Paramus Catholic High School
Paramus Catholic High School is a co-educational Roman Catholic high school located in Paramus in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. The school, founded in 1965, under Archbishop Thomas A. Boland, and Superintendent of Schools, Monsignor Joseph P. Tuite, Paramus Catholic operated as a co-institutional school until 1995. Paramus Catholic was staffed by the Brothers of Christian Schools under the leadership of Bro. James P. Kelly, FSC, Principal, and Paramus Catholic Girls' High School by the Sisters of Charity of Convent Station, NJ, under the leadership of Sr. Helen Demetria, SC, Principal. There was a sharing of the plant and facility, however, the two schools operated as separate academic institutions. Paramus Catholic was the last secondary school established by the Archdiocese of Newark in Bergen County. The two schools were unified into one by the Archdiocese of Newark beginning in the 1995-1996 school year. When the school was unified to one academic institution, the Christian Brothers withdrew from involvement, and the Sisters of Charity took over leadership, until their withdrawal from the school in the early 2000's. Paramus Catholic High School is one of several high schools in the Archdiocese of Newark. It has the largest enrollment of any Roman Catholic high school in the state of New Jersey.
|Paramus Catholic High School|
425 Paramus Road
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Founders||Thomas A. Boland|
Joseph P. Tuite
|School district||Archdiocese of Newark|
|Superintendent||Dr. Margaret Dames|
|Chaplain||Fr. Donnald Hummel|
|Enrollment||1,571 (as of 2013-14)|
|Average class size||24|
|Student to teacher ratio||14.3:1|
|Color(s)||Black and |
|Athletics conference||Big North Conference|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Vice Principals||Joseph Wilson |
|Deans of Academics||Amy M. Shea |
|Dean of Campus Ministry||Michael A. Shea|
|Dean of Admissions||Michael Featherstone|
|Dean of Students||Joseph Torchia |
|Athletic Director||Scott Langan|
As of the 2018-19 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,225 students and 110.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 15:1. The school's enrollment was 37% White, 18% Black, 26% Hispanic, 12% Asian and 7% other races.
In the 2017-2018 school year, Principal Stephanie Macaluso assumed leadership of the school.
Extracurricular activities and athleticsEdit
The Paramus Catholic High School Paladins compete in the Big North Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Prior to the 2010 realignment, the school participated in the North Bergen Interscholastic Athletic League (NBIAL). In addition to football, cheer and girls basketball, they are also a consistent power in ice hockey, girls swimming, and boys basketball. Their biggest rivals include Bergen Catholic High School, Immaculate Heart Academy, St. Joseph Regional High School, Academy of the Holy Angels and Don Bosco Preparatory High School.
The school is known for its cheerleading squad and dance team. They both have won many national and state titles such as the 2002 State cheer champions, 2003 EDA National dance champions, 2004 Spirit Championship champions, 2005 NDA junior varsity pom national champions, 2006 Spirit Sports National champions, 2007 State Parochial cheer champions, 2007 EDA National dance champions and 2008 EDA National Dance Champions-Varsity Jazz/JV Jazz and Pom and Prop. 2009 EDA National Dance Team Champions- JV Jazz and Pom and Prop. 2010 EDA National Dance Team Champions- Varsity Hip Hop and Variety and JV Jazz and Pom.
The softball team won the Parochial North A state sectional championship in 2001 with a string of shutout victories, topping Mount Saint Dominic Academy 2-0 in the first round, Immaculate Heart Academy 2-0 in the semifinals and Pope John XXIII Regional High School 2-0 in the tournament final.
In the summer of 2010, Paramus Catholic formed a marching band for the first time, making it the only Catholic high school to have a marching band in the Archdiocese of Newark and Paterson.
The football team won the Non-Public Group III state sectional championship in 1997, the Non-Public Group I title in 2007 and the Non-Public Group IV title in 2012, 2013 & 2016. With the hiring of alumni Chris Partridge, the Paramus Catholic football team improved and began to compete more effectively against Bergen Catholic High School and Don Bosco Preparatory High School in New Jersey's Group IV Non-Public division. In December 2012, the Paramus Catholic football team won the Non-Public Group IV state championship against Bergen Catholic High School by a final score of 37-34 on a touchdown scored with 1:16 left in the game. This was the program's first Group IV title and its first sectional championship since 1997. Also in 2013 & 2016 the football team won the Non-Public Group IV state sectional championship, defeating St. Peter's Preparatory School by scores of 13-6, & 33-28 in the tournament final.
