Morris Catholic High School

Morris Catholic High School is a four-year comprehensive Roman Catholic regional high school located in Denville Township, in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. It was founded in 1957 and is part of the Diocese of Paterson. Morris Catholic High School has been recognized by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, the highest award an American school can receive.[6][7]

Morris Catholic High School
200 Morris Avenue

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United States
Coordinates40°54′20″N 74°29′26″W / 40.90556°N 74.49056°W / 40.90556; -74.49056Coordinates: 40°54′20″N 74°29′26″W / 40.90556°N 74.49056°W / 40.90556; -74.49056
TypePrivate, Coeducational
Motto"Scientia Caritatis Christi"[1]
("Knowledge of the Love of Christ")
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic,
Sisters of Christian Charity
FounderDiocese of Paterson and the Sisters of Christian Charity
School districtDiocese of Paterson
PresidentRev. Peter J. Clarke, Ed. D.
PrincipalRobert Loia
ChaplainRev. Carmen Buono
Faculty34.5 FTEs[2]
Enrollment422 (as of 2015-16)[2]
Student to teacher ratio12.2:1[2]
Campus size33 acres (130,000 m2)
Color(s)     Navy blue and
Athletics conferenceNorthwest Jersey Athletic Conference
Team nameCrusaders[3]
PublicationScope (literary magazine)
YearbookThe Shield
School fees$650 (2018-19)
Tuition$14,200 (2018-19)[5]

As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 422 students and 34.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.2:1. The school's student body was 80.3% White, 8.3% Asian, 6.6% Hispanic, 4.5% Black and 0.2% Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander.[2]

The school has been accredited by AdvancED.[4]


Assumption College for Sisters is a two-year Roman Catholic women's college. Founded in 1953 through an affiliation with Seton Hall University, Assumption is run by the Sisters of Christian Charity. Primarily designed to prepare women for work in religious vocations, Assumption specializes in theological studies and the liberal arts. It is the last remaining sisters' college, or college primarily designed to educate nuns, in the United States.[8] In 2014, the school relocated to a convent on the Morris Catholic High School campus.[9]

Awards, recognition and rankingsEdit

During the 1984-85 school year, Morris Catholic High School was awarded the National Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education.[10]

During the 2012-13 school year, students from Morris Catholic drama classes won first place at the New Jersey Thespian Festival.[11] It was the school's second win after taking the top prize for the main stage category the previous year.[12]


The Morris Catholic High School Crusaders[3] compete in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference which comprises 39 public and parochial high schools covering Morris County, Sussex County and Warren County, and operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[13] Prior to the NJSIAA's 2010 realignment, he school had participated in the Colonial Hills Conference which included public and parochial high schools covering Essex County, Morris County and Somerset County in west Central Jersey.[14] The interscholastic sports that Morris Catholic offers are men's and women's soccer, football, women's volleyball, men's and women's basketball, wrestling, ice hockey, winter and spring track and field, men's and women's lacrosse, baseball, softball, fencing, and golf.[3]

The school is the host school / lead agency for a joint cooperative ice hockey program with the Academy of Saint Elizabeth and DePaul Catholic High School, under an agreement that expires at the end of the 2017-18 school year.[15]

The 1974 and 1975 boys cross country team won the New Jersey Meet of Champions and finished the season ranked #1 in the state becoming the first team to win back-to-back titles.[16] They were Parochial B champions five consecutive years in 1974, 75, 76, 77 and 78.[17]

The 2000 girls' soccer team won the Parochial North B state sectional championship, defeating Kent Place School in the tournament final.[18]

The boys' soccer team won the 2005 NJSIAA North Group B state championship with a 1-0 win against St. Rose High School.[19]

In 2007, the girls' basketball team won the NJSIAA North Group A state championship with a 53 - 32 win against Immaculata High School.[20]

In 2010, Will Hurley placed 10th in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference inaugural golf tournament.

In 2010, the spring track and field team won the Non-Public B state sectional championship.[21]

In 2012, the girls' soccer team won the NJSIAA North Group B state championship with a 1-0 win against St. Rose High School to give the program their 13th state championship, the most of any team in the state.[22]

On November 20, 2013, the Morris Catholic Girls' soccer team captured its second consecutive NJSIAA/Sports Authority Non-Public B state championship with a 3-1 victory over St. Rose.[23]

