Roselle Catholic High School
|Roselle Catholic High School|
350 Raritan Road|
Roselle, (Union County), NJ 07203
|School district||Archdiocese of Newark|
|Enrollment||354 (as of 2015-16)|
|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 in Roselle, in Union County, New Jersey, United States. The school was established in 1959 and operates as part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 354 students and 28.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.6:1. The school's student body was 34.8% Black, 24.9% White, 17.8% Hispanic, 12.7% Asian and 9.9% 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). 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.
The boys track team won the Non-Public indoor relay championships in 1967, 1968, 1969, 1973 and 1974.
The boys bowling team won the Group I state championship in 2008 and 2009.
At the center of the school's courtyard is a spiraling brick walkway called the Roselle Catholic High School Labyrinth. The labyrinth is composed 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 team.
- 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 Civil Rights Division in the United States Department of Justice.
- Louis King (born 1999), college basketball player for the Oregon Ducks, who transferred after his freshman year.
- Marissa Paternoster (born 1986), artist, lead singer/songwriter and lead guitarist of independent rock band Screaming Females and solo project Noun.
- John Pelesko (born c. 1968; class of 1986), mathematician.
- Nazreon Reid (born 1999), power forward for the LSU Tigers basketball team.
- Malachi Richardson (born 1996), NBA basketball player for the Sacramento Kings, who attended for his sophomore year before transferring back to Trenton Catholic Academy.
- 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), basketball player for the South Carolina Gamecocks.
- Kurt Sutter (class of 1982), writer, producer, actor, director and creator of Sons of Anarchy television series.
- Dick Sweeney (class of 1966), businessman and 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.
- School data for Roselle Catholic High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed October 20, 2017.
- Roselle Catholic High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 13, 2015.
- Roselle Catholic High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Accessed November 5, 2017.
- League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
- Home Page, Mountain Valley Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive as of February 2, 2011. Accessed December 15, 2014.
- History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 13, 2015.
- History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 13, 2015.
- History of NJSIAA Boys Bowling Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 13, 2015.
- NJSIAA Group Basketball Past Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 13, 2015.
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."