Catholic Central High School
is a private, Roman Catholic high
school in Troy, New
It is located within the Roman Catholic Diocese of
Catholic Central High School is a coeducational, college
preparatory school, which, while grounded in tradition, prepares
its students for their future. The school promotes academic
achievement within the context of Catholic/Christian values.
Through its program of Character/Peace Education, Catholic Central
High School supports the development of the whole person and the
unique gifts of the individual, and the formation of caring
relationships, all based on the example of Jesus.
Catholic Central High School was founded in September, 1923 by His
Excellency, our most Reverend Bishop Edmund F. Gibbons, D.D., at
the request of the Pastors from the parishes in Troy, Watervliet
and Green Island. The school was located on Eighth Street in Troy
before moving to its present location at 116th Street and Seventh
Avenue in North Troy. The original Catholic Central High School has
now become part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
The first principal was the Reverend Father Burns, A.M. The student
body numbered 525 students. The first class graduated in June, 1924
and numbered thirty-two. When the doors reopened in September,
1924, there were 1,046 students registered in the high
In 1953, Catholic Central purchased the Cluett & Peabody
building. It was used for experimental purposes in the field of
textile research. What once existed as a miniature textile mill,
would soon house the new Catholic Central High School. The house of
science was becoming the house of learning.
Beginning September, 1954, Catholic Central High School was
relocated to its present day campus in North Troy. In 1957, where
once lay a vacant lot, soon became the Monsignor Burns Gymnasium.
The basketball team no longer had to play its “home” games “away”.
Today, the gymnasium houses not only the gym but cafeteria, stage
for dramatic productions, a 3,500 square foot weight room and band
Catholic Central High School educates students in grades 7-12 and
offers a college preparatory/Regents curriculum along with the
University at the High School program under the direction of The
State University of New York at Albany. Advanced Placement courses
are also offered in several disciplines.
Christopher Merriwhether Bott, the most recent principle of the
institution has brought about many positive changes to the school
atmosphere, including a new practice field, more coaching staff,
and upgrades to the building infrastructure. Frequently walking
around the school, Bott makes constructive criticism of teachers
while they are in class teaching, stirring much controversy as many
students complain has made them feel awkward.
A climate where theological and gospel principles are articulatedAn
atmosphere where respect and concern for persons are stressedA
center for shared faith and experience lived out in serviceAn
environment where moral development and personal decision making
are enhancedAn experience open to students of all
Located in Troy, New York at 116th Street and 7th Avenue, central
to the Capital District and servicing students from Albany,
Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties
Easily accessible via # 787, Alt. # 7, # 4, # 40 and/or # 32
Busing is provided by the resident public school district for
families within a fifteen mile radius. Buses come from
vicinities in Clifton Park, Niskayuna, Colonie, North Greenbush,
Brunswick , Averill Park and
Middle School tuition is $4,550 and High School tuition is $5,350
for the 2007-08 school year. Tuition payment plans are
Tuition assistance available, including a summer work study
Quality and Excellence
Largest coeducational Catholic secondary school in the New York
dioceses of Albany existing for over 83 years with approximately
500 students in grades 7 through 12.
Small enough to provide individual attention for each student:
average class size 16-18.
Fully accredited curriculum in accordance with NYS Education
Department and Middle States Association of Colleges and
Many challenging levels of learning: Regents level courses, Honors
level courses, University at the High School through the State
University of New York at Albany, and Advanced Placement
Professional, warm, friendly teachers eager to help students
develop their individual giftedness.
Approximately 97% of the students graduate with a New York State
Approximately 70% of the graduates receive a scholarship and/or
SAT scores above the state and national average.
Approximately 98% of the graduates go on to pursue higher
education, well prepared for success at the college level.
Maureen Stapleton - Academy Award-winning American actress in film,
theater and television, who also won an Emmy Award, two Tony Awards
and was elected to the American Theatre Hall of Fame.
A strong program for boys and girls; including: baseball,
basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf,
indoor track, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and
Under the leadership of star quarterback Pat Janssen, the Crusaders
went for a record of 5 - 2 for the 2009-2010 season. Janssen passed
for over 200 yards, and ran for another 300 often keeping the ball
while running a triple-option offense. Janssen also shines on the
defensive side of the football. "I play free safety too" said
CCHS participates in the prestigious Big Ten Conference.
Modified participation in the High School sports program for Middle
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