Canisius High School: Wikis


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Canisius High School
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
For the greater glory of God
1180 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York, (Erie County), 14209
 United States
Coordinates 42°54′59″N 78°52′11″W / 42.91639°N 78.86972°W / 42.91639; -78.86972Coordinates: 42°54′59″N 78°52′11″W / 42.91639°N 78.86972°W / 42.91639; -78.86972
Type Private, All-Male
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic;
Established 1870
President John Knight
Principal Bil Kopas
Asst. Principal Timothy Fitzgerald
Chaplain Rev. Fred Betti
Faculty 65
Grades 9-12
Enrollment approx. 810 (2009-2010) (2009-2010)
Color(s) Navy Blue and Vegas Gold         
Athletics conference Monsignor Martin Athletic Association
Team name Crusaders
Rival St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute
Accreditation(s) Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Publication Chanticleer (literary magazine)
Newspaper The Citadel
Yearbook Arena
Dean of Students Beck O'Connor
Admissions Director Thomas Weislo
Athletic Director James Mauro

Canisius High School is a Roman Catholic Jesuit private high school for young men located at 1180 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, New York. The school, founded in 1870, has historical ties to Canisius College.



In 1870 a group of Jesuits left Europe in response to Bishop John Timon's call for a Catholic institution to serve European immigrants settling in Western New York. The Jesuits founded Buffalo's first Catholic college and named it after St. Peter Canisius, a 16th-century Jesuit theologian, scholar, evangelist and educator.

As part of Canisius College, the high school was first located on Ellicott Street in downtown Buffalo, but quickly outgrew that location and moved to a building on Washington Street in 1872. In 1944, the school split from the college and moved to its current location on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo's Delaware District.[2]


The current Canisius site is notable in many ways. Construction on the present-day Koessler Academic Center, also known as Berchmans' Hall, was started in 1918 by George F. Rand II, founder and former president of Marine Midland Bank, as a private residence. Both Rand and his wife died before the mansion was complete. George F. Rand III, founder and chairman of Rand Capital Corp., completed construction in 1921 and moved in with his siblings.

The building was sold in 1925 to the Masons, who converted it into the Buffalo Consistory. The Masons made several additions to the building, including a large marble foyer, a pool, Turkish baths, bowling alleys, and locker rooms. This new construction was designed by Buffalo City Hall chief architect John J. Wade.

The Masons are also responsible for building Canisius' unique auditorium. At the time of construction, this auditorium was state-of-the-art, boasting a full air conditioning system, a balcony, custom-made French chandeliers, and an advanced electrical lighting system, part of which is currently stored in the Smithsonian archives. This lighting system included a stained glass sun built into the ceiling, hundreds of individual "stars" mimicking the night sky, and a blue band representing the Milky Way.

The Jesuits purchased the building from the Masons in 1944 for $92,000. Soon after, the Beecher Classroom Wing was added to the south of the structure. A Jesuit residence (Frauenheim Hall) was added to the northwest side of the building. Sometime in the mid-1950s, the adjacent Milburn House, site of the death of President William McKinley, was demolished. Currently a faculty parking lot is located where the Milburn House stood. A plaque commemorates the site of McKinley's death.

Since mid-2005, Canisius has undertaken an expansion of its traditional campus boundaries. Construction has been completed in the eastern suburb of West Seneca in January 2008 on a new athletic complex[3]. In addition, Canisius purchased an office building located directly across Delaware Avenue from its campus. In January 2007, a mansion on Delaware Avenue was donated to the school by an alumnus.[4]

In November 2007, the school unveiled a $14 million plan to upgrade its campus. The proposal called for the demolition of Frauenheim Hall, which will be replaced by an enclosed athletic field house. A new math and science wing will be connected to the Beecher Classroom Wing, adjoining West Ferry Street. Faculty and staff offices have moved across Delaware to the former Catholic Charities building.[5]

In September of 2009 the Montante Academic Hall and Bernard J. Kennedy Field house were completed. The new state-of-the-art gym, with a capacity of 1,000 people, replaces the old basketball court located in the middle of the Canisius High School Auditorium.


As of 2009-10, Canisius enrolls 809 students all of whom are from Western New York and Southern Ontario, representing 4 counties, 42 cities and towns, and 147 grammar and middle schools.

The Class of 2009 produced 3 National Merit Finalists, and 13 National Merit Commended Students, more than any other private high school in Western New York.

Graduates of Canisius study at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Recent graduates have attended Amherst College, Erie Community College, Niagara County Community College, Duke University, Yale, Harvard, Northwestern, University of Pennsylvania, University of Notre Dame, Villanova, Boston College, Vanderbilt University, University of Chicago, Wake Forest, Columbia University, John Carroll University, UCLA, University of Southern California, Georgetown University, Stanford University, Cornell, Rice University, the United States Air Force Academy, the University of Rochester, Fordham University and Canisius College among others.

Canisius students participate in a number of interscholastic sports, in and out of the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association. The Crusaders field teams in baseball, basketball, bowling, crew, cross country, football, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling.

During the fall sports season of 2009 Canisius Swept the regular season in Golf (11-0), Soccer (8-1-1), Volleyball (10-0), Cross Country, and Football.

The Canisius rowing team has achieved significant national success in recent years. The Crusaders captured the Youth National Lightweight Eight Championship in 2006 and 2007, the Scholastic National Freshman Eight Championship in 2006 and 2008, the Scholastic Lightweight Eight Championship in 2009, and the Scholastic National Junior Eight Championship in 2008. Many of Canisius' rowers go on to Ivy League colleges across the United States, the newest of which being Chase Crimmen ('10) and Andrew Savaegeau ('10) who recently decided to continue their rowing careers at Cornell.

Traditionally, Canisius' biggest rival has been St. Joseph's. Contests between these two institutions in any sport are well-attended and well-covered. Notably, the November 1st, 2008 varsity football game between the two was featured as part of the U.S. Air Force's National Rivalry Series, which broadcasts high school games to U.S. troops around the world. Canisius won the contest 42-18 over the Marauders at St. Joe's athletic complex in Kenmore. The win brought the regular season to an end, as the Crusaders finished with a 5-3 record, good for first place in the Monsignor Martin Association, the first such football title Canisius has held in years. Canisus currently has a three game win streak against St. Joe's in football.


Every student at Canisius is involved in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. Honors and Advanced Placement sections exist in each of the curricular disciplines. Admissions are based on grades, an entrance exam, and various other criteria.

Because of its academic rigor, and the fact that its diploma requirements exceed those of the state of New York, Canisius is one of only four Western New York schools exempt from New York State's Regents Examinations. Instead, Canisius is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

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