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Our road to re-open has been made possible by the tireless efforts of our faculty and staff. This plan addresses the following: logistics & planning, creating & maintaining community, curriculum & instruction, maintaining Catholic identity, and technology support. We will adhere to NYSDOH and NYCDOH guidelines, and in the absence of such, we will follow CDC guidelines so as to provide the safest possible learning environment. The information that follows is based on what we know at the time of publication and is subject to change.

4th Quarter Honor Roll 2020-2021

Congratulations to our 4th Quarter Honor Roll for the 2020-2021 school year.

Principal’s List
First Honors
Second Honors

Holy Cross High School presents Academic Awards to students in recognition of their academic accomplishments. Students must pass all courses in a marking period to be eligible for academic awards. Minimum Grade is 70.

Principal’s List: GPA ≥ 96
First Honors: GPA ≥ 91
Second Honors: GPA ≥ 86

A Message from Board Chair, John Gerspach ’71

Dear members of the Holy Cross family,

As chairman of the Board of Directors at Holy Cross, I am privileged to have a first-hand and high-level view of everything going on at the school. From this unique vantage point, I can say without reservation that I am extremely proud of my alma mater, its habit of continual self-improvement, and the results it delivers for our students. I’ve watched the school grow even stronger in this regard – first with the wise but difficult decision to shift to co-education, then with the challenging but vital Cross Currents Campaign. The Holy Cross family’s immediate response to the $750,000 Challenge Grant has been awe-inspiring – with hundreds of new donors committing hundreds of thousands of dollars in just a few short weeks. If you have already given, thank you for your support!

For many years after I graduated, I lost touch with Holy Cross. I headed to another fine Holy Cross institution – the University of Notre Dame – for my undergraduate work. I got married, I started a family, and I focused on my professional career which culminated with me serving as the CFO of Citigroup for 10 years. While I worked hard throughout my career, I also realized that, as is the case with any successful person, I was the beneficiary of a certain amount of good fortune – being in the right place at the right time and, importantly, with the right set of skills. Along the way, I took many opportunities to counsel young people on their personal and professional development. I advised them that problem-solving skills, analytical skills, and communication skills were critical to their future success. After some self-reflection, I realized that I had acquired those very skills at Holy Cross. I came to understand that the foundation for so much of my success in life had been laid in high school. When I entered Cross, I was a smart kid, good with numbers, and perhaps a bit of a loudmouth. I left Holy Cross as a smarter kid, even better with numbers, and with the ability to write creatively and expressively. When I graduated, I was still loud — but Holy Cross had directed my voice and given it meaning and purpose. The teachers at Holy Cross (particularly Brother Karl Diemand) pushed me to be more. It was true in academics, it was certainly true in my choice of college, and it was true for me as a person.

I have a tremendous amount of gratitude to Holy Cross for all it has done for me. I am extremely enthusiastic about all that Cross continues to do for young people today. The success of the Cross Currents Campaign and the current matching gift challenge in particular will ensure its ability to excel in this regard well into the future. That’s why I decided to send you all this message today – to provide you with an update, thank you if you’ve already given, and encourage you to join me in supporting this great work.

With just a few days left in this challenge, your gift can have double the impact – but only if you give during the next few days. Thank you for all that you do for Holy Cross, and thank you again for your attention to this special appeal.

John Gerspach ’71
Chairman of the Board, Holy Cross High School
CFO, Citigroup (retired)

Seventh Weekly Update: Monday, June 14, 2021

$586,384
in Matching Funds
Earned to Date!

$163,616
in Challenge Funds
Still Unclaimed!

Just 2 Days
Left!

Any new Cross Currents gift you make by Wednesday, June 16, 2021 will qualify for the match!

A Message from Coach Kerr

Knights,

It’s that time again. We’ve all been here before. Whether we are in the ninth inning or in the fourth quarter, this game is tight. The Knights are playing their hearts out… but no matter how you slice it, this game is going to be a nail-biter.

I’ve been in these situations hundreds of times as a baseball and basketball coach here for decades, and know how exciting it is to see our School pull out some very special victories. When we win this Challenge Matching Grant put before our beloved Cross, we will be assisting future Knights to succeed for years to come through the new Athletic Center the School is building!

If you’re sitting on the stands, maybe you’re sick of getting messages like these. Or maybe you’re holding your breath, waiting to see what the next play is going to be… or to see just how close we’re going to get. As your coach, I’m here to SHAKE YOU UP and tell you that YES, this is a challenging game, and YES, it is going to come right down to the final out or the final buzzer. But we are SO CLOSE, and YOU can get in this game and YOU can help make it into a big win for Holy Cross and the Knights.

So… what’s it gonna be? The clock is running… there’s just one day left. Are you going to step up and get in the game?

To all the Knights out there – especially my students, baseball players, and basketball players – you should get into this game if you can. Not everyone can, and that’s okay. But if you can, I promise you that every gift will make a big difference — especially with this match going on.

Thanks, everyone, for hearing me out. I’m honored they asked me to be a part of this project. I can’t wait to see everyone at your next reunion or maybe even at a game. It’s been too long.

Coach Kerr
Retired Holy Cross Teacher (Retired 2004), Baseball Coach (through 1979), and Basketball Coach through 1996)

Special Update: Fourth Quarter Pep Talk from Coach Kerr

$665,634
in Matching Funds
Earned to Date!

$84,366
in Challenge Funds
Still Unclaimed!

Just 1 Day
Left!

Any new Cross Currents gift you make by Wednesday, June 16, 2021 will qualify for the match!

Attention Remote Students:

Textbook collection for remote students will take place in the school auditorium on Tuesday, June 15th, and Wednesday, June 16th, between the hours of 8:30 AM and 2:30 PM. Once your finals are completed you may drop your textbooks off. Please enter the building on 170th Street. Masks are required in the building.