Northeast Catholic High School

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The Northeast Catholic High School For Boys
North Catholic
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Tenui Nec Dimittam
(I have taken hold, and I will not let go)
Address
1842 Torresdale Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19124
United States
Coordinates 40°0′20″N 75°5′42″W / 40.00556°N 75.09500°W / 40.00556; -75.09500Coordinates: 40°0′20″N 75°5′42″W / 40.00556°N 75.09500°W / 40.00556; -75.09500
Information
Type Private, All-Male
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic;
Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales
Established 1926
Closed 2010
President Fr. Vince Smith
Principal Fr. Nicholas Waseline
Asst. Principal John Cramotlo
Diane Casey
Ernest Koschineg
Faculty 45
Grades 912
Enrollment 551 (2009)
Campus Urban
Color(s) Cardinal Red and White         
Athletics conference Philadelphia Catholic League
Team name Falcons
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Newspaper The Good News
Yearbook The Falcon
Alumni 40,000
Website

Northeast Catholic High School opened in 1926 as Northeast Catholic High School for Boys, and was located at 1842 Torresdale Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was under the administration of the high school system of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia and its sports teams participated in the Philadelphia Catholic League. During the course of its history, at one point it had the largest student body of any Catholic boys school in the world, and today it is known for having the largest number of all-male alumni of any high school in the world.

Northeast Catholic follows the Salesian tradition, which means that "North's" priests followed in the footsteps of Saint Francis de Sales in their day to day actions and mission statement.

It was announced on October 8, 2009 that North Catholic would be closing in June 2010.

History[edit]

Northeast Catholic High School for Boys was opened in September 1926 as the fourth Diocesan High School in Philadelphia. The site for the school was purchased from the Pennsylvania Railroad Company for $150,000. The new students were welcomed at the first assembly, held in the gym, by the Rev. Joseph Butler, OSFS, the Principal and Superior. On September 28, the first classes were held.

The Falcon was chosen as a symbol of the school for three reasons: It is "a bird of prey that never lets go of what it has captured; it is completely faithful to its trainer; and it is the fastest of God's creatures". The students also chose Cardinal Red and White as the school colors: Cardinal Red in appreciation of Dennis Cardinal Dougherty's sponsorship of the school, and White for purity and fidelity. In 1928, the school newspaper, The Good News, was born followed by the founding of The Falcon, the North Catholic Yearbook in 1929.

Early years[edit]

In September 1927, North Catholic entered inter-scholastic competition with a football schedule of eight games. Their first win was over LaSalle 7-6 at the old Frankford Stadium.

October 5, 1928, marked the first of the traditional neighborhood rivalry game between "North & Frankford". Frankford won the game 20-7. In 1930 the game against Frankford would be played on Thanksgiving morning and continue on uninterrupted for 80 years until the final game in 2009 with North prevailing 26-22 on a last second TD.

June 12, 1929, marked the first commencement of the school. Bishop Gerald O'Hara presented the diplomas to the 98 "Class of 1929" graduates.

The 1929 Basketball team would win the school its first Catholic League Championship. The Falcons also won in 1932 & 1935. The 1929 soccer team (class of '30) won the City Title in soccer (soccer was not a PCL sport at this time).

By the fall of 1935, North's enrollment had climbed to 2,300 students. The school was originally built to accommodate 1,500. To solve the problem of needed space, a freshman annex was opened at the Visitation Parish School in Kensington.

From 1934 to 1937 North's Football team, Coached by Ken Simendinger and featuring players like future NFL stars Frank Reagan & Bucko Kilroy, won 4 straight League Championships.

World War II[edit]

Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Government sought men for the armed forces who had some knowledge of engineering and technical skills. A night school was established at North, and instructors from nearby colleges and universities conducted the classes. These courses continued until the end of World War Two.

The school year of 1942 opened with an enrollment of 3,159 students. On November 23, 1942, an Open House attracted over 5,000 people to visit the displays marking the achievements of North Catholic. By this time, over 1,200 alumni were serving in the armed forces. Among the graduates of 1942 who served in World War II was Joseph Francis Kuhn who would return to Philadelphia and launch a successful music composing career.

While many high schools were forced to cancel their Spring Sports programs due to the large number of students working part-time in the War industries, North was able to field championship teams in baseball, track and crew.

