John S. Burke Catholic High School

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John S. Burke Catholic
High School
John S Burke Catholic High School main entrance.jpg
Front entrance and grotto
Non Vox Sed Votum
Not Words But Deeds
80 Fletcher Street
Goshen, New York, (Orange County), 10924
United States
Coordinates 41°24′35″N 74°20′31″W / 41.40972°N 74.34194°W / 41.40972; -74.34194Coordinates: 41°24′35″N 74°20′31″W / 41.40972°N 74.34194°W / 41.40972; -74.34194
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1899
Opened 1963
CEEB Code 332140
Principal Mr. John Dolan
Grades 9-12
Color(s) Navy Blue and White         
Sports Football, soccer, cross-country, tennis, girls' volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, track and field, wrestling, baseball, softball, golf, lacrosse
Mascot Eagle
Team name Eagles
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, National Catholic Education Association[1]
Newspaper 'The Windmill'
Athletic Director Adam Kless

John S. Burke Catholic High School, referred to locally as Burke or Burke Catholic, is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Goshen, New York. It is located within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. It is the only Catholic high school located in Orange County. The school's colors are blue and white, with their sports team the Burke Eagles carrying on those colors. Occasionally, silver is added to the school's colors. The motto is "Non Vox Sed Votum", Latin for "Not Words But Deeds". Monsignor James Byrnes has been the principal of John S. Burke Catholic since 2001. In May 2008, connecting acres of land to the school were bought by the Archdiocese. These acres will be used for larger sport fields and an auditorium.[2]


Burke Catholic was established in 1899. The school was staffed by the Sisters of Charity. The school was renamed for John Stephen Burke, a NYC philanthropist, in 1963.[3] General Martin Dempsey, a graduate of Burke in 1970 and also the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff delivered the commencement address at the class of 2012's graduation held at West Point.[4] [5]

Student life[edit]

Students are required to wear uniforms on a daily basis. The freshmen and sophomore classes all wear maroon sweaters; the boys wear maroon ties and the girls with grey and maroon plaid skirts. The juniors and seniors wear navy blue sweaters, with the boys with navy blue ties and the girls with grey skirts. The seniors also have the privilege to wear a senior vest.

Some extracurricular activities that students can participate in are the Drama Club, Social Awareness, Computer Club, Yearbook, and others. Many students also take part in the available sport programs. Most recently, in March 2011, the Burke Catholic Eagles were crowned New York State Class B Champions (NYSPHAA) with a 62-52 victory over Potsdam.

Throughout the year, commonly during spring break, optional trips are organized by various teachers. These have included Greece/Italy, Canada, France, England/Scotland, and others including a trip to the Dominican Republic to help those in impoverished conditions.


In the 2008-2009 school year, there is a total of 598 students attending Burke. There are 196 freshmen, 176 sophomores, 114 juniors, and 156 seniors. 88.2% of the student population are Caucasian, 5.01% are African American, 4.34% are Hispanic, 2% are Asian/Pacific Islander, and 0.5% are American Indian/Alaskan.[6]

Operating independently of the Archdiocese[edit]

On January 27, 2009, it was announced that the Archdiocese of New York would cease funding of all Catholic high schools, including John S. Burke Catholic High School. While some believed that this was a move to break up the union, the Archdiocese said this action stemmed from a desire for a more efficient operation of the schools and financial difficulties.[7]

Lay-off controversy[edit]

In late April 2010, it was announced that a long-time teacher and girl's basketball coach would not have his contract renewed for the 2010-2011 school year;[8] subsequently it was revealed that other teachers would not have their contracts renewed. Organized protests and pickets resulted. A representative for the five affected faculty members accused the school of "vindictive" actions aimed at the teachers' union, while the school cited a drop in enrollment and tuition as the reason for layoffs.[9]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  2. ^ John Sullivan. "Catholic School Adds 32 Acres". Times Herald Record. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  3. ^ JSBCHS. "John S. Burke Catholic High School History". John S. Burke Catholic High School website. Retrieved 2007-11-30. 
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  6. ^ "John S. Burke Catholic High School". Private Schools Report. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  7. ^ John Sullivan. "Archdiocese will stop subsidizing Burke High School in Goshen". Times Herald Record. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  8. ^ Mira Wassef. "Girls' basketball: Turner let go as Burke coach". Times Herald Record. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  9. ^ John Sullivan. "Teacher layoffs at John S. Burke Catholic High School spur protests". Times Herald Record. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 

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