DePaul Catholic High School

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DePaul Catholic High School
1512 Alps Road
Wayne, NJ, (Passaic County) 07470
Coordinates 40°57′28″N 74°14′38″W / 40.95778°N 74.24389°W / 40.95778; -74.24389Coordinates: 40°57′28″N 74°14′38″W / 40.95778°N 74.24389°W / 40.95778; -74.24389
Type Private, coed. high school
Motto Large Enough to Challenge, Small Enough to Care
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1956
President Joseph M. Tweed
Principal Kenneth Jennings
Chaplain Fr. Michael Lee
Faculty 60.6 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 812
Enrollment 665[1] (2013-14)
Average class size 21
Student to teacher ratio 11.0:1[1]
Color(s)      Green and
Athletics conference Big North Conference
Mascot Spartan
Team name Spartans[2]
Accreditation AdvancEd, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[3]
Publication Impressions (literary magazine)
Newspaper Emerald
Yearbook Green Years
Tuition $12,200 (2015-16)[4]
Affiliation Diocese of Paterson
Alumni 10,000+
Department Chairs Nicholas Lombardi
Colleen Sullivan
Bernadette Wiltshire
Coleen Sullivan
Bethany Dacles
Sue Drew
Oresta Ferritto
Arianna Predergast
Dean of Students Christine McGovern
Director of Admissions John Merritt
Athletic Director Joe Lennon

DePaul Catholic High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Wayne, in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States, that operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson.[5] The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1989.[3]

As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 665 students and 60.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.0:1.[1]


DePaul Catholic was established in 1956.[6]


The program of studies offered at DePaul Catholic High School seeks to equip college-bound students with a foundation for the pursuit of academic excellence while emphasizing a curriculum tailored for individual differences. Students learn to apply their knowledge and training toward their ongoing development of the Whole Person.

DePaul Catholic is a college preparatory high school offering advanced placement, honors, college prep, and foundations levels of study. In the Class of 2015, 98% of graduates are attending colleges and universities. Graduates in the Class of 2015 were awarded over $10.5 million in academic merit-based scholarships, and 99% of the graduates have gone on to colleges, universities, and technical schools.

All students and faculty use Tablet PC laptop computer/notebooks connected using a wireless Internet system.


The DePaul Spartans[2] competes in the Big North Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[7] Before the NJSIAA's 2010 realignment, the school had competed in the Northern Hills Conference an athletic conference made up of private and public high schools located in Essex, Morris and Passaic counties.[8]

There are over 20 varsity sports for boys and girls in the school. The athletic director is Joe Lennon, who is also the varsity baseball coach. The mascot is the Spartan and the colors are green and white. The sports teams that are available include: Boys- baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, soccer, swimming, track and field, winter track, volleyball, wrestling; Girls- basketball, bowling, cheer leading (football, basketball, wrestling), cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, skiing, swimming, track and field, volleyball, winter track.[2] 23 varsity teams for boys and girls and 30 extracurricular activities are offered.

For the 2015-16 school years, DePaul is the lead partner with Morris Catholic High School for a cooperative ice hockey team.[9]

The girls field hockey team won the Parochial A North state sectional title in 1982, and went on to win the Parochial A state championship that year, defeating Holy Spirit High School in the title game.[10]

The football team won the Non-Public B North state sectional championship in 1992 and won the Non-Public II state title in 2013 and 2014.[11]

The boys wrestling team won the Parochial B North state sectional title in 1993, and won the Non-Public B North sectional title in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The team won the Parochial B state championship in 1993 and the Non-Public B state title in 2014.[12]

Stand Tall[edit]

85% of students and staff are members of "Stand Tall", DePaul's voluntary drug prevention program, which offers voluntary and school-sponsored, drug testing for students and staff.


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