Holy Spirit High School (New Jersey)

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Holy Spirit High School
500 South New Road


United States
Coordinates39°25′2″N 74°30′35″W / 39.41722°N 74.50972°W / 39.41722; -74.50972Coordinates: 39°25′2″N 74°30′35″W / 39.41722°N 74.50972°W / 39.41722; -74.50972
TypePreparatory School, Coeducational
MottoCaritas Omnia Vincit
(Love conquers all things)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
School districtDiocese of Camden
CEEB code310025
PresidentFr. Perry Cherubini
DeanDennis Smith
AdministratorJay Connell,
Keith Gorman
PrincipalSusan Dennen
Faculty32.1 FTEs[1]
Enrollment380 (as of 2015-16)[1]
Student to teacher ratio11.8:1[1]
Color(s)     Navy blue and
     Vegas gold[2]
Athletics conferenceCape-Atlantic League
Team nameSpartans[2]
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[3]
Tuition$8,550 (2016–17)[4]
Athletic DirectorSteve Normane

Holy Spirit High School is a Roman Catholic preparatory school located in Absecon, New Jersey (just outside Atlantic City). The school is under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Camden.[5] The school's motto is Caritas Omnia Vincit – which translates to 'love conquers all things'. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1971.[3]

As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 380 students and 32.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.8:1. The school's student body was 78.2% White, 6.8% Black, 6.8% Hispanic, 5.0% Asian and 3.2% two or more races.[1]

The school is under the limited governance of an independent Board of Trustees. The Bishop of Camden is responsible for the proper teaching of the Catholic faith, the proper celebration of the sacraments and the overall Catholic identity of the institution. The President/Principal serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the chief administrative officer of Holy Spirit High School.


The Holy Spirit High School Spartans[2] compete in the National Division of the Cape-Atlantic League, an athletic conference consisting of both parochial and private and public high schools located in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, and Gloucester County. The Cape-Atlantic League operates under the aegis of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[6] The football team competes in the United Division of the 95-team West Jersey Football League superconference[7] and was classified by the NJSIAA as Non-Public Group II for football for 2017-18.[8]

The football team won the Non-Public A South state sectional championships in 1974, 1975 and 1978. The 1987 football team won the Parochial A state title by defeating Notre Dame High School 15–8. The 2007 team held an undefeated record of 12-0 and won the Non-Public, Group III state sectional championship with a 26–13 win over Immaculata High School. The undefeated season and state championship were both firsts in team history.[9][10] The 2010 team won the Non-Public Group III state title, and the 2011 and 2012 teams won the Non-Public Group II championships.[11]

In the 1970s through the late 1980s, Holy Spirit made a name for itself in boys' rowing, winning several national championships and competing several times at the Henley Regatta on the River Thames by the town of Henley-on-Thames, England.[12] This rowing success led to an entry in The Official Preppy Handbook in 1980. The boys' rowing team has competed for the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at Henley six times 1970, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1982, and 2003. The team won in 1974, 1976, and 1981; in addition to finishing second twice, in a race in which the winner is widely considered to be the best youth crew in the world. Holy Spirit's three titles is tied with St. Paul's School for the most by any American high school.[13][14] Coach Stan Bergman led the team to all three Henley victories.

The girls eight-person rowing team won the Peabody Cup at the 2003 Henley Women's Regatta, defeating the Kingston School of England. Their coach, Joseph Welsh Jr., was a member of the boys team at Holy Spirit when it won a similar championship at Henley in 1976.[15] The girls eight-person rowing team repeated the win of the Peabody Cup at the 2004 Henley Women's Regatta; this time defeating a fellow US team, St. Andrew's School of Delaware.[16]

The field hockey team won the Parochial A South state sectional championships in 1982.[17]

The 2005 softball team won the Non-Public, South B state sectional championship with a 10–6 win over St. Joseph High School in the tournament final.[18]

The boys' swimming team won the Non-Public A state championship in 2000 and 2001 and the Non-Public B state championship in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006. The 2006 title came in a 95.5–74.5 tournament win over Bishop Eustace High School.[19]

The girls' swimming team won the Non Public A state championship in 2007 with a 102–68 win against Red Bank Catholic High School.[20]

In 2006, the boys' basketball team brought home the school's first Cape Atlantic League championship after defeating their rival Atlantic City High School, finishing the season with a record of 26-3.[21]

In 2004, the girls' soccer team won their first Cape Atlantic League championship, beating Ocean City High School 4–1, after having lost in the league's title game in each of the four previous years.[22]

