Roselle Catholic High School
|Roselle Catholic High School|
350 Raritan Road
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic,|
|School district||Archdiocese of Newark|
|NCES School ID||00863395|
|Enrollment||354 (as of 2017–18)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.6:1|
|Athletics conference||Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Publication||Vox Leonis (literary magazine)|
|Director of Development||Dave Boff|
|Admissions Director||Chris Clesca|
|Athletic Director||John Ahmuty|
Roselle Catholic High School is a coeducational, Roman Catholic high school, located on a 15-acre (6.1 ha) campus in Roselle, in Union County, New Jersey, United States. The school, established in 1959, operates under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark and the Marist Brothers. The school is accredited by the 
As of the 2017–18 school year, the school had an enrollment of 354 students and 28 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.6:1. The school's student body was 34.7% (123) Black, 24.9% (88) White, 17.8% (63) Hispanic, 12.7% (45) Asian and 9.9% (35) two or more races.
Morses Creek flows through the campus.
The Roselle Catholic High School Lions compete in the Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which includes public and private high schools in Union County and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) and was established as part of a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey. Prior to the NJSIAA's 2009 realignment, the school had participated in the Mountain Valley Conference, which included public and private high schools in Essex County, Somerset County and Union County. With 255 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2019–20 school year as Non-Public B for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 37 to 366 students in that grade range (equivalent to Group II for public schools).
The boys track team won the indoor track Non-Public state championship in 1965, 1967 and 1969, and won the Non-Public B title in 2011. The girls team won the Group II title in 2004 (as co-champion) and the Non-Public B title in 2009.
The boys track team won the Non-Public indoor relay championships in 1967-1969, 1973 and 1974. The program's five state titles are tied for ninth-most in the state.
The boys baseball team won the Non-Public A North state championship in 1967 and 1968, and won the Non-Public A state title in 1978 vs. Camden Catholic High School. The 1978 team won the Parochial A state title with a 3-1 win against Camden Catholic in the championship game played at Mercer County Park.
The boys track team won the Non-Public Group A spring track state championship in 1967 and 1973.
The boys cross country running team won the Non-Public Group A state championship in 1968 and 1969, and won the Non-Public B title 2004 and 2008.
The boys bowling team won the Group I state championship in 2008 and 2009.
The boys' basketball team won the Non-Public B state championships in 2013-2015 (defeating St. Anthony High School in the finals each of the three years) and 2018 (vs. Ranney School). The team won their third consecutive Non-Public B title in 2015 with a 56-52 win against St. Anthony in the championship game. The team won the 2018 Non-Public B title with a 63-61 win against Ranney School on a basket scored with just over six seconds remaining in the championship game. The team came into the 2013 Tournament of Champions as the top seed and finished the season 25-5 after winning the program's first ToC title with a 78-54 win against fifth-seeded Newark Tech High School in the semifinals and 65-49 against number-two seed St. Joseph High School of Metuchen in the championship game. The 2015 team won the school's second ToC title with a 103-34 win against Paulsboro High School in the semifinals and 57-45 against Pope John XXIII Regional High School in the finals, behind 27 points by Isaiah Briscoe. The team came into the 2018 ToC as the top seed and won the program's third title with a 75-62 win against Nottingham High School in the semifinals and a 61-54 win against Don Bosco Preparatory High School in the finals at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, despite a career-high 33 points from Don Bosco's Ron Harper Jr.
At the center of the school's courtyard is a spiraling brick walkway called the Roselle Catholic High School Labyrinth. The labyrinth is made of 8,000 bricks and was constructed in the summer of 2008 to commemorate Roselle Catholic's 50th anniversary as a school. A sign near the entrance to the courtyard explains its significance:
- "Walking the ancient labyrinth is an ancient spiritual act that is being rediscovered in our time. Labyrinths are unicursal, offering one path. Unlike a maze, there are no dead ends. By combining a number of even older symbols, the labyrinth represents the journey inward to our own true selves and back out into the everyday world. Walking a labyrinth can be a metaphor for life – full of unexpected twists and sudden changes in direction. This can be a profoundly moving experience which offers opportunities for spiritual and personal growth."
