St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute

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Saint Joseph's Collegiate Institute
St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute logo.JPG
845 Kenmore Avenue
Town of Tonawanda
Town of Tonawanda, Erie County, New York 14223
United States
Coordinates 42°57′32″N 78°50′56″W / 42.959°N 78.849°W / 42.959; -78.849Coordinates: 42°57′32″N 78°50′56″W / 42.959°N 78.849°W / 42.959; -78.849
Type Private, All-Male
Motto Signum Fidei
(Sign of Faith)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic;
Christian Brothers
Patron saint(s) St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle
Established 1861
Founder De La Salle Christian Brothers
School district Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo
CEEB code 331-095
President Christopher Fulco, Ed.D.[1]
Principal James Spillman '95 [2]
Faculty 60
Grades 912
Enrollment 728[3] (2017-18)
Student to teacher ratio 14:1
Color(s) Maroon, Silver, and White             
Song When The Saints Go Marching In
Athletics conference Monsignor Martin Athletic Association
Sports Volleyball, Football, Soccer, Golf, Track and Field, Indoor Track, Cross Country, Hockey, Bowling, Basketball, Baseball, Swimming, Sailing, Squash, Rowing, Wrestling, Tennis and Lacrosse.
Mascot Masked Marauder
Team name Marauders
Rival Canisius High School
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[4]
Publication The Collegiate
Newspaper The Student Prints
Yearbook Star
Tuition $13,330 (2018–19 base)[3]
Admissions Director Peter Kennedy
Athletic Director Brian Anken

St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, founded in 1861, is an independent Roman Catholic college preparatory school for young men. Established by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, SJCI is chartered by the Board of Regents of New York State and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. It is a member of the Christian Brothers' Education Association, The College Board, and the National Catholic Education Association. It is located in the town of Tonawanda.[5][6]


St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute is a Catholic, independent college-preparatory school educating young men of diverse backgrounds in the tradition of St. John Baptist de La Salle. Through a broad and balanced, human and Christian education, St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute guides the development of each student's unique talents, fostering a commitment to academic excellence, service, and leadership in the global community.


The History of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute is predated by only a few years by that of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, which was established on April 23, 1847. Very Rev John Timon, named the first Bishop of Buffalo by Pope Pius IX, was consecrated in St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City, on Sunday, October 17 and arrived in Buffalo on October 22, 1847.

In 1849, Bishop Timon moved into the Webster House on Franklin Street. Always concerned with vocations to the priesthood, he established in the rectory a seminary for three young men. The seminary was named St. Joseph's College because of a special veneration the bishop held for St. Joseph. Its early history was a varied one, as it moved from one location to another in several areas of the city.

Later in 1850., Bishop Timon asked the Oblates of Mary Immaculate to staff the seminary in his residence. On July 2, 1851, the Oblates arrived and opened a school chartered on March 12, 1851 under the name "The Buffalo College of St. Joseph," which Bishop Timon said, "...exists for missionary and no other purpose." In August 1861, six Christian Brothers from New York and Montreal arrived in Buffalo and settled at 187 Terrace Street. Brother Crispian, Director of this first Christian Brothers' community in Buffalo, Brother Pompian (Sub-Director), Brothers Demedrian, Ptolemy, Benedict and one Brother whose religious name is unknown had come to the city in response to Bishop Timon's urgent plea for assistance in educating the Catholic youth of Buffalo.

The first building in which the Brothers taught was built by a local contractor, a Mr. Flanagan, at a cost of $7,000. Two departments were started in this first school on September 2, 1861: St. Joseph's Academy (a tuition school), with 130 boys registered, and St. Joseph's Free School, with 150 boys. The brick building was located opposite Union Terrace, which at that time was a beautiful park. The Free School was located on the first floor of the building, the Academy on the second floor., and the Brothers dormitory on the third floor. This building, later known as "Old Cathedral Hall," was located at 1 Delaware Avenue.

In response to numerous requests from clergy and parents, and after being closed for two years, St. Joseph's College reopened in September 1893. Due to the railroad station at Union Terrace and the encroachment of business and manufacturing interests, the Delaware Avenue site was no longer a desirable one. For what they knew would be a temporary stay, the Brothers rented a two-story brick building at 473 Prospect Avenue near Jersey Street which housed about fifty pupils during each of the four years the school occupied it.

