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Marist High School is a private Roman Catholic co-educational college preparatory secondary school located in Bayonne, New Jersey, United States, and operated by the Marist Brothers of the Schools, an international religious congregation of educators with schools in over 70 countries.[6] It is located within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.[7] The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1978.[4]

Marist High School
1241 Kennedy Boulevard

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United States
Coordinates40°41′26″N 74°6′22″W / 40.69056°N 74.10611°W / 40.69056; -74.10611Coordinates: 40°41′26″N 74°6′22″W / 40.69056°N 74.10611°W / 40.69056; -74.10611
TypePrivate, Coeducational
MottoGo to Marist...Go to College!
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic, Marist Brothers
PresidentPeter G. Kane
PrincipalAlice Miesnik
Asst. principalsAnthony Romano
Chris Cassaro
Faculty24.0 FTEs[2]
Enrollment309 (as of 2015-16)[2]
Student to teacher ratio12.9:1[2]
Color(s)     Royal Blue
Athletics conferenceHudson County Interscholastic League
Team nameRoyal Knights / Lady Knights[3]
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[4]
NewspaperThe Shield
YearbookThe Lance
Tuition$9,150 (2015-16)[5]
Director of Advancement and AdmissionsTiffany McQueary '03
Director of AthleticsMo DeGennaro

As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 309 students and 24.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.9:1. The school's student body was 35.4% Black, 24.5% White, 19.7% Asian, 13.9% Hispanic, 1.0% Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander and 5.5% two or more races.[2]



Marist opened its doors in September 1954, with Brother Leo Sylvius serving as the school's first principal.[8] In 1962, the present campus was acquired to accommodate the school's growth after negotiations led by Brother Leo to acquire land owned by the City of Bayonne, and on April 23, 1964, ground was broken for a new building which would tie together existing buildings on the campus.[9] A modern structure was constructed with 24 classrooms, lecture rooms and laboratories for physics, chemistry, biology and earth science, an art studio, a computer center, and a weight room. A library with a complete audio-visual department, a guidance complex with a career resource center, together with a large gymnasium-auditorium complex and cafeteria were also included as part of the new school building. In 1977, additional land was acquired for expanding the school's athletic facilities. In 1995, an athletic field was built in back of the school.

In 1986, Marist began admitting women and became a co-educational high school.[1] Students from throughout Hudson and Essex counties and the surrounding metropolitan area attend the school. Marist is established primarily for Catholic students.


The Marist High School Royal Knights / Lady Knights[3] compete in the Hudson County Interscholastic League, which includes private and parochial high schools in Hudson County, operating operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[10]

The football team won the NJSIAA Non-Public Group III state sectional championship in 1994, led by coach Gene Pagnozzi.[11] The football team won three consecutive county championships from 1991–93 and went to four straight sectional championships from 1993-96.

The girls' basketball team won the Non-Public Group B state championship, defeating Sacred Heart High School in the tournament final. The boys' basketball team won the Non-Public Group B title in 1992 vs. Bishop Eustace Preparatory School.[12]

In boys' basketball Mike Leonardo, had a 209-46 record; 20 players under Leonardo received a Division I scholarships. During his 19 seasons, girls basketball coach Bill Defazio won four sectional titles, the most recent coming in 2008 when the Royal Knights defeated Gill St. Bernard's School in the Non-Public, North B final.[13]

Champagnat Scholars ProgramEdit

Marist High School is known for their Champagnat Scholars Program (CSP). This program is for very gifted and academically inclined students. Students (in as early as their Freshman Year) can obtain college credits by taking Advanced Placement classes offered at Marist. Currently, there are about 30 students in CSP.

Notable alumniEdit

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  1. ^ a b About, Marist High School. Accessed December 2, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d School data for Marist High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed October 20, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Marist High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 3, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Marist High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed July 11, 2011.
  5. ^ Financial Resources , Marist High School. Accessed December 2, 2015.
  6. ^ Marist Founded Schools Archived 2011-06-23 at the Wayback Machine, Marist Brothers. Accessed July 11, 2011.
  7. ^ Hudson County Catholic High Schools, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Accessed August 3, 2016.
  8. ^ Brother Leo Sylvius: Supplement, Marist College. Accessed July 11, 2011.
  9. ^ Sullivan, Al. "Need a superhero? Marist art show features heroic art", The Hudson Reporter, April 14, 2011. Accessed July 11, 2011.
  10. ^ League Memberships – 2016-2017 Archived 2012-11-09 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 3, 2017.
  11. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 2, 2015.
  12. ^ NJSIAA Group Basketball Past Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 2, 2015.
  13. ^ Zeitlinger, Ron. "Hudson County coaching legend Bill DeFazio dies; led St. Anthony, Marist to state titles", The Jersey Journal, November 17, 2010. Accessed December 2, 2015. "During his 19 seasons at the Bayonne school, DeFazio added four more sectional titles to his resume, the most recent coming in 2008 when the Royal Knights defeated Gill St. Bernard in the Non-Public, North B final."
  14. ^ Kurland, Bob. "Pitching In Majors Fulfills Borowski's Other Dream", The Record (Bergen County), August 27, 1995. Accessed July 15, 2007. "The 24-year-old native of Bayonne even has had a taste of pitching for the Baltimore Orioles. The All-State tight end at Marist High School calls football 'my true love.' But baseball beckoned."
  15. ^ Steadman, Andrew. "Tom Considine, Marist Class of 1982 and leading NJ banker, talks to senior students about money management", The Jersey Journal, February 16, 2012. Accessed February 10, 2018. "It takes a lifetime to build good credit and only a few poor decisions to ruin it, Commissioner of Banking and Insurance Tom Considine told a group of high school seniors at Marist High School.... Considine, a Class of ‘82 Marist graduate, gave examples from his trial-and-error approach to money management as a young man."
  16. ^ Staff. "Obituary of Anthony Longo", Asbury Park Press, November 6, 2015. Accessed September 30, 2017. "Tony was born in Jersey City NJ, attended OLM Grammar School, Marist High School in Bayonne, and the University of Rhode Island (URI) where he studied Drama."
  17. ^ Rutkoff, Aaron. "Garden State Tolkien: Q&A With George R.R. Martin", The Wall Street Journal, July 8, 2011. Accessed July 11, 2011. "Mr. Martin, 62 years old, says that he grew up in a federal housing project in Bayonne, which is situated on a peninsula.... 'My four years at Marist High School were not the happiest of my life,' the author admits, although his growing enthusiasm for writing comics and superhero stories first emerged during this period."
  18. ^ Passantino, Ed. "Masters at their gamesThree from Bayonne selected for Hudson Sports Hall of Fame", The Hudson Reporter, November 5, 2014. Accessed October 25, 2017. "Following great runs at Marist High School and Merrimack College, where he led Division II in scoring and was a three-time All American, Murphy moved on to professional basketball in Europe, where he became a league MVP and played on championship teams."
  19. ^ Armstrong, Kevin. "Coach's Career Risk Keeps Paying Off at St. John's", The New York Times, January 26, 2010. Accessed October 9, 2017. "When she called her boyfriend, Larry Arico (pronounced uh-REE-koh), then the football coach at Fairleigh Dickinson, he asked her how the game went. We lost by 100,' she said. 'I didn't believe her,' Arico, now her husband as well as the athletic director and football coach at Marist High in Bayonne, N.J., said Monday."

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