On September 4, 1945, 1,186 freshmen reported to North, and the total enrollment was 3,503. Since North was the only Catholic High School in the entire Northeast and suburbs at this time, students travelled from neighborhoods like North Philadelphia, Germantown, Mount Airy, Logan, Olney, & Wayne Junction as well as Mayfair, Tacony and the entire Far Northeast. This was due to the school's access to Frankford Station including trolleys, buses and the "El" to many parts of town and beyond. Some students even took the rail lines and buses and came to North from suburban areas such as Bristol, Jenkintown, Willow Grove, Glenside and Bensalem, PA. After the 1950s and the building of several new Catholic High Schools, the traditional nearby Parishes in Neighborhoods such as Frankford, Fishtown, Port Richmond, Bridesburg, Wissinoming & Kensington remained the core of NC students.

Post World War II[edit]

1946 found North filled beyond capacity. Enrollment was up to 4,050, and additional freshman annexes were opened at St Anne, St Bartholomew, St Adalbert, St Helena and other grade schools.

The Alumni Association undertook the task of designing and constructing a shrine to honor those alumni who gave their lives in World War II. On June 5, 1949, the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima was dedicated as a memorial to the 183 North Catholic alumni who paid the supreme sacrifice. Since 1949 that total has risen to 265 Alumni who have died for their country.

By 1948, the student population had grown to over 4,300 students. Due to the overcrowding at North the Archdiocese took some students from traditional feeder parishes like Visitation BVM in Kensington and sent them across town on the "El" to attend West Catholic during the early 1950s. These students sometimes referred to themselves as "The lost boys of North" since their male family members before and after them usually attended North. This was ended once Father Judge and Cardinal Dougherty were built in the mid-1950s.

September 1953 saw Northeast Catholic recognized as the world's largest Catholic high school for boys. The population of 4,726 students from 98 parishes was served by 109 Oblates, 9 nuns, and 14 laymen.

The school year beginning September 1954, marked the first decrease in enrollment in a decade because of the newly opened Father Judge High School.

September 1955 was remarkable in that for the first time in 16 years, freshmen attended classes in the Main Building. On June 8, 1956, 1,103 seniors graduated - the largest class ever.

The North Catholic Football Team under Head Coach Jack Gillepie won League titles in '49 '50 '52 & '56 and City Titles in 3 of those 4 years. The basketball team returned to its glory days of the 1930s by winning back to back PCL championships in 1956 & 1957. They also won the 1956 City Title.

In the 50's three NC graduates, Frank Fendler '52, Tom Keifer '53, and Jack Mason '53, were appointed to and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy.

The 60s forward[edit]

The 1958 academic year showed an enrollment below 3,000 for the first time in 20 years. In September 1960, Rev. Edward Conlin replaced Fr. Tocik as Rector of Northeast Catholic. In September 1962, Rev. Edward Corcoran, Class of 1932 replaced Fr. Conlin as Rector; the first time an alumnus headed the school.

The fall of 1963 marked the seventh consecutive Catholic League title for the soccer team, and they repeated in 1964. They also won City Titles in 1959 & 1962.

North Catholic's Drama Department became well known in the city for producing top-notch shows. The department's "golden years" between 1967 and 1973, produced some of the best shows in the school's history. For many of those years, the school did a comedy in the fall, a drama in the winter and a musical in the spring. The school's impressive band, featured in its own concerts, was among the highlights of the spring musical.

The 1967 Basketball team led by Hank Siemiontkowski took the PCL and City Championships But it was the 1968 basketball season that brought national recognition to Northeast Catholic. On the day of the 1st round of the Catholic League playoffs, Jack Friel, Hon. 1970, Head coach and school disciplinarian, chose to suspend the entire varsity team due to a violation of team rules. Instead the junior varsity team took the floor at the Palestra and defeated Bishop McDevitt High. The incredible story made national news.

The 1971 school year was marked by the Model U.N. Debating team, coached by Rev. John J.Hurley, OSFS, winning a first-place award at the Harvard University Model UN with an all junior lineup. For the third consecutive year, in 1973, North captured first-place awards at the Harvard Model UN Championship.

In 1974, the Model U.N. Debating team, under the coaching of Rev. John J.Hurley, OSFS, won the first national championship in the school's history. President Richard M. Nixon invited the team to the White House Rose Garden for a recognition ceremony. Nixon's resignation in August 1974 derailed the ceremony and it was never held. The Debate team continued its streak by taking the National Championships in Washington, DC, in 1975 and the bicentennial year, 1976.

In the fall of 1977 the school year opened with 2,384 students. North Catholic Baseball won the PCL & City Titles in the Spring of 1977. 1978 marked the 50th Anniversary of the North-Frankford football rivalry. A large crowd of over 20,000 was present at Vet Stadium to see North win 21-14.

