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St. Vincent–St. Mary High School

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St. Vincent–St. Mary High School
15 North Maple Street
Akron, Ohio 44303
United States
Coordinates 41°5′19″N 81°31′21″W / 41.08861°N 81.52250°W / 41.08861; -81.52250Coordinates: 41°5′19″N 81°31′21″W / 41.08861°N 81.52250°W / 41.08861; -81.52250
Type Private, college prep
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1897 (St. Mary)
1906 (St. Vincent)
Opened 1972 (merger)
President Tom Carone
Principal Robert Brownfield
Chaplain Fr. Gordon Yahner
Grades 912
Gender Co-ed
Enrollment 700
Color(s)      Green
     Vegas Gold
Athletics conference OHSAA
Nickname The Fighting Irish
Accreditation OCSAA
Newspaper The Leprechaun Gold
Yearbook The Phoenix

St. Vincent–St. Mary High School is a co-educational college preparatory Catholic high school in Akron, Ohio.[2]


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.[3] It s a 1,831 seat basketball arena and home to St. Vincent–St. Mary athletics, as well as the ABA's Akron Aviators,[4] and the NAPB's Ohio Cardinals.[5]

St. Mary High School

In 1887 Richard Gilmour, then Bishop of Cleveland, had commissioned Rev. Dr. Thomas F. Mahar, pastor of St. Vincent Church,[6] the oldest Catholic church in Akron,[7] to establish a mission in south Akron. St. Mary Parish was founded by Rev. Mahar in 1896.[8] The high school was founded a year later. St. Mary's athletic teams were formerly known as the Crusaders.[9]

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.[10] At the time of the merger, St. Vincent High School had graduated over 6,000 students.[11]


STVM'S biggest rivals include Archbishop Hoban High School and Walsh Jesuit High School.

State championships

  • Football – 1972, 1981, 1982, 1988, 2012, 2013[12]
  • Boys' basketball – 1929**, 1984, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2017, 2018[13][14][15][16][17]
  • Baseball – 1986, 1989[18]
  • Boys' golf – 1927*
  • Wrestling – 2001[19]
  • Girls' cross country – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013[13]
  • Girls' basketball – 1979, 1980, 1995
  • Girls' softball – 1979, 1984[13][20]
  • Boys' track - 2011, 2013[13]
  • Girls' track - 2012[13]

* 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

Notable alumni

Notes and references

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