In 1945, plans were again taken up for the "new St. Joe's" on Kenmore Avenue. Brother Andrew of the Cross-sponsored a drive to secure funds to commence the project. The proposed plan was to include three buildings: a general school building to accommodate 900 students, a gymnasium with three basketball courts and a seating capacity of 2000, and a faculty house with accommodations for thirty brothers. In addition, there were to be football and baseball fields, a quarter-mile cinder track, and facilities for other sports.

The first classes were held in the new building on April 19, 1950. In the years to follow, the new facility allowed for increases in both the size of the student body and the number of faculty members. Such facilities as a drafting room, photographic darkroom and a soda fountain were appealing to the students. The school also featured, according to news accounts of the day, such modern innovations" as a public address system linking the principal's office to all rooms of the school and green glass chalkboards, replacing the old familiar blackboards." The new building was dedicated on May 14, 1950.

On November 16, 2006, it was announced that alumnus Jack Cullen had made a gift of $2 million to support construction of new science laboratories and classrooms, as well as the annual school musical. This gift, along with two other $1 million gifts from alumni, are the foundation for a $12 million capital campaign announced on May 15, 2007, to build new science laboratories, an athletic complex, and a new residence for the Christian Brothers on campus, as well as increasing the endowment for financial aid.


The campus of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute (SJCI or St. Joe's) is located at 845 Kenmore Avenue in the town of Tonawanda[5][6] (near Buffalo) and rests on 11.9 acres (48,000 m²). There are two buildings on the grounds: the Academic Building and a Field House. The Brothers Residence was torn down last spring and is now the site of the new science center, which includes a new residence on the top floor.

Within St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, there are two academic computer labs, a newly updated Computer Graphics Lab in the art wing, and a Music Lab that employs Mac and Windows computers. The library also contains workstations for internet access. The Fine Arts facility includes a fully functioning black-box theatre, band room and sound-proof practice facilities.[citation needed]

Athletics are also an integral part of the St. Joe’s experience and students are able to take advantage of both indoor and outdoor facilities. A modern weight room, renovated in 2014, two gymnasiums, athletic fields and a field house comprise the facilities of the athletic department. The new Cullen Center for Excellence in science building was finished in fall 2009 and is presently in use. Classes include lab stations, smartboards and a work area for each student.


St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute offers an extensive athletic program consisting of 16 sports, with most sports offering multiple levels of competition. St. Joe's has won the Supremacy Cup, recognizing the top overall athletic program in the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association's AA League, 31 times in the 58 years of the league's existence. [7]

In addition to interscholastic competition, St. Joe's offers a number of intramural athletic programs and maintains a vocal group of student supporters at their major sports events.

The Marauders' main rival is Canisius High School.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ SJCI President's Welcome - August 03, 2018
  2. ^ SJCI Principal Named - August 03, 2018
  3. ^ a b St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute - Fast Facts
  4. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on 2009-09-17. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  5. ^ a b "St. Joseph's collegiate Institute on USGS map". Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  6. ^ a b Buffalo NE Digital Raster Quadrangle (Map). 1:24,000. New York State Department of Transportation. 1989. Retrieved January 22, 2010. 
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  8. ^ The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame: Jimmy Collins Archived 2011-07-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame: Don Criqui Archived 2011-07-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Assemblymembers Sam Hoyt and Mark J.F. Schroeder honor the legacy of General William Donovan
  11. ^ "Honorable Eugene M. Fahey". 2015-02-09. Retrieved 2017-10-05. 
  12. ^ Chad Kelly Profile,; accessed August 8, 2016.
  13. ^ 2017 NFL Draft,
  14. ^ "Vaughn A. Parker '89 Addresses The Class Of 2006" (PDF). The Collegiate. St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute. Spring 2006. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 6, 2009. Retrieved May 18, 2009. 
  15. ^ Biographical Directory of the United States Congress: William L. Paxon,; accessed August 8, 2016.
  16. ^ Naaman Roosevelt Profile,; accessed February 28, 2018.
  17. ^ Sean Ryan Profile,; accessed February 28, 2018.
  18. ^ Cole Schneider profile,; accessed August 8, 2016.

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