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Bishop Kearney High School (Irondequoit, New York)

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Type  Private, Coeducational
Established  1962
CEEB code  334773
Phone  +1 585-342-4000
Motto  Fac Omnia Bene
Denomination  Roman Catholic
Founder  Blessed Edmund Rice
NCES School ID  00929483
Number of students  447 (2008)
Colors  Black, White, Blue
Bishop Kearney High School (Irondequoit, New York)
Address  125 Kings Hwy S, Rochester, NY 14617, USA

Bishop Kearney High School is a Roman Catholic educational institution in Irondequoit, New York, USA, a suburb of Rochester. It is a private high school with a middle school subdivision, serving students in grades 6 through 12. The school occupies a sprawling 42-acre (170,000 m2) campus near the geographic center of Irondequoit, just 1 mile from Lake Ontario, and 10 minutes away from downtown Rochester.


Origin and history

Bishop Kearney High School was co-founded by Blessed Edmund Rice and the Congregation of Christian Brothers of Ireland, with the School Sisters of Notre Dame. The school was named after Bishop James E. Kearney of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester. It opened in 1962, accepting only freshmen at the time. Those freshmen remained the school's upperclassmen throughout their tenure, so they became the first graduates in 1966. It was opened at the same time as a nearly identical sister school, Cardinal Mooney High School, which closed in 1989. Bishop Kearney's first principal was the late Joseph M. Clark, FSCH, of the Congregation of Christian Brothers of Ireland.

Recent events

On February 13, 2007, the school announced that local billionaire B. Thomas Golisano would be donating a substantial amount to the school for improvements in technology. The money will allow the school to provide every student with a laptop computer, as well as fund a wireless network, digital projection systems, video conferencing systems, and interactive whiteboards, with the stated goal of making the school "the most technologically advanced high school" in the country. The school will also be making curriculum enhancements with its College Prep Plus, to "better prepare students for the working world," including work-scholarship opportunities with local colleges and businesses. The donation has prompted the school to announce a pending name change, to "Bishop Kearney High School / A Golisano Education Partner."

On February 19, 2014 Tom Golisano offered to rescue the school's building from a bankruptcy filing by the founding Christian Brothers. Golisano offered $3.4 million to buy the 200,000-square-foot building and the 42 acres of surrounding property, with the stated intention of maintaining the school's existing educational mission.

Notable alumni

  • Michael Critelli (1966), salutatorian; Pitney Bowes CEO
  • Dr. William Cala (1966), school administrator, President of “Joining Hearts and Hands, Ltd.,” a non-profit charity organization
  • Pamela Melroy (1979), NASA astronaut
  • Norma Holland (1993), Student Body President, Anchor, WHAM TV (previously WOKR)
  • Kevin "Seamus" Hasson (1975), founder of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
  • Athletics field

    Brother Clark Stadium is an athletics field at the school. The seating capacity of the field, including portable bleachers, is 4,500. It is one of the few high school facilities to have hosted a major league sports team, having been the home field of the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse from 2003 to 2005, prior to the Rattlers move to PAETEC Park for the 2006 season.


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