In the early 1950s, Archbishop Edward F. Hoban invited the Brothers of Holy Cross to staff a new high school to be named in his honor.  The Brothers had taught him as a boy, and he knew their standard of excellence.  It would be the third Holy Cross high school in the Cleveland diocese, joining Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills and St. Edward High School in Lakewood. 

Monsignor Richard Dowed, the pastor of Akron's Annunciation parish, envisioned a comprehensive boys high school in his neighborhood.  The land he acquired, once the Sumner farm, would soon be cut by a new Interstate highway.  The result was a campus located near the central interchange of the expressway system, easily accessible to outlying areas. 

An economic downturn in Akron in the mid 1970s brought about changes that would ultimately strengthen the school.  Hoban became coeducational; offices for advancement and admissions were started; the board of trustees
was strengthened; and an endowment fund was launched. These steps would put Hoban on a strong footing and transform the school into the diverse educational community it is today. 

In the 1990s Hoban's board considered a range of options to guarantee the continued success of the school.  Inspired by Bishop Anthony Pilla's initiative, "The Church in the City," Hoban renewed its commitment to its urban location and launched the Hoban 2000 campaign, which physically transformed the campus. 

In 1998, the U.S. Department of Education named Hoban a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, affirming the opinion of students, parents and alumni. 

Now, after over 50 years, Hoban can celebrate both its history, characterized by a unique tradition of excellence, and a future, brightened by new stars in the Hoban family.



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