The 2007 girls' tennis team took the South A state sectional championship with a 3–2 win over Notre Dame High School in the tournament final.[23]

The baseball team finished the season with a 14–16 record, winning the South Jersey Non-Public final by a score of 7–1 against Marist High School and then won the Non-Public B state championship for the first time since 1982 with a 9–4 win against Newark Academy.[24]

In 2016, the girls' soccer team won the South Jersey Non-Public B final against Our Lady of Mercy Academy 4–1 after losing the previous year to Moorestown Friends. This was the first time Spartan girls' soccer has won this title and the first time the team went to the New Jersey Non-Public B state final.[25]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Holy Spirit High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed October 20, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Holy Spirit High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 26, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Holy Spirit High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed July 10, 2011.
  4. ^ Tuition Information, Holy Spirit High School. Accessed January 17, 2017.
  5. ^ Catholic Schools Directory, Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden. Accessed October 20, 2016.
  6. ^ League & Conference Affiliations, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 9, 2017.
  7. ^ Divisions, West Jersey Football League. Accessed September 25, 2017.
  8. ^ NJSIAA Football Public School Classifications 2017-2018, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, finalized August 2, 2017. Accessed September 25, 2017.
  9. ^ 2007 Football - Non-Public, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 23, 2007.
  10. ^ McGarry, Michael. "Defense leads Holy Spirit to first football state title", The Press of Atlantic City, December 2, 2007. Accessed December 23, 2007. "It is the first state title in Holy Spirit football history. Spirit's victory ended Immaculata's 23-game winning streak. Spirit finishes 12-0 for the first time in school history."
  11. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
  12. ^ Wilkins, Joseph T. A Short History of the Brigantine Rowing Club. Accessed July 17, 2007.
  13. ^ Results of Final Races - 1946-2003, Henley Royal Regatta. Accessed July 10, 2011.
  14. ^ US/HRR-US frame.htm U.S. Winners, Henley Royal Regatta. Accessed July 10, 2011.
  15. ^ Strauss, Robert. "WORTH NOTING; Sailing, Sailing, To a Girls' Championship", The New York Times, June 29, 2003. Accessed October 25, 2007. "Last Sunday, the girls varsity rowing team from Holy Spirit High School, in Absecon, won the Peabody Cup, the top prize in the school/junior category in the Henley Women's Regatta at Henley-on-Thames, England. Though not officially so, the regatta is considered the world championships of rowing, and the Peabody Cup thus gives the Holy Spirit Panthers bragging rights as the best high school eight-person rowing team in the world."
  16. ^ Staff. "Holy Spirit Rows to a Repeat", The Press of Atlantic City, June 21, 2004. Accessed July 10, 2011. "The Holy Spirit High School girls varsity-eight crew celebrates repeating as Peabody Cup champion at the Henley Women's Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, England, on Sunday."
  17. ^ History of the NJSIAA Field Hockey Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 5, 2015.
  18. ^ 2005 Softball - Non-Public, South B, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 17, 2007.
  19. ^ Gargan, Guy. "High School Swimming Championship: Deep Spirit Rules State", The Press of Atlantic City, February 26, 2006. Accessed July 10, 2011. "The Holy Spirit High School boys swimming team had fewer first-place finishes than Bishop Eustace Prep on Saturday in their state Non-Public B championship meet, but the Spartans kept pulling away. Kevin Cain's wins in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100 backstroke led Holy Spirit to a 95.5-74.5 victory at The College of New Jersey."
  20. ^ 2007 Girls Team Swimming - Non Public - A, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 22, 2007.
  21. ^ Burrows, Walt. "Spiller's tip-in lifts Holy Spirit", Courier-Post, February 26, 2006. Accessed July 10, 2011. "Cliff Spiller was in an unfamiliar role Saturday when he scored the winning basket and finished with a career-high 13 points in leading Holy Spirit High School to its first-ever Cape-Atlantic League overall boys' basketball championship. "
  22. ^ McCann, Courtney. "GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER CAPE ATLANTIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS / SPIRIT UPSETS OCEAN CITY", The Press of Atlantic City, November 3, 2004. Accessed September 10, 2012. "It may have taken four years, but the Holy Spirit High School girls soccer team finally got what it came for. The Spartans upset Ocean City 4-1 to win the Cape-Atlantic League Championship on Tuesday."
