|Holy Cross Preparatory Academy|
5035 Route 130 South
|Former names||Holy Cross High School|
Holy Cross Academy
|Motto||“Honoring our Traditions, Pursuing our Future”|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|NCES School ID||A9502830|
|Enrollment||339 (as of 2017–18)|
|Student to teacher ratio||15.1:1|
|Campus size||94 acres (0.38 km2)|
|Athletics||Football, Girls Soccer, Boys Soccer, Field Hockey, Girls Tennis, Cross Country, Fall Cheerleading, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Swimming, Winter Track, Dance Team, Winter Cheerleading, Baseball, Softball, Girls Lacrosse, Boys Lacrosse, Spring Track & Field, Golf|
|Athletics conference||County: Burlington County Scholastic League; State: Non-Public B|
|Publication||Tumbler (literary magazine)|
Holy Cross Preparatory Academy is a four-year Catholic high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades, located in Delran Township, New Jersey, United States. The school is the only Roman Catholic high school in Burlington County. Holy Cross has been accredited by AdvancED since 2013. The school has been run under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton.
Occupying a 78-acre (0.32 km2) campus, it has a variety of co-curricular activities, including about 40 sports teams in 23 athletic programs and 50 clubs, for students to participate in. Tuition for the 2020–21 school year was $10,600.
As of the 2017–18 school year, the school had an enrollment of 339 students and 22.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 15.1:1. The school's student body was 77.6% (263) White, 10.6% (36) Black, 7.4% (25) Asian, 2.7% (9) Hispanic and 1.8% (6) two or more races. The student population is from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds. 99% of the school's graduates go onto two and four-year colleges and universities.
The school underwent a $3.5 million renovation in 2005. A renovated Gerald Finsen Media Center was built during the 2005–06 school year. The school is now renamed Holy Cross Preparatory Academy.
The archdiocese proposed closing the school circa 2018, but instead an alumni group agreed to take management of the school. Prior to 2018 the archdiocese spent about $500,000 each year to keep the school in operation; the school remained open since the alumni were able to collect that much in donations for the year. The name changed to Holy Cross Preparatoy Academy that year.
About 95% of the student body is involved in some type of extracurricular activity.
In 2006, Holy Cross created a new, redesigned Dance Team program with a custom dance studio that was completed that summer. Holy Cross features three annual drama events: a fall play, a Christmas production, and a spring musical. The 2008-09 lineup included Noises Off in October 2008, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, in December 2008 and a spring musical that runs in April.
An entire week of games and activities lead up to the big game and the homecoming dance. "Spirit Week" draws alumni, friends, family, and the curious in general.
Holy Cross' student government format is a Student Council and is open to anyone in the student body who wishes to be involved. While the Student Council Executive Board (SCEB) has a president and other positions, it takes ideas and opinions from anyone regardless of rank. The board is responsible for many of the year's events, including formal dances, homecoming activities, etc.
The Holy Cross Lancers compete in the Burlington County Scholastic League (BCSL), which is comprised of public and non-public high schools in Burlington, Mercer and Ocean counties in Central Jersey, and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 221 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2019–20 school year as Non-Public B for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 37 to 366 students in that grade range (equivalent to Group I for public schools). The football team competes in the Liberty Division of the 95-team West Jersey Football League superconference and was classified by the NJSIAA as Non-Public Group II for football for 2018–2020.
The football team won the Non-Public A state championship in 1977, 1982, 1991 and 1992; won the Non-Public Group IV state sectional title in 2000 and won the Non-Public Group II championship in 2007 and 2008. The team won the Parochial A South title in 1977 after a 14-6 win against Red Bank Catholic High School in the tournament final. The 2000 team finished the season with a 10-2 record after coming back from a 41-20 deficit in the third quarter to win the Non-Public Group IV championship game by a score of 41-40 over Don Bosco Preparatory High School on a field goal kicked as time espired. In 2007, the team won the Non-Public Group II state championship with a 17–0 win over Gloucester Catholic High School in the tournament final. In 2008, the team repeated as Non-Public Group II state champion with a 7–0 win over Hudson Catholic High School.
The softball team won the Non-Public A state championship in 1985 and 1989, defeating Paramus Catholic High School in the final game of the tournament in both seasons. The 1989 team finished the season with a record of 14-8 after winning the Non-Public A state champonship, defeating Paramus Catholic by a score of 3-0 in the tournament championship game played at Trenton State College.
The boys soccer team won the Non-Public A state championship in 1989, as co-champion with Delbarton School. The 2007 boys soccer team won the South B state sectional championship with a 1–0 win over Bishop Eustace Preparatory School in the tournament final.
