Camden Catholic High School

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Camden Catholic High School
300 Cuthbert Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Coordinates 39°56′20″N 75°3′7″W / 39.93889°N 75.05194°W / 39.93889; -75.05194Coordinates: 39°56′20″N 75°3′7″W / 39.93889°N 75.05194°W / 39.93889; -75.05194
Type Private coed
Motto Honor, Faith, Loyalty
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1924
School district Diocese of Camden
President Rev. Msgr. Andrew Martin (1982 - 2010)
Mary Whipkey(2013 - present)
Principal Heather Crisci
Vice principal James Hoban
Kelly O'Connor
Faculty 58.3 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 912
Enrollment 657[1] (2013-14)
Student to teacher ratio 11.3:1[1]
Campus size 33-acre (130,000 m2)
Color(s)      Green and
Athletics conference Olympic Conference
Team name Irish[2]
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[3]
Publication Emerald (literary magazine)
Newspaper Irish Eyes
Tuition $8,200[4]
Alumni 18,710
Admissions Director Colleen Walsh
International admissions officer Marc Vallone
Athletic Director Marlene Grimes

Camden Catholic High School (CCHS) is a four-year comprehensive private coeducational Roman Catholic high school, located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, in the Philadelphia metropolitan area and serving students from the Camden County area. The school operates under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden.[5] The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1934.[3] Camden Catholic students come from the local area and from Norway, Germany, Mexico, Korea, and China. Many of these students live on campus in the Nazareth House, a convent re-purposed to accommodate foreign students with full-time care-providers on staff, while others live with host families in the surrounding area.

As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 657 students and 58.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.3:1.[1]


When the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was built in 1862, space was set aside for the first parochial school in the city of Camden, which became the foundation of the current high school. In 1920, the existing elementary school program was extended to include a four-year, high school program graduating 15 girls and 6 boys in June 1921. Camden Catholic High School opened in 1924 with an enrollment of 400 students.

After a fire on April 17, 1960, destroyed two buildings at the Camden campus, a decision was made that a new school would be constructed on a 33-acre (130,000 m2) site in Cherry Hill.

In the school year of 2012-2013, Camden Catholic celebrated its 125th anniversary as a school.

The Arts Academy[edit]

Currently, the school is working on an arts academy, which includes digital and performing arts.


The Camden Catholic High School Irish[2] participate in the Olympic Conference, which consists of public and private high schools located in Burlington County and Camden County, and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[6]

The boys' baseball team won the Non-Public A state championship in 1973 vs. Seton Hall Preparatory School.[7]

The CCHS football team won the NJSIAA Non-Public A South state sectional championship in 1979.[8]

The girls field hockey team won the South Jersey Group III state sectional championships in 1981, 1984 and 1985, won the South Jersey Group II title in 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2012, and won the Central Jersey Group II title in 2011. The team won the Group III state championship in 1985.[9] In 2007, the field hockey team won the South Jersey, Group II state sectional championship with a 5-3 win over West Deptford High School in the tournament final.[10]

The girls' softball team won the Non-Public A state championships in 1986 vs. Paramus Catholic High School and won in 1990, 1991 and 1992, defeating Immaculate Heart Academy all three years.[11]

The CCHS Wrestling team won the 2007 Group A state championship, defeating Don Bosco Preparatory High School 32-25 to take the title.[12]

Wrestler Taylor Walsh, now wrestling at Indiana University, won the 2010 NJSIAA 145 pound championship defeating Frank Crocco of Passaic Valley Regional High School in the final. He had won the 2009 NJSIAA 135 pound championship defeating two-time runner up Kodie Silvestri of Walkill Valley. He placed second at 119 pounds in 2008 losing in the finals to two time champion Vinnie Dellefave of Toms River East. Wrestler Anthony Trongone won the NJSIAA 171 pound championship in 2007.[13] Trongone was a runner-up in 2005-06 season. Previous state champions from Camden Catholic are Bobby Stinson (in the 130 lb (59 kg). weight class in 2002) and Ed Giosa (125 lb. in 2003).[14]

The boys cross country team, under the coaching leadership of Dennis Quinn and Ralph Harris, took the division championship on October 10, 2007, beating Paul VI High School and ending Paul VI's 28-year, 244 match dual meet winning streak.[15]