The Soccer team won the PCL title in 1974 and both the Catholic League & City Titles in 1970, 1975, 1977, 1978 & 1979. The City Title was discontinued in 1980. When it was reinstated by PIAA in 2008 North again took the PCL & City titles. The 1981 & 1986 Falcons won 2 more PCL Baseball crowns.

2001–present[edit]

In 1989, under the guidance of Rev. John Hurley OSFS, The Model U.N. Debating team began another rise towards national recognition, taking second place in the North American Invitational Model U.N. (NAIMUN), then the largest Model U.N. event in the world. This was followed by a first places wins at NAIMUM in 1990 and 1991. In May 2006, 2007, and 2008, Northeast Catholic High School, in cooperation with Father Judge High School and Salesianum School, won the UNA-USA World Championships, which were held in the United Nations in New York City.

The NC baseball team won its 11th PCL crown in 1995. Soccer continued to be a playoff contender every season with PCL titles coming in 1990, 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2008. When the City Championship series was reinstated by the PIAA in 2008, North again took the city soccer title. The wrestling team, which was begun in the mid-1970s, became the most dominant sport at North from 1990 forward. From 1991 until its closing in 2010, the NC wrestling team won a league-best 13 PCL team titles in 20 years. The bowling team also won the PCL title three years in a row (2005, 2006 and 2007).

In more recent years,[when?] North Catholic added a brand new computer lab and Information Technology Academy. Students achieved certification in various Microsoft applications. In addition to computer courses, there was a computer workshop where students learned how to actually repair computers and see the inner workings of the hard drive and monitor. North had a three to one student to computer ratio which was the highest in the city at that time. I.T. certification and computer literacy courses were included in the students tuition at no extra cost. Adults could also take computer courses in the evening at a greatly reduced cost.[clarification needed]

NC also developed a Cartoonist Society and Journalism course to help prepare students for a variety of careers as they enter the new millennium. North's 15 to 1 student to teacher ratio was also the best in the archdiocese. Entering the new millennium, North Catholic teachers were among the longest tenured in the archdiocese.[citation needed]

Prior to closing, the Language Department offered Latin, Spanish, German and French. In 2009, the school also offered Chinese and Italian. The Language Department also offered a Greek language course in the summer for students who excel in Latin and other languages. In June 2008, eight students traveled to the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico with the Spanish Club. North Catholic has had several recent graduates accepted into the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School for Business.[citation needed] NC also sent many graduates to Penn State University as well as all of the Big 5 universities and Drexel University. North has a particularly strong connection with St Joseph's, LaSalle and Temple Universities. Many North Catholic Graduates are members of the Philadelphia Police and Fire Departments as well as strongly represented in the area labor unions.[citation needed]

Closing[edit]

On October 8, 2009, Cardinal Justin Rigali announced at a press conference, held at the unusual time of 7 P.M. during a Phillies playoff game, that the school would be closing, effective the end of the 2009-2010 school year, along with Cardinal Dougherty High School. Enrollment had dropped 29% in the last decade and was forecast to decline by an additional 24 percent in the next three years, leading to the decision to close. There are several opinions that the Cardinal chose these two schools due to their surrounding neighborhoods. Fifteen months after its closure, the building that housed North Catholic High School for 84 years was sold to a charter school.

In September, 2011, The Marianna Bracetti Academy Charter School purchased the North Catholic building and campus at 1842 Torresdale Ave. from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia for $3.5 million. Bracetti originally opened in 2000 and serves 1,155 students in grades six to 12. Its former location was at 2501 Kensington Ave.[citation needed] MBA Charter welcomed students to the North Catholic building site to begin the 2013/14 school year.

Due to the closing, the head of the board of the Friends of Northeast Catholic High School (FONECHS), Jason Marquess, said that because the archdiocese closed his school, he would no longer give money to the archdiocese.[2]

Academics[edit]

All NC students had to complete four years of English and theology, three years of mathematics, science and social studies, one year of physical education/health and a half year in word processing and service. Electives were available in foreign languages (French, German, Latin and Spanish), television production, computer science, business/accounting, journalism, art and music.

Online AP Classes[edit]

A new AP ON-Line program began in September 2007.

Several students chose AP courses offered in conjunction with College Board and Keystone Virtual.

In addition to the AP classes offered in school (Literature, Language, and Calculus), the following AP courses were offered on-line: European History, US History, US Government, and Psychology.

