Paramus Catholic High School

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Paramus Catholic High School
Paramus Catholic High School is located in Bergen County, New Jersey
Paramus Catholic High School
Paramus Catholic High School
Paramus Catholic High School is located in New Jersey
Paramus Catholic High School
Paramus Catholic High School
Paramus Catholic High School is located in the United States
Paramus Catholic High School
Paramus Catholic High School
425 Paramus Road

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United States
Coordinates40°57′20″N 74°5′45″W / 40.95556°N 74.09583°W / 40.95556; -74.09583Coordinates: 40°57′20″N 74°5′45″W / 40.95556°N 74.09583°W / 40.95556; -74.09583
TypePrivate, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
FoundersThomas A. Boland
Joseph P. Tuite[1]
School districtArchdiocese of Newark
SuperintendentDr. Margaret Dames
PrincipalStephanie Macaluso
Vice principalsRalph M. Manno
Joseph F. Wilson
Scott Langan
Brian Niland
ChaplainFr. Donnald Hummel
Faculty110.0 FTEs[2]
Enrollment1,571 (as of 2013-14)[2]
Average class size24
Student to teacher ratio14.3:1[2]
Color(s)     Black and
     Vegas Gold[3]
Athletics conferenceBig North Conference
MascotThe Paladin
Team namePaladins[3]
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[4]
Tuition$9,650 (2017-18)[5]
Deans of AcademicsAmy M. Shea
Michael Saulpaugh
Luke Frangione
Dean of Campus MinistryMichael A. Shea
Dean of AdmissionsLarry Hughes
Dean of StudentsDanielle Moore
Jacki McKenna
Athletic DirectorScott Langan

Paramus Catholic High School is a co-educational Roman Catholic high school located in Paramus in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. The school, founded in 1965,[6] is one of several high schools in the Archdiocese of Newark.[7] It has the largest enrollment of any Roman Catholic high school in the state of New Jersey.[8]

Paramus Catholic is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1996.[4] Only one student is accepted for every four applicants.

As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,571 students and 110.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.3:1. The school's enrollment was 44.9% White, 18.6% Black, 14.8% Hispanic, 11.1% Asian and 10.6% two or more races.[2]

Extracurricular activities and athletics[edit]

The Paramus Catholic High School Paladins[3] compete in the Big North Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[9] Prior to the 2010 realignment, the school participated in the North Bergen Interscholastic Athletic League (NBIAL).[10] In addition to football, cheer and girls basketball, they are also a consistent power in ice hockey, girls swimming, and boys basketball. Their biggest rivals include Bergen Catholic High School, Immaculate Heart Academy, St. Joseph Regional High School, Academy of the Holy Angels and Don Bosco Preparatory High School.

The school is known for its cheerleading squad and dance team. They both have won many national and state titles such as the 2002 State cheer champions, 2003 EDA National dance champions, 2004 Spirit Championship champions, 2005 NDA junior varsity pom national champions, 2006 Spirit Sports National champions, 2007 State Parochial cheer champions, 2007 EDA National dance champions and 2008 EDA National Dance Champions-Varsity Jazz/JV Jazz and Pom and Prop. 2009 EDA National Dance Team Champions- JV Jazz and Pom and Prop. 2010 EDA National Dance Team Champions- Varsity Hip Hop and Variety and JV Jazz and Pom.[11]

The softball team won the Parochial North A state sectional championship in 2001 with a string of shutout victories, topping Mount Saint Dominic Academy 2-0 in the first round, Immaculate Heart Academy 2-0 in the semifinals and Pope John XXIII Regional High School 2-0 in the tournament final.[12]

The girls' basketball team won the 2001 Parochial North A title with a 49-42 win over Immaculata High School.[13]

In the summer of 2010, Paramus Catholic formed a marching band for the first time, making it the only Catholic high school to have a marching band in the Archdiocese of Newark and Paterson.[14]