The girls spring track team won the Non-Public A state championship in 1991 and the Non-Public B title in 2008. In 2008, the team won the Patriot Division championship, the South Jersey Non-Public B championship, and the Non-Public B state championship for their first state title since 1991.
The girls' soccer team won the Group IV state championship in 1993 (against runner-up Randolph High School in the tournament final) and in Group III in 1995 (vs. Ramapo High School). The 1993 team defeated Randolph by a score of 2-0 in the championship game to win the Group IV title at Trenton State College.
The wrestling team won the Non-Public A state sectional championship in 1993, and won the Non-Public B title in 2005 and 2015.
The girls tennis team won the Non-Public A state championship in 1994, defeating runner-up Academy of the Holy Angels by a score of 3-2 in the final match of the tournament at Mercer County Park.
The field hockey team won the Central Jersey Group I state sectional championship in 2007 and 2009. In 2007, the field hockey team won the sectional title with a 2–1 win over Haddonfield Memorial High School in the tournament final.
During the 2007-08 sports season, Holy Cross sports teams won a total of six state championships. The school was awarded the ShopRite Cup for Group B in 2007-08 in recognition of first place finishes in football, both boys and girls spring track and both boys and girls winter track individuals; second place in field hockey, boys soccer; third place in boys golf and girls soccer (tied), plus bonus points for having no disqualifications in any season.
A team representing Holy Cross High School competes in the South Jersey High School Ice Hockey League. In 2007, the Lancers Ice Hockey team won the S.J.H.S.H.L. Championship defeating Cherry Hill High School West, the school's first ice hockey championship since 1993.
In 2008, the boys' spring track team won the Patriot Division championship, the South Jersey Non-Public B championship, and the Non-Public B state championship for the first time in program history.
Core members of the school's faculty include:
- Alice Penza, Principal
- Mark Adamo (born 1962), composer and librettist with New York City Opera.
- Lance Bangs (born 1972, class of 1990), filmmaker, known for the Jackass movies as well as The Lazarus Effect.
- Avon Cobourne (born 1979), CFL player for the Montreal Alouettes.
- Phil Costa (born 1987), NFL player for the Dallas Cowboys.
- Brad Costello (born 1974), former American football punter who played for the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL and the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe.
- Anthony Giacchino (born 1969), filmmaker and producer.
- Michael Giacchino (born 1967), composer and Academy Award winner for Up.
- Kevin Hickman (born 1971), former football tight end who played in the NFL for the Detroit Lions from 1995 to 1998.
- Stephen Kasprzyk (born 1982, class of 2000), rower who competed in the Men's eight event at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
- Michelle Kosinski (born 1974), NBC News Emmy-award-winning foreign correspondent, based in London.
- Dennis Landolt (born 1986), football player for the New York Jets.
- Kevin Landolt (born 1975), defensive tackle who played in the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- Todd Lehmann, basketball player.
- Wali Lundy (born 1983), running back for the Houston Texans.
- Gregg Murphy (born 1971), sportscaster on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia who has been a broadcaster for the Philadelphia Phillies.
- Jerry Penacoli (born 1956), correspondent on Extra.
- Ryan Peters (born c. 1982), politician who has represented the 8th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2018.
- Gervase Peterson (born 1969), contestant on Survivor: Borneo.
- John Rickert (born 1970), sports agent for NFL, MLB, and NBA players.
- Keith Saunders (born 1984), linebacker who has played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
- Scott Semptimphelter (born 1972), Arena Football League player.
- Mark Zagunis (born 1993; class of 2011), professional baseball player.
- Jeff Zaun (born 1971), former professional soccer player who played at Holy Cross for three seasons before transferring out for his senior year.
- Greg Luzinski (born 1950), former MLB left fielder for the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox, who coached baseball and football at Holy Cross from 1985 to 1992.
- Tuition, Scholarships and Financial Assistance, Holy Cross Academy. Accessed April 7, 2020.
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- "Holy Cross will reopen on July 1 with new name, new leadership". Courier-Post. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
- "N.J. Catholic school saved from closure after alumni takeover". Nj.com. January 30, 2019. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
- League & Conference Officers/Affiliated Schools 2020-2021, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- NJSIAA General Public School Classifications 2019–2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
- Divisions, West Jersey Football League. Accessed September 5, 2020.
- Minnick, Kevin. "Football: Entering 10th season, a new leader for state’s second-largest conference", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, August 8, 2019. Accessed September 5, 2020. "The WJFL was created in 2010 as a way to help teams play a full schedule and face opponents of similar size, ability and geographical location.... The league is comprised of 16 divisions and includes better than 90 high schools."