  23. ^ 2007 Girls Team Tennis - South A, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 26, 2007.
  24. ^ McGarry, Michael. "Holy Spirit baseball wins first state title in 33 years", The Press of Atlantic City, June 6, 2015. Accessed May 26, 2016. "The Spartans capped their memorable playoff run by beating Newark Academy 9-4 to win the state Non-Public B title at Toms River North on Saturday afternoon.... The win gave Spirit its first state baseball title since 1982.."
  25. ^ Gould, Brandon. "Girls Soccer: 2016 Non-Public B final preview - Holy Spirit vs. Morris Catholic", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, November 11, 2016. Accessed January 10, 2017. "Holy Spirit made school history on Thursday with a 4-1 victory over Our Lady of Mercy in the South Jersey, Non-Public B final. Christine Conaghy scored three times in the final to lift the fifth-seeded South Jersey squad to its first ever sectional title."
  26. ^ Clements, Ron. "Who is Joe Callahan? Get to know the Packers rookie QB", Sporting News, August 7, 2016. Accessed October 2, 2017. "Callahan, whose full name is Francis Joseph, was born and raised in Absecon, N.J., where he was a standout player at Holy Spirit High School."
  27. ^ "Assistant Ford promoted to replace Ayers", ESPN.com, February 10, 2004. Accessed May 21, 2007. "A native of Atlantic City, N.J., Ford attended Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, N.J., and went on to play at Villanova University from 1968-72, where he helped the Wildcats reach the 1971 NCAA championship game against UCLA."
  28. ^ William Green player profile, National Football League Players Association. Accessed July 23, 2007. "Hometown: Atlantic City, NJ... Earned All-America honors from Super Prep, Tom Lemming, National Recruiting Advisor, RivalNet, Prep Star, Parade and Blue Chip Illustrated and was rated among Super Prep's National Top 50 (third-rated running back on the magazine's dream team), in addition to being a consensus all-state selection at Holy Spirit (Atlantic City, N.J.) High School."
  29. ^ Nets finalize roster by waiving Ime Udoka, keeping Linwood native Dennis Horner By Jorge Castillo, The Star-Ledger of Newark, December 23, 2011
  30. ^ Eisenlohr, Scott. "Don't Stop the Music: Holy Spirit Music Department Needs a Hand", The Press of Atlantic City, November 23, 2005. Accessed October 24, 2011. "Brian Joo, 1999, achieved stardom in the Asian community with the group 'Fly to the Sky,' and has three albums to his credit."
  31. ^ Anastasia, George. "Mobscene.", JerseyMan Magazine, September 17, 2012. Accessed April 5, 2014.
  32. ^ "Michelle Malkin: as a book author, newspaper columnist, television commentator, and blogger, this young first-generation American has used a pull-no-punches style to criticize U.S. immigration and war-on-terror policies.", The American Enterprise, September 1, 2005. Accessed October 25, 2007. "After graduating from Holy Spirit High School I went to Oberlin College in Ohio, a small, radically left-wing, liberal arts college."
  33. ^ DeRosier, John. "Atlantic City native embroiled in Trump/Flynn controversy ", The Press of Atlantic City, May 17, 2017. Accessed November 15, 2017. "McGahn, a longtime Republican campaign lawyer and former commissioner at the Federal Election Commission, grew up in Atlantic City, attending Our Lady Star of the Sea school and Holy Spirit High School, where he played football."
  34. ^ Meyer, Josh. "Anti-Terrorist Elite Bury Victim of Cause: Colleagues in the battle pause to eulogize John P. O'Neill, killed in the World Trade Center.", Los Angeles Times, September 29, 2001. Accessed October 24, 2011. "Within days of graduating from Holy Spirit High School in Atlantic City, O'Neill signed on with the FBI as a fingerprinting clerk. He rose quickly, becoming an agent and holding various field and management positions in Washington, Chicago, Baltimore and New York."
  35. ^ Staff. "Agent says Ventnor native Greg Roman a finalist for Penn State job", The Press of Atlantic City, January 3, 2012. Accessed September 10, 2012. "San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, a Ventnor native and Holy Spirit High School graduate, is a finalist for the Penn State football head-coaching job, his agent said Monday."
  36. ^ Anastasia, George. "'Nicky Jr.': Where Does the Boss' Son Fit In?" The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 10, 1991.
  37. ^ Anastasia, George. "Probe's Detailed View of Mob Life.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 24, 2007. Accessed April 12, 2008.
  38. ^ Berger, Howard. "Honorable 'Menschen'", Jewish Times of South Jersey, April 8, 2011. Accessed October 24, 2011. "Stephanie Williams, raised in Margate, graduated Holy Spirit HS and Wagner College, and attending George Washington University Medical School was Miss Washington, DC in January's Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas."

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