The boys winter track team won the Non-Public Group B division state relay title in January 2014.[16]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Camden Catholic High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 16, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Camden Catholic High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 1, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Camden Catholic High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed January 3, 2012.
  4. ^ Tuition, Camden Catholic High School. Accessed July 17, 2014. "Tuition for the 2014-2015 school year is $8,200 for underclassmen and $8,500 for seniors (this includes the graduation fee of $300). Registration fee is $300."
  5. ^ Camden County School Directory, Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden. Accessed January 3, 2012.
  6. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 1, 2015.
  7. ^ History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 1, 2015.
  8. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
  9. ^ 2015 NJSIAA Field Hockey Tournament of Champions Program], New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 2, 2015.
  10. ^ 2007 Field Hockey - South, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 12, 2007.
  11. ^ History of the NJSIAA Softball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 1, 2015.
  12. ^ 2007 Team Wrestling Tournament - Group A Championship, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 23, 2007.
  13. ^ "Sports Week", Courier-Post, March 11, 2007. Accessed September 17, 2007. "Camden Catholic senior Anthony Trongone (41-2) won the state 171-pound wrestling championship with a 4-2 win over Ocean Township's Kyle Kiss."
  14. ^ Behre, Bob. Jersey HS Wrestling,, March 4, 2007. Accessed September 17, 2007.
  15. ^ Wood, Steve, Camden Catholic ends Paul VI's long winning streak, Courier-Post, October 11, 2007. Accessed October 12, 2007. "After 28 years and an epic win streak of 244 consecutive dual meets in boys' cross country, Paul VI High School has finally been dethroned.... On Wednesday, the Irish denied Paul VI of win No. 245, beating its division foe 21-36 and ending the longest win streak in South Jersey history.
  16. ^ History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 2, 2015.
  17. ^ William Thomas Cahill, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed December 8, 2006.
  18. ^ Alumni Bio: Bill Conaty, New England Patriots. Accessed November 13, 2007. "was all-conference, all-parochial south and all-south New Jersey during his senior year at Camden (NJ) Catholic"
  19. ^ Martin, Susan Taylor. "From facilitator to warrior", St. Petersburg Times, January 14, 2007. Accessed December 10, 2007. "Tall and lean, Fallon ran on the track team at Camden Catholic High."
  20. ^ Staff. "NEWS BRIEFS Jun-15-2005: Retired Bishop James J. Hogan of Altoona-Johnstown dies at 93", Catholic News Service, June 15, 2005. Accessed September 11, 2012. "Following his education at Camden Catholic High School, he attended St. Charles College in Catonsville, Md.; St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore; and North American College in Rome."
  21. ^ Silary, Ted. "It's In The Genes Like His Father, Dragons' Lehmann Is Able To Score From Long Range", Philadelphia Daily News, November 21, 1989. Accessed June 12, 2013. "George Lehmann, who performed scholastically at Camden Catholic, played 66 games with the St. Louis-Atlanta Hawks in the 1968 and '69 seasons, and averaged 3.2 points."
  22. ^ Hagenmayer, S. Joseph. "John P. Mccarthy, 81, S. Jersey Basketball Coach", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 14, 1998. Accessed June 12, 2013. "Born and raised in Camden, he was a 1935 graduate of Camden Catholic High School, where he excelled at football, basketball and baseball."
  23. ^ Don McComb, Accessed October 2, 2015.
  24. ^ "Pope Appoints Bishop George V. Murry as Bishop of Youngstown", United States Conference of Catholic Bishops press release dated January 30, 2007. "George V. Murry was born December 28, 1948, in Camden, New Jersey. He attended Camden Catholic High School, St. Joseph’s College, Philadelphia, St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, Connecticut, and St. Mary’s Seminary, Baltimore, where he received a B.A. in Philosophy in 1972."
  25. ^ NBDL Player Profile: Kevin Owens, accessed December 24, 2006
  26. ^ Staff. "Georgetown honors Father Scott Pilarz", Catholic Star Herald, April 16, 2009. Accessed May 30, 2011. "Father Scott Pilarz, a Jesuit, is a native of Camden and graduate of Camden Catholic High School. He also serves as board president of Camden Catholic."
  27. ^ Joseph A. Mussomeli biography, United States Department of State. Accessed October 18, 2007.
  28. ^ Narducci, Marc. "He Impresses With Toes - And Prose The Latest Chapter On Camden Catholic Soccer Player Chris Vaccaro? He's An Author.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 5, 1999. Accessed May 30, 2011. "Vaccaro was schooled in the game by his father, who played professional soccer, mainly indoor soccer, for 17 years as a goalie. A 1976 Camden Catholic graduate, Cris Vaccaro now offers instruction to individuals and teams."

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