Saint Benedict's Preparatory School
|Saint Benedict's Preparatory School|
Collegium Sancti Benedicti
|520 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard|
Newark, New Jersey 07102
|Type||Private, Day & Boarding school|
|Motto||Gratia Benedictus Nomine (Latin)|
(Blessed in name and grace)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Founder||Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B.|
|President||Abbot Melvin Valvano, O.S.B.|
|Headmaster||Rev. Edwin Leahy, O.S.B|
|Gender||Co-educational (Grades K-6)|
sex segregated (grades 7-8)
Boys only (grades 9-12)
|Enrollment||550 (as of 2013-14)|
|Student to teacher ratio||16.4:1|
|Campus size||12 acres (49,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||Garnet and |
|Slogan||Whatever hurts my brother, hurts me & Whatever helps my brother, helps me.|
|Fight song||Boola Boola & Garnet and Gray|
|Athletics||12 varsity teams|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Publication||Kayrix (literary magazine)|
|Newspaper||The Benedict News|
|Tuition||$13,000 (grades 9–12)|
$10,000 (grades 7–8)
$4,060 (grades K-6)
|Assistant Headmaster||Mike Scanlan|
|Dean Of Faculty||Michelle Tuorto|
|Admissions Director||Mario Gallo|
|Athletic Director||Tom Leahy|
Saint Benedict's Preparatory School is a college preparatory school in Newark, New Jersey, United States. It is an all-boys secondary school located on a 12 acres (4.9 ha) urban campus serving students in seventh through twelfth grades. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1990.
Established in 1868 by the Benedictine monks of Newark Abbey, the school is guided by the sixth century Rule of Saint Benedict. It has been a part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark for over 130 years.
As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 550 students and 33.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 16.4:1. The school's enrollment was 13.1% White, 51.3% Black, 33.8% Hispanic, 0.2% Asian and 1.6% two or more races. It serves students from Newark and its neighboring communities; students come from 100 towns and about 215 schools. More than 60 are from 23 other countries.
Starting in the 2017-18 school year, the former St. Mary School will operate within St. Benedict's. Classes for kindergarten though sixth grade will be co-ed and grades 7 and 8 will be segregated by sex, while the high school program will remain all boys.
Academic year and leadership
St. Benedict's school year differs from most high schools. The school year is divided into three "phases"; Summer phase, Fall/Winter phase and Spring phase. During Summer phase the whole student body of St. Benedict's gathers for a five-week session of half-day classes during August. For the members of the Freshman class, the session begins with the five-day overnight. The Freshman class is divided into 18 groups of about eight students each, with an older student acting as counselor for the week, preferably a sophomore or junior student. Meals are taken "family style" in the dining room as each student takes a turn being the waiter for his color group, setting the table, serving the food, and clearing up afterward. Freshmen meet faculty members and older students, discover Benedict's history and traditions and learn the school songs. At the end of the week the students will be verbally quizzed on the school's history by current faculty, leaders, and alumni. The amount of questions depends solely on who the person is, and passing will result in the students earning his colors (Garnet & Gray).
During the fall/winter phase students have regular school days with classes beginning at 7:50 and daily convocation in the Shanley Gym at 7:50 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday is an early dismissal at 2:15pm. On Thursday school begins with convocation at 7:50 followed by Mass (Catholic church service) for one of the four sections of the school. The sections alternate turns going to Mass each week approximately attending Mass once a month. During convocation, prayers are said and songs are sung with the whole community present. At the end of convocation there is a brief time period in which the entire community takes part in sharing announcements with the rest of the school body. These announcements are about upcoming events, results from past events, meetings for leadership, opportunities for extra help, and things that the community is either doing well with or needs to improve on.
Spring phase ends the academic year. Students choose projects to work on for four weeks such as community service, US history, Gardening, Dancing, Music Production, Photography, Journalism, Finance, Acting, Physics, Intense Exercising, karate, and cooking.
Freshmen don't have a choice. At the end of the Freshmen Year, Freshmen spend a week together. They sleep in tents. Freshman team members take turns cooking for one another, preparing food they have carried on their backs. The Backpacking Project is a five-day trek over 50 miles (80 km) of the Appalachian Trail in the mountains of western New Jersey. Freshmen form themselves into 16 teams of eight members each and elect a leader. Upon selecting a leader they also make decisions for the rest of available positions, which are the camping specialists(2), the cooks (2), the first aid person (1), the nature specialist (1), the navigator (1) and the Captain. Four such teams make a "company" that is led by specially trained older students, first-aiders, and adults. Three weeks of intense training precede the week on the trail. Bringing back old history the transfer students no longer have choice as they too have to walk the trail.
