While participation in extracurricular activities sponsored by the school is encouraged, students should remember that participation is a privilege not a right.
Bishop Maginn High School sponsors a number of extracurricular activities in order to build a well-rounded Christian adult, including:
Bishop Maginn offers interscholastic sports programs for men and women in the fall, winter and spring. Participation in, and eligibility for, these programs is determined first, by a sports physical and then, in most sports, through “try outs”. Maintaining eligibility for participation in athletics is contingent upon a student athlete’s performance and behavior in the classroom. The Athletic Department posts schedules for all athletic events, including “try outs,” by sports season through the school building and within the general school calendar as well.
Several opportunities are offered to students to participate in additional extracurricular activities such as: Clubs, Theatrical Organizations, Masterminds, and Griffin Ambassadors..
The Edward Maginn Chapter of the National Honor Society is an organization that recognizes the overall achievements of the student. Membership is by faculty election and invitation. Candidates for admission are drawn from students on the honor rolls that demonstrate a high standard of excellence and enthusiasm in scholarship, leadership, character, and service. These four qualities are the hallmarks of National Honor Society students across the country. Candidates are recognized no earlier than their sophomore year as pledges and are inducted at the spring National Honor Society ceremony. At this ceremony, first year members receive their membership card, second year honorees get a certificate, and third year members are presented with the National Honor Society pin. Students elected to this Society are required to work positively in the school and in the community under the guidance of a moderator fostering the National Honor Society ideals of scholarship, leadership, character and service. Specifically, each member must participate in at least two service projects.
The School Board is an appointed group of community members that assists the administration and accepts responsibility at the local level for the maintenance of a quality Catholic education in a financially responsible way. Parents and teachers are invited to attend open meetings held at 7:00 pm on the third Monday of each month.
The Bishop Maginn Griffin Club is an organization of parents/guardians and friends of the school. The purpose of the organization is to foster support for the students, faculty, administration, and coaches in all student activities. In addition, it is a vehicle for the communication of parents'/guardians’ input to school administrators. The Parents' Association provides volunteers for school activities and organizes several fund-raisers to help support the school.
The Advancement Office is responsible for maintaining strong ties to the Alumni of Bishop Maginn and to the former Catholic High Schools of Albany, and reaching out to those individuals who may wish to assist Bishop Maginn in the work of educating a new generation of young people in the traditions of Catholic education. All alumni functions - including a complete list of all graduates of Albany Diocesan High Schools - are coordinated through the Advancement Office, which can be reached directly at (518) 463-2247.