Paul VI High School
|Paul VI High School|
|Motto||Fortis In Fide|
(Strength In Faith)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Authority||Diocese of Camden|
|Rector||Fr. John Rossi|
|Principal||Sr. Marianne McCann|
|Vice principal||Regina Siciliano (Academics)|
|Asst. principal||Carol Basara (Student Services)|
Joseph Burke (Discipline)
|Enrollment||1,113 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||16.9:1|
|Campus type||Shaped like an eagle; Letter 'W'|
|Color(s)|| Royal Blue and|
|Song||"Soar Eagle, Soar!" adapted from Jean Sibelius's Finlandia Hymn|
|Athletics conference||Olympic Conference|
|Mascot||The Paul VI Eagle|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Publication||Aerie (literary/art magazine)|
|Tuition||$9,645 (for 2017-18)|
|Athletic Director||Tony Mitchell|
Paul VI High School is a private Catholic high school located in Haddon Township, in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As there is no post office in Haddon Township, the mailing address is Haddonfield. The school, founded in 1966, is named in honor of Pope Paul VI and is overseen by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1979.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,113 students and 65.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 16.9:1. The school's student body was 79.6% White, 9.3% Black, 5.2% Asian, 4.0% Hispanic and 1.8% two or more races.
Paul VI is separated into four classes: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. The school year begins in early September, and ends in the middle of June (Seniors graduate in late May or early June). Extended periods of vacation are given at Christmas and Easter.
The Paul VI school day starts at 8:05 AM, and ends at 2:30 PM. Students are required to wear the designated school uniforms for the entirety of the day, except during casual days. Separate gym uniforms are required for Physical Education. Discipline is organized into a system of demerits, whereby demerits are given out to students who break the school code of conduct as published annually in the student handbook. The number of demerits given depends on the severity of the infraction. Ten demerits result in a student receiving a detention. As Paul VI is a Catholic high school, students are expected to act according to Catholic teaching.
The school day is organized into eight periods, each 43 minutes long. Preceding 1st period is a homeroom period, where students receive news and announcements. Occasionally, periods are shortened to allow for a student assembly or pep rally, or for half days. Monthly, students attend mass together in the auditorium; a special mass schedule is used.
Students are required to take four years of math, English/Literature and religion in order to graduate. Three years of science and history are also required, as are two years of a foreign language, one year of writing, senior year health, and sophomore year physical/health education.
Arithmetic courses include everything from Algebra 1 Part 1, to Advanced Placement program (AP level) AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC. Recently, AP Statistics has been introduced as a class to follow the AP Calculus courses.
Literature courses include AP English Language and Composition, American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, and their respective honors and AP courses. Creative Writing, Film Appreciation, and Public Speaking are popular electives.
Religious studies are a very important part of the Paul VI education, with four years of courses covering everything including Catholic Faith and Morality, Scriptures, Church History, prayer and worship, Issues of Faith and Morals and Social justice.
Two years of a foreign language are required, and students may take up to four years of their desired language. Languages offered to study include Spanish, Italian, French, Latin, and their respective AP class. Japanese is also offered, however, as of the 2008–09 school year, only two years of Japanese are offered. Two years of any language are mandatory.
The Social Studies are well represented, with World History, US History 1 & 2 (as well as Honors United States History 1 and AP United States History 2,) AP European History, Humanities, Sociology, Comparative World Governments, Logic, AP Economics, and AP Psychology.
Drama 1 & 2, as well as Advanced Drama are very popular electives.
Dance classes include Ballet 1 & 2, Dance 1, Intermediate Dance, and Advanced Dance. All dance courses are elective.
Paul VI offers a wide array of music courses including Chorus, Chorale, Chamber Choir, A Capella Singers, Male Chorus, Music Theory, Advanced Music Theory, Band, Pep Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, String Ensemble 1 & 2, and Music technology. All music courses are elective.
The Industrial Arts courses are all elective and include Technical Drawing 1, 2, & 3, and architecture. All four courses are successive.
The Paul VI Eagles compete in the Patriot Division of the Olympic Conference, which operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. The football team competes in the National Division of the 95-team West Jersey Football League superconference and was classified by the NJSIAA as Non-Public Group IV for football for 2017-18.
Sports offered at Paul VI include:
- Fall – soccer, football, cross country
- Winter – basketball – Boys Won Parochial A state championship in 1988, indoor track, ice hockey, swimming, wrestling
- Spring – lacrosse, track & field, golf, baseball, tennis, volleyball
- Fall – soccer, tennis, cross country, field hockey, cheerleading, volleyball, dance/drill team
- Winter – basketball, indoor track, swimming, cheerleading, dance/drill team
- Spring – lacrosse, track & field, softball, dance/drill team
The boys wrestling team won the Parochial A South state sectional championships every year from 1981 to 1992. The team won the Parochial A state championships in 1982, 1984–1990 and 1992. The team's nine state group titles are tied for fourth-most in the state and the streak of seven consecutive group titles is tied for the state's third longest.
The football team won the Non-Public A South state sectional championships in 1981.
