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The Hoban Seal

Rich in symbolism and tradition, the Hoban coat of arms incorporates heraldic elements representing the Brothers of Holy Cross, Archbishop Edward F. Hoban and the Akron community.

Displayed at the top of the seal's periphery is the name of the school, separated from the city and state at the base by two lilies. The lilies symbolize St. Joseph, the chaste husband of Mary and protector of the Holy Family. Joseph is the patron of the Brothers of Holy Cross, who founded and sponsor Hoban.

The escutcheon (shield) is divided into two compartments. The upper compartment is charged with the cross and anchors from the seal of the Congregation of Holy Cross. The cross is the symbol of the salvation Jesus brings, which is indeed "Our Only Hope" (Spes Unica). The two encompassing anchors in saltire (crossed) are traditional symbols of Christian hope.  Blessed Basil Moreau, the founder of the congregation, articulated the Holy Cross philosophy of education in his writings. He believed "the mind must not be cultivated at the expense of the heart."

The lower compartment is abstracted from the coat of arms of His Excellency, the Most Rev. Edward F. Hoban, Archbishop-Bishop of Cleveland, whose name the school bears. The vision and leadership of Archbishop Hoban led to the acquisition of land in Akron for the school. The crown represents Archbishop Hoban's baptismal patron, St. Edward the Confessor, King of England. Placed above the crown is the dove, symbol of the Holy Spirit and of Saint Columbkille, the "Dove of the Church." Columbkille is the patron of Archbishop Hoban's home parish in Chicago, where as a youth he received instruction from the Brothers of Holy Cross.

The dancette partition between the two compartments forms three peaks to denote the hilly terrain of the Akron-area topography. The name Akron is derived from the Greek word akros, meaning highest point.

Above the escutcheon is the Marian monogram and the lily. The Marian monogram is from the shield of George William Cardinal Mundelein of Chicago, who consecrated Archbishop Hoban. The lily is from the shield of Chicago Archbishop James E. Quigley, who ordained Archbishop Hoban to the priesthood.

The banner at the base of the escutcheon contains the Latin motto of Archbishop Hoban High School, "Ne Crux Evacuetur."  This is the simplified form of "Ut non Evacuetur Crux Christi," which Monsignor Ronald Knox has translated as, "That the Cross of Christ might not be robbed of its force" (1 Corinthians 1:17). The Holy Cross Constitutions state that "for the kingdom to come in this world, disciples must have the competence to see and the courage to act." This philosophy must be carried forth in the daily lives of Hoban students, both during high school and after graduation, lest "the Cross of Christ be robbed of its force."

Hoban seal