Saint Joseph Regional High School

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Saint Joseph Regional High School
40 Chestnut Ridge Road
Montvale, NJ, Bergen County 07645
Coordinates 41°03′00″N 74°04′16″W / 41.049923°N 74.071219°W / 41.049923; -74.071219Coordinates: 41°03′00″N 74°04′16″W / 41.049923°N 74.071219°W / 41.049923; -74.071219
Type Private, All-Boys
Motto Vir Fidelis
(The Faithful Man)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1962
Oversight Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark
President Barry Donnelly, SJR, '71
Headmaster Michael Bruno, SJR, '05
Faculty 34.1 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 912
Enrollment 513 [1] (2013-14)
Student to teacher ratio 15.0:1[1]
Campus Urban fringe of large metro area
Campus size 35+ acres (14+ hectares)
Color(s)      Green and
Athletics conference Big North Conference
Team name Green Knights
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Newspaper The Guardian
Yearbook Aegis
Director of Development Tracey Taylor
Admissions Director/Head Basketball Coach Michael Doherty, SJR, '82
Athletic Director Anthony Karcich
A view of SJR from above

The SJR Green Knight

Saint Joseph Regional High School (known as SJR, St. Joe's or Joe's) is a private, Roman Catholic, college preparatory school for boys, located on a 33-acre (130,000 m2) campus in Montvale, in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. The school operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.[3] St. Joseph Regional High School was founded in 1962 by the Brothers of Saint Francis Xavier.[4] The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1968.[2]

As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 513 students and 34.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 15.0:1.[1] In 2014, St. Joseph Regional High School graduated its 7,000 student.[5]

The St. Joseph curriculum includes honors and Advanced Placement courses, and has college credit courses available through Saint Peter's University in Jersey City, New Jersey.[4]


Saint Joseph Regional offers courses in English, World/US History, Science, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Theology, and a number of electives, most with accelerated and honor levels. The school offers a number of Advanced Placement and college-level courses. In addition, a Virtual High School program provides an opportunity for qualified students to take courses on-line through an educational consortium endorsed by the United States Department of Education. Students can take classes as diverse as Mandarin Chinese and Marine Biology.

Students who are qualified may apply and be accepted into the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, French Honor Society, and Tri-M Music Honor Society.

Among the Class of 2012, more than three quarters received merit-based scholarship offers, among the $15 million in scholarship offers that students in the class received.[6]


The Saint Joseph Regional High School Green Knights participate in the United Division of the Big North Conference, a super conference of 40 public and private high schools in Northern New Jersey that operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[7] The school competed in the North Jersey Tri-County Conference in 2009-10, which was set up to operate on an interim basis while new conferences were established.[8] Until the NJSIAA's 2009 realignment, the school had participated in Division C of the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League, which was made up of high schools located in Bergen County, Essex County and Passaic County, and was separated into three divisions based on NJSIAA size classification.[9]

The Green Knights have achieved league, county and state titles in football, baseball, basketball, wrestling, golf, ice hockey, and winter and spring track and field athletics in the last two decades. The Green Knights' rivals include Bergen Catholic High School, Don Bosco Preparatory High School and Paramus Catholic High School.

Fall sports

SJR offers three varsity fall sports including football, cross country, and soccer.

Long considered a regional powerhouse, SJR football has grown to become one of the best high school football programs in the country. The football team won the NJSIAA state sectional championships 1987–88 (Non-Public North A), 1995-96 (Non-Public Group III), 1997 (Non-Public Group IV), 1999–2005, 2008–09 and 2011-13 (Non-Public Group III).[10] The SJR varsity football team had a streak of seven Non-Public Group III titles through the 2005 season, a run ended with a close loss to Holy Cross High School in the first round of the 2006 playoffs. The football team has also had its share of national rankings by USA Today, including #8 in 1995, #11 in 1997, #7 in 1999, and #23 in 2004. SJR has also been ranked #1 in the state in 1995, 1997, and 1999. Other teams have been listed in the nation's top 25 rankings during various parts of the year.[11][12] Through 2010, the Green Knights had won 14 state championships: 1987, 1988, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009.[13] SJR also received The Star-Ledger Trophy in 1995, 1997, and 1999, 2012, and 2013 recognizing the team as the #1 football team in New Jersey. The team had heartbreaking seasons in 2006 and 2007, not making it into the state finals and enduring very disappointing seasons. However, the 2008 team finished with an 11-1 record and won against Immaculata High School 27-6 in the state championship.[14] The 2009 varsity football team defeated Immaculata again in the state championship 14-0. Saint Joe's beat Delbarton School 45-22 in the 2011 Non-Public Group III title game played at Kean University to earn its 15th state championship title.[15] In 2013, the Green Knights defeated Pope John XXIII High School, 62-14 to close out Coach Tony Karcich's career; it was the fifth in sixth seasons for SJR, giving Karcich 17 titles at St. Joseph's. Karcich retired as head football coach after the 2013 season. In 2016, the program won its 18th state title, winning the Non-Public Group III state sectional championship by a score of 26-17 against DePaul Catholic High School in the tournament final.[16]

