St. Peter's Preparatory School
|Saint Peter's Preparatory School|
Sub Umbra Petri
Under the Shadow of Peter
|144 Grand Street
Jersey City, New Jersey 07302
|Type||Private, Day, College-prep|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic
|President||Rev. Kenneth J. Boller, S.J.|
|Principal||James DeAngelo '85|
|Vice Principal||Robert Furlong|
|Dean of Student Life||Anthony Locricchio, '96|
|Faculty||65 (on FTE basis)|
|Student to teacher ratio||14.4:1|
|Color(s)||Maroon and White|
|Slogan||"Men for Others"|
|Song||"Pride and Glory" to the tune of "It's an Old-fashioned Garden"|
|Fight song||"A Peter's Team" to the tune of "It's a Grand Old Flag"|
|Athletics conference||Hudson County Interscholastic League|
|Accreditation||New Jersey Association of Independent Schools|
|Average SAT scores||1685|
|Average ACT scores||25|
|Publication||Literama (literary magazine)|
|Vice President of Finance||John Caulfield, '71, P'00,'03|
|Chief Advancement Officer||Christopher Casazza, '97|
|Vice President for Planning and Principle Giving||James Horan '70|
|Director of Admissions||John Irvine '83 P'11|
|Director of Athletics||Rich Hansen P'03, '09|
|Director of Campus Ministry||Maura Toomb|
Saint Peter's Preparatory School (called "Prep") is a private, all-male, Jesuit, college-preparatory school located in Jersey City, New Jersey, within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. The Society of Jesus founded the school in 1872 and today the school is operated as part of the Jesuits' New York Province. The school has been accredited by the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools.
Students are enrolled from counties in Central and Northern New Jersey, as well as from nearby New York City. The school has a faculty of 72, made up of 5 Jesuits, 62 lay teachers, and six counselors three of whom work on college placement. Tuition for the 2015-16 school year is $15,100.
Foundation and growth
Saint Peter's Prep was originally founded in the Paulus Hook section of Jersey City as one department within Saint Peter's College (now Saint Peter's University) by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 3, 1872. Along with the Preparatory department were the Collegiate and Grammar departments. As a school for young men, Saint Peter's opened in September 1878 with seventy-one students in the Preparatory department. Academic degrees were first conferred in June 1889. At this time the only building on the campus was Shalloe Hall at 144 Grand Street. Mulry Hall, on the corner of Grand and Warren Streets, was built around the turn of the century as a local social club, before being acquired by the school.
Separation from the college
In 1918 Jesuit Superiors decided to close the College division in order to focus more attention on other Universities in the Northeast. It remained closed until 1930; during this time, however, the Preparatory division remained open. The College division reopened in another location in 1930 and in 1936 settled at its current location. The College and Preparatory departments were officially incorporated separately on February 10, 1955. Although Saint Peter's College has not been located at 144 Grand for over eighty years, at an entrance to the original building, Shalloe Hall, a window pane above the door still reads "Saint Peter's College."
The original building, Shalloe Hall, is named after Francis J. Shalloe, S.J., and was built in the 1870s. Mulry Hall was dedicated in 1913. Across the street is the Humanities Building (previously known as the Freshman and Science Building and still commonly referred to as the English Building). This four-storied building was constructed in the 1880s and until 1924 housed the Academy of Saint Aloysius, an all-girls school. Prep acquired the building in 1924 and in 1995 completed a thorough renovation of the structure, including a revamping of the Siperstein Library. Hogan and Burke Halls on the west side of campus were constructed in 1942 and 1965–66, respectively. In 1948 the Memorial Gymnasium was dedicated. It is commonly referred to as "The Barn", from its unique shape.
In 2005 Prep completed the purchase of the vacant Saint Peter's Grammar School as well as the Saint Peter's Church adjacent to Prep's existing property. Recent renovations over the past twenty years include a remodeling of Warren Street as a pedestrian walkway during school hours, named after Pope John Paul II, the upgrade of the Humanities Building and Memorial Gymnasium, and the construction of James F. Keenan, S.J., field about three blocks away. The new field has provided the soccer, rugby, and lacrosse teams a home field, as well as practice space for the football and baseball teams. Beginning in the 2010-2011 academic year the former church was converted into a temporary multi-purpose space to serve as the lunch room, renamed the "O'Keefe Commons." In October 2011, renovations of the 50-year-old Burke Hall were completed and the building was rechristened the "Moriarty Science Center." Major renovations on Mulry Hall began at the conclusion of the 2013-2014 school year, including an updated facade and modern classrooms.
