School History

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.

To download the Hoban History special issue of the Visor, click these links:

• pages 1-8     • pages 9-16     • pages 17-24

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Hoban's mission statement reminds us that we are a Catholic high school in the Holy Cross tradition.  This describes both who we are and what we do.

The Holy Cross tradition is a balanced, integrated, holistic approach to education where knowledge and faith converge.  

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A Holy Cross education fosters the values, attitudes and behaviors necessary for individuals to make a real difference in the world. Students are challenged to live up to the ideals of the Catholic faith through a four-year program of religious studies, as well as sacramental opportunities, retreats and Christian service

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A rigorous curriculum offers courses tailored to a wide range of interests and abilities. A combination of college preparatory, honors, advanced placement and elective courses provides various opportunities for success.  Hoban graduates successfully advance to higher education, often at some of the finest colleges and universities in the country. 

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Following the Holy Cross model of education grounded in values, the Hoban athletic philosophy emphasizes important lifelong lessons that transcend the playing field. Balance is a primary value for Hoban athletics. Students are first scholars, then athletes.

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For almost 60 years, alumni, parents and friends have responded generously to the various fundraising programs at Hoban. Fundraising is especially important because as a private institution Hoban does not receive general public funding or diocesan subsidies. Tuition alone does not cover the cost of operating.

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The student services office is committed to helping students find their place in the Hoban community and to prepare them in heart and mind to live out the Holy Cross mission. We provide a comprehensive guidance program designed to meet the academic, personal, college and career exploration needs of students.