- Isaiah Briscoe (born 1996, class of 2015), basketball player for the Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball and Orlando Magic.
- Tom Coyne (1954-2017), mastering engineer.
- Daniel Hugh Kelly (born 1952, class of 1970), actor and star of Hardcastle and McCormick television series.
- Wan J. Kim (born 1968, class of 1986), former Assistant Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.
- Louis King (born 1999), college basketball player for the Oregon Ducks, who transferred after his freshman year.
- Marissa Paternoster (born 1986), artist, singer, songwriter and musician.
- John Pelesko (born c. 1968; class of 1986), mathematician.
- Nazreon Reid (born 1999), Center for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA.
- Malachi Richardson (born 1996), NBA basketball player for the Sacramento Kings.
- Tyler Roberson (born 1994), professional basketball player for the Agua Caliente Clippers of the NBA G League.
- Karl Schellscheidt (born 1968, class of 1986), soccer player, educator and entrepreneur.
- Chris Silva (born 1996, class of 2015), NBA player.
- Kurt Sutter (class of 1982), writer, producer, actor, director and creator of Sons of Anarchy television series.
- Dick Sweeney (class of 1966), co-founder of Keurig, developer of the K-Cup single coffee brewing system.
- Jameel Warney (born 1994, class of 2012), basketball player who played in the NBA for the Dallas Mavericks.
- Welcome, Roselle Catholic High School. Accessed February 11, 2022. Accessed February 11, 2022.
- Tuition & Fees, Roselle Catholic High School. Accessed February 11, 2022. "Tuition for the 2022 - 2023 school year is $13,250."
- Roselle Catholic High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Accessed February 11, 2022.
- Roselle Catholic High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- Clubs and Activities, Roselle Catholic High School. Accessed February 11, 2022.
- School data for Roselle Catholic High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 1, 2020.
- School Profile, Roselle Catholic High School. Accessed February 11, 2022. "Founded in 1959, Roselle Catholic High School is located in Roselle, New Jersey, a suburban community, on a fifteen acre campus. Roselle Catholic is a faith-based school, conducted under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark in affiliation with the Marist Brothers."
- League & Conference Officers/Affiliated Schools 2020-2021, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- Home Page, Mountain Valley Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive as of February 2, 2011. Accessed December 15, 2014.
- NJSIAA General Public School Classifications 2019–2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
- NJSIAA Indoor Group Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
- History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2020.
- NJSIAA Baseball Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
- "Bishop Eustace wins Parochial B title, 5-0", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 4, 1978. Accessed February 7, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "Bishop Eustace and Sacred Heart of Vineland each won NJSIAA state baseball championships yesterday in the Parochial finals held at Mercer County Park.... Camden Catholic's bid to take Parochial A was stopped by Roselle Catholic, 3-1, in a meeting of sophomore pitchers."
- NJSIAA Spring Track Summary of Group Titles Boys, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2020.
- NJSIAA Boys Cross Country State Group Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- History of NJSIAA Boys Bowling Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
- Girls Volleyball Group Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2020.
- NJSIAA Boys Basketball Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
- Schneider, Jeremy. "Roselle Catholic downs St. Anthony in Non-Public B final for third straight season", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, March 24, 2015. Accessed January 14, 2016. "St. Anthony is the most storied program in New Jersey high school basketball with 27 state titles. But after Saturday night, it's clear that the Non-Public B torch has been passed to Roselle Catholic. The Lions, No. 3 in the NJ.com Top 20, defeated No. 1 St. Anthony, 56-52, at Pine Belt Arena for their third straight NJSIAA/ShopRite Non-Public B title win over the Friars, with Isaiah Briscoe scoring 17 points and Pierre Sarr netting 13."
