Trenton Catholic Academy
|Trenton Catholic Academy|
175 Leonard Avenue|
Hamilton, (Mercer County), New Jersey 08610
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
2005 (new name)
|President||Sister Dorothy Payne|
|Enrollment||208 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||10.4:1|
|Campus size||62 acres (250,000 m2)|
|Slogan||Expect the Exceptional!|
|Team name||Iron Mikes / Lady Mikes|
|Upper School Director||Charles Kroekel|
|Lower School Director||Anne Reap|
|Admissions Director||Renee Rogers|
|Technology Director||John Russo|
|Athletic Director||Giancarlo Riotto; Fred Falchi|
Trenton Catholic Academy is a Catholic school in Hamilton Township, in Mercer County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grades, operating under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 208 students and 20.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.4:1. The school's student body was 55.8% Black, 23.6% Hispanic, 12.0% White, 5.8% Asian and 2.9% two or more races.
Trenton Catholic Academy's high school, i.e., upper school, was known as McCorristin Catholic High School from 1979 to 2005. From its establishment in September 1962 until 1979, the school was known as Saint Anthony High School and was affiliated with Saint Anthony Church on Olden Avenue in Hamilton Township.
The name McCorristin refers to Monsignor Michael "Iron Mike" McCorristin, a well known Catholic cleric responsible for major parish expansion projects at Holy Angels Church and Saint Anthony Church in Hamilton, Mercer County, NJ (a suburb of Trenton). The announcement of the closing of Trenton Catholic High School in the early 1960s prompted Monsignor McCorristin to build a new high school to serve the parishes of Trenton and Hamilton Township. Monsignor McCorristin was noted for his staunch support of education and parish life as well as a devotion to a spartan personal lifestyle.
Trenton Catholic Academy Iron Mikes compete in the Burlington County Scholastic League (BCSL), which consists of nineteen public and non-public high schools covering Burlington County, Mercer County and Ocean County in central New Jersey. The league operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).
The girls' basketball team won the 2006 South B state sectional title, topping Cardinal McCarrick High School 64-53. The team won the South B state sectional championship again in 2007 with a 74-54 win over Sacred Heart High School. The team moved on to win the Group B state championship with a commanding 69-27 win against St. Anthony High School.
The 2008-09 Trenton Catholic Lower School girls' basketball team finished the season with a 26-1 record, won the Mercer County CYO Championship, and was runner-up in the Tournament of Champions.
At the high school level the Iron Mikes have added other sports to the list such as Cross Country, Winter and Outdoor Track for the 2008-09 year.
The 2009-10 Trenton Catholic boys' basketball team became the first Mercer County team to win the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions, defeating the Irish of Camden Catholic High School, 53-39, at the Izod Center on March 23, 2010.
In 2011, the Trenton Catholic Academy girls' basketball team defeated Neptune High School by a score of 54-49 in the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions final. In doing so, TCA became the first New Jersey high school to capture both a boys (2010) and girls (2011) TOC title.
- Charles Cooke (born 1994), NBA basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans.
- Billy Gazonas (born c. 1955, class of 1974), soccer midfielder who won the 1977 Hermann Trophy as the top collegiate soccer player of the year, and played in both the North American Soccer League and Major Indoor Soccer League. In 1999, he was named by The Star-Ledger as one of the top ten New Jersey high school soccer players of the 1970s.
- Brandel Littlejohn, professional wrestler who competes for Ring of Honor, where he performs under the ring name "Cheeseburger".
- Frantz Massenat (born 1992), professional basketball player who played for the Drexel Dragons.
- Joe J. Plumeri (born 1944), Chairman & CEO of Willis Group Holdings, and owner of the Trenton Thunder.
- Malachi Richardson (born 1996), professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors.
- Brandon Taylor (born 1994), professional basketball player for Jämtland Basket of the Basketligan.
- Karl Weidel (1923-1997), politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly.
- Nick Werkman (born c. 1941, class of 1959), basketball player for the Seton Hall Pirates, who led the NCAA in scoring in 1962-63 and was in the top three nationally on his two other collegiate seasons.
- School data for Trenton Catholic Academy, Upper School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed October 20, 2017.
- Trenton Catholic Academy, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 30, 2016.
- Trenton Catholic Academy, AdvancED. Accessed August 17, 2017.
- Admissions, Trenton Catholic Academy. Accessed November 9, 2017.
- School Finder, Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton. Accessed November 9, 2017.
