Holy Cross High School (New Jersey)

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Holy Cross High School
Holy Cross School Emblem.jpeg
5035 Route 130 South
Delran, NJ Burlington County, 08075
Coordinates 40°1′5″N 74°57′13″W / 40.01806°N 74.95361°W / 40.01806; -74.95361Coordinates: 40°1′5″N 74°57′13″W / 40.01806°N 74.95361°W / 40.01806; -74.95361
Type Private, Coed
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1957[1]
Principal Dennis Guida
Faculty 41.4 (on FTE basis)[2]
Grades 912
Enrollment 607[2] (2011-12)
Student to teacher ratio 14.7:1[2]
Campus size 100 acres (0.40 km2)
Color(s)      Maroon
Team name Lancers
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[3]
Newspaper Crossroads
Yearbook The Lance
Tuition $11,140 (2014-15)
Associate Principals Michael Fynan
Marie Germano
Athletic Director Daniel Dockery

Holy Cross High School in Delran Township, New Jersey is the only Roman Catholic high school in Burlington County. Holy Cross has been fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1984.[3] The school is run under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton.[4]

Occupying a 100-acre (0.40 km2) campus, it has a wide variety of co-curricular activities, including 40 sports teams and over 50 clubs, for students to participate in. Tuition for the 2014-15 school year is $11,140.[5] As of the 2011-12 school year, the school had an enrollment of 607 students and 41.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.7:1.[2]

The student population is from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds. 99% of the school's graduates go onto two and four-year colleges and universities. The school had seen a decline in students in recent years, however the school has rebounded in the past three years and freshman enrollment has increased over this time.

The school has also undergone a $3.5 million renovation, including a new roof in 2005 to replace the old one which had been in place since the school opened in 1956.[1] A renovated Gerald Finsen Media Center was built during the 2005-06 school year.


The campus of Holy Cross covers around 99 acres (0.40 km2).

Extracurricular activities[edit]

About 96% of the student body is involved in some type of extracurricular activity. A full-time trainer and new weight lifting facility has helped the performance of the Holy Cross Lancers on the field, court, pole vault runway, and the bowling alley.

In 2006, Holy Cross created a new, redesigned Dance Team program with a custom dance studio that was completed that summer. Holy Cross features three annual drama events: a fall play, a Christmas production, and a spring musical. The 2008-09 lineup included Noises Off in October 2008, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, in December 2008 and a spring musical that runs in April.

An entire week of games and activities lead up to the big game and the homecoming dance. "Spirit Week" draws alumni, friends, family, and the curious in general.

Holy Cross' student government format is a Student Council and is open to anyone in the student body who wishes to be involved. While the Student Council Executive Board (SCEB) has a president and other positions, it takes ideas and opinions from anyone regardless of rank. The board is responsible for many of the year's events, including formal dances, homecoming activities, etc.


Holy Cross competes in the Burlington County Scholastic League (BCSL), which includes public and non-public high schools covering Burlington County, Mercer County and Ocean County in Central Jersey, and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[6]

In 2007, the field hockey team won the Central Jersey, Group I state sectional championship with a 2-1 win over Haddonfield Memorial High School in the tournament final.[7]

The 2007 boys soccer team won the South B state sectional championship with a 1-0 win over Bishop Eustace High School in the tournament final.[8]

In 2007 the Holy Cross football team, won the Non-Public Group II State Championship with a 17-0 win over Gloucester Catholic High School in the tournament final.[9]

During the 2007-08 sports season, Holy Cross sports teams won a total of six state championships.

A team representing Holy Cross High School competes in the South Jersey High School Ice Hockey League. In 2007, the Lancers Ice Hockey team won the S.J.H.S.H.L. Championship defeating Cherry Hill High School West, the school's first ice hockey championship since 1993.

In 2008 the boys spring track team won the Patriot Division championship, the South Jersey Non-Public B championship, and the Non-Public B State Championship for the first time in program history.[10]

In 2008, the girls spring track team won the Patriot Division championship, the South Jersey Non-Public B championship, and the Non-Public B State Championship for their first state title since 1991.[10]

In 2008, the Holy Cross football team, won the Non-Public Group II State Championship with a 7-0 win over Hudson Catholic High School.[11]

In 2014, the boys basketball team won the Liberty Division championship for the second time in school history/>