Winter sports

SJR offers five varsity winter sports including basketball, bowling, ice hockey, wrestling, and winter track. The SJR basketball team has won a sectional championship, three county championships, most recently in 2005, and five league championships, most recently in 2005, 2007, and in 2009, where they enjoyed recent success with a win over Teaneck High School, 63-50, less than 48 hours after losing to them in the County jamboree finals 55-53, and ended their season with a record of 16-2 in the NNJIL.[17] In 2005, the SJR basketball team were state finalists, but lost to Seton Hall Preparatory School 63-54 in the Non-Public North A state sectional tournament.

SJR Wrestling has been a long dominant force in northern New Jersey and was inducted into the New Jersey Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2005. The team won the Parochial A North state sectional title in 1986, 1988, 1993, 1997, 1998 and 1999, and the Parochial B North title in 1996. The team won the Parochial A state championship in 1993, 1997 and 1998, and the Parochial B title in 1996.[18]

In 2010, SJR Hockey, who entered the NJTCC Cup as the lowest seed, upset top-seeded Passaic Valley High School and DePaul en route to the championship on February 28. During the Winter of 2011, the Green Knight Hockey team defeated Hackensack in the first round 6-3, and then defeated heavily favored Ramapo High School by a score of 2-1 before losing 2-0 to second-seeded Wayne Valley High School in the finals. In 2012, the Ice Hockey team once again made its way to the championship game with a 15-3-1 record in league play to get them a #2 seed. Eventually, they lost Paramus 7-4. In the winter of 2013, the SJR Ice Hockey team won their fourth league championship appearance in a row. In the 2015 NJSIAA State Playoffs, the #15 seed SJR Ice Hockey team upset #2 seed Don Bosco Prep 5-2, earning a berth in the state quarterfinals for the first time since 1999. Following an exceptional 2016 season, in which the SJR Ice Hockey team defeated state powerhouses such as Seton Hall Prep, Montclair Kimberly Academy, Paramus Catholic and St. John Vianney, the team finished the season ranked #11 in the state of New Jersey.

Spring sports

SJR offers five varsity spring sports including baseball, golf, lacrosse, tennis, and track and field. SJR baseball has been a very dominant force in New Jersey, winning the NNJIL championship twelve times in 1984, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2005, the county tournament in 1984, 1986, 1988, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2013, and 2016 and the state championship in 1992, 1998, and 2004. The 2009 SJR varsity squad won the county tournament by defeating Ramapo High School 10-0. The 2009 squad was also a state finalist after a 7-6 victory over nationally ranked Don Bosco Preparatory High School, but lost to Delbarton School 4-3. Despite the loss, the team was ranked #5 in the state, and #1 in the county.[19] SJR baseball has also had its share of state and national rankings by USA Today, achieving #1 in Northern New Jersey in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2009, #1 in New Jersey in 2005,[20] #10 in the country in 1998,[21] #1 in the east in 1998, #9 in the east in 2004, and is currently ranked #6 in the east in the 2009 season. St. Joe's has had a long-lasting rivalry in baseball with Don Bosco Prep.

Theater program[edit]

SJR is noted for its theater program, led by director John Asselta. SJR always presents a musical in the fall/winter, and a drama or comedy in the spring. SJR students also perform in productions put on by Immaculate Heart Academy and Academy of the Holy Angels.


In 2006, SJR presented the world high school premiere of Miss Saigon.[22] It was nominated for multiple awards in the 10th Annual Drama Festival at Fairleigh Dickinson University, as well as the Helen Hayes Theater Awards, and the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards.

Awards won at FDU include:

  • Best Supporting Actor in a Musical – Dan Kuhn
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Musical – Eliza Boggia
  • Best Ensemble
  • Best Overall Musical

Helen Hayes awards include:

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role – Katie Feeney
  • Best Scenic Effect – St. Joe's "The Chopper"
  • Best Lobby Display


As of October 15, 2006, SJR presented Urinetown: The Musical. The final cast list reached 106 people, without crew, which made it the largest production in SJR history.

