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Cardinal McCarrick High School

Cardinal McCarrick High School
310 Augusta Street
South Amboy, NJ (Middlesex County), 08879
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1885
Oversight Diocese of Metuchen
Principal Dr. Karen Juliano
Asst. Principal Marjorie Bryner,
Joseph Conry
Chaplain Fr. John Gordon
Faculty 25.6 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 912
Enrollment 328 [1] (2009-10)
Student to teacher ratio 12.8:1[1]
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Sports Basketball, Football, Baseball, Soccer, Tennis, Bowling, Track and Field, Softball, Golf, Cheerleading, Corss Country
Team name Eagles
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Publication Reflections (literary magazine)
Newspaper The Eagle Press
Athletic Director Gill Pritchard

Cardinal McCarrick High School is a Catholic secondary school located in South Amboy, New Jersey, that operates under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen.[3]

As of the 2009-10 school year, the school had an enrollment of 328 students and 25.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.8:1.[1]

Educating for the 21st Century, Cardinal McCarrick High School's latest initiative which will help to ensure that each CMHS student continues to reach their potential during high school and is well-prepared to meet the challenges they will face in the next decades. Some of the highlights of this new initiative include:
Innovative College Advisory Program that develops personalized student achievement goals and involves counselors, teachers and parents in assuring students achieve these goals.
Formalized Academic Support Program linked to successful completion of personalized student achievement goals.
Enhanced College Testing Program that offers a variety of AP courses and preparation for SAT Subject Area Tests as well as PSAT, SAT and ACT tests.
Distance Learning Opportunities with on-line courses, virtual field trips and other 21st century technology opportunities.
Interdisciplinary Honors Program that connects Religion, English and World History classes through theme-based curricula.


  • History 1
  • Mascot, colors and mission 2
  • Athletics 3
  • Notable alumni 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


It was founded in 1885 by Saint Mary's parish, and included grades one to eleven. It was expanded to include the twelfth grade in 1918, was accredited as Saint Mary's High School in 1919, and the first graduating class was in 1922. The original building was destroyed by a fire in 1966, and a new school was rebuilt in its place.[4]

During the late 1980s, the high school went from being a parish high school to a diocesan high school, separating completely from the now-defunct St. Mary Elementary School (K-8). As a result of the change the high school went through several name changes, including St. Mary Regional High School (1988–2000), St. Mary Diocesan High School (2000–2001). On June 11, 2001, then Diocese of Metuchen Bishop Vincent Breen announced that Saint Mary's would close and reopen under a new name the following fall. In September 2001, the school was named Cardinal McCarrick High School, in honor of Theodore Edgar McCarrick, the first bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen.[4]

Also in fall of 2001, the school opened a local branch of a credit union called the Eagle's Nest.

The High School also has a partnership with Saint Peter's College of Jersey City to serve as a satellite campus for their graduate studies.[5]

Mascot, colors and mission

Cardinal McCarrick's school mascot is the Eagle, wearing blue and gold. The Eagle was named Ollie. In 2000-2001, Cardinal McCarrick High School rewrote their mission statement - "The mission of Cardinal McCarrick High School is to facilitate, nurture, and instill a thirst for knowledge based on Catholic moral principles in preparation for life's journey to create a better world."


The Cardinal McCarrick High School Eagles compete in the Greater Middlesex Conference, which includes public and private high schools located in the greater Middlesex County area. The league operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[6]

The boys basketball team won the NJSIAA Parochial South B championship in 2003, defeating Wildwood Catholic High School, 67-51.[7] The 2005 team repeated the feat with a 75-56 win over Holy Spirit High School in the tournament final.[8]

Sports include:
Varsity Soccer (Boys and Girls)
Varsity Cross Country (Boys and Girls)
Varsity Tennis (Girls)
Varsity and JV Football
Varsity Cheerleading

Varsity and JV Cheerleading
Freshman, Varsity and JV Basketball (Boys)
Varsity and JV Basketball (Girls)
Varsity Bowling (Boys and Girls)

Varsity Track and Field (Boys and Girls)
Freshman, Varsity and JV Baseball (Boys)
Varsity and JV Softball (Girls)
Varsity Golf (Boys and Girls)

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b c d Cardinal McCarrick High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 11, 2012.
  2. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  3. ^ Find a school, Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Accessed September 11, 2012.
  4. ^ a b History, Cardinal McCarrick St. Mary's High School. Accessed September 11, 2012.
  5. ^ Saint Peter's College Will Open Extension Site at South Amboy's Cardinal McCarrick H.S., Saint Peter's College press release dated June 5, 2003. Accessed May 17, 2007.
  6. ^ League Memberships – 2012-2013, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 11, 2012.
  7. ^ 2003 Boys Basketball - Parochial South B, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 17, 2007.
  8. ^ 2005 Boys Basketball - Non-Public, South B, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 17, 2007.
  9. ^ a b c d Hall of Fame, Cardinal McCarrick High School. Accessed April 5, 2007.
  10. ^ Marlins manager nurtured his faith in New Jersey parish, The Georgia Bulletin, February 9, 2004. "McKeon, who led the underdog Florida Marlins to the World Series title over the New York Yankees last November, grew up in South Amboy. He attended St. Mary Elementary School there and graduated from St. Mary High School, now called Cardinal McCarrick High School, before going on to a long and fruitful career in professional baseball."

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