Recent years and the future
On June 22, 2009, the board of trustees voted unanimously to approve phase O\one of the Campus Master Plan. Developed over several years, the plan lays out the future of Prep's campus. Given the limited amount of space available in downtown Jersey City, every effort was made to maximize the limited resource.
Phase one included a remodeling of Saint Peter's Church into a temporary cafeteria/multi-purpose space known as the O'Keefe Commons. This was completed over the summer of 2010 in time for the beginning of the 2010 academic year. This phase also included a complete renovation of Burke Hall along Warren Street into a premier science building, including roof space for a greenhouse and other outdoor learning capabilities. A new main entrance along Warren Street was also constructed.
The remaining phases of the Master Plan were to be approved by the Board once funding for the remainder of the project was secured. Prep introduced a campaign, "Imagine: The Fund for Saint Peter's Prep," for the financing of the Master Plan projects. Total gifts as of September 29, 2010 were over $13.6 million.
The other phases included the construction of a large multi-purpose space in the York Street parking lot, extensive renovations of Mulry Hall and Hogan Hall, a major reconfiguration of the former Jesuit residence, possible accommodation for parking on campus underground, construction of a new academic building (along York Street), and the conversion of the upper floors of the Humanities Building (former Freshman Building) into office space for non-academic administration and external affairs.
Students at Prep are required to take one year of Latin (two if they receive a scholarship), three years of mathematics (four years recommended), three years of history, two years of science (at least three years recommended), four years of English, two years (three years recommended) of modern language (Spanish, French, German or Italian), and four years of religion. Prep offers art and music classes for students wishing to broaden their creativity and to pursue the arts in college. Independent study courses include Greek Honors, Portfolio Art, and instrumental music. Other elective classes are offered to juniors and seniors, and there are many honors and AP classes to choose from. The school has inaugurated the John E. Browning, S.J., '46, Learning Center, which features resources for individual learning and a learning specialist.
The school's 17 varsity athletic teams are called the Marauders and wear maroon and white. The Marauders compete in the Hudson County Interscholastic League, which includes private and parochial high schools in Hudson County, and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).
The football team won the NJSIAA Non-Public A North state sectional championship in 1989 and in Non-Public Group IV in 1994 and 2005 Saint Peter's Prep football won the 2005 Non-Public Group IV State Championship defeating Don Bosco Prep 22-15. In 2006, Saint Peter's Prep fell short in the finals of the Non-Public, Group IV tournament, losing to Don Bosco Prep 41-0. Saint Peters won the Non Public Group 4 Championship in 2015, with a win over Paramus Catholic.
Prep has one of the most successful football organizations in New Jersey. On September 14, 2007, coach Rich Hansen surpassed legendary coach Bill Cochrane as the all-time most-winning coach in Prep history, and was honored in a pre-game ceremony on September 28 against Bergen Catholic High School that was nationally televised on ESPNU. Coach Hansen set a record in the 2007 year, winning 70 consecutive HCIAA games.
On November 17, 2007 the Marauders beat Bergen Catholic 41-7. This victory advanced Prep to its third state sectional championship game in three years, all of which have been against Don Bosco Preparatory High School. On December 2, 2007, the Marauders played Don Bosco Prep again, and lost 42-14 in the Non-Public, Group IV sectional championship game. This was the third consecutive State Championship game in which the two met, with Don Bosco winning two of three.
The Saint Peter's Prep volleyball team achieved 100 consecutive wins in Hudson County in 2006, but lost the winning streak at the county championships against Bayonne High School that same year. It has consistently been ranked among the top ten teams of the state of New Jersey. The team won the 2007 Boys Volleyball - North state sectional championship over Bayonne High School (25-17, 25-20). The team moved on to play for the NJSIAA overall state championship on June 8, 2007 against East Brunswick High School, falling 25-21, 25-22.
The Saint Peter's Prep Hockey program has had a top five team in the state nearly every year, producing many great players who go on to play at higher levels. In the 2006-2007 season, they advanced to the final round after defeating Christian Brothers Academy (New Jersey) 2-0. They played St. Augustine College Preparatory School in the NJSIAA championship, but fell 3-1.
