Catholic High School Athletic Association

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The Catholic High School Athletic Association or CHSAA is a high school athletic association made up of Catholic high schools based in New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Buffalo. It is the largest Catholic high school athletic league in the United States.[edit]


The NYCHSAA is divided into four sections.

New York Section[edit]

The New York Section consists of schools in Westchester, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, corresponding to the Archdiocese of New York.
School Colors Team name Location Founded
All Hallows High School          Gaels Bronx 1909
Cardinal Hayes High School          Cardinals Bronx 1941
Cardinal Spellman High School          Pilots Bronx 1959
Fordham Preparatory School          Rams Bronx 1841
Iona Preparatory School          Gaels New Rochelle 1916
Kennedy Catholic High School              Gaels Somers 1966
La Salle Academy          Cardinals Manhattan 1848
Maria Regina High School          Tigers Hartsdale 1957
Monsignor Farrell High School          Lions Staten Island 1961
Monsignor Scanlan High School          Crusaders Bronx 1949
Moore Catholic High School          Mavericks Staten Island 1962
Mount Saint Michael Academy          Mountaineers Bronx 1926
Notre Dame Academy          Gators Staten Island 1903
Regis High School              Raiders Manhattan 1914
Sacred Heart High School          Irish Yonkers 1923
Salesian High School              Eagles New Rochelle 1920
Archbishop Stepinac High School              Crusaders White Plains 1948
St. John Villa Academy          Bears Staten Island 1922
St. Joseph Hill Academy          Hilltoppers Staten Island 1919
St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School          Vikings Staten Island 1963
St. Peter's Boys High School          Eagles Staten Island 1917
St. Raymond High School for Boys          Ravens Bronx 1960
The Ursuline School          Koalas New Rochelle 1897
Xavier High School          Knights Manhattan 1847

Brooklyn-Queens Section[edit]

The Brooklyn-Queens Section consists of schools in Brooklyn and Queens, corresponding to the Diocese of Brooklyn.
School Colors Team name Location Founded
Archbishop Molloy High School          Stanners Queens 1957
Bishop Kearney High School          Tigers Brooklyn 1961
Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School          Lions Brooklyn 1851
Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary                  Crusaders Queens 1914
Catherine McAuley High School          Panthers Brooklyn 1942
Christ the King Regional High School          Royals Queens 1963
Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School Panthers Brooklyn 2008
Fontbonne Hall Academy          Bonnies Brooklyn 1937
Holy Cross High School          Knights Queens 1955
The Mary Louis Academy          Hilltoppers Queens 1936
Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School          Crusaders Queens 1956
Nazareth Regional High School          Kingsmen Brooklyn 1962
St. Edmund Preparatory High School          Eagles Brooklyn 1932
St. Francis Preparatory School          Terriers Queens 1858
St. John's Preparatory School          Red Storm Queens 1980
St. Saviour High School          Pandas Brooklyn 1917
Xaverian High School          Clippers Brooklyn 1957

Nassau-Suffolk Section[edit]

The Nassau-Suffolk Section consists of schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties, corresponding to the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
School Colors Team name Location Founded
Chaminade High School          Flyers Mineola 1930
Holy Trinity High School          Titans Hicksville 1966
Kellenberg Memorial High School          Firebirds Uniondale 1987
Our Lady of Mercy Academy          Lady Mustangs Syosset 1928
Sacred Heart Academy          Lady Spartans Hempstead 1949
St. Anthony's High School          Friars South Huntington 1933
St. Dominic High School          Bayhawks Oyster Bay 1928
St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School          Cougars West Islip 1966
St. Mary's High School          Gaels Manhasset 1949

Buffalo Section[edit]

The Buffalo Section consists of schools in Buffalo area corresponding to the Diocese of Buffalo.

