Paramus Catholic High School

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Paramus Catholic High School
425 Paramus Road
Paramus, NJ, Bergen County, 07652
Coordinates 40°57′20″N 74°5′45″W / 40.95556°N 74.09583°W / 40.95556; -74.09583Coordinates: 40°57′20″N 74°5′45″W / 40.95556°N 74.09583°W / 40.95556; -74.09583
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1965
Founders Thomas A. Boland
Joseph P. Tuite[1]
School district Archdiocese of Newark
President James P. Vail
Vice principal Ralph Manno, Scott Langan, Stella Scarano
Chaplain Fr. Donnald Hummel
Faculty 104.8 (on FTE basis)[2]
Grades 912
Enrollment 1,520 [2] (2011-12)
Average class size 24
Student to teacher ratio 14.5:1[2]
Color(s) Black, White and Gold             
Athletics conference Big North Conference
Team name Paladins
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[3]
Tuition $9,200 (2015-16)[4]
Dean of Student Services Leonard Lewandowski
Dean of Students Stella Scarano
Ralph M. Manno
Vice President of Admissions Ryan J. Casey
Athletic Director Scott Langan
Vice President of Finance Declan J. Lynch
Vice President of Operations Brian Niland

Paramus Catholic High School is a co-educational Roman Catholic high school located in Paramus in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. The school, founded in 1965,[5] is one of several high schools in the Archdiocese of Newark.[6] It has the largest enrollment of any Roman Catholic high school in the state of New Jersey.[7]

Paramus Catholic is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1996.[3] Admission to the school is a rigorous process, with only one student accepted for every four applicants.

As of the 20011-12 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,520 students and 104.8 faculty members (on an FTE basis), resulting in a student–teacher ratio of 14.5:1.[2]

Extracurricular activities and athletics[edit]

The Paramus Catholic High School Paladins now compete in the Big North Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[8] Prior to the 2010 realignment, the school participated in the North Bergen Interscholastic Athletic League (NBIAL).[9] In addition to football, cheer and girl's basketball, they are also a consistent power in ice hockey, girls swimming, and boys basketball. Their biggest rivals include Bergen Catholic High School, Immaculate Heart Academy, St. Joseph Regional High School, Academy of the Holy Angels and Don Bosco Preparatory High School.

The school is known for its cheerleading squad and dance team. They both have won many national and state titles such as the 2002 State cheer champions, 2003 EDA National dance champions, 2004 Spirit Championship champions, 2005 NDA junior varsity pom national champions, 2006 Spirit Sports National champions, 2007 State Parochial cheer champions, 2007 EDA National dance champions and 2008 EDA National Dance Champions-Varsity Jazz/JV Jazz and Pom and Prop. 2009 EDA National Dance Team Champions- JV Jazz and Pom and Prop. 2010 EDA National Dance Team Champions- Varsity Hip Hop and Variety and JV Jazz and Pom.[10]

The softball team won the Parochial North A state sectional championship in 2001 with a string of shutout victories, topping Mount Saint Dominic Academy 2-0 in the first round, Immaculate Heart Academy 2-0 in the semifinals and Pope John XXIII Regional High School 2-0 in the tournament final.[11]

The girls basketball team won the 2001 Parochial North A title with a 49-42 win over Immaculata High School.[12]

In the summer of 2010, Paramus Catholic formed a marching band for the first time, making it the only Catholic high school to have a marching band in the Archdiocese of Newark and Paterson.[13]

With the hiring of alumni Chris Partridge, Paramus Catholic improved and began to compete in Football against Bergen Catholic High School and Don Bosco Preparatory High School in New Jersey's Group 4 Non-Public division. In December 2012, the Paramus Catholic football team won the Non-Public Group IV state championship against Bergen Catholic High School by a final score of 37-34 on a touchdown scored with 1:16 left in the game. This was the program's first Group IV title and its first sectional championship since 1997.[14]