On March 12, 2014, the Morris Catholic girls' basketball team "captured their 3rd NJSIAA state sectional championship in a row, their 10th since 2002" [24] in a 58-48 win over Lodi Immaculate.[25]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ About Us Archived 2012-05-02 at the Wayback Machine, Morris Catholic High School. Accessed July 17, 2012
  2. ^ a b c d School data for Morris Catholic High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed October 20, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Morris Catholic High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 15, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Morris Catholic High School, AdvancED. Accessed August 28, 2017.
  5. ^ Tuition & Fees, Morris Catholic High School. Accessed August 9, 2018.
  6. ^ Staff. "CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department", Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."
  7. ^ Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test; The Washington Post. September 29, 2005 "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school. It has its own student ministry team, which runs events for the school."
  8. ^ About, Assumption College for Sisters. Accessed June 4, 2018.
  9. ^ Westhoven, William. "NJ’s smallest college moving to Denville", Daily Record (Morristown), November 3, 2014. Accessed June 4, 2018. "The Assumption College for Sisters is moving operations — and many of its students — to the unoccupied convent at Morris Catholic Regional High School in Denville. The only 'sister-formation' college of its kind still operating in the United States and the smallest degree-granting institution in New Jersey, Assumption is moving from the 112-acre campus in the middle of the borough as part of a reorganization and consolidation of the properties owned by Sisters of Christian Charity."
  10. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed May 11, 2006.
  11. ^ Walsh, Deborah (May 6, 2013). "Kinnelon and Butler youths win prestigious acting awards". Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  12. ^ Giannantonlo, Christina. "School Notebook: Morris Catholic takes top thespian honor". Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  13. ^ League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017 Archived 2012-11-09 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
  14. ^ Home Page, Colonial Hills Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive, as of November 19, 2010. Accessed December 15, 2014.
  15. ^ NJSIAA 2017 - 2019 Co-Operative Sports Programs Archived 2017-07-31 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 22, 2017.
  16. ^ Staff. "Three Teams From The Area Qualify For Meet Of Champions", Daily Record (Morristown), November 17, 1999. Accessed July 17, 2012. "Mount Olive has the only Morris County Girls Meet of Champions title. Morris Catholic won consecutive boys crowns in 1974 and 1975."
  17. ^ Staff. "Cross Country Notebook", Daily Record (Morristown), November 11, 2000. Accessed July 17, 2012. "The Morris Catholic boys lead local schools with five straight titles from 1974-79 under coach Tom Donahue."
  18. ^ 2000 Soccer - Parochial North B, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 20, 2007.
  19. ^ 2005 Boys Soccer - Non-Public Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 4, 2007.
  20. ^ 2007 Girls Basketball - North A, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 20, 2007.
  21. ^ Havsy, Jane. "BOYS TRACK AND FIELD: Boonton, Morris Catholic run down titles", Daily Record (Morristown), May 23, 2010. Accessed April 11, 2012. "Morris Catholic earned the inaugural North Non-Public B team title with 83 points, six more than Montclair Immaculate."
  22. ^ Bevensee, Rich. "Morris Catholic (1) at St. Rose (0), NJSIAA Group Tournament, Final Round, Non-Public B - Girls Soccer", The Star-Ledger, November 28, 2012. Accessed November 29, 2012. "With 3:04 left in a scoreless battle with St. Rose in the NJSIAA Non-Public B championship match, Sobierajski curled a bending corner kick into the box, where freshman Rachel Mills crashed in to head it home and send Morris Catholic to a 1-0 victory at The College of New Jersey in Ewing. The title was Morris Catholic's 13th overall, a mark which now leads the state after the Denville program was tied with Ramapo."
  23. ^ Holcomb, Dave. "Girls soccer: Morris Catholic repeats as Non-Public B state champion, downs St. Rose, 3-1". Retrieved October 17, 2014.
  24. ^ "Girls Basketball Captures Sectional Championship-State Group Championship Game Saturday". Morris Catholic High School. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  25. ^ Greco, Richard (March 12, 2014). "Girls basketball: Charlotte Schum leads Morris Catholic past Lodi Immaculate for North Jersey, Non-Public B crown". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  26. ^ Greenspan, Dan via Associated Press. "Morris Catholic grad to lead Los Angeles Rams", Daily Record (Morristown), December 13, 2016. Accessed October 25, 2017.
  27. ^ Havsy, Jane. "Safety is goal of new state guidelines", Daily Record (Morristown), August 26, 2007. Accessed February 4, 2011. "When Gallagher played at Morris Catholic in the 1960s, coaches would give players salt tablets."
  28. ^ Al Krevis Stats, Accessed January 20, 2020. "High School: Morris Catholic (NJ)"
  29. ^ Joe McHale, Accessed January 20, 2020. "Born: September 26, 1963 (Age: 56-116d) in Passaic, NJ... High School: Morris Catholic (NJ)"
  30. ^ Leibowitz, Barry. "Catholic School Teacher Murdered; Ex-Husband Sought in N.J. Murder in Home Where Both Still Lived", CBS News, June 22, 2010. Accessed February 4, 2011. "A family member found Judith Novellino's body around 7 p.m. Saturday and called 911. Bianchi said it appears that the woman, an English teacher at Morris Catholic High School, and her killer, were involved in 'a violent struggle.'"
  31. ^ A Million Words And Counting
  32. ^ No Free Will In Tomatoes
  33. ^ Staff. "Giants fan puts Glossary online", Daily Record (Morristown), January 25, 2001. Accessed December 17, 2012. "Just because the Boonton native has moved around a lot and now lives in the Bay Area, that doesn't mean he's given up on the Big Blue. Payack, the president and CEO of, is one of the minds behind the New York Giants Football Glossary and Baltimore Ravens Fan Glossary."
  34. ^ Peter Payack is Poet Populist of Cambridge, Massachusetts 2007-2009.
  35. ^ Staff. "The Law: A Life in the Balance", Time (magazine), November 3, 1975. Accessed October 25, 2017. "Friends from Morris Catholic High School, from which Karen graduated in 1972, describe her as a quiet person."
  36. ^ Kaufman, Michael T. "Teacher, 28, Slain In Her Apartment On West 72d Street", The New York Times, January 5, 1973. Accessed October 25, 2017. "After graduating from Morris Catholic High School, she attended Newark State College, graduating in 1966."
  37. ^ "Morris Catholic grad to join Boston College Hall of Fame", Daily Record (Morristown), October 3,2017. Accessed January 20, 2020. "A Rockaway native, Storz played football at Morris Catholic."

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