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Holy Cross Academy (New Jersey)

Holy Cross Academy (formerly Holy Cross High School) is a four-year Catholic high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades, located in Delran Township, New Jersey, United States. The school is the only Roman Catholic high school in Burlington County. Holy Cross has been accredited by the AdvancED Commission on Secondary Schools since 2013.[4] The school was run under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton.[6]

Holy Cross Academy
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Holy Cross Academy is located in Burlington County, New Jersey
Holy Cross Academy
Holy Cross Academy
Holy Cross Academy is located in New Jersey
Holy Cross Academy
Holy Cross Academy
Holy Cross Academy is located in the United States
Holy Cross Academy
Holy Cross Academy
5035 Route 130 South


United States
Coordinates40°1′5″N 74°57′13″W / 40.01806°N 74.95361°W / 40.01806; -74.95361Coordinates: 40°1′5″N 74°57′13″W / 40.01806°N 74.95361°W / 40.01806; -74.95361
TypePrivate, parochial
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
PrincipalBill Stonis
Vice principalAlice Penza
ChaplainFather Colavito
Faculty31.8 FTEs[2]
Enrollment470 (as of 2015-16)[2]
Student to teacher ratio14.8:1[2]
Campus size79 acres (0.32 km2)
Color(s)     Maroon
Team nameLancers[3]
PublicationTumbler (literary magazine)
YearbookThe Lance
Tuition$11,600 (2018-19)[5]
Athletic DirectorDaniel Dockery

Occupying a 78-acre (0.32 km2) campus, it has a variety of co-curricular activities, including about 40 sports teams in 23 athletic programs and 50 clubs, for students to participate in.[1][7][8] Tuition for the 2014-15 school year is $11,140.[9]

As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 470 students and 31.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.8:1. The school's student body was 77.7% White, 10.6% Black, 7.2% Asian, 2.6% Hispanic and 1.9% two or more races.[2] The student population is from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds. 99% of the school's graduates go onto two and four-year colleges and universities.[1]

The school underwent a $3.5 million renovation in 2005. A renovated Gerald Finsen Media Center was built during the 2005-06 school year. The school is now renamed Holy Cross Preparatory School [10]

Extracurricular activitiesEdit

About 96% of the student body is involved in some type of extracurricular activity.

In 2006, Holy Cross created a new, redesigned Dance Team program with a custom dance studio that was completed that summer. Holy Cross features three annual drama events: a fall play, a Christmas production, and a spring musical. The 2008-09 lineup included Noises Off in October 2008, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, in December 2008 and a spring musical that runs in April.

An entire week of games and activities lead up to the big game and the homecoming dance. "Spirit Week" draws alumni, friends, family, and the curious in general.

Holy Cross' student government format is a Student Council and is open to anyone in the student body who wishes to be involved. While the Student Council Executive Board (SCEB) has a president and other positions, it takes ideas and opinions from anyone regardless of rank. The board is responsible for many of the year's events, including formal dances, homecoming activities, etc.


The Holy Cross Lancers[3] compete in the Burlington County Scholastic League (BCSL), which includes public and non-public high schools covering Burlington County, Mercer County and Ocean County in Central Jersey, and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[11] The football team competes in the Liberty Division of the 95-team West Jersey Football League superconference[12] and was classified by the NJSIAA as Non-Pblic Group II for football for 2017-18.[13]

In 2007, the field hockey team won the Central Jersey, Group I state sectional championship with a 2-1 win over Haddonfield Memorial High School in the tournament final.[14]

The 2007 boys soccer team won the South B state sectional championship with a 1-0 win over Bishop Eustace Preparatory School in the tournament final.[15]

In 2007 the Holy Cross football team, won the Non-Public Group II state championship with a 17-0 win over Gloucester Catholic High School in the tournament final.[16]

During the 2007-08 sports season, Holy Cross sports teams won a total of six state championships.