St. Benedict's is divided into 18 groups of about 20 to 30 members each. Each group, named after successful Benedict's alumnus meets daily, competes in events, academics, attendance, and plays an active role in running the school. Each group elects a student Group Leader and Assistant Leaders and works closely with its faculty advisers. The school is run by group of eight distinctive seniors.The Senior Group leader, four section leaders, a freshman leader, a transfer leader and a seventh and eighth grade leader. They work together daily in leading the school and enforcing rules.
The Saint Benedict's Prep School Gray Bees compete in 12 interscholastic sports: water polo, cross country running, soccer, swimming, fencing, wrestling, basketball, indoor track, crew, golf, baseball, outdoor track. The school has produced several notable athletes including an Olympic gold medalist.
Saint Benedict's basketball team, coached by Mark Taylor since 2011, consistently ranks as one of the top high-school basketball teams in the United States among USA Today High School Boys' Basketball Super 25. and is part of what The New York Times calls the "NBA pipeline". In 2013, the basketball team was ranked 5th in ESPN's top 25, losing to Montverde Academy in the ESPN Rise National Championship.
The 2006 boys' soccer team finished the season with a 20–0 record, and was ranked first in the nation in the NSCAA/adidas National Rankings. A 4–1 win against the Pennington School in the 2011 Prep A championship gave St. Benedict's a perfect 24–0 season, its 23rd consecutive Prep A title and its seventh spot as the top-ranked high school soccer team in the nation by ESPN/Rise, having previously been recognized as national champion in 1990, 1997–98, 2001, 2005–06 and repeating in 2011–2012 and 2012–2013. Numerous alumni of the soccer program have become world-renowned players.
St. Benedict's has a music, and a visual arts program.
The Benedict News student newspaper has won the Columbia Scholastic Press Association gold medal three times, in 2005, 2006 and again in 2008. The school literary magazine, The Kayrix is published every year during spring phase.
The 520 is a student-run maintenance corporation. The goal of the corporation is to cost-effectively support the maintenance needs of the school while enhancing the environment, and providing students with the opportunity to develop skills and earn a competitive income. The corporation was established in 1998.
The history of the school is related in Thomas A. McCabe's Miracle on High Street (New York: Fordham University Press, 2010). On March 20, 2016, the school was featured in a segment of "60 Minutes".
The critically acclaimed documentary about Newark Abbey and Saint Benedict's Prep, The Rule (2014), by Emmy-nominated, Newark-based filmmakers Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, was released theatrically, broadcast nationally on PBS, and was screened by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans at the U.S. Department of Education. The film premiered at the 2014 Montclair Film Festival.
- Juan Agudelo (born 1992), soccer player for the New England Revolution in Major League Soccer.
- Gregg Berhalter (born 1973), professional soccer coach; spent fifteen years playing in Europe; 2011 Major League Soccer champion with Los Angeles Galaxy; member of 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup teams.
- Gilvydas Biruta (born 1991), Lithuanian basketball player for JL Bourg-en-Bresse of the Pro A.
- Isaiah Briscoe (born 1996), basketball player for the Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team who transferred out after his sophomore year.
- A. J. Calloway (born 1974), television personality
- Jonathan Capehart (born 1967), journalist and television personality who writes the PostPartisan blog for The Washington Post.
- Peter A. Carlesimo (1915–2003), basketball coach.
- Ownie Carroll (1902–1975), Major League Baseball pitcher who played nine seasons in the majors, from 1925 to 1934.
- Edward Cheserek (born 1994), runner for the University of Oregon who won the 2013 NCAA cross country championship and track and field championship.
- George Thomas Coker (born 1943), United States Navy aviator who was a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War.
- John J. Degnan (born 1944), Attorney General of New Jersey, 1978–1981, vice chairman and chief operating officer of The Chubb Corporation.
- James Delany (born 1948), commissioner of the Big Ten Conference.
- Joe Dooley (basketball) (born 1966), Head Basketball Coach at East Carolina Pirates men's basketball team.
- Trevon Duval (born 1998), basketball player for the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team.
- Tyler Ennis (born 1994), basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers.
- Gabriel Ferrari (born 1988), professional football striker.
- John Joseph Gibbons (born 1924), federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, president of the New Jersey State Bar Association and partner at the Gibbons P.C. law firm.
