John S. Burke Catholic High School

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John S. Burke Catholic
High School
John S Burke Catholic High School main entrance.jpg
Front entrance and grotto
80 Fletcher Street

, ,

United States
Coordinates41°24′35″N 74°20′31″W / 41.40972°N 74.34194°W / 41.40972; -74.34194Coordinates: 41°24′35″N 74°20′31″W / 41.40972°N 74.34194°W / 41.40972; -74.34194
TypePrivate, Coeducational
MottoNon Vox Sed Votum
(Not Words But Deeds)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
CEEB code332140
PrincipalJohn Douthit and Janice Clark
Student to teacher ratio13.4
Color(s)Navy Blue and White         
SportsFootball, soccer, cross-country, tennis, girls' volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, track and field, wrestling, baseball, softball, golf, lacrosse, swimming
Team nameEagles
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools, National Catholic Education Association[1]
NewspaperThe Windmill

John S. Burke Catholic High School, referred to locally as Burke Catholic, is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Goshen, New York and is located within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. Burke Catholic is the only Catholic high school located in Orange County. The school's colors are blue and white, with their sports teams, the Burke Catholic Eagles, carrying on those colors. Occasionally, silver is added to the school's colors. The school motto is "Non Vox Sed Votum", Latin for "Not Words But Deeds". John Douthit and Janice Clark have been the principals of John S. Burke Catholic since 2017. In May 2008, connecting acres of land to the school were bought by the Archdiocese.[2]


Burke Catholic was established in 1899. The school was originally staffed by the Sisters of Charity and previously called St. John's Academic School, Garr Institute and St. John's High School. In 1963, a new building was built at its current location and renamed for John Stephen Burke, a New York City philanthropist.[3] General Martin Dempsey, a 1970 graduate of Burke Catholic and the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivered the commencement address at the class of 2012's graduation held at West Point.[4][5]

Student life[edit]

Some extracurricular activities that students can participate in are the Drama Club, Social Awareness, Computer Club, Yearbook, and others. Many students also take part in the available sport programs. Most recently, in March 2011, the Burke Catholic Eagles boys' basketball team were crowned New York State Class B Champions (NYSPHAA) with a 62-52 victory over Potsdam. The boys football team went to the New York State Final Four in both 2016 and 2017. Throughout the year, commonly during spring break, optional trips are organized by various teachers. These have included Yellowstone National Park, Rome, Greece/Italy, Canada, France, England/Scotland, and others including a trip to the Dominican Republic to help those in impoverished conditions.


In the 2016-2017 school year, there is a total of 400 students attending Burke Catholic. The student-teacher ratio is 16.1.[6]

Operating Independently of the Archdiocese[edit]

On January 27, 2009, it was announced that the Archdiocese of New York would allow all Catholic high schools to operate independently, including John S. Burke Catholic High School. The Archdiocese said this action stemmed from a desire for a more efficient operation of the schools and that a local, independent Board of Directors would oversee the activities of the school.[7]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2009-05-27.
  2. ^ John Sullivan. "Catholic School Adds 32 Acres". Times Herald Record. Retrieved 2008-12-04.
  3. ^ JSBCHS. "John S. Burke Catholic High School History". John S. Burke Catholic High School website. Retrieved 2007-11-30.
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-14. Retrieved 2013-02-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "John S. Burke Catholic High School". Private Schools Report. Retrieved 2014-08-31.
  7. ^ John Sullivan. "Archdiocese will stop subsidizing Burke High School in Goshen". Times Herald Record. Retrieved 2009-01-27.

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