A team representing Holy Cross High School competes in the South Jersey High School Ice Hockey League. In 2007, the Lancers Ice Hockey team won the S.J.H.S.H.L. Championship defeating Cherry Hill High School West, the school's first ice hockey championship since 1993.

In 2008, the boys' spring track team won the Patriot Division championship, the South Jersey Non-Public B championship, and the Non-Public B state championship for the first time in program history.[17]

In 2008, the girls spring track team won the Patriot Division championship, the South Jersey Non-Public B championship, and the Non-Public B state championship for their first state title since 1991.[17]

In 2008, the Holy Cross football team, won the Non-Public Group II state championship with a 7-0 win over Hudson Catholic High School.[18]


Core members of the school's faculty include:[19]

  • Bill Stonis -Principal
  • Alice Penza -Vice Principal


Former principal Joseph Lemme pleaded guilty in December 2007 to the theft of $400,000 from the school for his personal use and was sentenced to five years in prison as part of a plea bargain.[20]

Notable alumniEdit

Notable facultyEdit


  1. ^ a b c About, Holy Cross Academy. Accessed May 1, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d School data for Holy Cross High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed October 20, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Holy Cross Academy, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 9, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Holy Cross Academy, AdvancED. Accessed March 14, 2017.
  5. ^ Tuition & Aid, Holy Cross Academy. Accessed November 5, 2017.
  6. ^ School Finder, Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton. Accessed November 5, 2017.
  7. ^ Athletics, Holy Cross Academy. Accessed May 1, 2015.
  8. ^ Getting Involved at Holy Cross, Holy Cross Academy. Accessed May 1, 2015.
  9. ^ Tuition, Holy Cross High School. Accessed August 21, 2014.
  10. ^ "Holy Cross will reopen on July 1 with new name, new leadership". Courier-Post. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  11. ^ League Memberships – 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
  12. ^ Divisions, West Jersey Football League. Accessed September 25, 2017.
  13. ^ NJSIAA Football Public School Classifications 2017-2018, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, finalized August 2, 2017. Accessed September 25, 2017.
  14. ^ 2007 Field Hockey - Central, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 12, 2007.
  15. ^ 2007 Boys Soccer - South B, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 14, 2007.
  16. ^ 2007 Football - Non-Public, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 28, 2008.
  17. ^ a b Lewis, John A. "Holy Cross has historic day on track", Burlington County Times, June 1, 2008. Accessed July 26, 2011. "The sight of the Holy Cross High School boys and girls track teams celebrating together, near the close of yesterday's Non-Public B state championship meet yesterday demonstrated what it really was; two great efforts. The Lancers brought home both team trophies. Harper, who coaches the boys team, saw his squad capture the first state championship in school history. The Holy Cross girls captured their first state crown since 1991 when the Lancers won the Non-Public A title".
  18. ^ Minnick, Kevin. "Holy Cross a champ again", Courier Post, December 8, 2008. Accessed July 26, 2011. "Aaron Fant, Elijah Phillips and Joe Wohceichowski combined for 36 tackles, and the Lancers put together a tremendous goal-line stand late in the third quarter en route to a 7-0 victory over Hudson Catholic for their second straight Non-Public Group 2 state title."
  19. ^ "Administrative Team | Holy Cross Preparatory Academy". Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  20. ^ Spoto, MaryAnn. "Ex-principal admits taking $400K from high school", NJ Advance Media for, December 3, 2007. Accessed May 1, 2015. "In Superior Court in Freehold, Joseph Lemme, past principal of Holy Cross High School in Delran, pleaded guilty to theft by failure to make required disposition of funds and misapplication of entrusted property, said Monmouth County Prosecutor Luis Valentin. Lemme, principal of the Catholic high school from September 2002 to November 2006, stole $415,849 over three years by putting money for school functions in his personal account and using it to finance a lavish lifestyle, Valentin said."