- Cullen Jones (born 1984), Gold Medalist at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing in the Men's 4 × 100 m Freestyle Relay.
- G. Gordon Liddy (born 1930), central figure in the Watergate scandal, mastermind of the break into Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate building in 1972.
- Scott Machado (born 1990), basketball player who plays for BC Kalev/Cramo in Estonia.
- Andris Misters (born 1992), Latvian professional basketball player for VEF Rīga of the Latvian Basketball League.
- Mpho Moloi (born 1983), drafted by the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer in 2006 and won the MLS Championship with them.
- Xavier Munford (born 1992), professional basketball player for the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League.
- Kevin O'Connor (born 1968; class of 1986), host of This Old House.
- Tab Ramos (born 1966), former professional soccer midfielder who has been inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
- Claudio Reyna (born 1973), soccer midfielder; two-time Parade Magazine High School Player of the Year; three-time First Team All American at University of Virginia; College Player of the Century; played for Manchester City in England, Rangers F.C. in Scotland and Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls; member of 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics, 1998, 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup teams; National Soccer Hall of Fame
- Zack Rosen (born 1989), All-American basketball player at Penn who plays for Maccabi Ashdod in Israel.
- Noah Sadaoui (born 1993, class of 2011), Moroccan-American professional soccer player who currently plays as a winger with Al-Khaburah Club.
- Samardo Samuels (born 1989), power forward/center who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and currently plays for Olimpia Milano.
- Chris Smith (born 1987), basketball player for Hapoel Galil Elyon of the Israeli Liga Leumit
- J. R. Smith (born 1985), professional basketball player who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
- John M. Smith (born 1935), prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, who served as the ninth Bishop of Trenton, from 1997 to 2010.
- Corey Stokes (born 1988), Villanova shooting guard who was selected to compete in the McDonald's All-American Game.
- Walt Szot (1920–1981), football tackle who played five seasons in the NFL with the Chicago Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Lance Thomas (born 1988), former Duke basketball player and member of the 2010 NCAA Championship team and currently plays for the New York Knicks.
- Petter Villegas (born 1975), soccer winger, who plays for the Puerto Rico Islanders and the Puerto Rico national football team.
- Dick Weisgerber (1915-1984), defensive back, fullback and kicker who played four NFL seasons with the Green Bay Packers.
- John J. Wilson (1926-2015), politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1958 to 1964.
- Ernest Blood (1872–1955), basketball coach who led St. Benedict's Prep to a 421–128 record and five state championships from 1925 to 1950.
- School data for St. Benedict's Preparatory School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed August 15, 2017.
- Saint Benedict's Prep School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 23, 2015.
- Saint Benedict's Preparatory School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools, backed up by the Internet Archive as of April 24, 2012. Accessed May 11, 2015.
- Facts at a Glance, St. Benedict's Preparatory School. Accessed August 16, 2017.
- Essex County Catholic High Schools, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Accessed August 13, 2017.
- Clark, Adam. "St. Benedict's, renowned all-boys school, merges with co-ed elementary school", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, March 14, 2017. Accessed May 2, 2017. "St. Benedict's Preparatory School, a Newark Catholic boys' school that's earned national recognition for its academic success, will expand to offer a co-ed elementary school and middle school classes for girls, the school announced Tuesday. The change at St. Benedict's, a school founded by the Benedictine Monks in 1868, comes as part of a merger with St. Mary School, the state's oldest existing Catholic elementary school.... St. Benedict's will now operate a co-ed K-6 school, a 7th and 8th grade school with separate classes for boys and girls and its existing high school, which will remain an all boys school."
- About St. Benedict's and Newark Abbey, Saint Benedict's Preparatory School. Accessed June 18, 2008.
- Saint Benedict's Preparatory School
- Thornton, Ed. ANOTHER OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST VISTS ST. BENEDICT'S ; Kenyan champion offers advice to track team, St. Benedict's Prep, January 2008. Accessed June 9, 2014. "St. Benedict's had the wonderful opportunity to have alumnus Cullen Jones '02 speak to the school back in October. Jones won the gold medal with Michael Phelps in the 4x100m this past summer in the Beijing Olympics."
- Cohen, Micah. "St. Benedict's Basketball Plays Two", The New York Times, January 19, 2007. Accessed June 3, 2015.
