About ABL

Archbishop James P. Lyke School (ABL) is a Catholic elementary school located at in Cleveland, Ohio. We opened our doors for the first time in 1993, but our legacy and history began many years before that.

Archbishop James P. Lyke School (ABL) is a Catholic elementary school located at in Cleveland, Ohio. We opened our doors for the first time in 1993, but our legacy and history began many years before that.

History of ABL

Archbishop Lyke School began with two parish schools in the early 1990’s when St. Henry and St. Timothy joined other Catholic schools and parishes of Cleveland who were dedicated to finding new ways to fund their educational programs. A commitment was made to make quality Catholic education available for the residents of the southeast area even though new structures would be needed.

In 1993, St. Timothy and St. Henry Schools proposed a model to meet their needs and the needs of the community they were serving. The two schools would consolidate at the St. Henry site and administrative responsibilities would be shared by the principals from the two schools. The pastors of both parishes shared responsibility for the religious education and liturgical life of the school. This consolidation was to be considered a new creation, and was, therefore, to be renamed.

The new school was dedicated in memory of and named for Archbishop James Patterson Lyke, O.F.M., first African-American Bishop in Cleveland (1979 to 1990).

By the 1996-97 school year, it was apparent that another reorganization of several Catholic schools on the southeast side was necessary. It was at this time that two additional schools, St. Catherine and Mt. Pleasant Catholic, entered into dialog with Archbishop Lyke School.

As a result, Archbishop Lyke School was expanded to include three buildings, opening its doors in September 1997, with grades K and 1 at St. Catherine; grades 2, 3, 4 at St. Henry; and the Middle School of grades 5,6,7,8 at St. Timothy. The school was now directly under the Diocese of Cleveland.

The 2004-05 school year saw another change, as Archbishop Lyke School was consolidated with grades K to 4 at St. Henry and grades 5 to 8 at St. Timothy.

Then on July 1, 2009, Our Lady of Peace School was welcomed to the Archbishop Lyke School family, and we were once again a 3-campus school. However, in the 2011-2012 school year, we again consolidated into 2 buildings with grades K to 4 at the Elementary Campus (St. Henry) and grades 5 to 8 at the Middle School Campus (St. Timothy).

 In 2020, Archbishop Lyke joined St. Thomas Aquinas as one of the two inaugural schools in the Partnership Schools Cleveland network.

Although many changes have occurred over the years, the tradition and mission of the former parish schools has remained the same:


Archbishop Lyke — Epiphany — Holy Family — Mt. Pleasant Catholic — Our Lady of Peace — St. Catherine — St. Cecilia — St. Henry — St. Mary of Czestochowa — St. Timothy

Archbishop James Patterson Lyke, O.F.M.

With the late Archbishop James P. Lyke, we believe that education is the key to the future for our young people. His vision for the education of urban children working toward academic excellence and remembering their heritage is lived out at the school named in his honor.

Franciscan priest, teacher, pastor, first African-American Bishop in Cleveland, Archbishop of Atlanta, and humble servant of God, James Patterson Lyke was passionately committed to the struggles of bringing equal opportunity to all people, especially to his brothers and sisters in the Black community. During his eleven years as an Auxiliary Bishop in Cleveland he worked as a peacemaker, promoting the Catholic values which taught him “that every person, no matter how poor, is created in God’s image and is worthy of my respect. I have a responsibility to help my brothers and sisters.” Archbishop Lyke students are challenged to honor his heritage by claiming his motto: Christ our Peace.

Archbishop Lyke School
18230 Harvard Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44128


ABL is part of the Partnership Schools network.