  21. ^ Staff. "Composer Mark Adamo, a Willingboro native, is the man behind `Little Women'", Courier-Post, August 26, 2001. Accessed February 14, 2011. "At the time Adamo wanted to become a playwright After graduating from Holy Cross High School in Riverside he entered the playwriting program at New York University but also took every music course his schedule allowed."
  22. ^ Staff. Alumni News, Holy Cross Lancer News, Spring 2011. Accessed May 9, 2011. "Class of 1990: Lance Bangs directed The Lazarus Effect which premiered on May 4, 2010 on HBO."
  23. ^ a b Staff. "Lundy Wins Matchup of Holy Cross High Alums", The Roanoke Times, December 29, 2002. Accessed February 14, 2011. "A postgame conversation between Wali Lundy and fellow Holy Cross High School alumnus Avon Cobourne was cordial but brief Saturday."
  24. ^ Phil Costa, Maryland Terrapins football. Accessed March 1, 2011.
  25. ^ Brad Costello, Accessed October 9, 2019. "Born: December 24, 1974 (Age: 44-289d) in Moorestown, NJ... High School: Fairfield Prep (CT), Holy Cross (NJ)"
  26. ^ Coppock, Kristen. "Filmmaker brings 'The Camden 28' to the nation's attention on PBS" Archived 2008-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, Burlington County Times, September 11, 2007. Accessed May 19, 2008. "A graduate of Holy Cross High School in Delran, the self-professed history buff, who lives in Astoria, N.Y., said he was especially curious why such an important event had happened so close to his hometown, and no one he had grown up with knew about it. He wanted to change that."
  27. ^ Gaul, Lou. "His early interest in film scores pays off with a dream job", The Intelligencer (Doylestown, Pennsylvania), November 2, 2004.
  28. ^ a b "Lancers working in radio, television and the movies", Holy Cross High School. Accessed March 28, 2008.
  29. ^ Longsdorf, Amy. "Success sounds great for Giacchino", Courier-Post, February 24, 2008. Accessed February 3, 2013. "Giacchino, a graduate of Holy Cross High School (Class of '86), was scoring video games when Abrams gave him his first big break writing the music for TV's Alias and Lost."
  30. ^ Kevin Hickman, Accessed August 8, 2019. "Born: August 20, 1971 (Age: 47-353d) in Cherry Hill, NJ... High School: Holy Cross (NJ), Marine Military Academy (TX)"
  31. ^ Steve Kasprzyk, United States Olympic Committee. Accessed August 10, 2016. "Birthplace: Willingboro, N.J.; Hometown: Cinnaminson, N.J.; High School: Holy Cross High School (Delran, N.J.) '00; College: Drexel University '05, Chemical Engineering"
  32. ^ O'Gorman, George. "Undrafted Dennis Landolt looking to make his mark with Giants", The Trentonian, August 25, 2010. Accessed February 14, 2011. "Landolt is the undrafted offensive lineman from Holy Cross High who is hoping to make the G-Men after being a starter for three years at Penn State yet not being picked in the April draft. So far the 6-foot-4, 306-pounder who was Trentonian All-Area in football and wrestling at Holy Cross and a state champion wrestler for the Burlington County school, has showed the Giants coaching staff he is versatile enough to play all three spots on the offensive line."
  33. ^ Narducci, Marc. "Dennis Landolt tries to make N.Y. Giants", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 2, 2010. Accessed August 8, 2019. "The recent NFL draft wasn't the most memorable experience for Dennis Landolt, but the Penn State offensive tackle and former Inquirer first-team all-South Jersey selection from Holy Cross got over things pretty quickly.... His brother Kevin, also a star at Holy Cross, was a fourth-round draft choice of Jacksonville in 1999, and played one NFL season. Fame in the NFL can be fleeting."