Helen Hayes Theater Awards:[23]

  • Overall Production of a Musical

Paper Mill Rising Star Awards:

  • Educational Impact Award


In 2008, SJR presented West Side Story. It had an outstanding seven final nominations for the Helen Hayes Theater Awards, and four final nominations for the Paper Mill Rising Star Awards. West Side Story also received the 2008 Showstopper Runner-Up Award for best musical in the country by USA Weekend, making SJR theater not only recognized locally, but nationally as well.[24]

Helen Hayes Theater Awards include:[25]

  • Best Actor in a Dramatic Role – Ryan Mati
  • Best Performance by an Ensemble Group – The Jet Boys: Brendan Hall, Michael Peer, Brian Doyle, John-Christopher Record, Taylor Popielarz, Matt DiPietro, Joseph Hall, Steve Simone, and Derek Scheeler.
  • Joe Egan – Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design

Paper Mill Rising Star Awards include:[26]

  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Alliy Drago
  • Educational Impact Award


The 2009 musical was The Who's Tommy. SJR received seven final nominations from the Metropolitan High School Theater Awards, formerly known as the Helen Hayes Youth Theater Awards, and three final nominations from the Paper Mill Rising Star Awards.

On January 28, 2009, Fox 5 News came to SJR and taped the senior citizens production of SJR's Tommy and aired a special on it on live TV at 7:45 a.m. on Good Day New York and at 5:00 p.m. The special included interviews of cast members, and clips of the cast performing on stage.[27]

Metropolitan High School Theater Award (Helen Hayes Youth Theater Awards):[28]

  • Outstanding Stage Crew

Paper Mill Rising Star Award:[29]

  • Educational Impact Award


In 2010, SJR presented Curtains, which was recognized by the Metropolitan High School Theater Awards as Outstanding Overall Production.[30]


In 2011, the play presented was Les Misérables, which earned a Metropolitan High School Theater Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for Taylor Popielarz.[31]


In 2012, SJR presented Cabaret.


In 2013, SJR presented Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

SJR presented Noises Off as their spring drama, garnering a number of MSU Theatre Night Award nominations, and 2 win.

  • Delaney Moro for "Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy"
  • Dan Gettler for "Outstanding Performance by Supporting Actor in a Comedy"


In 2014, SJR presented Fiddler on the Roof as their winter musical.

SJR presented Brighton Beach Memoirs as their spring drama, garnering 11 Montclair Theatre Night Award Nominations, including Best Overall Production, and 2 wins.

Montclair State University Theatre Night Award wins:

  • "Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy" – Victoria Duffy [32]
  • "Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actress in a Comedy" – Chloe Troast [32]


In 2015, SJR presented Miss Saigon, which earned a Paper Mill Rising Star Award.

Paper Mill Rising Star Awards:

  • "Outstanding Actor for a Performance in a Leading Role" – Nicholas Berninger [33]

SJR presented You Can't Take It With You as their spring drama.


In 2016, SJR presented Urinetown, and Ordinary People.