Holy Cross Principal, Dennis Guida, is currently backed by two Associate Principals, Michael Fynan, Associate Principal for Business Administration, who handles facilities, and Marie Germano as Associate Principal for Curriculum and Instructional Development.[12]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b About Holy Cross, Holy Cross High School. Accessed March 28, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d Holy Cross High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed August 21, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Holy Cross High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed July 26, 2011.
  4. ^ School Directory, Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton. Accessed July 26, 2011.
  5. ^ Tuition, Holy Cross High School. Accessed August 21, 2014.
  6. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 21, 2014.
  7. ^ 2007 Field Hockey - Central, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 12, 2007.
  8. ^ 2007 Boys Soccer - South B, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 14, 2007.
  9. ^ 2007 Football - Non-Public, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 28, 2008.
  10. ^ a b Lewis, John A. "Holy Cross has historic day on track", Burlington County Times, June 1, 2008. Accessed July 26, 2011. "The sight of the Holy Cross High School boys and girls track teams celebrating together, near the close of yesterday's Non-Public B state championship meet yesterday demonstrated what it really was; two great efforts. The Lancers brought home both team trophies. Harper, who coaches the boys team, saw his squad capture the first state championship in school history. The Holy Cross girls captured their first state crown since 1991 when the Lancers won the Non-Public A title".
  11. ^ Minnick, Kevin. "Holy Cross a champ again", Courier Post, December 8, 2008. Accessed July 26, 2011. "Aaron Fant, Elijah Phillips and Joe Wohceichowski combined for 36 tackles, and the Lancers put together a tremendous goal-line stand late in the third quarter en route to a 7-0 victory over Hudson Catholic for their second straight Non-Public Group 2 state title."
  12. ^ Leadership Team, Holy Cross High School. Accessed July 26, 2011.
  13. ^ Staff. "Composer Mark Adamo, a Willingboro native, is the man behind `Little Women'", Courier-Post, August 26, 2001. Accessed February 14, 2011. "At the time Adamo wanted to become a playwright After graduating from Holy Cross High School in Riverside he entered the playwriting program at New York University but also took every music course his schedule allowed."
  14. ^ Staff. Alumni News, Holy Cross Lancer News, Spring 2011. Accessed May 9, 2011. "Class of 1990: Lance Bangs directed The Lazarus Effect which premiered on May 4, 2010 on HBO."
  15. ^ a b Staff. "LUNDY WINS MATCHUP OF HOLY CROSS HIGH ALUMS", The Roanoke Times, December 29, 2002. Accessed February 14, 2011. "A postgame conversation between Wali Lundy and fellow Holy Cross High School alumnus Avon Cobourne was cordial but brief Saturday."
  16. ^ Phil Costa, Maryland Terrapins football. Accessed March 1, 2011.
  17. ^ Coppock, Kristen. "Filmmaker brings ‘The Camden 28’ to the nation’s attention on PBS", Burlington County Times, September 11, 2007. Accessed May 19, 2008. "A graduate of Holy Cross High School in Delran, the self-professed history buff, who lives in Astoria, N.Y., said he was especially curious why such an important event had happened so close to his hometown, and no one he had grown up with knew about it. He wanted to change that."
  18. ^ Gaul, Lou. "His early interest in film scores pays off with a dream job", The Intelligencer (Doylestown, Pennsylvania), November 2, 2004.
  19. ^ a b "Lancers working in radio, television and the movies", Holy Cross High School. Accessed March 28, 2008.
  20. ^ Longsdorf, Amy. "Success sounds great for Giacchino", Courier-Post, February 24, 2008. Accessed February 3, 2013. "Giacchino, a graduate of Holy Cross High School (Class of '86), was scoring video games when Abrams gave him his first big break writing the music for TV's Alias and Lost."
  21. ^ O'Gorman, George. "Undrafted Dennis Landolt looking to make his mark with Giants", The Trentonian, August 25, 2010. Accessed February 14, 2011. "Landolt is the undrafted offensive lineman from Holy Cross High who is hoping to make the G-Men after being a starter for three years at Penn State yet not being picked in the April draft. So far the 6-foot-4, 306-pounder who was Trentonian All-Area in football and wrestling at Holy Cross and a state champion wrestler for the Burlington County school, has showed the Giants coaching staff he is versatile enough to play all three spots on the offensive line."
  22. ^ Narducci, Marc. "Lehmann Will Stress Team Concept The Holy Cross Girls' Coach Was A Multidimensional Talent In His Playing Days.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 19, 1996. Accessed August 21, 2014. "He will incorporate that style into his first varsity head coaching job. Lehmann, 27, was appointed in October as the girls' basketball coach at Holy Cross, his alma mater."
  23. ^ On The Air by Laura Nachman, Bucks County Courier Times, June 2, 2006.
  24. ^ Sacharow, Fredda. "Half-century strong", Burlington County Times, November 16, 2007. Accessed February 14, 2011. "Former Philadelphia newscaster Jerry Penacoli (Class of 1974) and Dennis Malloy (Class of 1975), of the Dennis and Judy Show on radio station 101.5..."
  25. ^ Staff. "Get real with Gervase Peterson", The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 29, 2011. Accessed September 20, 2012. "From: Germantown, then Willingboro, N.J. He graduated from Holy Cross High School, in Delran."
  26. ^ Staff. "Eagles give offensive lineman Hicks 6-year deal", Courier Post, April 17, 2004. Accessed July 26, 2011. "According to Hicks' agent, John Rickert, the deal could be worth as much as $9 million, if Hicks reaches all the incentives, including trips to the Pro Bowl.... 'Its a great deal for him,' said Rickert, a native of Delran, who attended Holy Cross High School.
  27. ^ Gayle, Tim. "Tide's gamble on Saunders starting to pay off", Montgomery Advertiser, September 23, 2006. Accessed February 14, 2011. "Saunders had just one after playing tight end and defensive end at Holy Cross High in Willingboro, NJ."
  28. ^ Blockus, Gary R. "Scott Semptimphelter: A Predator In The Arena The Former Lehigh University Quarterback Has Thrown For 36 Touchdowns And Has Put His Team Into The Playoffs.", The Morning Call, July 31, 1997. Accessed August 21, 2014. "erages out to $21,000 or more from April through August.In the off-season, Semptimphelter helps coach his old high school, Holy Cross in Florence, N.J., and helps in the family restaurant and car lot businesses."
  29. ^ Staff. "The debate's over, here's South Jersey's best", Courier-Post, September 4, 1999. Accessed February 14, 2011. "After starting his career at Holy Cross, Jeff Zaun moved to Shawnee for the 1988 season and became the catalyst for the century's top team."

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