Bayley-Ellard High School

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Bayley-Ellard High School
205 Madison Avenue
Madison, New Jersey 07940
Coordinates 40°46′15″N 74°25′58″W / 40.770841°N 74.432652°W / 40.770841; -74.432652Coordinates: 40°46′15″N 74°25′58″W / 40.770841°N 74.432652°W / 40.770841; -74.432652
Motto Nil sine Deo ("Nothing without God")
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 1880
Closed 2005
School district Diocese of Paterson
CEEB code 310735
Grades 9-12
Campus size 26.6 acres (108,000 m2)
Color(s) Purple and Gold
Team name Bishops

Bayley-Ellard High School was a Roman Catholic secondary school in Madison, New Jersey. Established in 1880, it was one of the oldest parochial high schools in the area. The school closed in 2005 due to declining enrollment.


The School of Our Lady of the Assumption in Morristown, New Jersey, founded by Rev. Bernard McQuid in 1850, was the forerunner of the Bayley-Ellard school. A parish grammar school, it was expanded and renamed the Bayley School in 1880 to honor Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley. A two-year business course was added to the grammar school curriculum around 1900.

Msgr. Edward Ellard introduced a four-year curriculum in 1920, making Bayley the first Catholic high school in the area.[1] In 1943, Miss Margaret Hawes bequeathed $100,000 toward the purchase of a new school building to be named in honor of Msgr. Ellard. The 40-acre (160,000 m2) Walker Estate in Madison was purchased. The doors of Bayley-Ellard High School were opened in September 1949, making Bayley the first diocesan Catholic high school in the Paterson Diocese. The school was staffed by the Sisters of Charity, Sisters of Christian Charity, and Dominican Sisters.

It was announced the school would be closing at the end of the 2004-05 school year in May 2005.[2]


The school was sited on the former Walker Estate. Original buildings included a Colonial Revival mansion, conservatory and carriage house. Bishop's Hall, a classroom-gymnasium complex, was added in 1967, and a new sports complex consisting of football, soccer-lacrosse, baseball, and softball fields was completed later. The carriage house was demolished in 2003 and an assisted care living facility was built in roughly the same location shortly thereafter. The borough of Madison purchased the sports fields four years after the school's closing.[3] The conservatory was demolished in approximately 2009, as a part of the conversion of the site into the Paterson Diocese's Center for Evangelization "St Paul Inside the Walls".


Bayley-Ellard offered a college preparatory curriculum. High honors students were eligible to take courses at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Student groups and activities at Bayley-Ellard included archeology club, art club, Big Brother/Sister, Christian Service, computer club, consumer business club, crafts club, drama club, forensics, Future Business Leaders of America, hospitality club, literary magazine, Marian Key club, mock trial, music ensemble, National Honor Society, newspaper, peer ministry, ski club, student council, Students Against Destructive Decisions, vocal ensemble, and yearbook.

The Bayley-Ellard athletic teams, known as the Bishops, competed in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, wrestling, golf, cross-country and track & field. At various times, the school belonged to the Colonial Hills Conference and the Paterson Diocesan Regional League. The Bishops Football team won their conference title during the 1986 & 1989 seasons.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Mgr. E. J. Ellard, Morristown, Dead". New York Times. 1937-08-16. p. 19. He was vice president and active head of All Souls Hospital, Morristown, and the founder of Bayley High School here. 
  2. ^ Associated Press (2005-05-22). "Morris County Catholic school set to close". Press of Atlantic City. NewsBank ID 10A45AB5708B0748. 
  3. ^ Schillaci, Sarah (2009-04-30). "Madison is buying Bayley-Ellard fields". The Star-Ledger. 
  4. ^ Diekemper, Lee. "Bayley-Ellard HS grad Kareem Huggins makes his debut as a Tampa Bay Buc", Daily Record (Morristown), September 13, 2010. Accessed August 19, 2012.
  5. ^ Nash, Margo (2007-08-07). "A Family Portrait, in Crochet and Shoelaces". New York Times. 
  6. ^ Hague, Jim. "Morris' Molnar living his dream with Notre Dame", Daily Record (Morristown), February 24, 2010. Accessed August 19, 2012. "At age 48, after coaching stops all over the country, the former kid from Morris Township is fulfilling a dream.... After graduating from the now-defunct Bayley-Ellard in 1979, Molnar went to Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, where he played football and went right from the gridiron to the school's coaching staff."
  7. ^ 2009 Football Coaching Staff: Rocky Rees, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Raiders football team. Accessed August 19, 2012. "Rees played football at Bayley Ellard Regional High School in Madison, New Jersey where he twice named All-County and was selected as a team captain his senior season. Following graduation in 1967, the Morristown, New Jersey native attended West Chester University where he earned All-PSAC Eastern Division honors as a running back in 1968 and 1970."

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