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
Goshen, New York, (Orange County) 10924
United States
Coordinates 41°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
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto Non Vox Sed Votum
(Not Words But Deeds)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1899
Opened 1963
CEEB code 332140
Principal Albert DelPrincipio
Grades 9-12
Student to teacher ratio 13.4
Color(s) Navy Blue and White         
Sports Football, soccer, cross-country, tennis, girls' volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, track and field, wrestling, baseball, softball, golf, lacrosse
Mascot Eagle
Team name Eagles
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, National Catholic Education Association[1]
Newspaper The 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". Dr Albert DelPrincipio has been the principal of John S. Burke Catholic since 2016. 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]

Students are required to wear uniforms on a daily basis. The freshmen and sophomore classes all wear maroon sweaters; the boys wear maroon ties and the girls wear grey and maroon plaid skirts. The juniors and seniors wear navy blue sweaters, with the boys wearing navy blue ties and the girls wear grey skirts. The seniors also have the privilege to wear a senior vest.

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.

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 2013-2014 school year, there is a total of 598 students attending Burke Catholic. The student-teacher ratio is 13.4.[6] The 111 seniors from the class of 2014 were awarded over $11.5 million in scholarships. Nine Advanced Placement courses are offered and all students use the Apple iPad to access the Enlighten digital learning system.

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". 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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  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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