History

Established in 1966, Bishop Grimes is a private, not-for-profit, Roman Catholic High School located in East Syracuse, New York.  The school is named after the second Bishop of Syracuse, John Grimes.

Originally, the school was staffed by members of the Marist Fathers, Priests from the Syracuse Diocese, Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, and by lay teachers.  Today, the school is governed by a Board of Trustees drawn from the ranks of community leaders, alumni, priests, and parents.  Held collectively, the administration, staff, faculty, and coaches are dedicated in carrying out the school’s mission by providing a quality Catholic educational experience.

Initially built to educate students in grades 9-12, the school presently serves the needs of students in grades 7-12.  Historically, Bishop Grimes has educated students from nearly every public school district in Onondaga County and every Catholic parish in Central New York, from numerous cultural and religious traditions, and from countries around the world including: Egypt, Guatemala, Philippines, Greece, Congo, Canada, Korea, Bahrain, South Korea, the Gambia, Sudan, Vietnam, Africa, India, Pakistan, China, and Poland.

In 2005, Bishop Grimes was recognized as one of the Top 50 Catholic High Schools in the USA by the Cardinal Newman Society based on excellence in academics, Catholic identity, and civic education.  Today, the school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, dedicated to providing educational excellence in a faith-based environment.  Bishop Grimes prepares young men and women for college, career and life.  Bishop Grimes offers a full New York State Regents curriculum, Honors and Advanced Placement courses, as well as religious studies, business-related courses, technology and music and arts. Bishop Grimes students may participate in college level courses, for as many as 24 credits, through Le Moyne College and Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA).

Religious studies at Bishop Grimes are enhanced with an on-site chapel, daily prayer, monthly masses, character development and discipline. The Theology of the Body curriculum for 7th and 10th grade students, as well as the presence of and teaching by Diocesan priests and youth development ministers, further engages students both in academics and spiritual formation.

The infrastructure at Bishop Grimes is designed to support high quality education by providing students with access to the newest technology. There is a state-of-the-art computer lab for student use, Interactive SMART Boards in targeted classrooms, laptop computers for the teaching staff, Google Chromebooks for all incoming 7th graders which replace text books with in-hand technology, and the BGTV closed-circuit television station where students get the opportunity to explore broadcast production and digital video editing.

Admission is open to families who are registered members of a Roman Catholic Parish as well as students who come from different faith traditions that are ready and open to learning about the Catholic faith.

In each of the last successive 20 years, 100% of students graduating from Bishop Grimes have been prepared for college and/or career.  Last year, our 2016 graduates earned $9.1 million in college scholarships, and completed over 7,000 community service hours.

The Bishop Grimes community is comprised of over 6,000 alumni, many of whom are leaders in their fields of employment.