Boys' cross country winning streak
The Paul VI boys' cross country team had a dual meet unbeaten streak that started in 1979 and ended at 244 straight wins after 28 years. On October 10, 2007, Camden Catholic High School beat them 21–36 and took the division championship, ending the longest unbeaten streak in recent memory. In an editorial, The Philadelphia Inquirer cited the streak, which started when Jimmy Carter was President, as "an epic achievement". They have not lost since, and beat Camden Catholic High School in a dual meet during the 2008 season. Haddonfield High School now owns the current longest streak for South Jersey at 102 wins.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Michael Chambers, President
- Sister Marianne McCann, Principal
- Regina Siciliano, Vice Principal
- Carol Basara, Assistant Principal for Student Services
- Joseph Burke, Assistant Principal of Discipline
- Andrew Bailey (born 1984), 2009 American League Rookie of the Year, relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
- James F. Checchio (born 1966, class of 1984), Catholic priest and current bishop-elect of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen.
- Ron Curry (born 1993), professional basketball player for Krka of the Premier A Slovenian Basketball League.
- Jonathan Grimes (born 1989), NFL running back who last played for the Houston Texans.
- Brittany Ratcliffe (born 1994, class of 2012) professional soccer player for the Utah Royals FC in the NWSL.
- School data for Paul VI High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed October 20, 2017.
- Paul VI High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 8, 2015.
- Paul VI High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed July 10, 2011.
- Admissions, Paul VI High School. Accessed October 16, 2017. "Tuition for the 2017-2018 school year is $9,645.00."
- Catholic Schools Directory, Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden. Accessed October 20, 2016.
- Editorial. "Paul VI High School: Still winners, in the long run", The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 17, 2007. Accessed October 18, 2007. "This was more than just a sports streak – it was an epic achievement, famous among those who knew. It's never too late to salute 28 years of excellence."
- League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
- Divisions, West Jersey Football League. Accessed September 25, 2017.
- NJSIAA Football Public School Classifications 2017-2018, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, finalized August 2, 2017. Accessed September 25, 2017.
- Narducci, Marc. "Turkey. Tradition. Tackling.", Suburban Family, November 2010. Accessed August 3, 2011. "Paul VI vs. Camden Catholic These two parochial schools have been rivals almost since their first game, back in 1968. Camden Catholic coach Rick Brown says, "The price [of the two schools' tuitions] is identical and the location is close, so there is a lot of pride when a youngster chooses one school over the other."... Camden Catholic also spent time in the rankings this season; the Irish hold a 26-15-1 lead in their rivalry with Paul VI. At their annual Thanksgiving match-up—either on the actual holiday, or the night before—fans show up early to ensure they'll get a seat in the packed bleachers."
- Melchiorre, Chris. "Bishop Eustace girls eliminate Paul VI", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 2, 2011. Accessed August 3, 2011. "Regardless of the road that lies ahead, the Crusaders can take solace in the fact that they beat Paul VI, their Olympic National rival, for the third time this season. 'It's tough to beat any team three times in one season,' Phillips said."
- History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 8, 2015.
- NJSIAA Group Basketball Past Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 8, 2015.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- 2003 NJSIAA Parochial A Boys' Soccer State Tournament, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 20, 2007.
- Strauss, Robert. "Impressed by Threepeats? How About a 23-Peat?", January 7, 2007. Accessed October 24, 2007. "Paul VI High School, in nearby Haddon Township, has not lost a dual meet since 1979, more than 240 races ago. Joe Puleo, a former Paul VI coach who is now coach of the Rutgers-Camden college track team, said the high school's conference was not always strong, but the tradition of striving for victory was."
- Camden Catholic ends Paul VI's long winning streak – Courier Post Online. Accessed October 12, 2007.
- Administration, Paul VI High School. Accessed October 22, 2018.
- Staff. "Andrew Bailey, pride of Paul VI, top AL rookie", Philadelphia Daily News, November 17, 2009. Accessed February 4, 2011.
- Rinunce e nomine, 08.03.2016 (Italina), Holy See Press Office, March 8, 2016. Accessed March 8, 2016. "Ha frequentato la 'Pope Paul VI High School' a Haddon Township (1980–1984) e si è laureato alla 'University of Scranton' a Scranton (Pennsylvania) nel 1988."
- Callahan, Kevin. "Paul VI Pipeline flowing and winning at James Madison", Courier-Post, February 5, 2016. Accessed May 10, 2017. "The Paul VI High School boys' basketball pipeline to Virginia is flowing – and winning.... Curry, who is from Pennsauken and majoring in sports and recreation management, is averaging 16.1 points and 3.8 assists – both team highs - in 32 minutes a game this season."
- Staff. "Paul VI's Grimes makes choice", The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 5, 2008. Accessed August 18, 2012. "Paul VI's Jonathan Grimes, an Inquirer all-South Jersey running back, announced last night that he had made an oral commitment to attend William & Mary on a football scholarship."
- Brittany Ratcliffe - Forward, Boston Breakers. Accessed February 27, 2018. "Hometown: Williamstown, N.J.... Played at Paul VI High School"