St. Augustine Preparatory School
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|St. Augustine Preparatory School|
|611 Cedar Avenue
Richland, NJ, (Atlantic County) 08350
|Motto||Veritas ∙ Unitas ∙ Caritas
(Truth ∙ Unity ∙ Love)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic
Order of Saint Augustine
|Patron saint(s)||St. Augustine of Hippo|
|Founder||Franklin P. Cucinotta|
|Oversight||Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden|
|President||Donald F. Reilly|
|Faculty||47.2 (on FTE basis)|
|Average class size||22.41 students|
|Student to teacher ratio||14.2:1|
|Campus size||118 acres (0.48 km2)|
|Campus type||wooded; rural|
|Color(s)||Blue and white|
|Slogan||Enter as Boys to Learn; Exit as Men to Serve|
|Song||Saint Augustine Alma Mater|
|Athletics||21 inter-scholastic sports|
|Athletics conference||Cape-Atlantic League|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and New Jersey Association of Independent Schools|
|Newspaper||Prep Talk, The Torch|
|School fees||$650 plus purchase of an iPad|
|Affiliation||Order of Saint Augustine|
- This article discusses the school in Richland, New Jersey. For other institution of the same name, see St. Augustine's (disambiguation)
St. Augustine Preparatory School is a private all-male Roman Catholic four-year college preparatory school located in the Richland section of Buena Vista Township, in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States. Located on 118 acres (0.48 km2) of wooded property, it serves students in ninth through twelfth grade from across South Jersey under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1983  and the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. St. Augustine was founded in 1959 by the Order of Saint Augustine as a minor seminary to help young men prepare for studies in the priesthood and religious life; the first class was a mixture of seminarians and day students. The school is a member of the Augustinian Secondary Education Association.
The school's graduating Class of 2014 was offered over $42 million in scholarships.
Established in September 1959, the school's first senior class of 12 students graduated in 1963. The school's first Headmaster was Fr. Peter Toscani, OSA. Classes were first held in the Monastery, which was previously an estate named "Red Oaks". The first school building, Augustinian Hall, consisted of four classrooms and a gymnasium, which opened in 1960. The first expansion included the western wing of Augustinian Hall in 1967-68. The Spina Gymnasium was constructed in 1979-80 and the former gym was converted into classrooms and a chapel. The enrollment ranged between 150 and 210 students for many years.
The third expansion of facilities was the construction of the Edith Favretto Scarpa Arts and Sciences Building in 1998. The building houses most of the campus' computer labs, the media center, the library, and additional classrooms. Following that expansion, enrollment grew from 235 to 550. A minor renovation replaced the chapel with additional classrooms in 2000. The most recent addition to the school is The Louis and Josephine Buondonno Forum, or simply, "The Forum". Following the construction of the new building, enrollment increased to 650 students. In the Forum are the Rodio Gymnasium, the Consalo Dining hall, The Navone Swimming Pool, weight room, wrestling room, and additional classrooms.
On October 8, 2014 the Prep held a dedication ceremony for the new Navone Athletic Training Facility. The 5,000 square foot facility includes cross fit equipment, a batting cage, and a weight room. It is named in honor of its benefactor Paul Navone.
In June 2011, longtime school President Fr. Paul Galetto, OSA, was replaced by Fr. Donald Reilly, OSA, previously Prior Provincial of the Villanova province of the Augustinian Order, and previous Chairman of the school's Board of Directors. The school announced in November 2016 that Fr. Robert Murray was designated to become the school's new President at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.
