St. Vincent–St. Mary High School
|St. Vincent–St. Mary High School|
15 North Maple Street|
Akron, Ohio 44303
|Type||Private, college prep|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
1897 (St. Mary)|
1906 (St. Vincent)
|Chaplain||Fr. Gordon Yahner|
|Nickname||The Fighting Irish|
|Newspaper||The Leprechaun Gold|
The current school is the result of the merger of St. Vincent and St. Mary High Schools in 1972. The newly merged school took on the athletic nickname of St. Vincent, the Fighting Irish.
In May 2013, LeBron James, who had attended the high school, donated $1 million to the school for the purpose of renovating LeBron James Arena. This included a new basketball floor, scoreboard, and locker rooms, as well as new bleachers, and raised the seating capacity from 1,600 to 1,831. Completed in the fall of 2013, the gym bears James' name. It s a 1,831 seat basketball arena and home to St. Vincent–St. Mary athletics, as well as the ABA's Akron Aviators, and the NAPB's Ohio Cardinals.
St. Mary High School
In 1887 Richard Gilmour, then Bishop of Cleveland, had commissioned Rev. Dr. Thomas F. Mahar, pastor of St. Vincent Church, the oldest Catholic church in Akron, to establish a mission in south Akron. St. Mary Parish was founded by Rev. Mahar in 1896. The high school was founded a year later. St. Mary's athletic teams were formerly known as the Crusaders.
St. Vincent High School
A high school was opened in September 1906 to provide parishioners' sons with a classical education beyond grade school. The parish had already opened St. Vincent Grade School, Akron's oldest Catholic school still in operation. At the time of the merger, St. Vincent High School had graduated over 6,000 students.
- Football – 1972, 1981, 1982, 1988, 2012, 2013
- Boys' basketball – 1929**, 1984, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2017, 2018
- Baseball – 1986, 1989
- Boys' golf – 1927*
- Wrestling – 2001
- Girls' cross country – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
- Girls' basketball – 1979, 1980, 1995
- Girls' softball – 1979, 1984
- Boys' track - 2011, 2013
- Girls' track - 2012
* Title won by St. Mary High School prior to merger with St. Vincent.
** Title won by St. Vincent High School prior to merger with St. Mary
- LeBron James, NBA player
- Jerome Lane, NBA player
- Tony Laterza, college basketball head coach
- Sandra Pianalto, United States Federal Reserve
- JaKarr Sampson, NBA player
- Frank Stams, NFL player
- Romeo Travis, basketball player
- Brian Windhorst, author and reporter for ESPN
Notes and references
- STVM Website
- LeBron James’ $1 million donation for St. V-M gym renovation is long-held goal, Akron Beacon Journal, May 2, 2013
- St. Vincent Church
- "St. Vincent Parish History" (PDF). stvincentchurch.com.
- Past, Present & Future — St. Mary High School
- "Athletics — Past, Present & Future". stvm.com.
- St. Vincent Elementary School — History
- Past, Present & Future — St. Vincent High School
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- Yappi. "Yappi Sports Softball". Retrieved 2007-02-12.