- "New Jersey Powers St. Benedict's (Newark), St. Anthony (Jersey City) Move into Top 5 of USA Today High School Sports Super 25 Boys' Basketball Rankings", Usa Today press release, February 19, 2013. Accessed June 3, 2015. "Two of New Jersey's most longstanding boys' basketball powerhouses—St. Benedict's Prep of Newark and St. Anthony of Jersey City—continued to advance up the rankings and have now moved into the top five of the USA TODAY High School Sports Super 25 national editorial rankings for the week of Feb. 18, 2013."
- Araton, Harvey. "N.B.A. Pipeline Bypassing New York for New Jersey", The New York Times, December 18, 2012. Accessed June 3, 2015.
- NSCAA/adidas National Rankings: National Final Regular Season Poll Poll, November 21, 2006. Accessed July 27, 2007.
- Staff. "Pennington (1) at St. Benedict's (4), Prep A Tournament, Final Round – Boys' Soccer", Trenton Times, November 6, 2011. Accessed December 5, 2011. "With the victory, St. Benedict's completed a perfect 24-0 campaign and will finish as the No. 1 ranked team in the country for the seventh time in school history and first time since 2006. The title is the 23rd straight Prep A crown and 25th overall state title for St. Benedict's, which will carry a 36-game winning streak into next year.... St. Benedict's, which was guaranteed the ESPN/Rise No. 1 spot in the national rankings with a victory, also won national championships in 1990, '97, '98, 2001, '05 and '06."
- "SEVENTH HEAVEN! GRAY BEES PICK UP THEIR 7TH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP; Beat Pennington to cap perfection & earn 23rd straight state title" Archived December 16, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., St. Benedict's Soccer, November 6, 2011. Accessed August 21, 2012. "The Gray Bees wrapped up a perfect season and claimed their 7th National Championship and 23rd successive state title with a 4–1 victory over Pennington Sunday in the Prep A Championship game before a boisterous crowd at NJIT."
- Parchman, Will. "St. Benedict's is a N.J. beacon for soccer", TopDrawerSoccer.com, September 23, 2013. Accessed November 5, 2017.
- The Benedict News, Issuu. Accessed June 9, 2014. "Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Medalist: 2005, 2006, 2008"
- Scheck, Frank. "The Rule: Film Review", The Hollywood Reporter, September 4, 2014. Accessed November 5, 2017. "As with so many socially themed documentaries, The Rule barrages the viewer with a dizzying array of dispiriting statistics, in this case about the city of Newark, New Jersey. We learn that it has a 32% poverty rate; the seventh-highest murder rate in the U.S; and that only 13% of its young people graduate college, among other things. But this film by husband and wife filmmakers Marylou Bongiorno and Jerome Bongiorno offers an uplifting ray of hope in its portrait of St. Benedict’s Prep, a nearly 150-year-old inner city prep school run by the black-robed monks of Newark Abbey."
- "The Rule - PBS film website".
- "PBS Pressroom - THE RULE". Pressroom.pbs.org. Retrieved 2016-02-16.
- "U.S. Department of Education - ed blog". Archived from the original on March 31, 2016.
- 2014 Festival Lineup: The Rule, Montclair Film Festival. Accessed November 5, 2017.
- Fensom, Michael. "Gold Cup 2011: Juan Agudelo, the Red Bulls' young striker, is the new face of U.S. soccer", The Star-Ledger, June 5, 2011. Accessed June 3, 2015. "Agudelo enrolled at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark with Bryan Gallego, the friend he refers to as his brother, and was an "A" student."
- Gregg Berhalter profile, US Soccer. Accessed May 3, 2007. "A four-year letter winner for St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J., where he started on the team that won two state championships and ranked No. 2 and No. 1 in the nation in 1989 (22–0) and 1990 (25–0), respectively."
- Prunty, Brendan. "Former Rutgers forward Gilvydas Biruta set to transfer to Rhode Island, according to report", The Star-Ledger, April 5, 2012. Accessed November 5, 2017. "Former Rutgers forward Gilvydas Biruta is reportedly set to transfer to Rhode Island to join former high school coach at St. Benedict's, Dan Hurley.It appears the Gilvydas Biruta is heading for a reunion.... Hurley — who left Wagner after two seasons last month — coached Biruta at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark."
- 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.)"
- Carter, Barry. "Newark Mayor Ras Baraka celebrates his birthday", The Star-Ledger', April 14, 2015. Accessed November 5, 2017. "Rounding out the Brick City cast was Actor JD Williams, a Newark Arts High School graduate who appeared in the HBO mini series, The Wire, and A.J. Calloway, a St. Benedict Preparatory School graduate in Newark and now a New York City correspondent for Extra."
