Marist High School (New Jersey)

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Marist High School
1241 Kennedy Boulevard
Bayonne, NJ, (Hudson County), 07002
Coordinates 40°41′26″N 74°6′22″W / 40.69056°N 74.10611°W / 40.69056; -74.10611Coordinates: 40°41′26″N 74°6′22″W / 40.69056°N 74.10611°W / 40.69056; -74.10611
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto Go to Marist...Go to College!
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic, Marist Brothers
Established 1954
School district Hudson County
Asst. Principal Craig Carbone, Chris Cassaro
Head of school Alice Miesnik
Faculty 29.8 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 912
Enrollment 444[1] (2009-10)
Student to teacher ratio 14.9:1[1]
Color(s) Royal Blue and Gold         
Athletics conference Hudson County Interscholastic League
Team name Royal Knights / Lady Knights
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Newspaper The Shield
Yearbook The Lance
Tuition $9, 150
Director of Marketing and Admissions Tiffany McQueary '03
Director of Athletics Ronnie Hayward '99

Marist High School is a private Roman Catholic co-educational college preparatory secondary school located in Bayonne, New Jersey, United States, and operated by the Marist Brothers of the Schools, an international religious congregation of educators with schools in over 70 countries.[3] It is located within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.[4] The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1978.[2]

As of the 2009-10 school year, the school had an enrollment of 444 students and 29.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.9:1.[1]


Marist first opened its doors in September, 1954, with Brother Leo Sylvius serving as the school's first principal.,[5] In 1962, the present campus was acquired to accommodate the school's growth after negotiations led by Brother Leo to acquire land owned by the City of Bayonne, and on April 23, 1964, ground was broken for a new building which would tie together existing buildings on the campus.[6] A modern structure was constructed with 24 classrooms, lecture rooms and laboratories for physics, chemistry, biology and earth science, an art studio, a computer center, and a weight room. A library with a complete audio-visual department, a guidance complex with a career resource center, together with a large gymnasium-auditorium complex and cafeteria were also included as part of the new school building. In 1977, additional land was acquired for expanding the school's athletic facilities. In 1995, an athletic field was built in back of the school.

In 1986, due to changing demographics, Marist decided to open its doors to young women and became a co-educational high school. Students from throughout Hudson and Essex counties and the surrounding metropolitan area attend the school. Marist is established primarily for Catholic students.


The Marist High School Royal Knights / Lady Knights compete in the Hudson County Interscholastic League, which includes private and parochial high schools in Hudson County, operating operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[7]

The football team won the NJSIAA Non-Public Group III state sectional championship in 1994.[8] The team's current head coach is Larry Arico, former head coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University and William Paterson University.

Champagnat Scholars Program[edit]

Marist High School is known for their Champagnat Scholars Program (CSP). This program is for very gifted and academically inclined students. Students (in as early as their Freshman Year) can obtain college credits by taking Advanced Placement classes offered at Marist. Currently, there are about 30 students in CSP.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Marist High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed July 11, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Marist High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed July 11, 2011.
  3. ^ Marist Founded Schools, Marist Brothers. Accessed July 11, 2011.
  4. ^ Hudson County High Schools, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Accessed July 11, 2011.
  5. ^ Brother Leo Sylvius: Supplement, Marist College. Accessed July 11, 2011.
  6. ^ Sullivan, Al. "Need a superhero? Marist art show features heroic art", Hudson Reporter, April 14, 2011. Accessed July 11, 2011.
  7. ^ League Memberships – 2012-2013, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 27, 2012.
  8. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, NJSIAA. Accessed January 3, 2012.
  9. ^ Kurland, Bob. "PITCHING IN MAJORS FULFILLS BOROWSKI'S OTHER DREAM", The Record (Bergen County), August 27, 1995. Accessed July 15, 2007. "The 24-year-old native of Bayonne even has had a taste of pitching for the Baltimore Orioles. The All-State tight end at Marist High School calls football 'my true love.' But baseball beckoned."
  10. ^ Rutkoff, Aaron. "Garden State Tolkien: Q&A With George R.R. Martin", The Wall Street Journal, July 8, 2011. Accessed July 11, 2011. "Mr. Martin, 62 years old, says that he grew up in a federal housing project in Bayonne, which is situated on a peninsula.... My four years at Marist High School were not the happiest of my life,” the author admits, although his growing enthusiasm for writing comics and superhero stories first emerged during this period."

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