St. Mary's High School (Lancaster, New York)
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|St. Mary's High School|
|142 Laverack Avenue
Lancaster, New York, (Erie County) 14086
|Motto||Bonitatem 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|
|Head of school||Kevin Kelleher '89|
|• Grade 9||100|
|• Grade 10||90|
|• Grade 11||80|
|• Grade 12||110|
|Average class size||16|
|Student to teacher ratio||12:1|
|Color(s)||Navy blue, Carolina Blue and White|
|Athletics conference||Monsignor Martin Athletic Association|
|Rival||O'Hara, Niag. Catholic, Lancaster, Depew|
|Publication||Legends (literary magazine), The Lance (alumni paper)|
|Newspaper||Currents (monthly newsletter)|
|Dean of Academic Affairs||Keith Junik '93|
|Dean of Student Affairs||Beck O'Connor|
|Chief Operating Officer||Rob Cavallari|
|Athletic Director||Brittany Heist|
|Director of Operations||Peter Herr|
|Director of Special Programs||Keith 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. In the decade of the 2000s, St. Mary's continues to strive to offer its students the "best education for their whole life."
St. Mary's High School offers a challenging curriculum featuring a variety of Honors and Advanced Placement courses. In the spirit of educating the whole student there are many extracurricular activities including an Athletic program, a Performing Arts department and a list of clubs and organizations. There are, as of the 2009 school year, 333 students. The Freshmen class, composed of 109 students, is the largest in years.
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 Cross Country
Men's Cross Country
Women's Indoor Track
Men's Hockey (Federation, section 6)
Clubs and organizations
- Bell Choir
- Book Club
- Drama Club
- Donate Life
- Choir - Men/Women/Combined
- Healthy Lifestyles Club
- "Legends" Literary Magazine
- Lance Year Book Staff
- Music Ministry
- National Honor Society
- Poetry Club
- Dance Club
- Retreat Peer Ministry
- Scholars Program
- Science Olympiad
- Ski Club
- Student Senate
- Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
- TLC (The Lancer Club)
- Dale Volker- Retired New York State Senator, 59th Senate District
- Frank Lazarus-Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts
- Adam Page- USA Sledge Hockey Player and 2-time Paralympic Gold Medalist