- NJSIAA Football Public School Classifications 2018–2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, finalized August 2019. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- NJSIAA Football History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- Schoening, Gary. "Fumble Proves Costly in RBC Loss", Asbury Park Press, December 4, 1977. Accessed February 16, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "While bulldozing through the season, Red Bank Catholic High School came up with the big plays it needed to gain a shot at its second consecutive state South Jersey Parochial A title. But the Caseys' game breaker bag was empty yesterday and it was Holy Cross that came up with big plays in a 14-6 victory over RBC to give the Lancers the SJ Parochial A crown."
- "A perfect ending; Hackensack justifies No. 1 ranking", The Record, December 4, 2000, December 7, 2020. "Don Bosco Prep's bid for its first State title since 1990 came up short earlier in the day when Holy Cross' Dave King kicked a 47-yard field goal on the final play to produce a 41-40 victory in the State Parochial Group 4 final. The Ironmen (11-1) led, 40-21, in the third quarter, but were hampered by injuries to senior tailback Ryan Grant and junior quarterback Steve Levy. A blocked punt and a fumble gave life to Holy Cross (10-2)."
- 2007 Football - Non-Public, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 28, 2008.
- Minnick, Kevin. "Holy Cross a champ again", Courier-Post, December 8, 2008. Accessed July 26, 2011. "Aaron Fant, Elijah Phillips and Joe Wohceichowski combined for 36 tackles, and the Lancers put together a tremendous goal-line stand late in the third quarter en route to a 7-0 victory over Hudson Catholic for their second straight Non-Public Group 2 state title."
- NJSIAA Softball Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
- Mattura, Greg. "Paramus Catholic loses final; Paladins' offense vanishes", The Record, May 29, 1989. Accessed December 7, 2020, via Newspapers.com. "Holy Cross senior Karen Kriza limited Paramus Catholic to five hits and led the Lancers to a 3-0 victory in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association game at Trenton State College.... Holy Cross (14-8) had better success against Paramus Catholic senior righthander Janine LiButti."
- NJSIAA History of Boys Soccer, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- 2007 Boys Soccer - South B, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 14, 2007.
- Summary of Group Titles Girls, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 20, 2020.
- Lewis, John A. "Holy Cross has historic day on track", Burlington County Times, June 1, 2008. Accessed July 26, 2011. "The sight of the Holy Cross High School boys and girls track teams celebrating together, near the close of yesterday's Non-Public B state championship meet yesterday demonstrated what it really was; two great efforts. The Lancers brought home both team trophies. Harper, who coaches the boys team, saw his squad capture the first state championship in school history. The Holy Cross girls captured their first state crown since 1991 when the Lancers won the Non-Public A title".
- NJSIAA History of Girls Soccer, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- Shwalb, Bob. "Holy Cross conquers Randolph", Daily Record, November 21, 1993. Accessed December 7, 2020, via Newspapers.com. "Randolph girls soccer coach Ann Clifton had a positive view of things after yesterday's 2-0 loss to Holy Cross in the Group IV final at Trenton State College."
- NJSIAA Wrestling Team Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
- History of NJSIAA Girls Team Tennis Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- Maciejewski, Chris. "Consistent Holy Cross wins state Group A crown", Courier-Post, October 25, 1994. Accessed December 7, 2020, via Newspapers.com. "Playing remarkably consistent, the Holy Cross High School girls' tennis team captured the school's first Parochial A state championship Monday with a 3-2 win over Holy Angels at Mercer County Park."
- NJSIAA History of Field Hockey Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- 2007 Field Hockey - Central, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 12, 2007.
- Fifth Annual ShopRite Cup 2007-2008 Final Standings, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- Summary of Group Titles Boys, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- NJSIAA Baseball Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- Aitken, Robert. "H.S. baseball: St. Mary falls to Holy Cross, 2-0, in Non-Public B final", The Record, June 12, 2016. Accessed December 7, 2020. "Dennis Hulse came to Toms River in search of a state title in 1998 as a player for St. Mary. He came to Toms River South for the first time as a coach Saturday, trying to guide the Gaels to their first state championship since that day 18 years ago. Hulse and his team couldn’t win it this time, falling to Holy Cross, 2-0, in the Non-Public B final at Ken Frank Baseball Stadium."
- "Holy Cross crowned champions with win over St. Mary", The Trentonian, June 11, 2016. Accessed December 7, 2020. "The Holy Cross hurler struck out eight over a full seven innings and the Lancers captured the Non-Public B title with a 2-0 victory over St. Mary’s Rutherford on Saturday afternoon in Toms River.... Holy Cross (25-7-1) got single runs in the second and seventh, which proved to be more than enough offense for Bowley."