The school's campus consists of six buildings set over 118 acres (0.48 km2) of wooded property. The principal educational facilities are:
- Augustinian Hall
45 General Classrooms; Latin/French/Greek/Italian curriculums; Spina Memorial Gymnasium; Administrative Offices; Wireless Internet Access
- The Louis & Josephine Buondonno Forum
Consalo Dining Hall; 15 General Classrooms; Greenhouse; Student Bookstore; Student Lounge/Recreational Room; Student Infirmary; Administrative/Business Offices/Office of the President; Chapel; Rodio Gymnasium; Navone Pool; Weight-lifting area; Wrestling arena; Ergometer Room; Wireless Internet Access
- Edith Favretto Scarpa Arts & Sciences Building
35,000+ Volumes; Computer Workspaces; 3 General Classrooms; College Guidance Offices; Wireless Internet Access
- Allegrini Monastery
Residence of the Order of Saint Augustine; Residence of Rev. Donald F. Reilly OSA: President; Monastery Gardens
- Greek Amphitheater
Teaching space for the school's language arts curriculum.
- LaRosa Field
Turf Field; Provides playing space for the school's football, lacrosse & soccer teams
- Navone Athletic Training Facility
Cross Fit Equipment; Batting Cage; Weight Room 
5 tennis courts; 1 lacrosse field; 2 practice football/mixed use fields; 2 baseball fields
The school is named in honor of the 4th century saint, St. Augustine of Hippo, one of a few Augustinian friar schools in the United States and others throughout the world with this same patron saint. The North American foundation of the order dates back to 1796.
The Saint Augustine Prep Hermits compete in the National Division of the Cape-Atlantic League, an athletic conference consisting of both parochial and private and public high schools located in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, and Gloucester County, New Jersey. However, The Hermits are set to start competing in the American Conference in each sport, as soon as the scheduling year comes around. The Cape-Atlantic League operates under the aegis of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).
School colors are blue and white. The school offers 18 inter-scholastic sports programs, including: football, soccer, cross country, basketball, swimming, ice hockey, wrestling, track and field, chess, baseball, golf, tennis, crew, lacrosse, volleyball, fencing, bowling, sailing, ultimate frisbee, rugby, and a new sport for the 2008-09 year, water polo. St. Augustine teams have recently competed in state championships in hockey, tennis, basketball, golf, swimming, soccer, wrestling, and crew.
The swim team was the 4th-ranked swim team in the nation in 2005. They won the 06-07 Non-Public A State Title with a 105-65 win against St. Joseph High School, as well as the 07-08 Non-Public A State Title with a 109-61 victory over Seton Hall Preparatory School.
The crew team's Lightweight 8+ won both the Stotesbury Cup Regatta and the Scholastic Rowing Association of America Regatta (commonly referred to as the "Scholastic Nationals") in the 2006 spring season, marking the first national title achieved by St. Augustine Prep. In the 2012 spring season, the Junior Varsity 8+ won the Scholastic Nationals.
The ice hockey team claimed the 2006-07 Non-Public state championship, defeating St. Peter's Preparatory School by a score of 3-1 on March 23, 2007, as the first South Jersey school to win the state title in hockey finishing the season with a 23-0-0 record and becoming the first ice hockey team in New Jersey history to go undefeated and untied.
The soccer team was declared state champion in the 2003 NJSIAA Parochial A Boys' Soccer State Tournament jointly with Delbarton School. The team was the Non-Public A Champion in the 2005 Boys Soccer Non-Public Finals, defeating Seton Hall Preparatory School 4-1. The soccer team finished the season with a record and 25-1 and won the Non-Public A championship in 2010 with a 2-0 win over Pingry School, marking the program's fifth state title and their first since their 2005 win.
The basketball team won the 2001 Parochial South B state championship, defeating McCorristin Catholic High School by 65-49 in the tournament final. The basketball team won the 2002 Parochial South A, defeating Camden Catholic High School 50-45. The team won again in 2004 with a 56-48 win over Camden Catholic High School. In 2010-11, the basketball team won their fourth Non-Public A championship by defeating Seton Hall Prep 71-60. Paul Rodio, a member of the Class of 1970, earned his 776th victory in February 2013 as St. Augustine Prep's head basketball coach, making him the winningest coach in South Jersey history.
The tennis team won the Non-Public, South A title in 2003 over Monsignor Donovan High School 4-1. The team won the Non-Public, South A title again in 2005 and 2006, defeating Christian Brothers Academy 5-0 and 4-1, respectively. In 2007, the tennis team finished the year 10th on The Star-Ledger's top 20 list having won the Non-Public A State title in a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Delbarton School, winning their first state title after having been swept 5-0 by Delbarton in both of their previous state title games.
