Catholic Central School (Latham, New York)

Coordinates: 42°45′29″N 73°45′10″W / 42.7580575°N 73.75283086253017°W / 42.7580575; -73.75283086253017
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Catholic Central School
347 Old Loudon Road

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United States
Coordinates42°45′29″N 73°45′10″W / 42.7580575°N 73.75283086253017°W / 42.7580575; -73.75283086253017
TypePrivate, Coeducational
MottoPro Deo Et Patria
(For God and Country)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
CEEB code335-595
Campus size19 acres[3]
Color(s)Purple and White   
Slogan"Academic Excellence. Rooted in Christ."[2]
Team nameCrusaders
Original Eighth Street home of CCHS from 1923 to 1953, now a part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Catholic Central School was a private, centrally located pre-K-12 regional Catholic school in Latham, New York, within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. It was formed in 2022 with the merger of Saint Ambrose elementary school in Latham with Catholic Central High School in Troy, New York. The new school is located on the grounds of the former Saint Ambrose School. The school's Troy property was put up for sale in March 2022.

Catholic Central High School, Troy

Catholic Central[edit]

In 2022 Catholic Central High School partnered with St. Ambrose Parish school in Latham to create a Pre-K - Grade 12 regional institution. The school is located on the St. Ambrose campus. Students at Catholic Central are encouraged to perform ten hours of community service.


The school offers indoor track, volleyball, and basketball; boys and girls baseball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field.


Catholic Central High School[edit]

Catholic Central High School, a coeducational, college preparatory school, was founded in September 1923 by Bishop Edmund F. Gibbons, at the request of the pastors from parishes in Troy, Watervliet and Green Island. The school drew students from Sacred Heart(Troy), St. Jude the Apostle(Wynantskill NY), St. Mary's(Hoosick Falls NY), St. Mary's(Waterford NY), Holy Spirit(East Greenbush), St. Ambrose(Latham), and St. Pius X(Loudonville)

It was originally located on Eighth Street in Troy before moving to its location at 116th Street and Seventh Avenue in North Troy. The original Catholic Central High School building on Eight St. has now become part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The first principal was Father Burns. The student body numbered 525 students. The first class graduated in June, 1924 and numbered thirty-two. When the doors reopened in September, 1924, there were 1,046 students registered in the high school. In 1953, Catholic Central purchased the Cluett Peabody & Company building, which had been used for experimental purposes in the field of textile research as a miniature textile mill.

In February, 1953, Catholic Central High School was relocated to its present-day campus in North Troy. In 1957, where once lay a vacant lot, soon became the Monsignor Burns Gymnasium. The basketball team no longer had to play its "home" games "away". From 1960 to 1965, Harry Joseph Flynn taught English at Catholic Central. Flynn later became Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.[4]

Catholic High once held more than 1,000 students, but enrollment declined as Catholic churches and elementary schools closed in the city. In 1989, the school added seventh and eighth grades and in 2021, the school added sixth grade. The school closed in June 2022 and the property was put up for sale in March 2022.[5]

Information and achievements[edit]

Catholic Central High School was located in Troy, New York at 116th Street and 7th Avenue, central to the Capital District. It served students from Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties. Busing was provided by the resident public school district for families within a fifteen-mile (24 km) radius. Buses came from vicinities in Clifton Park, Niskayuna, Colonie, Troy, Waterford, East Greenbush, Brunswick (Brittonkill), Averill Park and Hoosick Falls.

Catholic Central High School educated students in grades 6–12 and offered a college preparatory/Regents curriculum along with the university at the High School program under the direction of the State University of New York at Albany. Advanced placement courses were also offered in several disciplines. The gymnasium housed not only the gym but cafeteria, stage for dramatic productions, a 3,500-square-foot (330 m2) weight room and band room. Tuition assistance was available, including a summer work study program.

Catholic Central won the International Center of the Capital Region Academic Worldquest Competition twice, in 2018 and 2019, earning a spot in the National Academic Worldquest Competition both years in Washington DC.[1]

CCHS participated in the Colonial Council athletic league. The 2010–11 Girls Varsity Volleyball team won the Big 10 Championship and went on to the Section II semi-finals where they lost to Queensbury. They defeated many great teams, especially Troy High School, whose team had not lost a game in 3 seasons until their defeat by Catholic Central.

Notable alumni[edit]

Saint Ambrose School[edit]

Saint Ambrose School was a private Roman Catholic elementary school in Latham, New York, located within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.[7] During the 2021-2022 school year, Saint Ambrose School had about 200 students.[8] The school was merged with Catholic Central High School in Troy, and became the Catholic Central School starting in the 2022-2023 school year.[9][10]


Saint Ambrose parish was founded in 1924. One year the parish school opened, staffed by the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It moved to its current location in 1956.[8]


In 2021, Catholic Central announced they would sell and close their Troy campus and relocate to the 19-acre St. Ambrose campus in Latham, creating a new regional K-12 campus through a merger with St. Ambrose. Albany Catholic Schools Superintendent Giovanni Virgiglio said that considerations that effected the decision to move to St. Ambrose were the convenience of the location to the areas from which the school draws its students, and the fact that Lansingburgh was a split campus with students having to cross the street to get to the cafeteria and gymnasium.[11]


  1. ^ "Catholic Central School opens for first year as two schools merge", WNYT, News channel 13, September 14, 2022
  2. ^ Franco, Jim. "The new Catholic Central School picks a logo", Spotlight News, June 15, 2022
  3. ^ Matvey, Mike. "'A Shining Example'", The Evangelist, Diocese of Albany, November 14, 2021
  4. ^ Athans, Mary Christine. To Work for the Whole People: John Ireland's Seminary in St. Paul, Paulist Press, 2002, p. 360 ISBN 9780809105458
  5. ^ DeMasi, Michael. "Catholic Central High School hits market for $5 million in Troy", Albany Business Review, March 23, 2022
  6. ^ "Capital Region native Botticelli wraps up tenure as U.S. 'Drug Czar'". 3 December 2016.
  7. ^ "About our school - St. Ambrose Catholic Church - Latham, NY". Saint Ambrose Latham. Archived from the original on 28 Mar 2018. Retrieved 10 Oct 2022.
  8. ^ a b "Catholic Central High School in Troy and St. Ambrose School to merge at Latham campus". Spotlight News. 2021-11-15. Retrieved 2022-10-10.
  9. ^ "Catholic Central and St. Ambrose to create new school in Latham". troyrecord. 2021-11-15. Retrieved 2022-10-10.
  10. ^ WRGB Staff (2021-11-15). "CCHS, St. Ambrose to merge, creating Prek-12 school in Latham". WRGB. Retrieved 2022-10-10.
  11. ^ Lucas, Dave (November 18, 2021). "Catholic Central High School in Troy and St. Ambrose in Latham to merge". Midday Magazine.

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