Former members[edit]

School Colors Team name Location Founded Closed
Bishop Dubois High School          Lions Manhattan 1946 1976
Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School              Falcons Brooklyn 1962 2014
Blessed Sacrament-St. Gabriel High School          Cardinals New Rochelle 1985 2013
Brooklyn Preparatory School          Eagles Brooklyn 1908 1972
De La Salle Institute Manhattan Late 1800s 1960
Holy Family High School          Gaels South Huntington 1937 1984
Manhattan College High School          Jaspers Manhattan 1854 1971
Power Memorial Academy          Panthers Manhattan 1931 1984
Rice High School          Raiders Manhattan 1938 2011
Seton Hall High School          Eagles Patchogue 1937 1974
St. Agnes Boys High School          Stags Manhattan 1914 2013
St. Nicholas of Tolentine High School          Wildcats Bronx 1927 1991
St. Peter's High School for Girls          Eagles Staten Island 1926 2011
St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary          Deacons Uniondale 1961 1984


New York's Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) was formed in March 1927. The Catholic schools in the city from approximately 1908 to 1922 competed along with their grammar school counterparts in baseball and track, but no larger organization arose from the competition. The Catholic secondary schools of the city remained largely unorganized, while their counterparts in such cities as Chicago and Philadelphia had been organized into leagues for years. Finally, in 1927, the Southern Branch of the New York Catholic High Schools’ Athletic Association organized league competition with an outdoor track meet held at Fordham University on May 26, 1927. The charter members of the league were Fordham Prep, All Hallows, LaSalle Academy, Regis, St. Ann’s, and Xavier High, all in Manhattan; and Brooklyn Prep, Bishop Loughlin, Brooklyn Cathedral, St. John’s Prep, and St. Francis Prep; all in Brooklyn.

In 1928, the CHSAA introduced indoor track, basketball, and baseball to the program, and in 1929 added cross country and ice hockey. In 1930, swimming was added to the program. The basketball winner would compete with the three other sectional winners in the state for the right to compete in the Loyola National Catholic Basketball tournament in Chicago. A.G. Spalding & Co. contributed two silver loving cups for the baseball and football competition. The first team winning the league title in baseball or football three times would receive permanent possession of the cup.

Notable NYCHSAA alumni[edit]

Listed below are former CHSAA students who are/were involved in professional or college athletics.

All Hallows Gaels

Archbishop Molloy Stanners:

Archbishop Stepinac Crusaders:

Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School Falcons

  • Charles Jones (1998) - NBA Player, 2 time NCAA Scoring Leader
  • Armond Hill (1971) - professional basketball player in the NBA (1976–1984) and first-round pick in the 1976 NBA draft
  • John Halama (1990): Major League Baseball pitcher (1998–2006)

Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School Lions:

Cardinal Hayes Cardinals:

Brooklyn Preparatory School Eagles:

Chaminade Flyers:

Christ the King Royals:

Sue Bird, on offense

Fordham Prep Rams:

  • Frankie Frisch (1916) – MLB Hall of Famer, also known as "The Fordham Flash," he is third all-time on the list for Series hits, behind Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle and just ahead of Joe DiMaggio.
  • Johnny Murphy (1925) – former New York Yankees pitcher who appeared in a total of 8 World Series games, pitched 16.1 innings, and had an E.R.A. of 1.10.
  • George Stirnwiess (1936) – former second baseman for the New York Yankees who also was the American League batting champion in 1945.
  • Vin Scully (1944) – baseball announcer in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Radio Hall of Fame, American Sportscasters Hall of Fame. He has been broadcasting Dodger games, first in Brooklyn and then in Los Angeles, since 1950.
  • Donnie Walsh (1957) – former coach and basketball executive; front office advisor for Indiana Pacers
  • Robert Hackett (1977) – silver medalist in swimming at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal

Holy Cross High School Knights:

  • Kevin Ogletree – Detroit Lions
  • Mark Lugris (1978) - Dallas Sidekicks MISL /Puerto Rican National Team -World Cup Qualifying 1990-94-98

Holy Trinity Diocesan High School:

  • Jack Wagner - NCAA Champion (2013), 5 Time NCAA All-American, 3 Time Pacific-12 Conference Champion, 6 Time Olympic Trials Qualifier (2012) - University of Southern California Men's Division I Swimming

Iona Prep Gaels:

Kellenberg Memorial High School

La Salle Academy Cardinals:

Nazareth Regional High School Kingsmen:

Power Memorial Academy Panthers:

Rice Raiders:

Salesian Eagles:

St. Francis Prep Terriers:

St. Raymond's Ravens:

Xaverian Clippers:

Xavier Knights/Cadets:

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