|LaFayette High School|
Loyalty, Honor, Service
|The Front of the LHS building|
| 370 Lafayette Avenue|
Buffalo, New York, Erie County, 14214
|School type||Public, Coeducational High School|
|School board||Buffalo Board of Education|
|School district||Buffalo Public Schools|
|Oversight||New York State Education Department|
|Superintendent||Amber M. Dixon (interim)|
|Assistant principals|| Craig Brodnicki|
|Hours in school day||6|
|Color(s)||Violet and White|
Lafayette High School is the oldest public school in Buffalo, New York that remains in its original building; a stone, brick and terra-cotta structure in the French Renaissance Revival style, by architects August Esenwein and James A. Johnson. Although classes began off-site during construction of the school, the building was completed, and graduated its first class, in 1903. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The current principal is Ms. Naomi Cerre, and the current assistant principals are Mr. Craig Brodnicki, Ms. Julie Horn, and Ms. Yulanda Middleton.
Lafayette High School was the third high school built in Buffalo, New York. It has fallen into recent struggles with academics and has been placed on New York State's Watch List of Persistently Underperforming Schools. Currently, the school feeds students in from nearby International School 45.
Former principals Edit
Previous assignment and reason for departure denoted in parentheses
- Mr. Arthur Detmers–1903-1906 (unknown, resigned)
- Mr. Calvert King Mellen–1906-1934 (unknown, retired)
- Mr. Frank Gott–1934-1955 (Vice Principal - Lafayette High School, retired)
- Mr. Abraham Axelrod–1955-1958 (unknown, passed away)
- Mr. Robert C. McGowan–1958-1968 (Assistant Principal - East High School, retired)
- Mr. Gerald S. Hare–1968-1972 (Assistant Principal - East High School, transferred to Buffalo Public Schools District Offices)
- Mr. Frederick D. Ganter–1972-1997 (Assistant Principal - East High School, retired)
- Ms. Sharon A. Lanza–1997-2004 (Assistant Principal - Lafayette High School, retired)
- Dr. Jacquelyn M. Baldwin–2004-2008 (Assistant Principal - City Honors School, transferred to Office Of School Performance)
- Dr. Phyllis F. Morrell–2008-2011 (Principal on Assignment - McKinley Vocational High School, named Principal of Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence)
Selected former assistant principals Edit
Previous assignment and reason for departure denoted in parentheses
- Mr. Charles E. Rhodes–1918-1925 (English Teacher - Lafayette High School, named Principal of Bennett High School)
- Mr. Frank Gott–1925-1934 (unknown, named Principal of Lafayette High School)
- Mr. Irvin H. Himmele–1934-1941 (unknown, placed on military leave)
- Mr. Carl S. Walz–1941-1948 (unknown, named Assistant Principal of East High School)
- Mr. Frank J. Kelly–1948-1957 (unknown, named Principal of Kensington High School)
- Mr. Salvatore J. Scamacca–1969-1990 (Instrumental music instructor - Lafayette High School, retired)
- Ms. Patricia C. Kormash (Unknown, named Assistant Principal of North Tonawanda High School)
- Ms. Mary Elizabeth Dougherty (Guidance Counselor - Lafayette High School, named Director of Business Education for Buffalo Public Schools)
- Mr. Thomas P. Kopera–?-1990 (Teacher - Buffalo Public Schools, named Principal of Burgard Vocational High School)
- Mr. Elzie B. Fisher–1990-1995 (Assistant Principal - Kensington High School, named Principal of Buffalo Alternative High School)
- Ms. Patricia C. Kormash–?-1994 (unknown, named Assistant Principal of North Tonawanda High School)
- Ms. Sharon A. Lanza–1994-1997 (Assistant Principal - Grover Cleveland High School, named Principal of Lafayette High School)
- Mr. Thomas N. Kalenik–1995-2005 (unknown, retired)
- Ms. Lisa K. Robinson–1997-2006 (Computer teacher - Hutchinson Central Technical School, named Assistant Principal of Herman Badillo Bilingual Center)
- Mr. Gregory K. Pigeon–2004-2005 (Business Teacher - Riverside Institute Of Technology, named Assistant Principal of Erie 1 BOCES - Harkness Center)
- Mr. Philip M. Martin–2005-2006 (Assistant Principal - Hutchinson Central Technical School, resigned)
- Mrs. Denise E. Clarke–2006-2009 (Assistant Principal - City Honors School, named Assistant Principal Of Riverside Institute Of Technology)
- Mr. Gregory D. Mott–2006 (Assistant Principal - Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence, named Principal of Academy School 131)
- Mr. John E. Evert–2006-2008 (Social Studies teacher - Burgard Vocational High School, named Vice Principal of Lewiston-Porter High School)
Selected former administrators Edit
|Year||Superintendent||Principal||Asst. Principal||Asst. Principal||Asst. Principal|
|1921-1922||Cap Mellen||Charlie Rhodes|
