St. Mary's High School (Lancaster, New York)

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St. Mary's High School
St. Mary's High school (Lancaster,New York)'s logo.jpg
142 Laverack Avenue

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United States
Coordinates42°54′24″N 78°40′44″W / 42.90667°N 78.67889°W / 42.90667; -78.67889Coordinates: 42°54′24″N 78°40′44″W / 42.90667°N 78.67889°W / 42.90667; -78.67889
TypePrivate, Coeducational
MottoBonitatem et disciplinam et scientiam doce me.
(Teach me goodness, discipline, and knowledge.)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s)The Blessed Mother under the title of Immaculate Heart of Mary
FounderBen Steg
ChairpersonNicholas Fiume
Head of schoolKevin Kelleher '89
ChaplainRichard DiGiulio
Enrollment380 (2011-2012)
 • Grade 9100
 • Grade 1090
 • Grade 1180
 • Grade 12110
Average class size16
Student to teacher ratio12:1
Color(s)Navy blue, Carolina Blue and White               
Athletics conferenceMonsignor Martin Athletic Association
Team nameLancers
RivalO'Hara, Niag. Catholic, Lancaster, Depew
PublicationLegends (literary magazine), The Lance (alumni paper)
NewspaperCurrents (monthly newsletter)
YearbookThe Lance
Dean of Academic AffairsKeith Junik '93
Dean of Student AffairsBeck O'Connor
Chief Operating OfficerRob Cavallari
Athletic DirectorBrittany Heist
Director of OperationsPeter Herr
Director of Special ProgramsKeith Kidder '85

St. Mary's High School is a co-educational, Roman Catholic high school located in Lancaster, New York, 4.5 miles South East of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and 14.5 East of downtown Buffalo. The school is within the Diocese of Buffalo. St. Mary's enrollment includes students in grades 9-12 from four counties and approximately 30 school districts. The current "Head of School" is Kevin Kelleher.


St. Mary's High School is the one of the oldest parochial high school in the nation. The school was formerly a parish school which opened in 1904, officially chartered in 1909.

Construction of the present building began in 1954, with the opening of the school in September 1955. The Salvatorian Fathers joined with the Franciscan Sisters to operate the school.

As the enrollment increased, the additions were made in 1956, 1962, and 1982. The lay staff of St. Mary's High School grew, coinciding with the decree of Vatican Council II.

In 1970, the first lay principal was appointed to SMH, and an Administrative Board was formed, which plays a major role in the decision and policy-making process of the school. In 1975, for the first time in the history of SMH and the Diocese of Buffalo, a lay woman was appointed principal of a secondary school. In 1991, St. Mary's became a private High School administered by a board of trustees.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, St. Mary's followed the educational requirements as outlined by the Board of Regents of the State of New York.


The St. Mary's Athletic Department includes 12 men's teams and 11 women's teams. St. Mary's has won the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association "A" League Supremacy Cup from 2001-(at least) 2011.

Women's Soccer
Women's Volleyball
Women's Cross Country
Men's Football
Men's Golf
Men's Soccer
Men's Volleyball
Men's Cross Country

Women's Lacrosse
Women's Softball
Women's Tennis
Women's Track
Men's Baseball
Men's Lacrosse
Men's Track

Women's Basketball
Women's Bowling
Women's Hockey
Women's Indoor Track
Men's Basketball
Men's Bowling
Men's Hockey (Federation, section 6)
Men's Wrestling

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