96917°W / 40.68694; -73.96917
MottoEnter to learn; leave to serve
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
De La Salle Brothers
Established1851; 168 years ago (1851)
PrincipalEdward Bolan[1]
Teaching staff43.6 (FTE) (2017–18)[2]
Enrollment665 (2017–18)[2]
Average class size16–30
Student to teacher ratio15.3:1 (2017–18)[2]
Color(s)     Purple
SloganEducating Leaders Since 1851
Athletics conferenceCHSAA Brooklyn-Queens Section
MascotLeo the Lion
Team nameLions
RivalChrist the King Regional High School
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[3]
School fees$485 registration fee
$400 graduation fee[4]
Tuition$10,000 (new students)
$‭9,865 (returning students)[4]
Enrollment examTACHS test and/or interview
Last updated: July 24, 2019; 2 months ago (2019-07-24)

Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School is a private, Roman Catholic, co-educational, college-preparatory high school located at 357 Clermont Avenue in the Ft. Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The school serves students in grades 9 through 12. Loughlin was founded in 1851 and was the first high school in the Diocese of Brooklyn (1853), but today is run independently by the Christian Brothers in the Lasallian educational tradition.

Today, the school graduates 100% of its senior students with at least 98% of graduates matriculating to college each year. In 2018, Loughlin enrolled nearly 650 students, making it the fifth-largest Catholic high school in Brooklyn and Queens. The school had 38 full-time teachers, two part-time teachers and four full-time counselors. The 2017–2018 tuition was $10,050, and nearly 60% of all students were awarded financial aid or scholarships, with an average aid amount of $3,200.


La Salle Hall, at Clermont and Greene Avenues. Former residence of Bishop John Loughlin and Christian Brother faculty and staff members.

In 1851, the De La Salle Christian Brothers assumed direction of the boys' section of what was then known as the St. James School on Jay Street in Brooklyn, the parochial school of St. James' Church. It was the first Catholic school in the Diocese of Brooklyn.

In 1926 St. James became one of three diocesan high schools for boys. In 1933 the school moved to Clermont Avenue, and was renamed Bishop Loughlin Memorial High after the Very Reverend John Loughlin, the first Roman Catholic Bishop of Brooklyn, who served from 1853 to 1891.

In 1933 the high school on Jay Street was closed and the Brothers and students transferred to the present campus of Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School. The new school was built on land originally intended for the diocesan cathedral bounded by Clermont, Greene, Lafayette, and Vanderbilt Avenues. The cornerstone of the school building erected in 1851 is now enshrined by the cafeteria entrance of the present building, a last vestige of the 81 years "Old St. James" stood downtown. The first Senior Prom was held in 1934 and the first edition of the Loughlinite, the school yearbook, appeared in 1938.

As a diocesan high school, Loughlin opened its doors to the people of the entire diocese, which included all of Long Island at that time. It has been coeducational since 1973 with the closure of a nearby diocesan girls' high school.


Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School is located in the neighborhood of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, in New York City, also home to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Mark Morris Dance Company and several other arts and cultural organizations.[5]


The curriculum and atmosphere of Loughlin are designed to meet a wide range of student abilities.[6] Loughlin students are encouraged to develop fully their personal talents and are given opportunities to use them in service to others.

Loughlin has a graduation rate of 99% with 97% typically going to college each year.

Loughlin offers college credit opportunities through Advanced Placement Courses in: English, Environmental Science, Calculus, Music Theory, Physics, Spanish, US History, and World History.

The school provides a technology-rich environment with school-side WiFi and SmartBoard classrooms. Laptops are available to all students.

In 2016, Loughlin launched a new STEM program[7] in partnership with Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a national nonprofit organization that partners with Brooklyn Tech, among other institutions. In 2017, more than 200 students registered for courses in Engineering or Biomedical Science.[8]


Loughlin offers sports programs for both girls and boys, featuring 16 different sports, including rugby, soccer, and lacrosse.[citation needed]

Loughlin fields a strong basketball team.[9] The boys freshman basketball team won city championships in 2017 and 2016 and the boys varsity team won the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan championship in 2016. Alums Keith Williams,[10] class of 2017, is now playing for the Cincinnati Bearcats in the NCAA Division 1, and Mike Boynton,[11] class of 2001, recently became the head basketball coach[12] at Oklahoma State.

Loughlin had a 4x4 track victory at the 2016 Millrose Games[13] and a qualification for Nationals. Their track & field teams have garnered 21 Penn Relays high school championships, one of the highest tallies in the history of those games.[citation needed]

The school also has coed teams in handball, indoor and outdoor track, cross country, and bowling. Their varsity bowling team won championships in 2014 and 2015.[citation needed] Loughlin also offers students opportunities to participate in baseball, softball, volleyball, and cheerleading. In partnership with St. Francis College, their water polo team[14] was the first high school team to win the Yale Invitational Tournament.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Administration and Board of Governors". Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School. Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Search for Private Schools – School Detail for Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  3. ^ "Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School". Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Tuition". Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School. Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  5. ^ Leon, Alexandra (December 30, 2015). "5 of Brooklyn's Top Restaurants Are in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill: Yelp". DNA Info. Archived from the original on August 2, 2017. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  6. ^ "Dorm Living Offers High School Hope". New York City News Service. October 20, 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  7. ^ anatgersteininc. "Educators of Tomorrow Earn Coveted Chance to Guide NYC Middle School Students to College". City Limits. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  8. ^ "Chasing invasive fish species with student scientists from Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School - The Tablet". The Tablet. May 31, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  9. ^ "The Courts of Kings: Brooklyn hoop history on center stage". NY Daily News. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  10. ^ "Keith Williams, Bishop Loughlin Memorial, Shooting Guard". 247Sports. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  11. ^ "NEW YORK STATE OF MIND: How Mike Boynton's Brooklyn background prepared him to be OSU's next basketball coach". March 27, 2017. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  12. ^ "New Oklahoma State coach MIke Boynton says he's ready at age 35". USA TODAY. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  13. ^ "2016 NYRR Millrose Games - info/results - 02/20/16". Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  14. ^ "USAWATERPOLO.ORG :: Home of Champions". Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  15. ^ "Tom Carroll Statistics". The Baseball Cube. Archived from the original on February 3, 2013. Retrieved February 14, 2011.
  16. ^ "This Day in Bishop Loughlin History: June 12". Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School. Retrieved May 8, 2019.

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