Lakeshore Catholic High School first came into existence on November 2, 1987 at a Bill 30 Liaison Committee after the Niagara South Board of Education offered the former Lockview Park Secondary School facility, which had been unoccupied since June, 1987, to the Welland County Roman Catholic Separate School Board under a long term lease. The WCRCSSB accepted the recommendation on January 18, 1988.
On November 17, 1987 the WCRCSSB appointed Pat Hudak Principal to found a new Catholic High School in the southern part of the Niagara peninsula. At the February 1, 1988 Board meeting the name of the new school - Lakeshore Catholic High School - was approved to serve the educational needs of the students in the Greater Town of Fort Erie, Port Colborne and Wainfleet areas.
On February 15, 1988, the Board appointed Paul Barchiesi as Vice-Principal. Staff members were selected in the late spring of 1988. The first staff meeting occurred on Monday, May 30, 1988 to establish goals for the school and teaching assignments. The first Chaplain for the school was Father Jerry Williams.
Spring, 1988 witnessed a core of potential students, teachers and administrators select the appropriate uniforms to be purchased from Rossman’s, Port Colborne, and, under Mr. Barchiesi’s guidance, to select the school mascot – “Home of the Gators”.
September, 1988 LCHS welcomed 303 students [166 grade nines and 137 grade tens]. November 4, 1988 marked the Official Opening and Blessing of LCHS by His Excellency, the most Reverend Thomas B. Fulton, Bishop of St. Catharine.
- When the school first opened the P.A. system would not work everyday, so everyone would meet in the Auditorium for the anthem, prayer, & announcements every morning to start the day.
- The school borrowed Ridgeway Secondary School's football equipment to get our team started in the beginning of Lakeshore Catholic HS.
- The first Student Council President was Carrie Kormos.
- The school’s first chaplain was Father Jerry Williams.
The Laker: A New Beginning was the first Yearbook, edited by Michael Robinson. The first Zone Championship was in Girls Doubles Tennis – Kathleen Henry and Krista Mackechuk. Assemblies of the whole student body and staff regularly took place in the auditorium. Co-Curriculars included: Spring Art Festival and fashion show by the Art Department, successful Christmas and Lenten Drives and Intramurals during Lunch period, as well as a variety of sports teams. Gail Ingrao was the first Secretary and Enrico Mascio the first custodian. Mimi Charron, who worked in the Lockview Park cafeteria continued as well at LCHS.
Throughout the next few years, enrolment reached 530 students. Bill Louch becomes the first student from St. Michael’s School in Dunnville to attend LCHS opening the door for an increased number of Dunnville students to attend LCHS. Debuts that year included: School Reach, Public Speaking, Junior and Senior Bands as well as Senior Jazz ensemble, drama company, first Florida Trip by Arts students, Laker Newspaper, ski club, Cheer Leaders, Gator Yearbook for 1990. Zone / SOSSA Champions included: Int. Boys football, Midget Girls B’ball, Midget Girls V’ball, Girls hockey, Junior Boys Soccer, Tennis and Badminton teams. Stefi Markovich and Milagro Gomez were the first OFSSA Champions in Badminton Doubles.
By 1991, enrolment swelled to 682 and included grade 9-12. June 25, 1991 saw the first graduating class of 89. The first Valedictorian was Sharon Saxon who claimed the title of pioneers to define the First Grads. The Gator mural in the main gymnasium was designed by Ross Beard and Steve Kirouac and painted by the members of the Senior Visual Arts class, and titled the “Swamp”. Tony Gambarotto and Steve Kirouac demonstrated the Gator Chomp.
In 1992, The Gator Walk was institutionalized as an annual fundraiser for the Third World countries. With a student population of 908, LCHS became portable city with 26 on site to house half the student body at any one time.
1993 was a pivotal year in the history of Lakeshore Catholic. While 928 students attended classes for the new school year, they viewed the ongoing construction of a 6.2 million dollar expansion and renovation. Lakeshore Catholic students witnessed and lived through a metamorphosis with the Design 21 addition and renovation. This architectural feat was met with the total elimination of portables, at least for that year. On November 1, 1994, His Excellency, Bishop O’Mara cut the ribbon to officially open the “Design 21” school. The second gym was appropriately named the “Pond”. The new cafeteria was called the “Hud” after Principal Pat Hudak, who retired on February 28, 1997.
Since this time, Lakeshore Catholic continues to offer excellence in Catholic Education, and our commitment to the spiritual, academic and emotional well-being of our students is unwavering. We continue to celebrate our rich contributions throughout the community and look forward to many years of excellence in Catholic Education.
Principals of the Past and Present
Pat Hudak (1988 - 1997)
Bill Vernooy (1997 - 1999)
John Crocco (1999 - 2003)
Mike Lostracco (2003 - 2007)
Dan DiLorenzo (2007 - 2114)
Glenn Gifford (2014 - Present)