In 2017, SJR presented West Side Story, and Rumors


WSJR in action, with supervisor Mr. Salvati

St. Joes has a fully fledged functional TV studio, named WSJR, that runs on a closed circuit system on every school day from 8:15am to 8:24am. WSJR generally has students as anchors, and broadcasts school announcements and sport results (school and pro). Frequently, original content produced entirely by students is broadcast. Local high school news is also broadcast, if it concerns SJR students, as well as programming provided by sponsor Channel One News. Only 20 members allowed per year. WSJR currently features two studio grade cameras, one main editing computer, one slideshow/visual effects computer, a professional grade blue screen, and a fully functional video board, as well as a sound board.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School Data for Saint Joseph Regional High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed May 11, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Saint Joseph Regional High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools, backed up by the Internet Archive as of March 14, 2012. Accessed May 11, 2015.
  3. ^ Bergen County Catholic High Schools, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Accessed November 12, 2016.
  4. ^ a b About SJR, accessed September 10, 2006
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  6. ^ Principal's Message, Saint Joseph Regional High School. Accessed July 25, 2012. "We are especially proud of the accomplishments of our graduating class of 2012, who were awarded a remarkable $15,400,000 in scholarship offers, an average of $144,000 per student! Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that 78% of the class received at least one scholarship offer in recognition of academic, athletic or artistic achievement."
  7. ^ League Memberships – 2015–2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 5, 2015.
  8. ^ New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association League Memberships – 2009–2010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 25, 2012.
  9. ^ Home Page, Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 9, 2009. Accessed December 16, 2014.
  10. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
  11. ^ Super 25 football rankings: Final – 1997, USA Today. Accessed March 15, 2007.
  12. ^ Super 25 football rankings: Final – 1999, USA Today. Accessed March 15, 2007.
  13. ^ SJR Football Stadium Hall of Championships
  14. ^ Jackson, Dallas. 2008 Football State Champions, Accessed December 4, 2011. "Non-Public Group 3 – St. Joseph Regional def. Immaculata 27-6"
  15. ^ Czerwinski, Mark J. "St. Joseph beats Delbarton, 45-22, to win Non-Public Group 3 title", The Record (Bergen County), December 3, 2011. Accessed December 4, 2011. "The top-seeded Green Knights plowed right into second-seeded Delbarton Saturday, scoring on their first three possessions en route to reclaiming the Non-Public Group 3 crown with an impressive 45-22 victory at Kean University's Alumni Stadium.... The title was the third in four seasons for the Green Knights (10-2), and 18th in Tony Karcich's legendary coaching career. The win means Karcich, who has led the Green Knights to 15 crowns, has now won titles in five different decades."
  16. ^ Lanni, Patrick. "Quarterback Nick Patti perseveres to help St. Joseph (Mont.) finish on top in 2016", NJ Advance Media for, December 3, 2016. Accessed December 11, 2016. "Throwing for 209 yards and four touchdowns while adding another 78 yards on the ground, Patti proved the be the difference in Saturday's 26-17 win over DePaul in the Non-Public, Group 3 final.The win gave St. Joseph its 18th title in school history and capped the Green Knights' season as the state's top-ranked team."
  17. ^ "SJR Turns Tables on Teaneck", The Record (Bergen County)
  18. ^ History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 5, 2015.
  19. ^ "St. Joseph Wins Classic Showdown", The Record (Bergen County), "That was before Ken Post and the rest of his St. Joseph teammates turned inevitable into incredible Friday, stunning Don Bosco with a 7-6 triumph on his game-winning single in the bottom of the eighth inning."
  20. ^
  21. ^ Super 25: Final Rankings-1998, "USA Today"
  22. ^ Production History Section on To Quote "The world high school premiere of Miss Saigon took place in 2006 at St. Joseph Regional in Montvale, New Jersey. Working with MTI (Musical Theater International), the school launched the show on an experimental basis, to see if it would be feasible on a high school level. It proved successful, and numerous high schools have since undertaken the production."
  23. ^
  24. ^ Congratulations to our 2008 Showstopper Runners-up! "The students of St. Joseph Regional High School wanted to do more than tell the tale of the Jets and the Sharks, and the love story of Tony and Maria, through song. They also wanted to give back to the community."
  25. ^ High School Theater Awards 2008 Winners, High School Theater Awards. Accessed December 5, 2015.
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  28. ^ 2009 Metropolitan High School Theater Awards Winners, Metropolitan High School Theater Awards. Accessed December 5, 2015.
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  30. ^ 2010 Metropolitan High School Theater Awards Winners, Metropolitan High School Theater Awards. Accessed September 6, 2011.
  31. ^ 2011 Metropolitan High School Theater Awards Winners, Metropolitan High School Theater Awards. Accessed September 6, 2011.
  32. ^ a b "Montclair Theatre Night Award Nomination List" (PDF). 
  33. ^ "Paper Mill Playhouse 2015 Nomination List" (PDF). 
