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DePaul Catholic High School

Updated: 2017-08-25T02:45Z
DePaul Catholic High School
1512 Alps Road
Wayne, NJ, (Passaic County) 07470
Coordinates40°57′28″N 74°14′38″W / 40.95778°N 74.24389°W / 40.95778; -74.24389Coordinates: 40°57′28″N 74°14′38″W / 40.95778°N 74.24389°W / 40.95778; -74.24389
TypePrivate, coed. high school
MottoLarge Enough to Challenge, Small Enough to Care
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
PresidentJoseph M. Tweed
PrincipalRussell Petrocelli
Vice principalSr. Jeanne Agans
ChaplainFr. Chris Barkhausen
Faculty60.6 FTEs[1]
Enrollment665 (as of 2013-14)[1]
Average class size21
Student to teacher ratio11.0:1[1]
Color(s)     Green and
Athletics conferenceBig North Conference
Team nameSpartans[2]
PublicationImpressions (literary magazine)
YearbookGreen Years
Tuition$13,200 (2017-18)[4]
AffiliationDiocese of Paterson
Department ChairsNicholas Lombardi
Colleen Sullivan
Bernadette Wiltshire
Coleen Sullivan
Bethany Dacles
Sue Drew
Oresta Ferritto
Arianna Predergast
Dean of StudentsChristine McGovern
Director of AdmissionsJohn Merritt
Athletic DirectorJoe Lennon
Director of DevelopmentCarmela Raiti

DePaul Catholic High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Wayne, in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States, that operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson.[5] The school is accredited by AdvancED.[3]

As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 665 students and 60.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.0:1. The school's student body was 65.4% White, 13.1% Hispanic, 6.5% Black, 6.5% Asian and 8.6% two or more races.[1]


DePaul Catholic was established in 1956.[6]


The program of studies offered at DePaul Catholic High School seeks to equip college-bound students with a foundation for the pursuit of academic excellence while emphasizing a curriculum tailored for individual differences. Students learn to apply their knowledge and training toward their ongoing development of the Whole Person.

DePaul Catholic is a college preparatory high school offering advanced placement, honors, college prep, and foundations levels of study. In the Class of 2015, 98% of graduates are attending colleges and universities. Graduates in the Class of 2015 were awarded over $10.5 million in academic merit-based scholarships, and 99% of the graduates have gone on to colleges, universities, and technical schools.

All students and faculty use Tablet PC laptop computer/notebooks connected using a wireless Internet system.


The DePaul Spartans[2] competes in the Big North Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[7] Before the NJSIAA's 2010 realignment, the school had competed in the Northern Hills Conference an athletic conference made up of private and public high schools located in Essex, Morris and Passaic counties.[8]

There are over 20 varsity sports for boys and girls in the school. The athletic director is Joe Lennon. The mascot is the Spartan and the colors are green and white. The sports teams that are available include: Boys - baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, soccer, swimming, track and field, winter track, volleyball, wrestling; Girls - basketball, bowling, cheerleading (football), cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, skiing, swimming, track and field, volleyball, winter track.[2] 23 varsity teams for boys and girls and 30 extracurricular activities are offered.

DePaul participates with the Academy of Saint Elizabeth in a joint cooperative ice hockey program with Morris Catholic High School as the host school / lead agency under an agreement that expires at the end of the 2017-18 school year.[9]

The boys' cross country team won the Non Public B state championship in 1966.[10]

The girls' field hockey team won the Parochial A North state sectional title in 1982, and went on to win the Parochial A state championship that year, defeating Holy Spirit High School in the title game.[11]

The softball team won the Non-Public A state championship in 1984 (defeating Camden Catholic High School in the tournament final) and won the Non-Public B title in 1985 (vs. Bishop Eustace Preparatory School).[12]

The football team won the Non-Public B North state sectional championship in 1992 and won the Non-Public II state title in 2013 and 2014.[13]

The wrestling team won the Parochial B North state sectional title in 1993, and won the Non-Public B North sectional title in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The team won the Parochial B state championship in 1993 and the Non-Public B state title in 2014.[14]

Stand Tall

85% of students and staff are members of "Stand Tall", DePaul's voluntary drug prevention program, which offers voluntary and school-sponsored, drug testing for students and staff.[15]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b c d School data for De Paul Catholic High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed August 15, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d DePaul Catholic High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 25, 2016.
  3. ^ a b De Paul Catholic High School, AdvancED. Accessed March 28, 2017.
  4. ^ Tuition and Fees for 2015-2016, DePaul Catholic High School. Accessed August 18, 2017.
  5. ^ Passaic County Secondary Schools, Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson. Accessed June 20, 2011.
  6. ^ DPCHS. "DePaul Catholic High School History". DePaul Catholic High School website. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  7. ^ League Memberships – 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
  8. ^ Home Page, Northern Hills Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive as of January 28, 2011. Accessed November 25, 2014.
  9. ^ NJSIAA 2017 - 2019 Co-Operative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 22, 2017.
  10. ^ State Group Team Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 28, 2017.
  11. ^ History of the NJSIAA Field Hockey Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 25, 2016.
  12. ^ History of the NJSIAA Softball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 28, 2017.
  13. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
  14. ^ History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 25, 2016.
  15. ^ Stand Tall - Drug Prevention Program, DePaul Catholic High School. Accessed March 28, 2017.
  16. ^ Iseman, Chris. "DePaul alum Klenofsky selected in MLS SuperDraft", The Record (Bergen County), January 13, 2017. Accessed April 9, 2017. "Eric Klenofsky, a DePaul graduate, was selected by D.C. United in the second round of the 2017 Major League Soccer SuperDraft on Friday."
  17. ^ Staff. "Shakim Phillips of DePaul has verbally committed to Boston College", The Star-Ledger, January 28, 2010. Accessed April 9, 2017.
  18. ^ Hunt, Todderick. "DePaul Catholic's Kareem Walker ranked No. 1 RB in the country by ESPN and 247Sports; talks Rutgers, potential visits", NJ Advance Medis for, July 10, 2014. Accessed April 9, 2017. "DePaul Catholic's (Wayne, N.J.) Kareem Walker was recently upgraded to the No. 1 running back in the nation for the class of 2016 by both composite -- a proprietary algorithm that compiles rankings and ratings listed in the public domain by the major media recruiting services -- and ESPN, due to his physical running style, breakaway speed and overall prototypical, big-time running back traits."

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