Saint Joseph of the Palisades High School
|St. Joseph of the Palisades High School|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|School district||Archdiocese of Newark|
|Faculty||19.4 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||291  (2005-06)|
|Student to teacher ratio||15.0:1|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Athletics conference||Hudson County Interscholastic Athletic Association|
|Team name||Blue Jays|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Athletic Director||Michael Scerbo|
As of the 2005-06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 291 students and 19.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 15.0. On February 27, 2009 it was announced the school would close at the end of the 2008-09 school year due to dwindling enrollment.
St. Joseph of the Palisades was established in 1931. The school had been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools since 1961. This high school was also a member of the National Honor Society and the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Prior to 1972, the school was divided by gender with a girls' teaching department and a boys' teaching department. Under the guidance of Father Gerald Walsh, the two departments merged to become the co-ed school located at 5400 Broadway Avenue, West New York, New Jersey.
By 2009, the student body numbered 222. The school's budget shortfall was $400,000.00USD, and the parish was in debt for $1.5 million, incurred as a result of supporting the school. Because the school required at least 275 students to remain financially solvent, final permission to close the school was granted in a February 12 letter from Archbishop of Newark John J. Myers to the Rev. Monsignor Gregory K. Studerus, pastor of St. Joseph of the Palisades Church, who informed the school's advisory board February 25. At the time, it was the latest of many Catholic schools in the county to fall on such hard times. The last graduation ceremony the school's was held on June 5, 2009. 64 seniors graduated, with six more expected to complete their coursework during that summer. Principal Bruce Segall applied to the state to start a new charter school to serve the remaining underclassmen, hoping to use the St. Joseph building, but his application was not approved. The sale of the building to the city of West New York as a means of expanding Memorial High School was one possibility mentioned.
The St. Joseph of the Palisades High School Blue Jays competed in the Hudson County Interscholastic Athletic Association, which includes public and private high schools in Hudson County. The league, now defunct, operated under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.
The football team won the NJSIAA Non-Public B North state sectional championship in 1974.
St. Joseph of the Palisades High School offered various athletic sports to its students including:
- John O. Brennan (born 1954), former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
- Yolanda Cuomo (born 1957), graphic designer and art director.
- Anthony DePalma (born 1952), author, journalist and educator who was a foreign correspondent and reporter for The New York Times.
- Louis Freeh (born 1950), former Federal Bureau of Investigations director.
- J. D. Maarleveld (born 1961), offensive tackle who played in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Ed Murawinski (born 1951, class of 1969), cartoonist best known for his work for the New York Daily News.
- St. Joseph of the Palisades High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed August 18, 2008.
- Charles Hack. "St. Joe's High School told it will be closing in June" Jersey Journal February 27, 2009
- SJPHS. "School History". St. Joseph of the Palisades High School website. Archived from the original on 2005-10-23. Retrieved 2007-05-11.
- SJHS 07-08 Student Handbook.qxp[permanent dead link]
- Amanda Staab. "Schools' out forever" The Union City Reporter. June 14, 2009. Pages 1 and 10
- Ricardo Kaulessar. "Interesting year for private and parochial schools" Hudson Reporter Year in Review. December 27, 2009. Page 23
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- "About CIA" CIA.gov. November 21, 2015.
- DePalma, Anthony. "The Lessons Of St. Joe's", The New York Times, February 5, 1989. Accessed October 22, 2018. "But it was during the years I spent at St. Joseph's Boys High School, now known as St. Joseph of the Palisades High School, in West New York, N.J., when I - like many others - had no sure sense of my self, that I was genuinely touched by the parochial experience.... My two other brothers went to Hoboken High School, but in 1966 I decided on St. Joe's."
- "Former FBI director from North Bergen named to head college's Sandusky investigation'". NJ.com. November 21, 2011.
- Bengel, Chris. "Maryland Football Countdown: No. 73, J.D. Maarleveld", FanSided, August 6, 2015. Accessed October 24, 2018. "J.D. Maarleveld embarked on a difficult and rewarding journey to become a successful Terp. The Jersey City native enrolled at Notre Dame as an offensive tackle after a successful high school career.... However, just one year later, Faust informed Maarleveld that his spot on the team was no longer available and advised the former St. Joseph of the Palisades High School star that he should transfer to a Division II school."
- Hague, Jim. "He drew Steinbrenner in a diaper NB native went from classroom doodles to Daily News sports cartoons Read more: Hudson Reporter - He drew Steinbrenner in a diaper NB native went from classroom doodles to Daily News sports cartoons" Archived 2018-07-05 at the Wayback Machine, The Hudson Reporter, October 31, 2006. Accessed October 24, 2018. "'We didn't have art classes when I went to St. Joseph [of the Palisades],' Murawinski said. 'So I spent a lot of time just doodling on the back of notebooks and what have you.' After he graduated from St. Joseph of the Palisades in 1969, Murawinski went to fine-tune his artistic craft at the New York School for Visual Arts."