As of February 2013 the Japanese Weekend School of New Jersey (ニュージャージー補習授業校), a Japanese supplementary weekend school, holds classes at Paramus Catholic,[15] while the school offices are in Fort Lee.[16] It is one of the two weekend Japanese school systems operated by the Japanese Educational Institute of New York (JEI; ニューヨーク日本人教育審議会 Nyūyōku Nihonjin Kyōiku Shingi Kai), a nonprofit organization which also operates two Japanese day schools in the New York City area.[17]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ We are Paramus Catholic., Paramus Catholic High School. Accessed October 22, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d Data for Paramus Catholic High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 22, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Paramus Catholic High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed June 15, 2011.
  4. ^ uition & Financial Aid Scholarships, Paramus Catholic High School. Accessed March 22, 2015.
  5. ^ We are Paramus Catholic, Paramus Catholic High School. Accessed May 7, 2012. "Founded in 1965 under Archbishop Thomas A. Boland, and Superintendent of Schools, Monsignor Joseph P. Tuite, Paramus Catholic operated as a co-institutional school until 1995."
  6. ^ Bergen County High Schools, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Accessed June 15, 2011.
  7. ^ Alex, Patricia. "Pope held special spot in hearts of youth", The Record (Bergen County), April 5, 2005. Accessed August 21, 2008. "Today a memorial Mass will be celebrated at the school - the largest Catholic school in the state, and the rosary will be said in 10 languages..."
  8. ^ League Memberships – 2012-2013, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 9, 2012.
  9. ^ League Memberships – 2009-2010 North Bergen Interscholastic Athletic League, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 9, 2012.
  10. ^ Home page, Paramus Catholic High School Cheer and Dance. Accessed September 9, 2012.
  11. ^ 2001 NJSIAA Softball - Parochial North A, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 10, 2007.
  12. ^ 2001 - Parochial North A, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 10, 2007.
  13. ^ Staff. "Paramus Catholic debuts its band", Clifton Journal, October 15, 2010. Accessed February 20, 2011. "Paramus Catholic High School is the first Catholic school in Bergen County, and may be the first in the Archdiocese of Newark, to offer a marching band."
  14. ^ Guthrie, Charles. "Football: Paramus Catholic stuns Bergen Catholic, 37-34, with late score for Non-Public, Group 4 title", The Star-Ledger, December 7, 2012. Accessed December 10, 2012. "Shanley completed all seven of his passes, including a tight spiral he lofted right into the hands of a streaking Tyrone Washington for a 55-yard touchdown down the sideline with 1:16 left in the game to lift Paramus Catholic, No. 5 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, to a 37-34 victory over No. 3 Bergen Catholic in the NJSIAA Non-Public, Group 4 final in front of 9,072 at MetLife Stadium. It marked the first Non-Public, Group 4 title for Paramus Catholic and second championship overall. The Paramus school won the Non-Public, Group 3 crown in 1997."
  15. ^ Wassel, Bryan. "Paramus school board considers leasing space on weekends.", North Jersey Media Group. Retrieved on July 7, 2013.
  16. ^ "入学のご案内 entrance" (Archive). Japanese Weekend School of New Jersey. Accessed July 7, 2013. "Japanese Weekend School of NJ ニュージャージー補習授業校事務所 2 Executive Drive, Suite 660, Fort Lee, NJ 07024"
  17. ^ "学校案内" (Archive). Japanese Educational Institute of New York (ニューヨーク日本人教育審議会). Retrieved on April 15, 2015. The names of the weekend schools as stated on the pages should be "The Japanese Weekend School of New York" and "The Japanese Weekend School of New Jersey" - note that the Japanese names between the day and weekend schools are different.
  18. ^ Brock, David. "Blinded by the right: the conscience of an ex-conservative", p. 14. Random House, 2003. ISBN 1-4000-4728-5. Accessed January 30, 2011. "... when I arrived at my all-male high school, Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, New Jersey, I was singled out and ridiculed for being different."
  19. ^ Anthony DiCosmo, Accessed November 17, 2014.
  20. ^ Writing About Anne Donovan, Seattle Storm, accessed May 3, 2007. "After completing a stellar high school career that saw her average 35 points and 17 rebounds her senior season, lead her team, Paramus Catholic, to consecutive undefeated seasons, and be named High School Player of the Year by Dial Soap, Donovan was a much-sought NCAA recruit."
  21. ^ Cooper, Darren. "Jabrill Peppers", The Record (Bergen County), October 9, 2014. Accessed February 14, 2015. "In his text, Peppers, who started his high school career at Don Bosco, described the uncomfortable situation he says the school created for him when he decided to transfer to Paramus Catholic after his sophomore season."
  22. ^ Bondy, Stefan. "Tchani’s Journey", The Record (Bergen County), January 14, 2010. Accessed September 6, 2011. "Paterson’s Nelson Becerra and Teaneck’s David Reed, both St. John’s products who were listed as eligible draftees, did not get picked. Becerra, a St. Benedict’s graduate, was invited to the combine as the 2008 Big East midfielder of the year. Reed, a defender, is a Paramus Catholic graduate."

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