- Seiden, Jane. "Jonathan Capehart Will Speak at the Newark Public Library", Newark Patch, January 22, 2016. Accessed February 8, 2016. "Mr. Capehart, a Washington Post editorial board member, PostPartisan blogger, and MSNBC contributor, was born and raised in Newark and graduated from St. Benedict's Preparatory School."
- Peter A. Carlesimo, National Invitation Tournament. Accessed December 3, 2007.
- Ownie Carroll, The Baseball Cube. Accessed August 19, 2007.
- Lambert, Jim. "Edward Cheserek of St. Benedict's Prep will attend Oregon", The Star-Ledger, February 16, 2013. Accessed June 9, 2014. "Edward Cheserek of St. Benedict's Prep, the No. 1 high school distance runner in the nation and the best distance runner in New Jersey high school history, announced his eagerly anticipated college choice tonight."
- Annual Report 1999–2000 Archived July 14, 2003, at the Wayback Machine., p. 10, Saint Benedict's Preparatory School. Accessed June 3, 2015.
- Profile of John J. Degnan, New Jersey Attorney General. Accessed June 26, 2008.
- James E. Delany, Commissioner, Big Ten Conference. Accessed December 6, 2007.
- Schneider, Jeremy. "Former St. Benedict's guard Trevon Duval headed to Advanced Prep International in Texas", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, September 8, 2015. Accessed November 5, 2017. "The player considered by some to be the best in the class of 2017 is leaving New Jersey. Trevon Duval, who spent the last two seasons at St. Benedict's, is transferring to Advanced Prep International in Dallas according to multiple reports."
- McCray, Pam. "Syracuse-bound Tyler Ennis leads St. Benedict's Prep to 63-51 win over Montrose Christian at Hoophall Classic", The Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts), January 20, 2013. Accessed May 11, 2015.
- Galarcep, Ives. "Angulo will chase his dream", Herald News, May 16, 2007. "'He's one of the most talented attacking players that I've coached in 22 years,' said St. Benedict's Prep coach Rick Jacobs, who counts Ramos, Claudio Reyna and Serie A striker Gabriel Ferrari among his former players.
- Staff. "Fire Sign Gabriel Ferrari; Add former U.S. U-20 forward to roster", Chicago Fire Soccer Club, March 24, 2011. Accessed May 11, 2015. "Ferrari, a prized prospect out of New York, began his career at Saint Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey before joining the New York Red Bulls youth system."
- Thornton, Paul. Annual Report 2005-2006 Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine., Saint Benedict's Preparatory School. Accessed August 13, 2012.
- Mallozzi, Vincent M. "U.S. Swimmer Hopes to Inspire", The New York Times, August 3, 2008. Accessed August 13, 2012. "He joined the Newark Swim Team and began standing out at St. Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark and with a West Orange-based club team, Metro Express."
- Wechsler, Philip. "Liddy Is Recalled As Youth in Jersey; Tenacity Recalled Average Teen-Ager Respect for Law and Order Dated Liddy's Sister Never a Ladies Man First Lieutenant in Army", The New York Times, August 27, 1973. Accessed May 11, 2011. "At a time when track was a popular sport, G. Gordon Liddy, second from the right, top, made the St. Benedict's cross-country team, winner of the state prep championship."
- Bondy, Stefan. "Zack Rosen and Scott Machado: from highschool teammates to combine competitors", Daily News (New York), May 19, 2012. Accessed August 13, 2012. "Rosen, a native of Colonia, NJ, who attended St. Benedict's Prep, averaged 18.2 points with 5.2 assists as a senior last season. He was teammates at St. Benedict's with another projected second-round point guard at Saturday's combine, Scott Machado, the NCAA's assist leader last season for Iona."
- Andris Misters, Jacksonville Dolphins men's basketball. Accessed November 12, 2017. "Played high school basketball at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J."
- Havsy, Jane. "The MetroStars added four more players through Major League", Daily Record (Morristown), January 26, 2006. Accessed May 11, 2011. "Houston selected St. Benedict's Prep alumnus Mpho Moloi, a midfielder from the University of Connecticut, in the first round."
- Murphy, Austin. "On the Periphery: Xavier Munford", Popgates, December 17, 2015. Accessed February 8, 2016. "Point guard by way of Hillside, New Jersey, Munford played for St. Benedict's Prep before making his way through the junior college system at Miami-Dade College and Iowa Western College, eventually landing at Rhode Island as a junior."
