Catholic Central High School (Troy, New York)

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Catholic Central High School
625 Seventh Avenue
Troy, New York, (Rensselaer County) 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]
Dean Peter Fusco
Principal Christopher Bott
Grades 7-12
Enrollment 383 (2015-2016)
 • Grade 7 33
 • Grade 8 28
 • Grade 9 74
 • Grade 10 89
 • Grade 11 87
 • Grade 12 72
Average class size 16-18
Color(s) Purple and White         
Slogan Cherishing the Past – Embracing the Future.
Team name Crusaders
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Tuition $6,240 (7-8) $7,280 (9-12)
Athletic Director Christine Bailey

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 is a coeducational, college preparatory school, which, while grounded in tradition, prepares its students for their future. The school promotes academic achievement within the context of Catholic/Christian values. Through its program of Character/Peace Education, Catholic Central High School supports the development of the whole person and the unique gifts of the individual, and the formation of caring relationships, all based on the example of Jesus.

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 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 building. It 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.

Christopher Bott, the most recent principal of the institution has brought about many positive changes to the school atmosphere, including a new practice field, more coaching staff, and upgrades to the building infrastructure.

Transportation / information[edit]

Located in Troy, New York at 116th Street and 7th Avenue, central to the "Capital District" and servicing students from Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties.

Easily accessible via # 787, Alt. # 7, # 4, # 40 and/or # 32

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

Quality and excellence[edit]

  • Largest coeducational Catholic secondary school in the New York dioceses of Albany existing for over 83 years with approximately 400 students in grades 7 through 12.
  • Small enough to provide individual attention for each student: average class size 16-18.
  • Fully accredited curriculum in accordance with NYS Education Department and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Many challenging levels of learning: Regents level courses, Honors level courses, University at the High School through the State University of New York at Albany, and Advanced Placement courses.
  • Professional, warm, friendly teachers eager to help students develop their individual giftedness.
  • Approximately 97% of the students graduate with a New York State Regents diploma.
  • Approximately 70% of the graduates receive a scholarship and/or grant.
  • SAT scores above the state and national average.
  • Approximately 98% of the graduates go on to pursue higher education, well prepared for success at the college level.

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.
  • 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.


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.

A long time teacher at the school, Andrew Krakat, holds the current land speed record for a man in jean shorts.

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