Student life[edit]

Clubs[edit]

  • Audio-Visual
  • Band
  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Diversity Team
  • Drama
  • Drum Line
  • Mathletes
  • Ministry Team
  • Mock Trial
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • NCTV - North Catholic Television
  • PC-Technicians
  • Peer Meditation
  • Polish Club
  • Prom Planning
  • Renaissance
  • Student Government
  • Stage Crew
  • Yearbook

Athletics[edit]

North Catholic participated in the Philadelphia Catholic League (PCL) since 1926 as well as the PIAA since 2008 in the following sports: baseball, basketball, bowling, crew, cross country, football, indoor track, golf, lacrosse, outdoor track, soccer, and wrestling. Swimming & Tennis also had teams which were discontinued before the school closed. North also skated an Ice Hockey Club Team & had a Rugby Club Team. Even though the school was closed, the hockey team played for one final season with both a varsity and a junior varsity teams . Among those coaching the team were Timothy McCrane, class of 82, Art Myers, class of 81 and Michael Gorey, class of 78. Michael also played for Norths first hockey team in 77-78 and had a part in starting that first team. There was also an archery club team in 77-78. During World War II & Korean Conflict, North had an Aviation Club which helped prepare graduates for Service in the US Armed forces.

  • North played Frankford High School every year in the "Turkey Bowl" on Thanksgiving Day at 9:45 AM, making it the earliest high-school football game in the country on Thanksgiving.
  • From 1926 until its closing in 2010, North Catholic won more Philadelphia Catholic League Championships, in soccer (22), bowling (16), wrestling (13) and baseball (11), than any other Philadelphia Catholic High school. They also had 8 titles each in football, basketball and swimming.
  • Frank Thomas Nordell of Northeast Catholic HS won the National Interscholastic Cross Country Championship on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1929. He ran the 2.7 mile Branch Brook Park Course in Newark, NJ, in 13:43, winning by 13 seconds. This was the fourth National Championship Meet, hosted by Newark Prep, and drew 20 teams from Maine to Virginia. Curtis HS of Staten Island (then part of Brooklyn) won the team championship. North did not enter a team, Frank ran as an individual. His photo appeared on the front page of the Newark Star Eagle and NY Times Sports Pages in his NC singlet on 11/29/1929.
  • In 1956 North won the PCL championship in soccer, football, basketball & baseball. They also won the City Title in 3 out of the 4 sports.
  • The North Catholic soccer team did not lose a single PCL contest in 116 straight games stretching from 1958 to 1968. Their most recent PCL Titles were in 2001, 2002 & 2008. In March 2008, the soccer program inducted 12 of its greatest players to the newly established "NC Soccer Hall of Fame."
  • From 1991 until its closing in 2010, the NC wrestling team won 13 PCL team titles.
  • The bowling team won three consecutive PCL titles in 2005, 2006, and 2007.
  • In the 2007 - 2008 year NC teams qualified for the playoffs in Football, Soccer, Bowling, Basketball & Wrestling.
  • In 2008, the basketball team, wrestling team & soccer team were all PCL champions in their sport.

The "NC Soccer Hall of Fame" can be found by visiting the website dedicated to their sport: www.northcatholicsoccer.com

LIST OF NORTH CATHOLIC FALCONS PHILADELPHIA CATHOLIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

  • Football - 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1956
  • Soccer - 1929, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1937, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1990, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2008 (Soccer Champs before 1957 were part of an informal city league format not PCL)
  • Basketball - 1929, 1932, 1935, 1956, 1957, 1967, 1987, 2008
  • Wrestling - 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008
  • Baseball - 1934, 1945, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1956, 1977, 1981, 1986, 1995
  • Track - 1935, 1945, 1946, 1966
  • Cross Country - 1944, 1945
  • Bowling - 1939, 1940, 1941, 1953, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1993, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Swimming - 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1953
  • Crew - 1944, 1945

Traditions[edit]

Rectors/Principals of Northeast Catholic High[edit]

  • Rev. Joseph F. Butler, OSFS, 1926
  • Rev. Thomas A. Lawless, OSFS, 1928
  • Rev. William A. Stahl, OSFS, 1934
  • Rev. Thomas A. Lawless, OSFS, 1938
  • Rev. Edward F. Smith, OSFS, 1943
  • Rev. John F. Tocik, OSFS, 1949
  • Rev. Edward F. Conlin, OSFS, 1960
  • Rev. Edward J. Corcoran, OSFS, '32, 1962
  • Rev. William A. Guerin, OSFS, '47, 1969
  • Rev. Joseph J. Toner, OSFS, '45, 1974
  • Rev. James E. Dalton, OSFS, 1982
  • Rev. Michael S. Murray, OSFS, 1992
  • Rev. Nicholas R. Waseline, OSFS, 1995

Thanksgiving Day Football Game - North Catholic vs Frankford HS[edit]

From 1930 to 2009, This annual football game was traditionally played on Thanksgiving morning at 9:45AM - making it the first game played in America each Thanksgiving Day. In the 82 games played during the series North led the rivalry 42-34-4. The games have been played at Temple U Stadium, Franklin Field, Shibe Park, Frankford Memorial Stadium & Veteran's Stadium (for the 50th Anniversary game). Crowds for some of the games was more than 20,000.

