Phillipsburg Catholic High School

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Phillipsburg Catholic High School
137 Roseberry Street (1961–1994)
Phillipsburg, New Jersey
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1875
Closed 1994
Grades 912

Phillipsburg Catholic High School was a parochial high school in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. It was operated by the Roman Catholic parish of Saints Philip and James Church in Phillipsburg.


Formal Catholic education in the Phillipsburg area began in 1875 when Reverend Cornelius J. O'Reilly and the parishioners of Sts. Philip and James Church decided to erect a school for the academic and moral education of the parish youth. In spite of financial concerns, the cornerstone was laid in 1875 for a three-story brick building at the corner of South Main and Stockton Streets. The Sisters of Charity staffed the school from 1876 to 1877. In 1886, the Sisters of Mercy purchased property at 518 South Main Street for the purpose of opening an academy for young ladies. It was formally dedicated as Saint Catherine's Academy on September 29, 1887. The Sisters staffed the new academy as well as the original grammar school. A high school wing of ten classrooms and an auditorium was added to the grammar school in 1920 and the students of St. Catherine's Academy were transferred to the new high school in 1923.[1]

The new school was known as Sts. Philip and James Parochial High School and shared the building on South Main Street with Sts. Philip and James Elementary School. As enrollment increased, by 1958 the need for a new high school was evident. Twenty-one acres of land on Roseberry Street were purchased and after an ambitious campaign drive led by Reverend Joseph V. Kozak, the new high school was dedicated on August 20, 1961, as Phillipsburg Catholic High School.

In 1989 the parish turned over the operation of the school to the Diocese of Metuchen to be operated as a regional school named All Saints Regional School. The Sisters of Mercy left at the end of the 1989-90 school year, bringing to an end over 100 years of service given to the Phillipsburg community. The Diocese arranged for the services of another order, the Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. In 1994 the high school was closed, citing low enrollment and fiscal expenses.[2] The elementary school was moved to the high school building.

In 1999 the elementary school was converted back to a parish school associated with Sts. Philip and James Church. It was renamed Sts. Philip and James School.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ 125 Years of Catholic Learning: Saints Philip and James School. Accessed October 13, 2006.
  2. ^ Buratti, Bruce. "Phillipsburg Catholic High School boys basketball team celebrates 50th anniversary of state championship game", The Express-Times, March 21, 2013. Accessed December 13, 2016. "It was the signature athletic moment in the history of Phillipsburg Catholic, which changed its name to All Saints Regional in the fall of 1990 and eventually closed its doors in the spring of 1994."
  3. ^ House concurrent resolution honoring University of Vermont basketball coach Tom Brennan., Vermont General Assembly. Accessed July 26, 2007. "Whereas, beginning with his days as a standout player at Phillipsburg Catholic High in New Jersey, Tom Brennan was destined for a basketball career..."
  4. ^ Canavan, Tom via Associated Press. "Dick Lynch, 72, Giants Cornerback Turned Announcer", The New York Sun, September 25, 2008. Accessed September 21, 2015. "A Bound Brook, N.J., native, Lynch attended Phillipsburg Catholic High School in Clinton."

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Coordinates: 40°41′54″N 75°10′35″W / 40.698470°N 75.176482°W / 40.698470; -75.176482