- Glover, Tom. "Glover: The story of Trenton Catholic Academy dates back to 1961", The Times (Trenton), August 7, 2014. Accessed January 31, 2017. "Fifty two years ago, in September 1962, the first students entered the new St. Anthony High School, the forerunner of McCorristin Catholic High School and today's Trenton Catholic Academy."
- League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
- 2006 Girls Basketball - South B, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 10, 2007.
- 2007 Girls Basketball - South B, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 10, 2007.
- 2007 Girls Basketball - Non-Public Group Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 10, 2007.
- Staff. "NJ boys basketball: TC title in T of C!", The Star-Ledger, March 24, 2010. Accessed April 12, 2011. "Trenton Catholic became the first Mercer County team to win the Tournament of Champions when the Hamilton school knocked off Camden Catholic, 53-39, on Tuesday night at the Izod Center in East Rutherford."
- George O'Gorman. "TCA wins Tournament of Champions", The Trentonian, March 21, 2011. Accessed April 12, 2011. "By duplicating what the Trenton Catholic boys did here a year ago in winning the boys TofC, the Lady Mikes made NJSIAA history, making their school the first in New Jersey history to win TofC championships in both genders."
- Staff. "Former TCA star Charles Cooke signs contract with Pelicans", The Trentonian, August 3, 2017. Accessed October 9, 2017. "Another Trenton Catholic Academy boys basketball product is on the NBA radar. Charles Cooke, who starred with the Iron Mikes from 2010-2012, has signed a two-way contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, the team announced this week."
- Jandoli, Ron. "The Century's Best -- Boys Soccer: Top 10 Players of each decade", The Star-Ledger, November 7, 1999, backed up by the Internet Archive as of January 10, 2003. Accessed September 11, 2008.
- Clark, Ray. "Luncheon to spotlight 50 Trenton Catholic Academy, McCorristin High stars", The Times (Trenton), February 28, 2013. Accessed November 9, 2017.
- Varsallone, Jim. "Ring of Honor fans enjoy making Cheeseburger a top seller", Miami Herald, April 30, 2016. Accessed January 4, 2018. "Cheeseburger grew up Brandel in Trenton, N.J. He attended Trenton Catholic Academy in Hamilton, N.J. He played some basketball in school but nothing serious."
- Coleman, Anthony. "Former Trenton Catholic Academy standout Frantz Massenat enjoying Drexel", The Times (Trenton), December 12, 2010. Accessed January 21, 2015. "Frantz Massenat was all smiles.The former Trenton Catholic Academy standout appeared to be at peace with where he is in his young life."
- Yavener, Harvey. "A dream comes true for Plumeri", The Times (Trenton), September 18, 2002. Accessed January 31, 2011. "He grew up on Brunswick Avenue, then Princeton Avenue, attended St. James Church, played for Paul Sollami's team in the North Trenton Little League, starred for Puggy Malone's baseball team at Trenton Catholic (Class of 1961) and Jim Petrucci's football team."
- Miller, Sean. "Malachi Richardson of Trenton Catholic is The Times of Trenton boys basketball Player of the Year for 2014-15", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, March 27, 2015. Accessed July 30, 2016. "When Malachi Richardson came to Trenton Catholic Academy as a freshman, he told Mark Eckel, then the athletic director, and Fred Falchi, the head basketball coach and current AD, that he would accomplish two goals on the hardwood in high school."
- Tarr, Mary Ann. "TCA's Brandon Taylor wins Times' boys' basketball Player of the Year", The Times (Trenton), March 24, 2012. Accessed October 9, 2017. "He might have been a Golden Eagle but instead Brandon Taylor of Tabernacle chose to do his high-flying high school days at Trenton Catholic Academy in Hamilton. Taylor, who opted to attend TCA instead of his hometown Seneca High, became the Iron in the Iron Mikes' boys' basketball program."
- Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey: 1986 Edition, p. 286. Accessed October 8, 2017. "Mr. Weidel attended Trenton Catholic High School, completed his pre-legal education at Duke University, and graduated from Rutgers Law School."
- "Former All-American Cager, Werkman, Is Now Coaching", Asbury Park Press, July 22, 1973. Accessed November 9, 2017. "Nick Werkman, Seton Hall University's last All-America basketball player, is now the varsity baseball and basketball coach at Stockton State College.... Before graduating from Trenton Catholic High School in 1959, he earned eight varsity letters, four each in baseball and basketball."
- Staff. "Seton Hall is No. 1 in Werkman's Heart", The Press of Atlantic City, March 29, 1989. Accessed January 31, 2011. "I remember I was thinking about leaving (Werkman had 250 scholarship offers as a senior at Trenton Catholic High School)..."