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Bishop Maginn High School

Bishop Maginn High School is a Catholic high school in Albany, New York. It is coeducational and open to students of all faiths.

Bishop Maginn High School
75 Park Avenue

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Coordinates42°38′33″N 73°46′15″W / 42.64250°N 73.77083°W / 42.64250; -73.77083Coordinates: 42°38′33″N 73°46′15″W / 42.64250°N 73.77083°W / 42.64250; -73.77083
TypePrivate, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
PrincipalMichael Tolan
Teaching staff14
Enrollment120 (2017-2018)
Student to teacher ratio10:1
Color(s)Blue and Gold         
SloganAn experience of values and learning that will last a lifetime.
Athletics10 interscholastic sports teams (4 Co-ed)
Athletics conferenceWestern Athletic Conference, Section 2
Team nameGriffins
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Feeder schoolsBlessed Sacrament(Albany), All Saints Academy(Albany), Mater Christi(Albany), St. Thomas the Apostle(Delmar)
Director of GuidanceLaura Lee
Athletic DirectorJoseph Zaccardo

The school belongs to the school system of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. It is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and the Middle States Association.

Student lifeEdit

Students at Bishop Maginn are required to perform in State Regents testing.

Activities and clubsEdit

Bishop Maginn High School says that 90% of their students participate in school activities.


The school offers 10 sports teams for men and women and are as followed

Men's Team Women's Team Season
Football X Fall
X Tennis Fall
Cross Country Cross Country Fall
X Volleyball Fall
X Cheerleading Fall
Bowling Bowling Winter
X Cheerleading Winter
Basketball Basketball Winter
Baseball X Spring
X Softball Spring
Track and Field Track and Field Spring


The students are encouraged to join in clubs that let them be exposed to different cultures, help their community and learn outside of the traditional classroom setting. Some of those activities include:


Bishop Maginn is named after the former Auxiliary Bishop of Albany Edward Joseph Maginn. Two former high schools operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, Vincentian Institute (VI) and Cardinal McCloskey High School, were merged in 1977, creating Bishop Maginn High School in the former McCloskey building. Declining enrollments and an aging Vincentian building made it necessary for the Diocese to use the newer McCloskey building for the new school. The first graduating class from Bishop Maginn was the Class of 1978. Formerly rivals, the students from both VI and McCloskey accepted each other in a harmonious display of unity, adopting an enthusiastic spirit for the new school. Each of the former schools' mascots, VI's lion and McCloskey's cardinal, were also merged to create the Maginn Griffin. The coat of arms for the new created school contains the line 'Veni Lumen Cordium', which in Latin means 'Come light of the heart'.

In 2015, it was announced that due to declining enrollment and increased budget deficits, Bishop Maginn would move to the smaller, former Cathedral Academy building in downtown Albany. The school relocated to the former Cathedral Academy building for the 2015-2016 school year. Bishop Maginn's former building at 99 Slingerland St is now leased and home to Green Tech High Charter School.

Alma materEdit

In 1980, Anne Gould Penned composed An Ode to Bishop Maginn. It became Maginn's Alma Mater, and is sung annually by the graduating class at each commencement ceremony and by the members of the National Honors Society at their honorary ceremony.

Hail to our Blue and Gold!
Your Spirit will remain

Long after high school years have passed
And generations changed.

The Griffins' pride and faith
Will ever be our guide,
With loyalty and fellowship
And service by our side

Your blue will give us strength
Your gold will light our ways
Maginn - our Alma Mater
To you we sign our praise!

Notable alumniEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2009-05-27.
  2. ^ "Ernie Stautner". Retrieved January 12, 2019.

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