- Sherlon, Christie. "Boys Hoops: Ranney School puts on a show, barely misses upset of Roselle Catholic", Asbury Park Press, March 10, 2018. Accessed October 27, 2020. "Back and forth, that’s how the momentum swung like a pendulum in the second half of the NJSIAA Non-Public B State Final between the Ranney School and Roselle Catholic. Before a capacity crowd, Roselle Catholic barely held off the upset-minded Panthers, 63-61, by the slimmest of margins. If it wasn’t for a Naz Reid alley-oop dunk with 6.3 seconds left, there may have been an extra session of basketball."
- NJSIAA Boys Basketball Tournament Of Champions History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
- Haley, John. "St. Joseph (Met.) (49) at Roselle Catholic (65), Tournament of Champions, Final Round - Boys Basketball", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, March 19, 2013, updated August 25, 2019. Accessed November 27, 2020. "With Tyler Roberson posting 19 points and 12 rebounds and Malachi Richardson adding 22 points on 5-for-5 shooting from 3-point range, top-seeded Roselle Catholic captured the NJSIAA/ShopRite Tournament of Champions with a 65-49 victory over second-seeded St. Joseph (Met.) in the final before a crowd of 6,084 last night at Sun National Bank Center in Trenton. Roselle Catholic (25-5), No. 10 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, also received eight-point performances by guards Hakim Saintil and Asante Gist as depth proved to be a key for the Roselle school, which made its debut in the T of C."
- Dzenis, Brian. "Roselle Catholic takes TOC title over Pope John", The Trentonian, March 23, 2015. Accessed November 27, 2020. "This year’s Tournament of Champions ended the way most of these games have ended at this stage of the postseason: on an anticlimactic note. Roselle Catholic didn’t have its best game, but the effort was enough to beat Pope John, 57-45, Monday night at Trenton’s Sun National Bank Center. In the matchup between Kentucky-bound Isaiah Briscoe and Moustapha Diagne, who will be a future teammate of TCA’s Malachai Richardson at Syracuse, Briscoe showed why he caught the eye of John Calipari. He led Roselle with 27 points on the final night of his high school career."
- Mattura, Greg. "Don Bosco again falls in final of Boys Basketball Tournament of Champions", The Record, March 18, 2018. Accessed November 27, 2020. "The Ironmen lost to bigger, stronger, faster and top-seeded Roselle Catholic, 61-54, in Sunday night’s finals of the 30th annual Boys Basketball Tournament of Champions. A career-high 33 points by senior swingman Ronald Harper Jr. was not enough at CURE Insurance Arena, one season after Don Bosco lost here in the finals to bigger, stronger, faster and top-seeded Patrick School.... Unbeaten against Garden State foes, Roselle Catholic (29-4) was more than a handful."
- Ditota, Donna. "Syracuse basketball program targets more Roselle Catholic players", The Post-Standard, September 11, 2013. Accessed March 1, 2016. "Boff said Briscoe transferred from St. Benedict's for two reasons: Roselle is located two miles from his home in Union, N.J., and Briscoe 'wanted more of a traditional high school experience for his last two years.' (St. Benedict's is an all-boys prep school.)"
- Coughlin, Kevin. "Tom Coyne, Grammy-winning music engineer for Adele and Beyoncé, dies at 62", MorristownGreen.com, April 15, 2017. Accessed September 24, 2017. "Born in Elizabeth and raised in Union, Coyne graduated from Roselle Catholic High School and earned a B.A. from Kean University."
- Staff. "'Ryan's Hope' actor had varied career", Ottawa Citizen, July 21, 1979. Accessed July 19, 2018. "Dan grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, attended Roselle Catholic High School and took an immediate interest in theatrical productions the school offered."
- Roselle Catholic High School Alumni Directory 1993. Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company, Inc. White Plains, NY. 1993. p. 26.
- Roselle Catholic High School Alumni Directory 1993. Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company, Inc. White Plains, NY. 1993. p. 27.