  34. ^ Narducci, Marc. "Lehmann Will Stress Team Concept The Holy Cross Girls' Coach Was A Multidimensional Talent In His Playing Days.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 19, 1996. Accessed August 21, 2014. "He will incorporate that style into his first varsity head coaching job. Lehmann, 27, was appointed in October as the girls' basketball coach at Holy Cross, his alma mater."
  35. ^ On The Air by Laura Nachman, Bucks County Courier Times, June 2, 2006.
  36. ^ Phillies Broadcasters, Philadelphia Phillies. Accessed August 8, 2019. "Born in Meadowbrook, Pa., Gregg was raised in Mt. Laurel, N.J. and played baseball at Holy Cross High School in Delran, N.J."
  37. ^ Sacharow, Fredda. "Half-century strong", Burlington County Times, November 16, 2007. Accessed February 14, 2011. "Former Philadelphia newscaster Jerry Penacoli (Class of 1974) and Dennis Malloy (Class of 1975), of the Dennis and Judy Show on radio station 101.5..."
  38. ^ Ryan Peters, Burlington County, New Jersey. Accessed January 19, 2018. "After graduating from Holy Cross High School in Delran, Peters received a B.S. in political science, cum laude, from the United States Naval Academy in 2004 where was the captain of the Division I varsity soccer team and a Fellow at the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference."
  39. ^ Staff. "Get real with Gervase Peterson", The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 29, 2011. Accessed September 20, 2012. "From: Germantown, then Willingboro, N.J. He graduated from Holy Cross High School, in Delran."
  40. ^ Staff. "Eagles give offensive lineman Hicks 6-year deal", Courier Post, April 17, 2004. Accessed July 26, 2011. "According to Hicks' agent, John Rickert, the deal could be worth as much as $9 million, if Hicks reaches all the incentives, including trips to the Pro Bowl.... 'Its a great deal for him,' said Rickert, a native of Delran, who attended Holy Cross High School.
  41. ^ Gayle, Tim. "Tide's gamble on Saunders starting to pay off", Montgomery Advertiser, September 23, 2006. Accessed February 14, 2011. "Saunders had just one after playing tight end and defensive end at Holy Cross High in Willingboro, NJ."
  42. ^ Blockus, Gary R. "Scott Semptimphelter: A Predator In The Arena The Former Lehigh University Quarterback Has Thrown For 36 Touchdowns And Has Put His Team Into The Playoffs.", The Morning Call, July 31, 1997. Accessed August 21, 2014. "In the off-season, Semptimphelter helps coach his old high school, Holy Cross in Florence, N.J., and helps in the family restaurant and car lot businesses."
  43. ^ Bellano, Anthony. "Chicago Cubs Sign Cinnaminson's Mark Zagunis; Zagunis, a Holy Cross High School graduate, was drafted No. 78 by the Cubs on June 6.", Cinnaminson Patch, June 26, 214. Accessed June 18, 2015. "Cinnaminson resident and Holy Cross High School graduate Mark Zagunis signed his first professional baseball contract with the Chicago Cubs this week, the Burlington County Times reports."
  44. ^ Narducci, Marc. "A catcher with all the tools, plus speed", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 7, 2011. Accessed June 18, 2015. "Mark Zagunis entered the baseball season with the reputation as one of the best prospects in South Jersey. He has done nothing to dissuade this notion during a torrid first five weeks. And while the Holy Cross senior catcher has earned a scholarship to Virginia Tech, he has quietly made a pitch to be selected in Major League Baseball's first-year draft, which will begin June 6."
  45. ^ Staff. "The debate's over, here's South Jersey's best", Courier-Post, September 4, 1999. Accessed February 14, 2011. "After starting his career at Holy Cross, Jeff Zaun moved to Shawnee for the 1988 season and became the catalyst for the century's top team."
  46. ^ Roncace, Kelly. "Former Phillies slugger to be inducted into SJ sports museum", NJ Advance Media for, March 31, 2016. Accessed November 28, 2017. "Luzinski retired from the MLB in February 1985, and began coaching baseball at Holy Cross High School in Delran in March of the same year. 'I started with baseball, then moved to football when the former coach went to Moorestown High School,' he said. He continued coaching until January 1992 when he retired from the position and moved to Florida."

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