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 comprised of community leaders, alumni, clergy, and parents.  The Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, staff, and coaches are dedicated to carrying out the school’s mission by providing a rigorous, high-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. Today, Bishop Grimes also serves students in Oswego Country. Students come from numerous cultural and religious traditions, and the school welcomes students from countries around the world. Current and past students have come from Egypt, Guatemala, Philippines, Thailand, Greece, Congo, Italy, Canada, Korea, France, Bahrain, Russia, the Netherlands, South Korea, the Gambia, Sudan, Vietnam, India, Japan, 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 courses in theology, business, technology, music, and art. Bishop Grimes students have the opportunity to participate in college-level courses through Le Moyne College, SUNY ESF, and Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA).

Theological studies at Bishop Grimes are enhanced with an on-site chapel, daily prayer, monthly masses, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the first Friday of each month, monthly opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, 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, 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 up-to-date technology. There are two computer labs for student use, Interactive SMART Boards in targeted classrooms, laptop computers and tablets for the teaching staff, Google Chromebooks for students in grades 7-9, and a closed-circuit television station, BGTV, where students have the opportunity to explore broadcast production and digital video editing.

Admission to Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School is open to families who are registered members of a Roman Catholic parish as well as students coming 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, members of the class of 2017 earned over $4.2 million in college scholarships. Collectively, the student body completed over 7,000 hours of community service.

The Bishop Grimes community is comprised of nearly 5,500 alumni many of whom are leaders in their fields of employment.