The football team won the Non-Public Group III state sectional championship in 1997, the Non-Public Group I title in 2007 and the Non-Public Group IV title in 2012.[15] With the hiring of alumni Chris Partridge, the Paramus Catholic football team improved and began to compete more effectively against Bergen Catholic High School and Don Bosco Preparatory High School in New Jersey's Group IV Non-Public division. In December 2012, the Paramus Catholic football team won the Non-Public Group IV state championship against Bergen Catholic High School by a final score of 37-34 on a touchdown scored with 1:16 left in the game. This was the program's first Group IV title and its first sectional championship since 1997.[16] One year after finishing the season out of the playoffs with a 3-6 record, the football team won the Non-Public Group IV state sectional championship, defeating St. Peter's Preparatory School by a score of 33-28 in the tournament final.[17]

Weekend school[edit]

As of February 2013 the Japanese Weekend School of New Jersey (ニュージャージー補習授業校), a Japanese supplementary weekend school, holds classes at Paramus Catholic,[18] while the school offices are in Fort Lee.[19] It is one of the two weekend Japanese school systems operated by the Japanese Educational Institute of New York (JEI; ニューヨーク日本人教育審議会 Nyūyōku Nihonjin Kyōiku Shingi Kai), a nonprofit organization which also operates two Japanese day schools in the New York City area.[20]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c d School data for Paramus Catholic High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed August 15, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Paramus Catholic High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 24, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Paramus Catholic High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed June 15, 2011.
  5. ^ Tuition & Financial Aid Scholarships, Paramus Catholic High School. Accessed November 2, 2017.
  6. ^ We are Paramus Catholic, Paramus Catholic High School. Accessed May 7, 2012. "Founded in 1965 under Archbishop Thomas A. Boland, and Superintendent of Schools, Monsignor Joseph P. Tuite, Paramus Catholic operated as a co-institutional school until 1995."
  7. ^ Bergen County Catholic High Schools, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Accessed November 12, 2016.
  8. ^ Alex, Patricia. "Pope held special spot in hearts of youth", The Record (Bergen County), April 5, 2005. Accessed August 21, 2008. "Today a memorial Mass will be celebrated at the school - the largest Catholic school in the state, and the rosary will be said in 10 languages..."
  9. ^ League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017 Archived 2012-11-09 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
  10. ^ 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 August 14, 2017.
  11. ^ Home page, Paramus Catholic High School Cheer and Dance. Accessed September 9, 2012.
  12. ^ 2001 NJSIAA Softball - Parochial North A, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 10, 2007.
  13. ^ 2001 - Parochial North A, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 10, 2007.
  14. ^ Staff. "Paramus Catholic debuts its band", Clifton Journal, October 15, 2010. Accessed February 20, 2011. "Paramus Catholic High School is the first Catholic school in Bergen County, and may be the first in the Archdiocese of Newark, to offer a marching band."
  15. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 9, 2015.
  16. ^ Guthrie, Charles. "Football: Paramus Catholic stuns Bergen Catholic, 37-34, with late score for Non-Public, Group 4 title", The Star-Ledger, December 7, 2012. Accessed December 10, 2012. "Shanley completed all seven of his passes, including a tight spiral he lofted right into the hands of a streaking Tyrone Washington for a 55-yard touchdown down the sideline with 1:16 left in the game to lift Paramus Catholic, No. 5 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, to a 37-34 victory over No. 3 Bergen Catholic in the NJSIAA Non-Public, Group 4 final in front of 9,072 at MetLife Stadium. It marked the first Non-Public, Group 4 title for Paramus Catholic and second championship overall. The Paramus school won the Non-Public, Group 3 crown in 1997."
