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St. Ann's Academy
 
Archbishop Molloy High School traces its roots back to 1892, when it began as St. Ann’s Academy on East 76th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. The school served students from elementary grades through high school, and even operated as a boarding school (briefly for military students) during its early history. For over 50 years, St. Ann’s established a tradition of excellence in academics, athletics, faith and service. Under the guidance of the Marist Brothers, students at St. Ann’s worked to meet the school’s high standards and to learn the meaning of the Marist Mission: hard work, service, humility, and love of Mary. As the infrastructure of the campus began to deteriorate in the 1950’s, the Marist Brothers could not meet the costs to renovate. Ultimately Archbishop Thomas E. Molloy, of the Brooklyn / Queens Diocese, secured land in Briarwood, Queens to build a new school for St. Ann’s students. Archbishop Molloy passed away soon after the school’s completion, prompting the Brothers to rename the school in his memory.
 
Archbishop Molloy High School

Since 1957, Archbishop Molloy High School has continued the tradition of developing students intellectually, spiritually, socially and athletically while carrying on St. Ann’s motto: “Not for school, But for life.” Molloy is a compelling choice for many of the New York metropolitan area’s best students. Each year more than 3,000 students apply for roughly 400 available freshmen seats. With an enrollment of just under 1,600 students, Molloy is large enough to offer a wide variety of courses and extracurricular activities, but small enough for each student to feel at home. Every student is encouraged to participate in at least one of more than 80 sports, clubs and other activities, which helps guide their physical, spiritual, and academic development.
 
Modern Day Molloy

As a Marist School, Molloy fosters its students’ growth in the Catholic faith by offering an educational program that integrates this faith with culture and learning, as Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist Brothers, envisioned. The Marist tradition is alive and well with many Marist Brothers still serving the Stanner community at Molloy, and programs such as Lantern, Marist Youth, and S.M.I.L.E. that deeply engage students in the Marist tradition. Molloy is staffed by a dedicated and oustanding faculty. With an average of more than 17 years of teaching experience, 91% of them hold masters’ or doctorate degrees.

Stanners remain loyal and committed to helping Molloy keep pace with evolving needs and advances in technology. In the past decade, Molloy has totaled $2.8 million in capital improvements over around the school campus. The Ralph DeChiaro Center for Arts & Sciences opened in 1987, the Captain Anthony Marsloe Gym was constructed along with locker room renovations as Molloy welcomed a new co-educational program, and major renovations were made to create a state of the art Chemistry Lab in 2008. Every classroom has a SmartBoard® and the entire building hosts wireless Internet connectivity. Every faculty member has their own personal laptop for educational support and classroom management. In 2011, the William J. Murphy Library was completely modernized, with state of the art research technology and resources now available.

Molloy’s scholarship program provides opportunities to many students, giving $120,000 per year in tuition assistance, which is possible because of the generosity of Stanner alumni, family, and friends through the Fund For Molloy and named scholarships.
 
Recognition

In 2009 Molloy received recognition with a “Parents Choice” award as a Catholic High Schoool of choice in the NY metropolitan area. This, in addition to previous recognition by U.S. News & World Report identifying Molloy as an “Outstanding American High School” in January 1999 demonstrates Molloy’s continuing leadership. The article cited high academic performance, parental involvement, school spirit, and commitment to its mission as the identifying characteristics that earned Molloy this honor. A decade earlier, the U.S. Department of Education recognized Molloy as an “Exemplary High School.” In 2011 Molloy was awarded Special Citation for an Outstanding Parochial Education by The Blackboard Awards. This award acknowledges Molloy as an institution where “a vibrant, caring and challenging learning community has been created.”

Above: St. Ann's Academy at East 76th St & Lexington Avenue in Manhattan.
 
Molloy under construction in 1957.
Above: Molloy undergoes construction in Queens in 1957.
 
St. Ann's / Molloy was an all boys school for 108 years.
Above: St. Ann's / Molloy taught only young men for 108 years.
 
Molloy has been coed since the year 2000.
Above: Molloy became a coed high school in the year 2000, marking a significant moment in our history.