- Staff. "Class Notes and Milestones" Archived July 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., St. Benedict's Prep Newsletter, Summer 2012, p. 6. Accessed June 9, 2014. "John Matthews '85 wrote that Kevin O'Connor '86 of This Old House has a new book about the show Best of This Old House, which, as of September 2011, was on the Boston Globe's best seller list"
- Galacep, Ives. "Immersed in the game", Herald News, October 24, 2006, backed up by the Internet Archive as of February 10, 2007. Accessed December 1, 2016. "It isn't every day that a 15-year-old is mentioned as a candidate to add his name to the storied list of New Jersey standouts to leave St. Benedict's for memorable professional careers, such as U.S. national team legends Tab Ramos and Claudio Reyna."
- Geller, Raphael. "Penn's Zack Rosen signs for Hapoel HolonPoint guard praises veteran coach Dan Shamir", The Times of Israel, August 5, 2012. Accessed December 1, 2016. "The New-Jersey born 23-year-old, who announced the move via twitter, went to high school at basketball power house Saint Benedict Prep, where he played alongside some of the US's top young talent, and was recruited to play college basketball for University of Pennsylvania Quakers."
- Orlando, Chris. "NJ Boys Soccer: Prep season review, 2010", The Star-Ledger, December 17, 2010. Accessed November 5, 2017. "Player of the year: Noah Sadaoui had no qualms about being called upon to be a more involved member of the St. Benedict’s Prep offense this season."
- Lloyd, Jason. "Teammates in high school, Samardo Samuels and Tristan Thompson have been reunited with the Cavs", Akron Beacon Journal, December 23, 2011. Accessed December 23, 2011. Accessed December 1, 2016. "During Samuels' senior year at St. Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark, N.J., he was USA Today's High School Player of the Year."
- Heyman, Brian. "Basketball-Playing Brothers Are Together and Apart on the Court", The New York Times, January 23, 2009. Accessed December 1, 2016. "Like J. R., Chris starred at Lakewood and St. Benedict's. He planned to attend Seton Hall but never made it."
- Nuggets Acquire J.R. Smith from Bulls: Team sends Eisley, two second round picks to Chicago, Denver Nuggets press release dated July 20, 2006. Accessed May 11, 2011 ."Originally the 18th overall pick of the 2004 NBA Draft out of St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J., Smith has appeared in 131 career games, averaging 9.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg and 1.5 apg in 21.7 minutes."
- Bishop John M. Smith, New Jersey Catholic Conference. Accessed November 29, 2017. "John M. Smith was born in Orange on June 23, 1935, the oldest son of Mrs. Ethel Charnock Smith and Mortimer F. Smith, now both deceased..... He attended Saint John Parochial Elementary School in Orange, New Jersey, and Saint Benedict Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey."
- Mehta, Manish. "Former St. Benedict's star Corey Stokes shines in Villanova's 76-75 thriller over Marquette in Big East Tournament", The Star-Ledger, March 13, 2009. Accessed May 11, 2011.
- Hall of Fame Bio: Walter Szot, Bucknell Bison. Accessed November 23, 2015. "A graduate of St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J., Szot was also on the boxing team for one year and was president of the 'B' Club as a senior."
- Luicci, Tom. "NCAA Tournament: Former St. Benedict's star Lance Thomas happy as Duke role player", The Star-Ledger, March 25, 2009. Accessed August 13, 2012. "Some of the expectations were justified. Lance Thomas, after all, was a McDonald's All-American and a star at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, one of the country's top high school basketball programs."
- Yannis, Alex. "Soccer — A Long Road to M.L.S. For MetroStars' Villegas", The New York Times, May 14, 2001. Accessed August 13, 2012. "But he said he was especially grateful to the Rev. Edwin D. Leahy, the headmaster of St. Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark, who took Villegas under his wing as a freshman."
- Dick Weisgerber, NJ Sports Heros. Accessed November 8, 2017. "Richard Arthur Weisgerber was born February 19, 1913, in Kearny and grew up in Newark. Fast and powerful, Dick was drawn to football as a boy and starred in high School for St. Benedict’s Prep."
- "Obituary: John Wilson", The Star-Ledger, May 7, 2015. Accessed November 5, 2017. "Jack graduated from Saint Benedict's Prep School, Seton Hall University, and Seton Hall Law School."
- Sports biography of Blood, Ernest A. Archived January 25, 2013, at Archive.is, HickokSports.com. Accessed May 3, 2007. "Blood coached at the U. S. Military Academy in 1924–25 and 1925–26, then went to St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, where he spent the rest of his career, retiring in 1949. His St. Benedict's teams won five state championships."