- Sigel, Ben. "Louis King enrolls at Hudson Catholic", 247Sports.com, February 9, 2016. Accessed September 8, 2018. "Today, Schneider is reporting that King has enrolled at Hudson Catholic (NJ), but will sit out the remainder of the 2015-16 season.... He spent his freshman year at Roselle Catholic before transferring to Pope John for his sophomore season. King is going on his third school in as many years."
- Paternoster, Marissa. "Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females", Impose Magazine, August 3, 2010. Accessed December 13, 2015. "At the tail end of eighth grade, I had made the decision to drop out of the Elizabeth Public School system in New Jersey and start attending a private parochial school – Roselle Catholic, my father's alma mater."
- Roselle Catholic High School Alumni Directory 1993. Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company, Inc. White Plains, NY. 1993. p. 42.
- Edelson, Stephen. "Asbury Park's Nazreon Reid makes the most of his experiences", Asbury Park Press, June 2, 2015. Accessed July 18, 2018. "It's been a heck of a ride over the past year for Nazreon Reid, the 6-8 Asbury Park native who has had intriguing college coaches since he was in middle school.... When high school began, Reid started making the daily trek up to Roselle Catholic, where the freshman would play for the state's latest powerhouse program."
- "2020-21 Minnesota Timberwolves Roster and Stats".
- Schneider, Jeremy. "Boys Basketball: Malachi Richardson leaves Roselle Catholic, returns to Trenton Catholic", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, August 1, 2013. Accessed November 4, 2017. "When Roselle Catholic begins its Tournament of Champions title defense this winter, it will do it without Malachi Richardson. The junior guard will play for Trenton Catholic, which was confirmed when he played for the TCA summer team in the Moody Park tournament in recent days. Richardson spent his freshman season at Trenton Catholic before transferring to Roselle Catholic for his sophomore season."
- Ditota, Donna. "Roselle Catholic's Tyler Roberson picks Syracuse over Villanova and Kansas", The Post-Standard, November 16, 2012. Accessed July 18, 2018. "Tyler Roberson, the 6-foot-9 forward from Union, N.J. selected Syracuse over Kansas and Villanova tonight on ESPNU's basketball signing day show.... Roberson's coach at Roselle Catholic High School said Thursday that he believed Roberson's best basketball awaits him."
- Roselle Catholic High School Alumni Directory 1993. Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company, Inc. White Plains, NY. 1993. p. 49.
- Schneider, Jeremy. "From Gabon to T of C glory: The basketball journey of Roselle Catholic's Chris Silva", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, March 23, 2015. Accessed August 3, 2015.
- Roselle Catholic High School Alumni Directory 1993. Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company, Inc. White Plains, NY. 1993. p. 53.
- Staff. "Favorite Son: Kurt Sutter grew up dreaming beyond Jersey", Inside Jersey, February 3, 2011. Accessed August 3, 2015. "After graduating from Roselle Catholic High School in 1982, Sutter enrolled at Livingston College, where the journalism department of Rutgers University was located."
- Roselle Catholic High School Alumni Directory 1993. Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company, Inc. White Plains, NY. 1993.
- Staff. "Roselle Catholic H.S. is best for college prep", Suburban News, February 21, 2014. Accessed July 18, 2018. "RC feels a special connection to the Keurig coffee maker, as it was invented by Keurig's co-founder and Vice-President for Manufacturing, Richard Sweeney, RC Class of 1966, and a loyal RC alumnus."
- Staff. "Former Roselle Catholic basketball standout Warney gets a taste of the NBA", Union News Daily, April 9, 2018. Accessed July 19, 2018. "Jameel Warney’s historic journey from Lion to Maverick included a stop at the World’s Most Famous Arena. Warney is believed to have become the first Roselle Catholic High School graduate to play in an NBA game when he scored five points for the Dallas Mavericks in the Mavs’ 105-82 loss to the Houston Rockets on March 11, the day he signed a 10-day contract with the NBA organization."