The Prep basketball team won the 2008 Hudson County Coviello Division Championship by defeating #2 seeded Union Hill by a score of 48-47. In the process they pulled off "upsets" against #1 seeded Bayonne, 79-76 in overtime, and #5 seeded Emerson in the 2nd round, 71-55. This marked the first time the #8 seed won the tournament.
Swimming is also a prominent sport at Prep. The team has won over three dozen county titles, holds the majority of Hudson County's swim records, and Prep swimmers and divers have accounted for more titles than any other team in the past 30 years. The team drew attention throughout the state in 2011 when beloved senior swimmer, B.J. Giannone, collapsed and died at a swim meet at Saint Peter's College (now Saint Peter's University). The team took on NJ #7 Scotch Plains, the school which Giannone's girlfriend swam for, only 3 days after his death. The crowd set unofficial records for attendance at a regular-season New Jersey high school dual meet. The team also wore sweatshirts printed with the number 20.67, the time that the official score board malfunctioned to in the 50 freestyle on B.J.'s last individual race on the night of his death. The saying "Live Like B.J." become popular among teammates, family, and friends, and some members of that team took to wearing bracelets with the saying. Giannone's memory was memorialized in 2013 with the creation of the annual B.J. Giannone Award for "embodying the spirit and camaraderie of B.J." Junior and team captain, Matt Jasko, who was a freshman on the team at the time of B.J.'s death, was the first to receive the honor. In 2014 the team won its 40th county title and finished ranked 8th in the state.
The Saint Peter's Prep Crew team has been around for only four years but has prospered well under Coach Alex Canale. The JV 4+ took first place at Stotesbury Cup Regatta, the largest high school regatta in the world, and also won SRAA National Championship Regatta; it placed second at the Garden State Championships. Along with the JV 4+, other Prep boats have succeeded in many regattas.
Saint Peter's offers 18 sports and 38 teams, including football, soccer, cross country, basketball, bowling, fencing, indoor track, wrestling, swimming, ice hockey, baseball, golf, volleyball, outdoor track, lacrosse, tennis, and rugby. In 2010, Prep inaugurated a club crew team which was made varsity in 2012, and in 2011 a club water polo team.
At Saint Peter's, each year of study includes a Christian Service requirement. Service is as follows:
- Freshmen - 10 hours: fulfilled through Freshman Day of Service
- Sophomores - 20 hours: fulfilled through Sophomore Retreat
- Juniors - 60 hours: to be decided upon with direction from the Campus Ministry department.
At the end of his sophomore year, a student may participate in a summer immersion trip, typically lasting one week. Locations of trips include West Virginia, Camden, and the New York Metropolitan area, among others. Completion of this trip fulfills a student's junior service requirement.
In the summer of 2007, the school introduced a senior service immersion experience in New Orleans. This program was continued in August 2008 as Prep sent 16 students and 4 faculty members to Covington, Louisiana to work with Habitat for Humanity.
The summer of 2009 saw the introduction of the school's first international service trip. Ten rising juniors and seniors, along with two faculty members, traveled to the Working Boys' Center in Quito, Ecuador. The group updated a blog with reflections and experiences throughout the trip.
Retreats are an essential component of Saint Peter’s Campus Ministry program. They provide students with the chance to step away from their busy lives and reflect on their relationshipswith God, family, and friends. The retreats also offer students an opportunity to reflect on themselves – providing them the time to examine who they are, where they come from, and what they believe in. The retreats are as follows:
- Freshman "IgNite" Retreat: It occurs a few days before the regular school year begins. Incoming freshman stay overnight with their homeroom at the school where they are introduced to Ignatian spirituality. This is mandatory for all freshmen. Formerly, the retreat began after school and ended the following day. This retreat first took place in 2007.
- Sophomore Retreat: This combines service and retreat in an Urban Immersion experience. As a homeroom, students spend a weekend together serving at a food bank and senior center in order to work with the poor and marginalized in society. The retreat shows the importance of "a faith that does justice."
- Kairos: When translated from Greek, kairos means "the appropriate time" and is loosely translated as "God's Time." It is an opportunity for juniors to reflect on the presence of God in their everyday lives. The themes for the four-day retreat are based on Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises, and they challenge students to a deeper self-examination than the reflections of previous retreats. The first took place in 2007, and there are now six scheduled each year.
