Catholic Central High School (Troy, New York)

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Catholic Central High School
Catholic Central High School (Troy, New York).jpg
625 Seventh Avenue
Troy, (Rensselaer County), New York 12182
United States
Coordinates 42°46′31″N 73°40′16″W / 42.77528°N 73.67111°W / 42.77528; -73.67111Coordinates: 42°46′31″N 73°40′16″W / 42.77528°N 73.67111°W / 42.77528; -73.67111
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto Pro Deo Et Patria
(For God and Country)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1923
CEEB code 335595
NCES School ID 00923572[1]
Chairperson Ridge Harris
Principal Christopher Bott
Grades 7-12
Enrollment 317 (2017-2018)
Average class size 16-18
Color(s) Purple and White         
Slogan Cherishing the Past – Embracing the Future.
Mascot Crusader
Team name Crusaders
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Tuition $6,425 (7-8) $7,500 (9-12)
Alumni 25,000+
Athletic Director Kevin Galuski
Original Eighth Street home of CCHS from 1924 to 1953, now a part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Catholic Central High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Troy, New York. It is located within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. Catholic Central High School educates 316 in grades 7-12.


Catholic Central High School is a coeducational, college preparatory school.

Catholic Central High School was founded in September, 1923 by Bishop Edmund F. Gibbons, at the request of the Pastors from the parishes in Troy, Watervliet and Green Island. The school was located on Eighth Street in Troy before moving to its present 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.

Beginning September, 1954, 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”. Today, the gymnasium houses not only the gym but cafeteria, stage for dramatic productions, a 3,500-square-foot (330 m2) weight room and band room.

Catholic Central High School educates students in grades 7-12 and offers 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 are also offered in several disciplines.

Transportation / information[edit]

Catholic Central High School is located in Troy, New York at 116th Street and 7th Avenue, central to the Capital District. It services students from Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties.

Busing is provided by the resident public school district for families within a fifteen-mile (24 km) radius. Buses come from vicinities in Clifton Park, Niskayuna, Colonie, Troy, Waterford, East Greenbush, Brunswick (Brittonkill), Averill Park and Hoosick Falls.

Tuition assistance is available, including a summer work study program.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Matthew Harvey Clark - Roman Catholic bishop, currently Bishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester,
  • Chris Conroy - Screenwriter of Lionsgate Pictures' "Employee of the Month" and other films.
  • Eric Devine-Author of the novels "Tap Out" (a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and a Booklist Top 10 Sports Book), "Dare Me", "Press Play" (a Junior Library Guild selection and a Booklist Top 10 Sports Book), and "Look Past".
  • Dennis Mahoney - Author of the novels "Bell Weather" and "Fellow Mortals," a Booklist Top Ten Debut in 2013.
  • Joe Mahoney - Professional Baseball Player who is currently on the Miami Marlins roster, graduated with the class of 2004 and was drafted in 2007 in the 6th Round of the MLB Amateur Draft by the Baltimore Orioles.
  • Tracy Phillips - Dancer and actress who has appeared in many music videos from My Chemical Romance's "Helena" to The number Twelve Looks like You's "Grandfather" to Katy Perry's "California Gurls".
  • Maureen Stapleton - Academy Award-winning American actress in film, theater and television, who also won an Emmy Award, two Tony Awards and was elected to the American Theatre Hall of Fame.
  • Michael Botticelli - Former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Barack Obama.[3]
  • Kathryn R. Biel (neé Kopach)- Author of several women's fiction, contemporary romance, and romantic comedy novels including the award-winning "Live for This" and the Amazon best-selling and award-winning "Made for Me: A New Beginnings Book, #1."


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

CCHS participates in the Colonial Council athletic league.

Modified participation in the high school sports program for middle school students.

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.

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