As of February 2013 the Japanese Weekend School of New Jersey (ニュージャージー補習授業校), a Japanese supplementary weekend school, holds classes at Paramus Catholic, while the school offices are in Fort Lee. It is one of the two weekend Japanese school systems operated by the Japanese Educational Institute of New York (JEI; ニューヨーク日本人教育審議会 Nyūyōku Nihonjin Kyōiku Shingi Kai), a nonprofit organization which also operates two Japanese day schools in the New York City area.
- David Brock (born 1962), journalist and author.
- Brendan Burke (born 1984), sportscaster for Fox Sports, the New York Islanders, and formerly the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League.
- Nunzio Campanile, former interim head football coach and offensive coordinator for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team.
- Anthony DiCosmo (born 1977), gridiron football player.
- Anne Donovan (born 1961), Seton Hall women's basketball coach, 2008 Beijing Olympics US National Women's Basketball Team coach.
- Danielle Étienne (born 2001), footballer who plays as a midfielder for the Haiti women's national team.
- Rashan Gary (born 1997), University of Michigan and Green Bay Packers outside linebacker.
- Darren Lemke (born 1997), screenwriter who co-wrote the 2010 film Shrek Forever After and director of the 2004 thriller film Lost, which he also wrote.
- Jonathan Masur (born 1983), 2007 doubles United States Bowling Congress Open Champion.
- David Najem (born 1992), Afghan soccer player who plays as a midfielder for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the USL and for the Afghanistan national football team.
- Jabrill Peppers (born 1995), University of Michigan and New York Giants cornerback.
- David Reed (born 1988), professional soccer player.
- Jussie Smollett (born 1982), actor who appeared in the Fox TV series Empire.
- We are Paramus Catholic., Paramus Catholic High School. Accessed October 22, 2011.
- School data for Paramus Catholic High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed August 15, 2017.
- Paramus Catholic High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 24, 2016.
- Paramus Catholic High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed June 15, 2011.
- Tuition & Financial Aid Scholarships, Paramus Catholic High School. Accessed October 16, 2019.
- We are Paramus Catholic, Paramus Catholic High School. Accessed May 7, 2012. "Founded in 1965 under Archbishop Thomas A. Boland, and Superintendent of Schools, Monsignor Joseph P. Tuite, Paramus Catholic operated as a co-institutional school until 1995."
- Bergen County Catholic High Schools, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Accessed November 12, 2016.
- Alex, Patricia. "Pope held special spot in hearts of youth", The Record (Bergen County), April 5, 2005. Accessed August 21, 2008. "Today a memorial Mass will be celebrated at the school - the largest Catholic school in the state, and the rosary will be said in 10 languages..."
- League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017 Archived 2012-11-09 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
- New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association League Memberships – 2009-2010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, backed up by the Internet Archive as of July 24, 2011. Accessed August 14, 2017.
- Home page, Paramus Catholic High School Cheer and Dance. Accessed September 9, 2012.
- 2001 NJSIAA Softball - Parochial North A, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 10, 2007.
- 2001 - Parochial North A, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 10, 2007.
- Staff. "Paramus Catholic debuts its band", Clifton Journal, October 15, 2010. Accessed February 20, 2011. "Paramus Catholic High School is the first Catholic school in Bergen County, and maybe the first in the Archdiocese of Newark, to offer a marching band."
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 9, 2015.
- Guthrie, Charles. "Football: Paramus Catholic stuns Bergen Catholic, 37-34, with late score for Non-Public, Group 4 title", The Star-Ledger, December 7, 2012. Accessed December 10, 2012. "Shanley completed all seven of his passes, including a tight spiral he lofted right into the hands of a streaking Tyrone Washington for a 55-yard touchdown down the sideline with 1:16 left in the game to lift Paramus Catholic, No. 5 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, to a 37-34 victory over No. 3 Bergen Catholic in the NJSIAA Non-Public, Group 4 final in front of 9,072 at MetLife Stadium. It marked the first Non-Public, Group 4 title for Paramus Catholic and second championship overall. The Paramus school won the Non-Public, Group 3 crown in 1997."
- Perez, Braulio. "Turnaround complete: Huge 2nd half leads Paramus Catholic to NP4 crown", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, December 2, 2016. Accessed December 11, 2016. "Paramus Catholic is back on top. On Friday night, coach Dan Sabella and his team took down St. Peter's Prep 33-28 to capture the coveted Non-Public, Group 4 championship at MetLife Stadium. The title comes one year after PC missed the playoffs and went 3-6."
- Wassel, Bryan. "Paramus school board considers leasing space on weekends." Northjersey.com, North Jersey Media Group. Accessed July 7, 2013.