Year by Year results in North Catholic vs Frankford series, North 42 wins -FKD 34 wins -Ties 4

  • 2009: North Catholic 28, Frankford 22
  • 2008: Frankford 14, North Catholic 6
  • 2007: Frankford 47, North Catholic 21
  • 2006: North Catholic 23, Frankford 14 - FKD was PPL Champ
  • 2005: North Catholic 12, Frankford 0 - FKD was PPL Champ
  • 2004: Frankford 20, North Catholic 14
  • 2003: Frankford 49, North Catholic 28 - FKD was PPL Champ
  • 2002: Frankford 41, North Catholic 12 - FKD was PPL Champ
  • 2001: North Catholic 20, Frankford 9
  • 2000: Frankford 32, North Catholic 0
  • 1999: Frankford 27, North Catholic 13
  • 1998: Frankford 27, North Catholic 20
  • 1997: Frankford 54, North Catholic 14 - FKD was PPL Champ
  • 1996: North Catholic 20, Frankford 19 - FKD was PPL Champ
  • 1995: Frankford 41, North Catholic 21
  • 1994: Frankford 24, North Catholic 14
  • 1993: Frankford 21, North Catholic 7
  • 1992: North Catholic 14, Frankford 12
  • 1991: Frankford 28, North Catholic 0
  • 1990: North Catholic 18, Frankford 14
  • 1989: Frankford 14, North Catholic 12
  • 1988: North Catholic 28, Frankford 0
  • 1987: Frankford 34, North Catholic 17 - FKD was PPL Champ
  • 1986: North Catholic 14, Frankford 13 - FKD was PPL Champ
  • 1985: North Catholic 21, Frankford 13
  • 1984: North Catholic 35, Frankford 6 - FKD was PPL Champ
  • 1983: Frankford 27, North Catholic 9
  • 1982: Frankford 34, North Catholic 15
  • 1981: Frankford 13, North Catholic 6 - FKD was PPL Champ
  • 1980: Frankford 20, North Catholic 0 - FKD was PPL Champ
  • 1979: North Catholic 7, Frankford 6
  • 1978: North Catholic 21, Frankford 14 - FKD was PPL & City Champ
  • 1977: Frankford 7, North Catholic 0
  • 1976: Frankford 28, North Catholic 0
  • 1975: Frankford 30, North Catholic 0 - FKD was PPL Champ
  • 1974: Frankford 12, North Catholic 7
  • 1973: North Catholic 14, Frankford 0 - FKD was PPL Champ
  • 1972: North Catholic 12, Frankford 12 - FKD was PPL Champ
  • 1971: Frankford 24, North Catholic 8 - FKD was PPL Champ
  • 1970: North Catholic 49, Frankford 14
  • 1969: North Catholic 24, Frankford 14 - FKD was PPL Champ
  • 1968: Frankford 14, North Catholic 8
  • 1967: North Catholic 28, Frankford 8
  • 1966: Frankford 8, North Catholic 0
  • 1965: North Catholic 20, Frankford 0
  • 1964: North Catholic 12, Frankford 10 - FKD was PPL Champ
  • 1963: North Catholic 30, Frankford 14
  • 1962: North Catholic 6, Frankford 6
  • 1961: North Catholic 14, Frankford 0
  • 1960: North Catholic 24, Frankford 14 - FKD was PPL Champ
  • 1959: Frankford 12, North Catholic 6
  • 1958: North Catholic 27, Frankford 12
  • 1957: Frankford 40, North Catholic 14
  • 1956: North Catholic 28, Frankford 13 - NC was PCL & City Champ
  • 1955: Frankford 13, North Catholic 0
  • 1954: North Catholic 31, Frankford 12 - FKD was PPL Champ
  • 1953: North Catholic 14, Frankford 6
  • 1952: North Catholic 30, Frankford 6 - NC was PCL & City Champ
  • 1951: North Catholic 7, Frankford 2
  • 1950: North Catholic 7, Frankford 0 - NC was PCL Champ
  • 1949: North Catholic 19, Frankford 12 - NC was PCL & City Champ
  • 1948: North Catholic 13, Frankford 7 - FKD was PPL & City Champ
  • 1947: North Catholic 19, Frankford 13 - FKD was PPL Champ
  • 1946: North Catholic 6, Frankford 0
  • 1945: North Catholic 7, Frankford 0
  • 1944: Frankford 0, North Catholic 0
  • 1943: North Catholic 19, Frankford 0
  • 1942: North Catholic 20, Frankford 0
  • 1941: Frankford 16, North Catholic 0
  • 1940: Frankford 20, North Catholic 6 - FKD was PPL & City Champ
  • 1939: Frankford 18, North Catholic 6
  • 1938: North Catholic 13, Frankford 6
  • 1937: Frankford 6, North Catholic 0 - NC was PCL Champ
  • 1936: North Catholic 6, Frankford 0 - NC was PCL Champ & FKD was PPL Champ
  • 1935: North Catholic 19, Frankford 0 - NC was PCL Champ
  • 1934: North Catholic 26, Frankford 0 - NC was PCL Champ
  • 1933: North Catholic 23, Frankford 6 - FKD was PPL Champ
  • 1932: Frankford 22, North Catholic 0
  • 1931: North Catholic 0, Frankford 0
  • 1930: North Catholic 14, Frankford 7
  • 1929: North Catholic 2, Frankford 0
  • 1928: Frankford 20, North Catholic 7

Trivia[edit]

  • As North Catholic is an all-boys school, they have a sister school, Little Flower High School, an all-girls school.
  • North's class of "1956" had 1,103 graduates; making it the largest all-boys Catholic High School graduating Class ever in the world.
  • The North Catholic Model United Nations team travels to Washington D.C and New York City every year to debate with students from around the country and even the world.
  • Every year Northeast Catholic hosts the DeSales Oblate Schools Model UN Conference, or better known as OMUN. It is currently in its 41st year and is still run by Father John Hurley OSFS.
  • In 1968 the varsity basketball team was suspended by coach/disciplinarian Jack Friel for cutting out on an assembly. Instead the JV team took the court for a PCL playoff game and defeated the McDevitt squad after being booed by fans at the Palestra. In the Semis NC varsity went back on the floor only to lose on a last second shot by O'Hara.
  • Prior to the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympics, teacher Luke Hogan (NC '71) carried the Olympic torch in the state of Delaware. He also is credited with starting the Lacrosse program at both Father Judge High School (One of North's top sports rivals) and his alma mater North Catholic in 1999 where he was the coach of the team until 2010.
  • For the last graduation commencement service in 2010, Rev. Nicholas Waseline, OSFS was given an honorable diploma; members of the class of 1960 were honored for their 50th anniversary of graduating from the school.
  • 265 Alumni of North Catholic have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the United States. Please remember them each Memorial Day.

Alumni Association[edit]

With Northeast Catholic High School graduating over 39,500 men while open, its Alumni Association is one of the largest and most active organizations of its kind in the country. The Association is dedicated to continuing a strong connection among alumni. The Association sponsors numerous annual social events to encourage membership participation including a Communion Breakfast, The Summertime "Falcons Fun in the Sun", A Golf Outing and Trips to Broadway and local Sporting events.

It is located at 2700 Rhawn Street (SEC Rhawn and Fairfield Sts. - one block east of Roosevelt Blvd.) All our office equipment and some of the School's memorabilia came with us. The Shrine of Our Lady Fatima and the plaques honoring our 268 members who died during World War II, Korea, and Viet Nam, came along with us from the School. The shrine and plaques have been reconstructed at this new site. Some the Catholic League Championship trophies and shields given to us when school closed are on display at our new home. Our Hall of Fame plaques which honors our Outstanding Alumni, Outstanding Achievement Award recipients, Honorary members, and past Presidents and Chaplains is also available to view. Some sports and other school memorabilia that was presented to us is on display as well. Feel free to stop in and say hello. Give us a call at 215-543–1051 to make sure someone is "home". Office Hours: Monday-Thursday: 7PM - 11PM; Friday: 2PM - 7PM; Saturday: 10AM - 5PM - Daytime hours by appointment. website: http://necathalumni.org

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Eddie Alvarez '01 - 2 time & Current MMA Bellator Lightweight Champion. All-Catholic Wrestler with over 100 career wins.
  • Anthony J Biondo Jr '96 - President of Biondo Creative LLC and creator of NorthCatholic.com
  • Ed Blaney '69 - All-American Soccer player at St Joseph's U. Went on to a short professional soccer career. Longtime Soccer coach for Lighthouse Soccer Club and inductee in St Joseph's Sports & Soccer Hall of Fames.
  • Pat Blessington '76 - Soccer Goal keeper at St Joseph's U. in the late 1970s. Law degree at Villanova U and former Pennsylvania Asst Attorney General through the 1990s and 2000s.
  • John Boles '63 - All-American Soccer player at Temple U. Also coached Owls to 220 wins. 1985 Inductee in Temple's Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Barry Brodzinski '73 - High School All-American basketball player. Leading All-time points scorer in Catholic League history upon graduation (since surpassed). played on nationally ranked LaSalle Explorers college teams in mid-1970s
  • Jerry Buckley '50 - National Cartoonists Society award winner
  • Gene Chyzowych '53 - NSCAA Hall of Fame member and former US Men's National Soccer Team Coach. High School soccer Coach for 51 years. 3rd most wins in US soccer history (757) at Columbia HS in North Jersey.
  • Albert Channell '41 - US Naval Academy Graduate and team captain of the 1943 Navy football team that went 8-1 and defeated Army. Regional All-American at End.
  • James R. Cavanaugh, '49 - Judge, Superior Court of Pennsylvania.
  • Francis P. Cosgrove '49 - Retired Judge, Philadelphia Municipal Court
  • Angel Cruz '85 - current Pennsylvania State Representative, 180th District, since 2000
  • Don D'Ambra '90 - player-coach and leading scorer in Philadelphia Kixx soccer history, currently St Joseph's U Men's Soccer Coach
  • John (Jack) Devine '69 - Philadelphia Labor Leader
  • John Doman '62 - Television & Film actor. Famous for his role as Deputy Police Commissioner William Rawls in HBO's "The Wire" from 2002 through 2008.
  • Joseph J. Donahue, '31 - President of Connelly Container Corp.
  • Francis J. "Tim" Dunleavy, '32 - Vice Chairman of the Board and President of ITT Corporation.
  • Armond F. Gentile, 55 - former President of Beneficial Savings Bank.
  • Jim Gilmore '81 - Ohio State All-Conference Lineman and NFL player for the Philadelphia Eagle & Miami Dolphin.
  • Tom Gilmore '82 - All-Ivy defensive Lineman and team MVP at U of Penn. Currently Head Football Coach at Holy Cross University and 2 time Conference Coach of the year.
  • Steve Guckin '77 - Philadelphia Police Lieutenant (1981–2007) Ordained Permanent Deacon Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 2007
  • Joseph P. Hand, '54 - International Boxing Promoter.
  • Chris Heck '95- Professional baseball player. Drafted by the Pirates, Marlins and Padres
  • William Henfy '67 - Mayor of North Wildwood, NJ (2005-2012)
  • Barry Wm Hess PhD '73 - Owner Hess Equine LLC, International Grand Prix Show Jumping
  • Frank Lefty Hoerst '35 - Major League pitcher with the Phillies in the 1940s. A 2-sport stand out in High school and college (baseball & basketball). Inducted into LaSalle University Athletic Hall of Fame.
  • Jim Hueber '66 - NFL Offensive Line Coach, formerly with the Minnesota Vikings.
  • John Idzik '46 - U of Maryland football standout and NFL Asst coach for Eagles and NY Jets
  • Bil Keane '40 - creator of The Family Circus comic
  • Jack Kelly '58 - Philadelphia City Councilman serving since the 1980s
  • Bob (Hird) Kelly '81 - KYW-TV local traffic reporter and TV personality
  • Thomas W. Kelly '50 - Lieutenant General in U.S. Army, director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff during Gulf War, recipient of Purple Heart and five Bronze Stars[3]
  • Frank "Bucko" Kilroy '39 - All-Pro lineman for Philadelphia Eagles during Championships of 1948 & 1949. Also an NFL scout and GM for Cowboys & NE Patriots.
  • Leonard F. Knobbs, '53 - Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Alumni Association since 1983, served six terms (1966-69 & 1980-83) as President of the Ass'n., Treasurer of the Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund (1969-1980, and 1983–present), Chairman of the Fund (1968-69 & 1980-83); Retired Exec. VP & CFO - Police & Fire Medical Enterprises, Inc. & Affiliates; Retired Battalion Chief of the Philadelphia Fire Department.
  • Gerry Kosinski '72 - former Pennsylvania State Representative (1983–1992), current, Judge, Philadelphia Municipal Court
  • Most Rev. Martin J. Lohmuller, DD, JCD, '37 - Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia.
  • Eugene E. J. Maier '54 - Senior Judge, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court.
  • Joe Maneely '44 - comic book artist for Marvel Comics
  • Walt Manning, PhD '54 - Soccer All-American at Temple U, All-Pro for Uhrik Truckers; former head coach at Ursinus College '72-'93
  • Walt Masterson - Major League pitcher for 16 seasons (1939–56) with the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox, and Detroit Tigers. He compiled a 77-100 record.
  • Michael J. McKenna, '52 - President of Crown Cork & Seal Corp.
  • Bernard "Benny" McLaughlin '46 - member of the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame
  • Tom "Mac" McLaughlin '46 - Reader's Digest gag cartoonist
  • Father Daniel McLernan '34 OSFS - Oblate Educator & Soccer Coach at NC for more than 25 years, who founded PCL Soccer League. Won 10 PCL championships as a Coach.
  • Joseph V. McLernan '45 - USMC Maj General from US Naval Academy. Also NCAA All-American in Soccer and Baseball
  • Bobby McNeil '56 - former Pro Basketball player and Big Five All-Star guard. Inducted in Saint Joseph's University Athletic Hall of Fame
  • John J. McVeigh, '39 - Sgt. McVeigh was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
  • John L. Meehan, '53 - US Naval Academy Graduate and 1st Team All-American soccer player for Navy in 1958. Upon graduating received "Navy Athletic Assn."s Outstanding Varsity Athlete for the Class of 1959.
  • Patrick Morris '95 - MISL professional soccer player & Multiple time All-Star. 10 year member of the Philadelphia Kixx. Asst Men's Soccer Coach at St Joseph's U.
  • John E. Murray, Jr., JD, SJD, '50 - President of Duquesne University.
  • Mike O'Brien '72 - current Pennsylvania State Representative for the 175th District
  • Joseph J. O'Neill '68 - Judge, Philadelphia Municipal Court
  • Timothy O'Neill '00 - professional soccer player, most recently a member of the now-defunct Virginia Beach Mariners
  • Dennis Patrick '35 - stage name of noted actor of screen and TV, real last name was Harrison
  • John R. Padova '52 - Senior Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of PA
  • Frank Reagan '37 - New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles football player of the 1940s and 1950s. Later Head football Coach & AD at Villanova U. Inducted into U of Pennsylvania Athletic Hall of Fame.
  • Most Rev. Edward J. Schlotterback, OSFS, '30 - Roman Catholic Bishop of Keetmanshoop, South Africa.
  • Albert W. Sheppard, Jr. '55 - Senior Judge, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court
  • Hank Siemiontkowski '68 - NCAA Basketball All-Tournament Team for Villanova University in 1971
  • Tom Stiglich '86 - Editorial Cartoonist, work has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Times, Newsweek, Time magazine and the Northeast Times
  • Erwin T. Straw, '46 - Retired US Navy Admiral; President of Prime Bank.
  • Jerry Tarde '74 - Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, Golf Digest Publications
  • John J. Taylor '73 - current Pennsylvania State Representative serving since the 1980s
  • Joe Verdeur '44 - U.S. Olympic gold medalist 1948 in swimming. Inducted into US National Swimming Hall of Fame & voted greatest American swimmer of the 1st half-century.
  • Jack Whitaker '41 - Emmy award winning American sportscaster, inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame. Best known for calling Triple Crown Horse Racing & Golf's Major tournaments on television. Also worked early Super Bowls and CBS Sports Spectacular. Also inducted into St Joseph's University Hall of Fame.
  • Thomas J. White '72 - U.S. Diplomat, current Deputy Ambassador, U.S. Mission to the European Union
  • James Williams '68 - Philadelphia Labor Union leader [4]
  • Wendell Young III '56 - Former CEO of United Food & Commercial Workers Union, Local 1776.
  • Joseph L. Zazyczny '53 - Former Philadelphia City Councilman, Former PA Secretary of Administration

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References[edit]

  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  2. ^ Polaneczky, Ronnie. "Ronnie Polaneczky: North Catholic: Why CAN'T it stay open?" Philadelphia Daily News. March 19, 2010. Retrieved on January 20, 2013.
  3. ^ "Gen. Thomas Kelly, 67, Dies; Pentagon Voice in Gulf War". New York Times. June 8, 2000. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  4. ^ "JAMES A. WILLIAMS - General President". IUPAT About US. IUPAT. 

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