|1934-1935||Frank Gott||Irvin Himmele|
|1935-1936||Frank Gott||Irvin Himmele|
|1936-1937||Frank Gott||Irvin Himmele|
|1937-1938||Frank Gott||Irvin Himmele|
|1938-1939||Frank Gott||Irvin Himmele|
|1939-1940||Frank Gott||Irvin Himmele|
|1940-1941||Frank Gott||Irvin Himmele|
|1969-1970||Gerald Hare||Sal Scamacca|
|1970-1971||Gerald Hare||Sal Scamacca|
|1971-1972||Gerald Hare||Sal Scamacca|
|1972-1973||Rick Ganter||Sal Scamacca|
|1973-1974||Rick Ganter||Sal Scamacca|
|1974-1975||Rick Ganter||Sal Scamacca|
|1965-1976||Rick Ganter||Sal Scamacca|
|1976-1977||Rick Ganter||Sal Scamacca|
|1977-1978||Rick Ganter||Sal Scamacca|
|1978-1979||Rick Ganter||Sal Scamacca|
|1979-1980||Rick Ganter||Sal Scamacca|
|1980-1981||Rick Ganter||Sal Scamacca|
|1981-1982||Rick Ganter||Sal Scamacca|
|1982-1983||Rick Ganter||Sal Scamacca|
|1983-1984||Rick Ganter||Sal Scamacca|
|1984-1985||Rick Ganter||Sal Scamacca|
|1985-1986||Rick Ganter||Sal Scamacca|
|1986-1987||Rick Ganter||Sal Scamacca|
|1987-1988||Rick Ganter||Sal Scamacca|
|1988-1989||Rick Ganter||Sal Scamacca|
|1989-1990||Eugene Reville||Rick Ganter||Sal Scamacca||Tom Kopera|
|1990-1991||Albert Thompson||Rick Ganter||Elzie Fisher|
|1991-1992||Albert Thompson||Rick Ganter||Elzie Fisher|
|1992-1993||Albert Thompson||Rick Ganter||Elzie Fisher|
|1993-1994||Albert Thompson||Rick Ganter||Elzie Fisher||Sharon Lanza|
|1994-1995||Albert Thompson||Rick Ganter||Elzie Fisher||Sharon Lanza|
|1995-1996||Albert Thompson||Rick Ganter||Tom Kanelik||Sharon Lanza|
|1996-1997||Jim Harris||Rick Ganter||Tom Kanelik||Sharon Lanza|
|1997-1998||Jim Harris||Sharon Lanza||Tom Kanelik||Lisa Robinson|
|1998-1999||Jim Harris||Sharon Lanza||Tom Kanelik||Lisa Robinson|
|1999-2000||Marion Canedo||Sharon Lanza||Tom Kanelik||Lisa Robinson|
|2000-2001||Marion Canedo||Sharon Lanza||Tom Kanelik||Lisa Robinson|
|2001-2002||Marion Canedo||Sharon Lanza||Tom Kanelik||Lisa Robinson|
|2002-2003||Marion Canedo||Sharon Lanza||Tom Kanelik||Lisa Robinson|
|2003-2004||Marion Canedo||Sharon Lanza||Tom Kanelik||Lisa Robinson|
|2004-2005||Yvonne Hargrave||Jackie Baldwin||Tom Kanelik||Lisa Robinson||Greg Pigeon|
|2005-2006||James Williams||Jackie Baldwin||Philip Martin||Lisa Robinson|
|2006-2007||James Williams||Jackie Baldwin||Denise Clarke||Mott/Every|
|2007-2008||James Williams||Jackie Baldwin||Denise Clarke||John Every|
|2008-2009||James Williams||Fatima Morrell||Denise Clarke||John Every|
|2009-2010||James Williams||Fatima Morrell||Craig Brodnicki||Julie Horn|
|2010-2011||James Williams||Fatima Morrell||Craig Brodnicki||Julie Horn|
|2011-2012||Amber Dixon*||Naomi Cerre||Craig Brodnicki||Julie Horn||Yulanda Middleton|
Notable alumni Edit
- Fran Striker (class of 1922), author, creator of the radio serial The Lone Ranger.
- Gary Mallaber (class of (N/A)), Multiple platinum selling drummer and producer involved with acts such as The Steve Miller Band, Van Morrison and Eddie Money.
- Bruce Shanks (class of 1927), Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist.
- Gordon Bunshaft (class of 1928), noted twentieth-century architect.
- Robert J. Donovan (class of 1932), Washington Bureau Chief, New York Herald Tribune and Los Angeles Times. President, White House Correspondents' Association. Author of 12 books including PT-109. Only journalist to ever address a Joint Session of Congress.
- Frank Kelly Freas (class of 1938), famed science-fiction cover artist.
- Jeremiah Goodman (class of 1939), artist, known simply as "Jeremiah", painter of interior still lifes of famous residences.
- The Modernaires (Hal Dickinson, Chuck Goldstein, and Bill Conway, late 1930s), the popular harmony group renowned for its performances on record and motion pictures with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
- Douglas L. Turner (class of 1949), Executive Editor, Buffalo Courier-Express, Washington Bureau Chief and columnist for the Buffalo News.
- Ted Lewin (class of 1953), artist, author and illustrator of children's books.
- Angelo Coniglio (class of 1954), first Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Buffalo, engineer, professor of engineering, author, archivist of the American Football League, genealogical author.
- Elizabeth L. Dribben (class of 1954), first female news anchor on Buffalo television, copy writer at CBS News for Dan Rather, Walter Cronkite, and Charles Kuralt. Member of the Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
- ↑ http://notes2.buffalo.k12.ny.us/doc/BoardMee.nsf/bf25ab0f47ba5dd785256499006b15a4/571da6540243501885256eaf005ef068/$FILE/Elementary%20Principal%20Appointments.pdf
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- ↑ Herod-Zak, R. (2006). 10-23-06 Administrative Board Changes. Board of Education Meeting October 23, 2006 (p. 1). Buffalo: Buffalo Public Schools.