About Mr. Lucenti
Mr. "Lu", as he is affectionately referred to, began his career at ACS in 1997. He served two years as middle/senior high assistant principal before becoming principal. He is no stranger to education. Mr. Lucenti began his educational career at Canisius High School in 1978. For nineteen years he served Canisius as counselor, math teacher, study skills teacher, admissions director, dean of students, and assistant principal.
He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Canisius College, a Master's Degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology from Indiana State University, and a Master's Degree in School Administration from Canisius College.
One word always comes to mind when you speak with “Mr. Lu” - RESPECT. Every member of the Akron High School community knows that he speaks it, lives it and expects the same from students and staff.
“The most important lesson we can teach our young people is how to respect themselves and one another,” says Mr. Lu. “It doesn't matter your age or status in life, imagine the world we could live in if people respected each other.”
Much of Mr. Lucenti's philosophy comes from his upbringing. Born and raised in the Old First Ward of South Buffalo, Mr. Lucenti was the product of immigrant grandparents.
“I was fortunate to be surrounded by a family who sacrificed their very lives to make a better life for their children," he said. The oldest of four, Mr. Lucenti learned about hard work and sacrifice first hand. His father worked at General Mills loading boxcars and mopped floors for the Buffalo Police Department. His mother also worked as a custodian in City Hall. Everything his parents did was to give their children an opportunity to improve their lot in life, and education was the key. “I learned some life long lessons from parents: work hard, take pride in what you do, and treat others the way you want to be treated,” states Mr. Lu.
Mr. Lucenti attended Canisius High, one of the most prestigious high schools in Western New York, graduating in 1973.
“Both my parents worked long hours to pay for that education because they viewed it as an investment, not an expense.” His four years as a student at Canisius coupled with nineteen years on its staff, enhanced the foundation his parents gave him.
"There is a motto in Jesuit education that I believe should exist in all schools; that we are called to be men and women for others,” he said.
And this is what he brings to Akron: high academic standards, strong discipline, and the leadership to use those talents for the well being of others.
Over the last ten years, Mr. Lucenti has served as President of the WNY High School Principals Association and Co-directed the New Administrator Seminars for the WNY Educational Service Council at UB. He was honored in 2011 as the High School Principal of the Year in WNY, and in 2012 was named the recipient of the James E. Allen Award by the State Administrators Association as the Outstanding Secondary School Administrator in New York.