Bishop Maginn High School

Coordinates: 42°38′33″N 73°46′15″W / 42.64250°N 73.77083°W / 42.64250; -73.77083
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Bishop Maginn High School
75 Park Avenue

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Coordinates42°38′33″N 73°46′15″W / 42.64250°N 73.77083°W / 42.64250; -73.77083
TypePrivate, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
PrincipalMichael Tolan
Color(s)Blue and Gold   
SloganAn experience of values and learning that will last a lifetime.
Athletics conferenceWestern Athletic Conference, Section 2
Team nameGriffins
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]

Bishop Maginn High School was a Catholic high school in Albany, New York. It was a coeducational institution.[2]

The school belonged to the school system of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. It was accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and the Middle States Association.[3]

In February of 2022, it was announced that Bishop Maginn would close at the end of the 2021-22 school year.[4] The school officially closed on June 29, 2022 after years of declining enrollment and financial difficulties.


Bishop Maginn was named after the former Auxiliary Bishop of Albany Edward Joseph Maginn. Two former high schools operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, Vincentian Institute (VI) and Cardinal McCloskey High School, were merged in 1977, creating Bishop Maginn High School in the former McCloskey building. Declining enrollments and an aging Vincentian building made it necessary for the Diocese to use the newer McCloskey building for the new school. The first graduating class from Bishop Maginn was the Class of 1978. Formerly rivals, the students from both VI and McCloskey accepted each other in a harmonious display of unity, adopting an enthusiastic spirit for the new school. When the merger was announced in the spring of 1977, two McCloskey students had the idea to combine the mascots of the two schools - VI's lion and McCloskey's cardinal. David Strazzeri and Mark Kulzer researched and presented several images of the mythical creature to the merger committee. One would become the official Bishop Maginn Griffin insignia and mascot. The coat of arms for the newly created school contains the line 'Veni Lumen Cordium', which in Latin means 'Come light of the heart'.

In 2015, it was announced that due to declining enrollment and financial difficulties, Bishop Maginn would move to the former Cathedral Academy building in downtown Albany.[5] The school relocated to the former Cathedral Academy for the 2015–2016 school year.[6][7] Bishop Maginn's former building on Slingerland Street was leased to Green Tech High Charter School in March 2016.[7]

The school was noted for its Karen population from Myanmar,[8] for which much of the baseball team was Karen refugees.[9]

On February 16, 2022, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany announced that Bishop Maginn High School would close at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. Declining enrollment was cited as the reason. The school officially closed its doors on June 30, 2022. [10][11]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on May 14, 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2009.
  2. ^ "BISHOP MAGINN HIGH SCHOOL". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved July 31, 2022.
  3. ^ Otterman, Sharon (September 24, 2011). "State Says It Analyzed Test Erasures for Cheating; 62 Schools Proved Suspect". The New York Times. Retrieved July 31, 2022.
  4. ^ Churchill, Chris (February 16, 2022). "Churchill: Bishop Maginn High School closing at school year's end". Hearst. Retrieved July 31, 2022.
  5. ^ Clark, Dartunorro (June 13, 2015). "Bishop Maginn High graduates its final class before relocation". Times Union.
  6. ^ "'We are here; we are viable,' says Bishop Maginn head".
  7. ^ a b Bump, Bethany (March 29, 2016). "Green Tech to move to former Bishop Maginn building". Times Union.
  8. ^ Mike Matvey (March 15, 2019). "Maginn student, born in Burmese refugee camp, lights the 'Way'". The Evangelist. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  9. ^ Churchill, Chris (May 13, 2017). "Churchill: For team of refugees, baseball is a path to joy". Times Union (Albany). Archived from the original on July 17, 2017. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  10. ^ "Bishop Maginn High School permanently closing at end of school year". WNYT NewsChannel 13. February 16, 2022.
  11. ^ Churchill, Chris (February 16, 2022). "Churchill: Bishop Maginn High School closing at school year's end". Times Union.
  12. ^ "Ernie Stautner". Retrieved January 12, 2019.

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