St. Anthony High School (New Jersey)

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St. Anthony High School
St- Anthony High School, 175 Eighth St, Jersey City, NJ 2014-01-22 16-52.jpg
St. Anthony High School
175 8th Street
Jersey City, NJ, (Hudson County) 07302
Coordinates 40°43′35″N 74°2′27″W / 40.72639°N 74.04083°W / 40.72639; -74.04083Coordinates: 40°43′35″N 74°2′27″W / 40.72639°N 74.04083°W / 40.72639; -74.04083
Type Private
Motto Omnis en Deus
(God in everything)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic,
Felician Sisters
Established 1952
Oversight Archdiocese of Newark
President Coach Bob Hurley
Principal Chad Broussard
Faculty 16.0 FTEs[1]
Grades 912
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 224 (as of 2013-14)[1]
Average class size 16
Student to teacher ratio 14.0:1[1]
Color(s)      Maroon and
Slogan Friar Nation
Athletics conference Hudson County Interscholastic League
Sports Basketball (boys/girls), Volleyball(boys/girls), Football, Baseball, Softball, Track (indoor and outdoor)
Mascot Friar
Team name Friars[2]
Rival St. Patrick's, St. Benedict's, Hudson Catholic, Roselle Catholic
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[3]
School fees $450
Tuition $6,000[4]
Dean of Students Ralph Dinielli (9–10)
Daniel Kelly (11–12)
Athletic Director Buddy Mathews

St. Anthony High School is a four-year co-educational Catholic high school known for its high-powered basketball program. The school is located in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States, operating under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.[5] and is affiliated with St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church,[6] which owns the building.[7] The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1997.[3]

As of the 2013-14 school year, the high school had 224 students and 16.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), the school had a student–teacher ratio of 14.0:1. There were 59 students in 9th grade, 68 students in 10th grade, 52 students in 11th grade, and 45 students in 12th grade.[1]

In April, 2017, officials at St. Anthony formally announced the high school will close at the end of the 2016-17 school year,[8] due to a lack of funding.[9]

In efforts to reverse the decision of the school's looming closure, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced a challenge during an April, 2017 appearance on WFAN. Christie is asking for the commissioners of Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League to each donate $125,000, in order to meet the school's minimum investment need of one-half-million dollars.[10]


The St. Anthony High School Friars[2] compete in the Hudson County Interscholastic League, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[11] They practiced at White Eagle Hall and often played at the Jersey City Armory.

The boys' basketball varsity team, coached by Bob Hurley, has been, for over 39 years, the most dominant high school team in the country. St. Anthony has won a national record 27 state championships, set with a 74-44 win in the 2008 sectional championship game over Trenton Catholic Academy to win the Parochial B state title.[12] With a 61-49 win in the 2011 Tournament of Champions over Plainfield High School, the St. Anthony team completed a 33-0 undefeated season, won its 11th Tournament of Champions and was recognized by USA Today with its fourth national championship.[13]

St. Anthony has produced over 150 players to Division I basketball programs, all on full scholarships. Hurley has coached five first round NBA draft picks, including his own son, Bobby Hurley. His team has been the subject of the book titled The Street Stops Here and a 2010 documentary film based on the book.[14] That year, documentary crews captured the entire season as the Friars finished the season as the #1 team in the country, followed by Saint Benedict's Preparatory School, another New Jersey powerhouse basketball program.

State and national championships[edit]

State and national Championships
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Winter Basketball, Boys 28 state championships and 4 national championships states: 1968, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2016
Total championships 32 (most in U.S. history)

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School data for St. Anthony High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 2, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Saint Anthony High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 2, 2017.
  3. ^ a b St. Anthony High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed June 22, 2011.
  4. ^ Tuition and Financial Aid, Saint Anthony High School. Accessed January 3, 2012.
  5. ^ Hudson County High Schools, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Accessed June 22, 2011.
  6. ^ "Our History". St. Anthony of Padua. Retrieved 5 May 2017. Father Hak obtained the old Public School No. 4 on Eighth Street, a half mile from the church. Initially serving as an annex to the parochial school, it eventually became the site of the high school. 
  7. ^ "Jersey City mourns fate of St. Anthony: a 'little safe haven'". Retrieved 5 May 2017. The school and some of its adjacent parking lot are owned by the St. Anthony parish, and some of the parking lot is owned by the city. 
  8. ^ 5:09 PM ET (2017-03-04). "St. Anthony High School to close at end of school year". Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ Associated Press (2017-04-07). "Chris Christie wants pro sports leagues to save Jersey hoops powerhouse". Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  11. ^ League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
  12. ^ "St. Anthony sets national record", The Record (Bergen County), March 9, 2008. Accessed March 9, 2008. "St. Anthony set a national record by winning its 25th State title Saturday with a 74-44 rout of Trenton Catholic in the Non-Public B final at the Ritacco Center in Toms River."
  13. ^ Ehalt, Matt. "Bob Hurley, St. Anthony take crown",, March 22, 2011. Accessed June 22, 2011. "The Friars, ranked No. 1 in the nation by Powerade Fab 50 ESPN Rise rankings, improved to 33-0 with the win. Hurley has now won 11 Tournament of Champions, and this is his fourth squad to win the unofficial national championship, as awarded by USA Today. He also has won more than 1,000 games and 24 state titles."
  14. ^ Thorbourne, Ken. "Documentary on legendary Jersey City high school coach Bob Hurley airs tonight", The Jersey Journal, March 31, 2010. Accessed June 22, 2011. "Okay Hudson County, you've enjoyed Bobby Hurley's legendary run as basketball guru at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City -- the 900-plus wins, countless state titles, and three USA Today national championships."
  15. ^ "Basketball Recruiting – Kyle Anderson". ESPN. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 
  16. ^ Willie Banks, Accessed June 22, 2011.
  17. ^ From Joe Budden's 2008 record entitled "Ransom Note" attacking fellow New Jersey rapper Ransom: "...not Westside Union, I live with bizzike / went to St. Anthony's, go and check Big Ike / you think you cool with niggas, you say "what up" to 'em / difference between us is I grew up with 'em..."
  18. ^ a b c Weiss, Dick. "Ahmad Nivins grows into stardom at St. Joseph's", Daily News (New York), February 15, 2009. Accessed February 27, 2009. "His unbeaten 1989 team alone produced three NBA first-round picks - Bobby Hurley, Terry Dehere and Rodrick Rhodes. Six players from last year's 32-0 mythical national championship team - Mike Rosario, Travon Woodall, Jio Fontan, A.J. Rogers, Alberto Estwick and Tyshawn Taylor - accepted Division I scholarships."
  19. ^ "Plus: Pro Basketball; Hurley's Retirement Becomes Official", The New York Times, October 20, 2000. Accessed December 29, 2007. "Hurley, 29, was a high school standout at St. Anthony of Jersey City and an all-American guard at Duke University."
  20. ^ Staff. "St. Anthony's Reunion Scheduled - Not", News & Record (Greensboro), March 20, 1992. Accessed April 12, 2011. "Duke's Bobby Hurley and Seton Hall's Terry Dehere, Jerry Walker and Danny Hurley all played for Bob Hurley, Sr. at St. Anthony's."
  21. ^ Katz, Andy. "Dan Hurley going to Rhode Island", ESPN, Updated: March 20, 2012.
  22. ^ Stanmyre, Matthew. "Former Duke and NBA star Roshown McLeod named new head basketball coach at St. Benedict's", The Star-Ledger, April 20, 2010. Accessed April 1, 2011. "Former Indiana University men’s basketball assistant coach and St. Anthony High standout Roshown McLeod was named head coach at St. Benedict’s Prep yesterday afternoon, taking over one of the country’s preeminent boys basketball programs."
  23. ^ Roshown Mcleod Archived 2007-12-15 at the Wayback Machine., Accessed December 30, 2007.
  24. ^ Popper, Steve. "Basketball: College Men -- St. John's; Red Storm Seeks Alaskan Recruit", The New York Times, November 16, 1998. Accessed January 3, 2012. "St. John's has also been visited by the 7-0 center Josh Moore, who played for St. Anthony's of Jersey City before transferring to St. Thomas More Prep in Connecticut."
  25. ^ Lieber, Jill. "On defense at St. Anthony's", USA Today, October 6, 2002. Accessed August 24, 2007.
  26. ^ Curry, Jack. "Lakers Rookie's Search for Solace", The New York Times, January 15, 1989. Accessed February 27, 2009. "David Rivers has always been ready for the game. One of the finest players to come out of New Jersey in the last 20 years, he overcame obstacles to become an All-State performer at St. Anthony High School."
  27. ^ "Tyshawn Taylor" (English). Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  28. ^ Vega, Michael. "Valentin gifted in major league bow", Boston Globe, July 28, 1992. Accessed April 1, 2011. "With [Tim Naehring] nursing a sprained right wrist and Luis Rivera riding out a slump on the pine, the time seemed perfect for the 25-year-old from Jersey City, N.J. It was there Valentin grew up playing high school basketball at St. Anthony's alongside former Notre Dame star David Rivers."

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