The wrestling team won Non-Public B state titles in 2001 and 2003 over Gloucester Catholic High School and St. Mary's High School of East Rutherford respectively. The 2001 title was the team's first since 1985.
The football team won the NJSIAA Non-Public Group I state sectional championships in 1995.
- William Gormley (Class of 1964), former member of the New Jersey General Assembly (1978-1982) and New Jersey State Senate (1982-2007), representing the 2nd Legislative District.
- Sam Fiocchi (Class of 1970), member of the New Jersey General Assembly who represents the 1st Legislative District.
- Daniel J. Hilferty (Class of 1974), President and Chief Executive Officer of Independence Blue Cross.
- Mike Catalana (Class of 1981), sports director of WHAM-TV in Rochester, New York.
- Chris Gheysens (Class of 1989), Chief Executive Officer of Wawa Inc.
- Andrew Sullivan (Class of 1999), professional basketball player for Dexia Mons-Hainaut in Belgium; represented Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
- Olu Babalola (Class of 2001), professional basketball player for Sheffield Sharks in Britain.
- Pops Mensah-Bonsu (Class of 2002), played for the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, and the Benetton Treviso and the Toronto Raptors; represented Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
- Neil McPeak (Class of 2005), member of the US Rowing team for the 2012 Summer Olympics who was part of the US Junior National Team which won the World Championships.
- Jack Crawford (Class of 2008), professional American football player for the Dallas Cowboys.
- Austin Johnson (Class of 2012), defensive lineman who plays for the Penn State Nittany Lions football team.
- Brendan McHugh (born 1990), swimmer who specializes in breaststroke events.
- School Data for St. Augustine College Preparatory School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 19, 2014.
- St. Augustine Prep Lacrosse, MaxPreps.com. Accessed November 20, 2014. "Colors: Blue, White"
- Saint Augustine Preparatory School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed September 3, 2011.
- St. Augustine Preparatory School, New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. Accessed November 19, 2014.
- Prep Talk, St. Augustine College Preparatory School. Accessed November 19, 2014.
- Tuition, St. Augustine Preparatory School. Accessed November 19, 2014.
- School Profile, St. Augustine Preparatory School. Accessed November 19, 2014. "St. Augustine Preparatory School is a college preparatory school located in southern New Jersey."
- Catholic Schools Directory, Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden. Accessed October 20, 2016.
- A Brief History of St. Augustine Prep, St. Augustine Preparatory School. Accessed November 19, 2014.
- Scholarships and Acceptances, St. Augustine Preparatory School. Accessed November 19, 2004.
- Funderburk, Kristi. "Ouster longtime Prep leader stuns school". The Daily Journal. Retrieved May 30, 2011.
- D'Amico, Diane. "The Rev. Donald F. Reilly elected new president of St. Augustine Prep". The Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved November 1, 2011.
- "St. Augustine Prep names Father Murray its next leader", Community Bulletin, November 29, 2016. Accessed February 1, 2017. "St. Augustine Preparatory announced Father Robert J. Murray, O.S.A., Ph.D., as the next leader at St. Augustine Preparatory School, Richland.... These two appointments, which will take effect following graduation in June 2017, underscore significant steps forward for the two schools, and a reinforcement of the commitment of the Augustinians to our educational apostolate."
- League Memberships – 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 3, 2016.
- Saint Augustine Prep School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 3, 2014.
- 2007 Boys Team Swimming - Non-Public - A, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 11, 2007.
- Race #105, Boy's Lightweight Eight, Stotesbury Cup 2006, May 20, 2006.
- Drexel Crew Signs Coxswain for 2007-08 Season, Drexel University. Accessed April 7, 2007. "Matyas, a stand-out coxswain at St. Augustine Preparatory School in Richland, N.J., guided the lightweight varsity eight to gold medal performances at the New Jersey State Championships, the Philadelphia City Championships, the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, and the High School Scholastic Nationals."
- Gorka, Janit. "Scholastic Nationals 2012", row2k, May 28, 2012. Accessed December 5, 2013. "The Junior Eight race pitted New York-Pennsylvania-New Jersey in the center lanes. The same crews: St. Anthony's, St Joseph's Prep and St. Augustine faced each other in the Stotesbury Cup last week with "The Prep" winning that race and New Yorkers' St. Anthony's second. This Memorial Day weekend, it was St. Augustine from Richland, NJ who came out on top."
- 2007 Ice Hockey Tournament - Non-Public, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 24, 2007.
- "Q&A from NJP: Dom Morrone", NJPowerRanking.com, June 2, 2008 Volume P-12. Accessed December 5, 2013. "[Q] St. Augustine had arguably the best season in NJ high school hockey history. When you think back about the 2006/07 season, what were your best memories? [A] Going 23-0-0 is just an unbelievable feeling to this day.... [Q] Yourself, Crowe, Stern, Macalino, Casale, Mara, Healey and many more contributed to the first undefeated season in state history."
- 2003 NJSIAA Parochial A Boys' Soccer State Tournament, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 11, 2007.
- 2005 Boys Soccer - Non-Public Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 11, 2007.
- Orlando, Chris. "St. Augustine 2, Pingry 0", The Star-Ledger, November 16, 2010. Accessed July 17, 2011. "Hurff converted the lone opportunity he had early in the first half and Palmieri added a big insurance goal late in the second as St. Augustine, No. 8 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, earned a 2-0 victory over top-ranked Pingry in the championship game of the NJSIAA/The Sports Authority Stores Non-Public A tournament amid steady rain before 500 at The College of New Jersey in Ewing. The championship was the fifth overall for St. Augustine (25-1) and first since it defeated Seton Hall Prep for the Non-Public A title in 2005."
- 2001 - Parochial South B, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 11, 2007.
- 2002 Boys Basketball - Parochial South A, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 11, 2007.
- 2004 Boys Basketball - Parochial South A, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 11, 2007.
- Minnick, Kevin. "Boys' Basketball: Morton, St. Augustine overpower Seton Hall Prep", Courier Post, March 12, 2011. Accessed July 17, 2011. "In his first appearance on the game's biggest stage, Isaiah Morton delivered an MVP performance.... The dynamic senior collected a game-high 30 points and fueled his team's competitive fire as the Hermits defeated Seton Hall Prep 71-60 in the Non-Public A state final Saturday at Poland Spring Arena.... It's the first state title for St. Augustine (28-2) since 2004 and the fourth in school history."
- Minnick, Kevin. "Rodio reigns as winningest coach in S.J. after 776th victory", Courier-Post, February 12, 2013. Accessed March 16, 2013.
- 2003 Boys Team Tennis - Parochial South A, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 11, 2007.
- 2005 Boys Team Tennis - Non-Public, South A, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 11, 2007.
- Smith, Michael. "St. Aug. wins state boys tennis title", The Press of Atlantic City, May 25, 2007. Accessed July 17, 2011. "Since St. Augustine began its tennis program 12 years ago, coach Sam Miles has been dreaming of a state title. The previous two years, the Hermits fell to five-time defending champions Delbarton in the Non-Public A state championship, 5-0. both times. But this time around, the Hermits relied on their singles players, who rallied to lead the Prep over Delbarton 3-2 to win the school's first tennis state title."
- Staff. "HERMITS WRESTLERS HANG ON TO TAKE CROWN THE LEAD CHANGED FIVE TIMES BETWEEN THE HERMITS AND GLOUCESTER CATHOLIC BEFORE ST. AUGUSTINE PREVAILED.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 18, 2001. Accessed June 2, 2011. "Taylor held on to Gloucester Catholic's Mike Stites long enough to record a 7-3 decision in a hard-fought heavyweight bout yesterday as St. Augustine defeated Gloucester Catholic, 34-28, to win the NJSIAA State Parochial B team... It was the first Parochial championship for St. Augustine since 1985."
- Weinberg, David. "HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING / DUAL CHAMPIONS / ABSEGAMI, ST. AUGUSTINE WIN STATE WRESTLING TEAM TITLES / MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: HERMITS EARN SECOND TITLE IN THREE YEARS", The Press of Atlantic City, February 23, 2003. Accessed June 2, 2011. "St. Augustine Prep's wrestling team made good on its preseason prediction Saturday at the Parochial B state championship meet. The Hermits won the title, using a strong start and some key victories later to earn a 48-27 victory over St. Mary's of Rutherford at Sovereign Bank Arena."
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- Staff. "Prep honors Class of '64", The Daily Journal (New Jersey), May 30, 2014. Accessed December 3, 2014.
- Assemblyman Samuel L. Fiocchi, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed November 20, 2014.
- Staff reports. "St. Augustine Prep honors Dan Hilferty with Mendel Medal", Ocean City Gazette, November 24, 2014. Accessed December 1, 2014. "Ocean City native, and 1974 graduate of St. Augustine Prep, Daniel J. Hilferty received the 2014 Gregor Mendel Medal at dinner held in his honor at the Union League of Philadelphia on Nov. 13."
- Boggs, Jennifer. "BEN Column: Mike Abbott's view of Bridgeton; Logan Lane potholes dangerous; Mike Catalana TV sports star; County has to start from scratch; Sam Miletta-Curt Morgan reach 200 wins!", NJ.com, September 26, 2011. Accessed November 19, 2014. "Catalana graduated from Ithaca College in 1985 with a B.S. Degree in Television /Radio (Broadcast Journalism). He is a graduate of St. Augustine Prep."
- "Prep Grad Becomes CEO of Wawa". February 8, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
- Garcia, Julian. "Nova Landa St. Augustine Big Man", Daily News (New York), September 30, 1998. Accessed May 10, 2011. "Andrew Sullivan, a 6-7, 210-pound forward out of Richland (N.J.) St. Augustine Prep, announced yesterday that he will play basketball for Villanova next season."
- Narducci, Marc. "Babalola Sparks St. Augustine Past Bishop Eustace", The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 7, 2000. Accessed May 10, 2011. "St. Augustine's Olu Babalola has had trouble starting lately, but there has been no problem with his finishes."
- Staff. "St. Augustine Prep graduate Mensah-Bonsu signs 10-day contract with Spurs", The Press of Atlantic City, February 26, 2009. Accessed March 10, 2011. "The Spurs signed forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu, a 2002 St. Augustine Prep graduate, to a 10-day contract."
- Langi, Rob. "St. Augustine trio to row for USA", Courier Post, July 21, 2005. Accessed March 10, 2011. "That opportunity has presented itself for three recent St. Augustine Prep School graduates. Neil McPeak, Jimmy Germano and Adam Jones have been selected to the US Rowing Junior National Team that will take part in the Junior World Rowing Championships in Brandenburg, Germany in August."
- Jack Crawford, Penn State Nittany Lions football. Accessed July 16, 2012. "Hometown: Longport, N.J. High School: St. Augustine... He moved to the U.S. in 2005, intending to pursue basketball as his primary sport. As a junior at St. Augustine (N.J.) Prep in 2006, he joined the football team and found immediate success as a defensive end and tight end."
- Austin Johnson, Penn State Nittany Lions football. Accessed November 20, 2014. "Johnson was an all-state and All-South Jersey honoree at St. Augustine Prep, which produced former Nittany Lion defensive end Jack Crawford, a 2012 NFL Draft choice who plays with the Oakland Raiders."
- Gargan, Guy. "St. Augustine graduate Brendan McHugh sets U.S. swim record", The Press of Atlantic City, August 10, 2014. Accessed August 4, 2015. "McHugh, 24, a resident of the Sicklerville section of Winslow Township, proved his record performance was no fluke by returning to win the 50 breaststroke final in 27.24."