  17. ^ Perez, Braulio. "Turnaround complete: Huge 2nd half leads Paramus Catholic to NP4 crown", NJ Advance Media for, December 2, 2016. Accessed December 11, 2016. "Paramus Catholic is back on top.On Friday night, coach Dan Sabella and his team took down St. Peter's Prep 33-28 to capture the coveted Non-Public, Group 4 championship at MetLife Stadium. The title comes one year after PC missed the playoffs and went 3-6."
  18. ^ Wassel, Bryan. "Paramus school board considers leasing space on weekends.", North Jersey Media Group. Accessed July 7, 2013.
  19. ^ "入学のご案内 entrance" (Archive). Japanese Weekend School of New Jersey. Accessed July 7, 2013. "Japanese Weekend School of NJ ニュージャージー補習授業校事務所 2 Executive Drive, Suite 660, Fort Lee, NJ 07024"
  20. ^ "学校案内" (Archive). Japanese Educational Institute of New York (ニューヨーク日本人教育審議会). Accessed April 15, 2015. The names of the weekend schools as stated on the pages should be "The Japanese Weekend School of New York" and "The Japanese Weekend School of New Jersey" - note that the Japanese names between the day and weekend schools are different.
  21. ^ Brock, David. "Blinded by the right: the conscience of an ex-conservative", p. 14. Random House, 2003. ISBN 1-4000-4728-5. Accessed January 30, 2011. "... when I arrived at my all-male high school, Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, New Jersey, I was singled out and ridiculed for being different."
  22. ^ Caswell Jr., Mark. "Brendan Burke Named as Islanders TV Play-by-Play Broadcaster", Utica Comets, August 11, 2016. Accessed November 2, 2017. "Burke is from the tri-state area - Fair Lawn, New Jersey - and is a graduate of New Jersey’s Paramus Catholic High School and a 2006 Cum Laude graduate of Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York."
  23. ^ Anthony DiCosmo, Accessed November 17, 2014.
  24. ^ Writing About Anne Donovan, Seattle Storm. Accessed May 3, 2007. "After completing a stellar high school career that saw her average 35 points and 17 rebounds her senior season, lead her team, Paramus Catholic, to consecutive undefeated seasons, and be named High School Player of the Year by Dial Soap, Donovan was a much-sought NCAA recruit."
  25. ^ Dunleavy, Ryan. "Rashan Gary commits to Michigan as No. 1 recruit in nation", Asbury Park Press, February 3, 2016. Accessed February 7, 2016. "Gary spent the first two seasons of his career at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School before transferring to state powerhouse Paramus Catholic in the summer of 2014. Gary's move sparked always ready-to-flare tensions between public and non-public schools in the state over alleged recruiting."
  26. ^ Staff. "Record holders now champions at USBC Open Championships", July 3, 2007. Accessed February 7, 2016. "After nearly two months of waiting to see if their 1,544 record total would hold up, first-time participant Jonathan Masur of West Orange, N.J., and Jeffrey Butler of Garfield, N.J., now are officially the Regular Doubles champions at the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships."
  27. ^ Staff. "All-Decade Boys Bowling", The Record (Bergen County), June 11, 2010. Accessed February 7, 2016. "Honorable mention: Kevin DeFrancesco, Dumont; Jon Franco, Bergen Catholic; Alex Prell, Wood-Ridge; Jonathan Masur, Paramus Catholic..."
  28. ^ "New York Red Bulls II Sign David Najem", New York Red Bulls, May 19, 2016. Accessed May 20, 2016. "Najem attended Paramus Catholic High School where he was a two-time captain and set the school record with 54 goals and 146 career points in his career."
  29. ^ Cooper, Darren. "Jabrill Peppers", The Record (Bergen County), October 9, 2014. Accessed February 14, 2015. "In his text, Peppers, who started his high school career at Don Bosco, described the uncomfortable situation he says the school created for him when he decided to transfer to Paramus Catholic after his sophomore season."
  30. ^ Bondy, Stefan. "Tchani's Journey", The Record (Bergen County), January 14, 2010. Accessed September 6, 2011. "Paterson's Nelson Becerra and Teaneck's David Reed, both St. John's products who were listed as eligible draftees, did not get picked. Becerra, a St. Benedict's graduate, was invited to the combine as the 2008 Big East midfielder of the year. Reed, a defender, is a Paramus Catholic graduate."
  31. ^ PM, Bobby Ilich 02/16/19 AT 11:30 (16 February 2019). "Who Is Jussie Smollett? 'Empire' Actor Faces Police Questions About Possible Staged Attack". International Business Times.

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