- "入学のご案内 entrance" (Archive). Japanese Weekend School of New Jersey. Accessed July 7, 2013. "Japanese Weekend School of NJ ニュージャージー補習授業校事務所 2 Executive Drive, Suite 660, Fort Lee, NJ 07024"
- "学校案内" (Archive). Japanese Educational Institute of New York (ニューヨーク日本人教育審議会). Accessed April 15, 2015. The names of the weekend schools as stated on the pages should be "The Japanese Weekend School of New York" and "The Japanese Weekend School of New Jersey" - note that the Japanese names between the day and weekend schools are different.
- Brock, David. "Blinded by the right: the conscience of an ex-conservative", p. 14. Random House, 2003. ISBN 1-4000-4728-5. Accessed January 30, 2011. "... when I arrived at my all-male high school, Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, New Jersey, I was singled out and ridiculed for being different."
- Caswell Jr., Mark. "Brendan Burke Named as Islanders TV Play-by-Play Broadcaster", Utica Comets, August 11, 2016. Accessed November 2, 2017. "Burke is from the tri-state area - Fair Lawn, New Jersey - and is a graduate of New Jersey’s Paramus Catholic High School and a 2006 Cum Laude graduate of Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York."
- Nunzio Campanile, Rutgers Scarlet Knights football. Accessed January 8, 2020. "A graduate of Paramus Catholic, Campanile spent the previous eight seasons as the head coach at Bergen Catholic, including winning a state title in 2017, after working as offensive coordinator at Don Bosco Prep from 2000-09."
- Anthony DiCosmo, all-xfl.com. Accessed November 17, 2014.
- Writing About Anne Donovan, Seattle Storm. Accessed May 3, 2007. "After completing a stellar high school career that saw her average 35 points and 17 rebounds her senior season, lead her team, Paramus Catholic, to consecutive undefeated seasons, and be named High School Player of the Year by Dial Soap, Donovan was a much-sought NCAA recruit."
- Danielle Étienne, Fordham Rams. Accessed January 8, 2020. "Graduated from Paramus Catholic in New Jersey"
- Dunleavy, Ryan. "Rashan Gary commits to Michigan as No. 1 recruit in nation", Asbury Park Press, February 3, 2016. Accessed February 7, 2016. "Gary spent the first two seasons of his career at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School before transferring to state powerhouse Paramus Catholic in the summer of 2014. Gary's move sparked always ready-to-flare tensions between public and non-public schools in the state over alleged recruiting."
- Siemaszko, Corky. "Cart Of The Deal Screenplay Lets Him Bag Job In Store", New York Daily News, July 12, 1997. Accessed January 8, 2020. "After graduating from Paramus Catholic High School, Lemke went on to study screenwriting at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan."
- Staff. "Record holders now champions at USBC Open Championships", BowlingDigital.com July 3, 2007. Accessed February 7, 2016. "After nearly two months of waiting to see if their 1,544 record total would hold up, first-time participant Jonathan Masur of West Orange, N.J., and Jeffrey Butler of Garfield, N.J., now are officially the Regular Doubles champions at the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships."
- Staff. "All-Decade Boys Bowling", The Record (Bergen County), June 11, 2010. Accessed February 7, 2016. "Honorable mention: Kevin DeFrancesco, Dumont; Jon Franco, Bergen Catholic; Alex Prell, Wood-Ridge; Jonathan Masur, Paramus Catholic..."
- "New York Red Bulls II Sign David Najem", New York Red Bulls, May 19, 2016. Accessed May 20, 2016. "Najem attended Paramus Catholic High School where he was a two-time captain and set the school record with 54 goals and 146 career points in his career."
- Cooper, Darren. "Jabrill Peppers", The Record (Bergen County), October 9, 2014. Accessed February 14, 2015. "In his text, Peppers, who started his high school career at Don Bosco, described the uncomfortable situation he says the school created for him when he decided to transfer to Paramus Catholic after his sophomore season."
- Bondy, Stefan. "Tchani's Journey", The Record (Bergen County), January 14, 2010. Accessed September 6, 2011. "Paterson's Nelson Becerra and Teaneck's David Reed, both St. John's products who were listed as eligible draftees, did not get picked. Becerra, a St. Benedict's graduate, was invited to the combine as the 2008 Big East midfielder of the year. Reed, a defender, is a Paramus Catholic graduate."
- Ilich, Bobby. "Who Is Jussie Smollett? 'Empire' Actor Faces Police Questions About Possible Staged Attack", International Business Times, February 16, 2019. Accessed January 8, 2020. "Smollett was born in Santa Rosa, California, to a Jewish father and black mother. He graduated from Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey."