Immaculate Conception High School (Lodi, New Jersey)

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Immaculate Conception High School
258 South Main Street

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Coordinates40°51′58″N 74°5′38″W / 40.86611°N 74.09389°W / 40.86611; -74.09389Coordinates: 40°51′58″N 74°5′38″W / 40.86611°N 74.09389°W / 40.86611; -74.09389
TypePrivate, All-Female
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
School districtArchdiocese of Newark
PresidentJoseph Azzolino
DeanJessica Cutrona
PrincipalJoseph Azzolino
Vice principalJeffrey Horohonich
Faculty20.0 FTEs[1]
Enrollment217 (as of 2015-16)[1]
Student to teacher ratio10.9:1[1]
Color(s)Blue and white         
Athletics conferenceNorth Jersey Interscholastic Conference
SportsSoftball, Basketball, Volleyball, Cheerleading, Tennis, Swimming, Track and Field, Soccer.
NicknameBlue Wolves
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
YearbookThe Felician
Enrollment ManagementNicole Mineo
Athletic DirectorJeffery Horohonich

Immaculate Conception High School (ICHS) is an American private, Roman Catholic, all-girls college-preparatory high school located in Lodi, in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. The school operates under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.[3] The school was founded in 1915 by the Felician Sisters. ICHS has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1961.[2]

As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 217 students and 20.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.9:1. The school's student body was 66.8% White, 19.4% Hispanic, 11.5% Black and 2.3% Asian.[1] Average class size is 15 students. The administration, faculty and staff consist of three Felician Sisters, 19 women, and 8 men. About 98% of seniors pursue higher education.[citation needed]


The Immaculate Conception High School Blue Wolves[4] are a member of the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[5] Prior to league realignment that took effect in the fall of 2010, Immaculate Conception was part of the smaller Bergen-Passaic Scholastic League (BPSL).[6]

Sports offered include soccer, volleyball, tennis, cross country, basketball, softball, cheerleading, swimming and track.[4]

Athletic accomplishments:

  • 2004 Bowling Team: State Tournament Non-Public B Sectionals
  • 2005-06 Basketball Team: 2nd Place BPSL Carpenter, County Tournament, State Tournament Non-Public B Semifinalist
  • 2006 Softball Team: 2nd Place BPSL Carpenter, County Tournament, State Tournament Non-Public B Semifinalist
  • 2006-07 Basketball Team: 1st Place BPSL Carpenter, County Tournament, State Tournament Non-Public B Finalist


The team has won the Non-Public B state championship each year from 2013–17, tied for sixth among all programs in the state.[7]

The softball team won its first state championship in 2013, defeating Sacred Heart High School by a score of 6-4 in the tournament final; Sacred Heart had defeated Immaculate Conception by a 3-1 score in the 2012 finals the previous season and was playing its final softball game before the school's closure at the end of the 2012-13 school year.[8]

The team repeated as Non-Public B champion in 2014, with a 5-0 win against St. Joseph High School (Hammonton) in the final game of the tournament, finishing with a 27-2 record for the season.[9]

The team won their third consecutive title in 2015 with a 2-1 win in a rematch against St. Joseph, coming from behind to win the tournament final by scoring one run in the bottom of the sixth inning and a walk-off run on a single with one out in the seventh, finishing the season with a 22-5 record.[10][11]

In a game that marked Jeff Horohonich's 600th career victory as a coach, the team won its fourth title with a 3-0 win against Benedictine Academy in the 2016 final, to finish the season with a 20-9 record and become the third program to win four straight group titles.[12]

In 2017, the softball team won the Non-Public B championship, defeating Wildwood Catholic High School by a score of 8-2 in the tournament final; the win was the program's fifth consecutive Non-Public B title, setting a state record for consecutive softball state group championships.[13] The team advanced to the inaugural New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association softball Tournament of Champions and made it to the final, where the team lost by a score of 7-6 in extra innings against Immaculate Heart Academy in the tournament final.[14]

In 2018 IC lost 9-0 to Steinert High School in the state Tournament of champion final.[15]


Clubs offered include: Student Council, National Honor Society, Rho Kappa National Honor Society, National History Bowl, New Jersey Consumer Bowl, Geography Club, History and Government Club, Ambassadors, Art Club, Yearbook, Vocal Ensemble, Dance Club, Adoration Club, Spiritual Book Club, Book Club, Choir, Broadway Bound, Knitting and Crocheting Club, Music Appreciation Club, Literary Magazine, Fitness Club, Science Club, Math League, Photography Club, Superhero club, Origami Club

Musical theatre[edit]

ICHS performs a musical once a year in the spring.

Past Shows:

Fall Drama[edit]

ICHS has recently revived its annual fall drama.

Past Shows:

  • 1995 You Can't Take It With You
  • 1996 Steel Magnolias
  • 1997 Arsenic and Old Lace
  • 1998 Marvin's Room
  • 2011 Little Women
  • 2012 Murder Mystery
  • 2013 Anne of Green Gables
  • 2014 The Wizard of Oz
  • 2015 12 Angry Jurors
  • 2016 - Aesop's (Oh So Slightly) Updated Fables
  • 2017 - Murders in the Heir
  • 2018 - A Seussified Christmas Carol


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Immaculate Conception High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed October 20, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Immaculate Conception High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed December 2, 2017.
  3. ^ Bergen County Catholic High Schools, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Accessed November 12, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Immaculate Conception Lodi, North Jersey Interscholastic Conference. Accessed October 25, 2017.
  5. ^ League Memberships – 2016-2017 Archived 2012-11-09 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
  6. ^ New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association League Memberships – 2009-2010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, backed up by the Internet Archive as of July 24, 2011. Accessed December 15, 2014.
  7. ^ History of the NJSIAA Softball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 2, 2017. Note that Hudson Catholic is incorrectly listed as the runner up in 2014.
  8. ^ Goldstein, Eric. "Immaculate Conception-Lodi defeats Sacred Heart to win Non-Public B title", NJ Advance Media for, June 9, 2013. Accessed December 2, 2017. "It wasn’t supposed to end like this for the Sacred Heart High School softball team.It wasn’t supposed to end watching Immaculate Conception-Lodi celebrate winning the NJSIAA Non-Public B state title with a 6-4 win."
  9. ^ Gargan, Guy. "St. Joseph softball loses to Immaculate Conception in state softball final", The Press of Atlantic City, June 7, 2014. Accessed December 2, 2017. "Immaculate Conception won its second straight state Non-Public B title 5-0, scoring a run in the third inning and adding four more in the sixth. The Blue Wolves improved to 27-2, while St. Joseph, the South Jersey champion, finished its season at 14-12."
  10. ^ Schutta, Gregory. "H.S. softball: Immaculate Conception walks off with third title in row", The Record (Bergen County), June 6, 2015, backed up by the Internet Archive as of September 20, 2015. Accessed December 2, 2017. "The junior threw off her helmet Friday and raced toward the circle where she was mobbed by her Immaculate Conception teammates after singling in the winning run in the Blue Wolves’ 2-1, come-from-behind victory over St. Joseph (Hammonton) in the Non-Public B softball championship at Kean... It gave the Blue Wolves their third straight Non-Public B crown in a rematch of last year’s state final.... The Blue Wolves (22-5) trailed most of the game after giving up a run in the first on a hit batsman, an error and a wild pitch."
  11. ^ McGurk, Tom. "Softball: St. Joseph's run falls short", Courier-Post, June 5, 2015. Accessed December 2, 2017. "Five outs away from capturing the school's first state title in any girls' sport, St. Joseph surrendered the tying run in the sixth and the decisive run in the bottom of the seventh Friday as Immaculate Conception Academy of Lodi walked off with a 2-1 win in the Non-Public B final at Kean University."
  12. ^ Iseman, Chris. "H.S. softball: Immaculate Conception wins fourth state title in row", The Record (Bergen County), June 11, 2016, backed up by the Internet Archive as of June 13, 2016. Accessed December 2, 2017. "Fueled by a three-run fifth inning and another dominant performance from Piening – confident and composed in the circle as always – Immaculate Conception defeated Benedictine, 3-0, Friday in the Non-Public B state title game at Kean University.The Blue Wolves (20-9) became just the third program to win four consecutive state championships.... This was also the 600th career win for Horohonich, who was at the helm of Immaculate Heart when the Blue Eagles won four straight state titles from 1993-96."
  13. ^ Schneider, Jeremy. "Lodi Immaculate downs Wildwood Catholic for record-setting fifth straight Non-Public B title", NJ Advance Media, June 4, 2017. Accessed December 2, 2017. "As Lodi Immaculate's players posed for pictures with the Non-Public B trophy on Sunday, they all put their thumbs up, symbolizing where they would be putting the program's latest ring — one for the thumb, which became the team's rallying cry.The Blue Wolves, No. 14 in the Top 20, took out Wildwood Catholic, 8-2, to win the NJSIAA Non-Public B crown at Kean University for a fifth straight title — setting a record for the most consecutive state titles in New Jersey softball history."
  14. ^ Schneider, Jeremy. "IHA walks off in extras to beat Lodi Immaculate for first-ever T of C title ", NJ Advance Media for, June 9, 2017. Accessed December 2, 2017. "It was, by definition, the biggest game in New Jersey softball history — the first-ever Tournament of Champions final, which would crown a true No. 1 team.... Senior outfielder Caroline Ventor blasted a two-out, two-strike walk-off single to left field that scored Mia Recenello as Immaculate Heart, No. 18 in the Top 20, came from behind to down No. 14 Lodi Immaculate, 5-4, in eight innings in the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions final at Ivy Hill Park on Friday night.... The inaugural Tournament of Champions trophy joins Immaculate Heart's state-best 12 group titles — the last of which came last weekend when the Blue Eagles downed No. 4 Donovan Catholic for a third straight Non-Public A title."
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