- Emmaus: The Emmaus Retreat program has been a part of Prep since Fr. Ned Coughlin, S.J., directed the first "Emmaus Weekend" in 1977. A three-day retreat, Emmaus provides students with the opportunity to examine their own spirituality and their relationship with God, form a community with classmates and faculty members, and open their minds and hearts to the experiences, beliefs, and feelings of others. There are eight Emmaus retreats throughout the year. The retreat is optional, although most seniors attend. There have been over 260 Emmaus retreats over the years. Although the location of the retreat has changed over the years from the Jersey Shore to the mountains of Passaic County to its current location in Warwick, New York, the essence of the experience remains one that stays with Prep men for many years.
Formerly, Emmaus was a retreat available to juniors and Kairos for seniors; however, this changed in the 2011-2012 school year. Currently, Kairos is the junior retreat and Emmaus is the senior retreat.
Social justice issues
Starting in 1998, Prep has hosted an annual Arrupe Lecture, named after the former Superior General of the Society of Jesus Pedro Arrupe, S.J., on a social justice topic. From 1998 through 2008 this entailed a one-time lecture on such various topics as Jewish-Christian relations, the death penalty, and urban poverty. In 2009, under the direction of then-campus minister Ryan Heffernan, the program took a new direction, becoming a week-long program focused on social justice issues – in 2009 genocide and ethnic conflict and in Spring 2010 poverty in the United States. The Fall 2010 series addressed United States immigration issues.
Prep also sends a delegation annually to the Fort Benning, Georgia, to protest the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC, formerly the School of the Americas - SOA), which was implicated in the training of mainly Latin American military officers who later committed human rights violations in their home country, including the murder of six Jesuits in El Salvador.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, Prep became home to the first micro-finance organization to be run by high-school students.
- Ron Allen, NBC News correspondent
- Lawrence Babbio Jr., former CEO of Verizon Wireless Corporation, now CEO of ADC Telecommunications Corp.
- Charles Beirne, S.J. (1938–2010, class of 1956), former President of Le Moyne College (2000–2007)
- George Blaney (born 1939), former New York Knick, Head Basketball Coach at Seton Hall and Holy Cross, Assistant Coach at UConn.
- Philip Bosco (born 1930), Tony Award-winning actor (Broadway and Hollywood)
- Jerry DeFuccio (1925–2001), editor of Mad magazine
- Will Durant (1885–1981), author of The Story of Civilization and The Story of Philosophy
- Minkah Fitzpatrick (born c. 1997; class of 2014), American football defensive back for the Alabama Crimson Tide.
- Thomas Fleming (born 1927, class of 1945), military historian and historical novelist
- Jim Hannan (born 1940), major league baseball pitcher 
- Edward J. Hart (1893-1961; class of 1909), United States Congressman and member of the Democratic Party who represented New Jersey's 14th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1935-1955
- Greg Herenda (born 1961), head coach of the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights men's basketball team.
- Will Hill (born 1990, class of 2008), NFL safety who played for the Baltimore Ravens.
- Shawn Michael Howard (born 1969), film, television, theater actor, voiceover artist and producer.
- Bob Hurley (born 1947, class of 1965), head basketball coach at St. Anthony High School (New Jersey), 2010 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee
- Rashawn Jackson (born 1987, class of 2005), professional football player for the Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders.
- Ken Jennings (born 1947) - actor, Drama Desk Award winner
- John V. Kelly (1926–2009) - served in the New Jersey General Assembly
- George A. Krol (born 1956), former United States Ambassador to Belarus
- Nathan Lane (born 1956, class of 1974), two-time Tony- and Emmy Award-winning actor of stage, screen, and television.
- Tommy O'Keefe (1928-2015), former NBA basketball player
- Paolo Montalbán (born 1973) - actor
- Jack Nies (born 1937) - former NBA referee
- Joseph Russoniello (born 1941) - two-term U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, former Dean, San Francisco Law School
- Rye Coalition - band founded by alumni Dave Leto, Ralph Cuseglio, and Jon Gonnelli
- Thomas F. X. Smith - Mayor of Jersey City from 1977 to 1981
- Mark Sullivan (1911–2001) - justice on the New Jersey Supreme Court, 1973–1981
- Elnardo Webster - former Pittsburgh Steeler, attorney
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- Tuition & Fees, Saint Peter's Preparatory School. Accessed January 5, 2012. "Tuition and fees for the academic year 2011-12 total $12,475. Fees are due June 1st and tuition begins on July 1st. Book fees vary by year, and average about $300. "
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- Loss 2011
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- "Rev. Charles J. Beirne, S.J., '56, Dies", Saint Peter's Preparatory School, April 14, 2010. Accessed January 5, 2012. "Rev. Charles J. Beirne, S.J., '56, retired president of LeMoyne College, Syracuse, NY, and Fordham University professor, has died."