  34. ^ Vrentas, Jenny. "NFL Draft: Rutgers' Steve Beauharnais ready to jump from under-the-radar prospect to NFL", The Star-Ledger, April 21, 2013. Accessed April 28, 2013. "Beauharnais had already earned a scholarship to Rutgers while playing for Saddle Brook High School, so Karcich was surprised to learn the teen planned to enroll in the private school in Montvale for his senior year.... Beauharnais was part of St. Joseph's Non-Public Group III state title that season."
  35. ^ Marciniak, Bernadette. "Allendale's Chorba hits the big screen", Town Journal, January 11, 2013. Accessed February 27, 2017. "Chorba, an Allendale native and alumnus of St. Joseph's Regional High School in Montvale, fell into acting accidentally after breaking his ankle playing football for Union College in Schenectady, N.Y."
  36. ^ Vinny Ciurciu player profile, National Football League Players Association. Accessed May 8, 2007. "Two-year starter at fullback and outside linebacker at St. Joseph Regional HS...Garnered first team all-state honors at linebacker as a junior and senior...Rushed for 1,260 yards (1,150 m) and scored 25 touchdowns his senior year."
  37. ^ Gutman, Harold. "Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame gets six new members", The Journal News, May 5, 2007. Accessed May 8, 2007. "Major-league baseball player John Flaherty of West Nyack. Flaherty, who attended St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.), played 14 seasons with five teams, ending his career with the Yankees."
  38. ^ Junior Galette, OLB, Accessed June 19, 2011. "Galette, a native of Spring Valley, N.Y., who attended St. Joseph's Regional High in Montvale, N.J., played in 11 games and started nine as a freshman."
  39. ^ Dicker, Ron. "COLLEGE FOOTBALL; Texas Makes the Passing Grade: Simms Signs Up", The New York Times, February 4, 1999. Accessed September 30, 2007. "Boston College received commitments from several prominent New Jersey players, including running back William Green (6-1, 220) of Holy Spirit in Absecon and linemen Augie Hoffman (6-4, 315) of St. Joseph's in Montvale and Tom Martin (6-5, 245) of Howell."
  40. ^ Idec, Keith. "Rob Kaminsky checks out his new baseball team", The Record (Bergen County), June 14, 2013. Accessed June 17, 2013. "Cards draft pick Rob Kaminsky of Englewood Cliffs enjoying St. Louis' game against the Mets with his mother, Donna.... When the former St. Joseph star returns probably will depend on how quickly the left-hander can ascend through the minor leagues, but the Cardinals' first-round draft pick wasn't about to let heavy rain Thursday morning prevent a lifelong Yankees fan from attending his first Mets game to take in a tremendous pitching matchup between Matt Harvey and Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright."
  41. ^ Czerwinski, Mark (June 6, 2012). "MLB draft:M's nab SJR's Patrick Kivlehan". The Record (Bergen County). Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  42. ^ Bowman, Mark (March 18, 2014). "Perseverance paying off for prospect La Stella". Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  43. ^ Meixell, Ted. "FRICK, HARTRUM ARE HEADS OF THEIR CLASS ** 3A WRESTLER OF THE YEAR ** TRAVIS FRICK LOOKS TO CONTINUE FAMILY EXCELLENCE AT LEHIGH", The Morning Call, April 6, 2001. Accessed June 19, 2011. "They, [Steve Borja], [TRAVIS FRICK]'s 38 other regular-season victims, and New Jersey state champion Mike Massenzio of St. Joseph's Montvale (whom Frick beat 2-1 in the Easton Lions Classic) all had another thing in common: none of them, not a solitary soul, was able to take Frick down."
  44. ^ Caldwell, Dave. "The McCourty Twins, Divided Between Rutgers and the N.F.L.", The New York Times, November 20, 2009. Accessed June 19, 2011. "Now, while Devin is finishing up this year at Rutgers with a flourish, Jason is a rookie on the Tennessee Titans. They are nearly 900 miles apart, but Devin and Jason say each is prospering. "Maybe this is a good thing," says Tony Karcich, their coach at St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, N.J. "They went out on their own, and they've had huge success.""
  45. ^ Jason McCourty Player Profile, NFL Draft 2009, National Football League. Accessed June 19, 2011. "Jason McCourty, selected by: Tennessee Titans, Round 6, 203rd pick overall. All-Parochial pick as both a junior and senior out of St. Joseph's Montvale. Accounted for 25 touchdowns for St. Joseph's, which finished the season at 11-1 including a 42-8 win over Pope John in the Parochial Group III Final at Rutgers Stadium."
  46. ^
  47. ^ Naanes, Marlene; and Koloff, Abbott. "Bergen County native leading investigation of Colorado theater massacre", The Record (Bergen County), July 23, 2012. Accessed July 25, 2012. "Daniel Oates, who, as the chief of police in Aurora, Colo., is in charge of investigating the most extensive mass shooting in the nation's history, grew up in Midland Park.... Oates was born in Hackensack and lived in Oradell before his family moved to Midland Park, his parents said.... He graduated from St. Joseph's Regional High School in 1973 and attended college at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, where he majored in English."
  48. ^ Staff. "Soccer: Former St. Joseph star Matt Turner signs with MLS team", The Record (Bergen County), March 5, 2016. Accessed March 5, 2016. "Matt Turner of Park Ridge, a former St. Joseph standout goalkeeper, has signed with the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer."
  49. ^ Cabot, Mary Kay. "Cleveland Browns sign rookie DB K'Waun Williams out of Pittsburgh", The Plain Dealer, May 20, 2014. Accessed October 12, 2014. "A native of Paterson, N.J., Williams graduated from St. Joseph Regional High School, where he helped the team capture the state title as a junior and senior."

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