- George Blaney, databaseBasketball.com. Accessed November 4, 2007.
- Q&A with Philip Bosco, interview dated October 15, 2006.
- Rohan, Virginia. "Seasoned star -- A distinctive voice helps make Haworth's Philip Bosco a frequent face in the cast", The Record (Bergen County), November 14, 2007. Accessed July 26, 2016. "It was at St. Peter's Prep High School in Jersey City that Bosco met his mentor, a retired actor named James Marr."
- The Life of Will Durant, Will Durant Foundation. Accessed June 7, 2007. "His teachers were nuns, and he practiced his religion so fervently that no one doubted that he would become a priest. In 1900 he entered St. Peter's Academy and College in Jersey City, where his teachers were Jesuits, and, one of these, Father McLaughlin, urged him to enter the Jesuit Order following his graduation in 1907."
- Bernstein, Jason. "College Football National Championship: St. Peter's alum Minkah Fitzpatrick turning heads at Alabama", The Jersey Journal, January 8, 2016. Accessed July 26, 2016. "It didn't take long in Minkah Fitzpatrick's freshman year at St. Peter's Prep for coach Rich Hansen to see that he had a special talent on his hands.... Since then, Fitzpatrick, an Old Bridge native, has had a special freshman season for the Crimson Tide."
- Jim Hannan, Baseball-Reference.com. Accessed July 26, 2016.
- Hague, Jim. "TASTY TIDBITS: North Bergen native Herenda tabbed as new FDU hoops coach; Union City baseball team recovers from slow start", Hudson Reporter, April 28, 2013. Accessed March 29, 2016. "Herenda, who grew up in North Bergen, playing basketball at St. Peter’s Prep and later Merrimack College, said that it was tough to leave Lowell."
- Wilson, Aaron. "Talented Will Hill determined, again, to stay out of trouble", The Baltimore Sun, December 11, 2014. Accessed March 29, 2016. "Hill was a blue-chip recruit at St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City, N.J., and an All-American player before signing with Florida."
- Coach Bob Hurley - Induction into NJ Hall of Fame, Saint Anthony High School. May 11, 2012. Accessed February 23, 2013. "A Jersey City native, Robert Hurley, Sr. played high school basketball at St. Peter's Prep, Jersey City, N.J."
- Hague, Jim. "Tasty Tidbits: Former Prep star Jackson awaits his NFL call; Rosario to Florida; former Friar McLeod resurfaces at St. Benedict's", Hudson Reporter, April 25, 2010. Accessed March 29, 2016. "In 2003, St. Peter's Prep was playing Hoboken in their traditional rivalry game at JFK Stadium in Hoboken and Marauder running back Rashawn Jackson took a handoff and made the move of a lifetime."
- Janiga, Bruce. "Side by Side with Ken Jennings", Sondheim.com, undated. Accessed July 23, 2008. "I lived in Jersey City, went to St. Peter's Prep, went to St. Peter's College on a dramatic scholarship."
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- Hague, Jim. "Hall of an evening for eight Jersey City natives McMichael, Boylan head Hudson County Hall of Fame inductees", The Hudson Reporter, February 7, 2003. Accessed July 26, 2016. "Other inductees include long-time Jersey Journal sportswriters Mike Rowan and Wayne Witkowski; former St. Peter's Prep basketball standout Tommy O'Keefe, who later went on to play and coach at Georgetown."
- "U.S. BENEFITS URGED FOR FILIPINO VETS... A FRENCHMAN ANSWERS FOR WW2 CRIMES... DEBATE CONTINUES ON QUEBEC INDEPENDENCE...", Daily News (New York), October 5, 1997. Accessed June 8, 2008. "Filipino-American Paolo Montalban of New Jersey will play the prince in a new television production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. The musical airs Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. on ABC. Montalban has been interested in musical theater since his high school days at St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City, where he starred in Oliver."
- LaGorce, Tammy. "MUSIC; The Rye Coalition: They're Not Dead Yet", The New York Times, April 23, 2006. Accessed January 5, 2012. "Curses (Gern Blandsten), released last Tuesday, is the group's fourth full-length album since forming during high school at the all-boys St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City."
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