- Administrative Team, Holy Cross Preparatory Academy. Accessed September 8, 2020.
- Spoto, MaryAnn. "Ex-principal admits taking $400K from high school", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, December 3, 2007. Accessed May 1, 2015. "In Superior Court in Freehold, Joseph Lemme, past principal of Holy Cross High School in Delran, pleaded guilty to theft by failure to make required disposition of funds and misapplication of entrusted property, said Monmouth County Prosecutor Luis Valentin. Lemme, principal of the Catholic high school from September 2002 to November 2006, stole $415,849 over three years by putting money for school functions in his personal account and using it to finance a lavish lifestyle, Valentin said."
- Staff. "Composer Mark Adamo, a Willingboro native, is the man behind `Little Women'", Courier-Post, August 26, 2001. Accessed February 14, 2011. "At the time Adamo wanted to become a playwright After graduating from Holy Cross High School in Riverside he entered the playwriting program at New York University but also took every music course his schedule allowed."
- Staff. Alumni News, Holy Cross Lancer News, Spring 2011. Accessed May 9, 2011. "Class of 1990: Lance Bangs directed The Lazarus Effect which premiered on May 4, 2010 on HBO."
- Staff. "Lundy Wins Matchup of Holy Cross High Alums", The Roanoke Times, December 29, 2002. Accessed February 14, 2011. "A postgame conversation between Wali Lundy and fellow Holy Cross High School alumnus Avon Cobourne was cordial but brief Saturday."
- Phil Costa, Maryland Terrapins football. Accessed March 1, 2011.
- Brad Costello, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed October 9, 2019. "Born: December 24, 1974 (Age: 44-289d) in Moorestown, NJ... High School: Fairfield Prep (CT), Holy Cross (NJ)"
- Coppock, Kristen. "Filmmaker brings 'The Camden 28' to the nation's attention on PBS" Archived December 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, Burlington County Times, September 11, 2007. Accessed May 19, 2008. "A graduate of Holy Cross High School in Delran, the self-professed history buff, who lives in Astoria, N.Y., said he was especially curious why such an important event had happened so close to his hometown, and no one he had grown up with knew about it. He wanted to change that."
- Gaul, Lou. "His early interest in film scores pays off with a dream job", The Intelligencer (Doylestown, Pennsylvania), November 2, 2004.
- "Lancers working in radio, television and the movies", Holy Cross High School. Accessed March 28, 2008.
- Longsdorf, Amy. "Success sounds great for Giacchino", Courier-Post, February 24, 2008. Accessed February 3, 2013. "Giacchino, a graduate of Holy Cross High School (Class of '86), was scoring video games when Abrams gave him his first big break writing the music for TV's Alias and Lost."
- Kevin Hickman, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed August 8, 2019. "Born: August 20, 1971 (Age: 47-353d) in Cherry Hill, NJ... High School: Holy Cross (NJ), Marine Military Academy (TX)"
- Steve Kasprzyk, United States Olympic Committee. Accessed August 10, 2016. "Birthplace: Willingboro, N.J.; Hometown: Cinnaminson, N.J.; High School: Holy Cross High School (Delran, N.J.) '00; College: Drexel University '05, Chemical Engineering"
- O'Gorman, George. "Undrafted Dennis Landolt looking to make his mark with Giants", The Trentonian, August 25, 2010. Accessed February 14, 2011. "Landolt is the undrafted offensive lineman from Holy Cross High who is hoping to make the G-Men after being a starter for three years at Penn State yet not being picked in the April draft. So far the 6-foot-4, 306-pounder who was Trentonian All-Area in football and wrestling at Holy Cross and a state champion wrestler for the Burlington County school, has showed the Giants coaching staff he is versatile enough to play all three spots on the offensive line."
- Narducci, Marc. "Dennis Landolt tries to make N.Y. Giants", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 2, 2010. Accessed August 8, 2019. "The recent NFL draft wasn't the most memorable experience for Dennis Landolt, but the Penn State offensive tackle and former Inquirer first-team all-South Jersey selection from Holy Cross got over things pretty quickly.... His brother Kevin, also a star at Holy Cross, was a fourth-round draft choice of Jacksonville in 1999, and played one NFL season. Fame in the NFL can be fleeting."
- Narducci, Marc. "Lehmann Will Stress Team Concept The Holy Cross Girls' Coach Was A Multidimensional Talent In His Playing Days.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 19, 1996. Accessed August 21, 2014. "He will incorporate that style into his first varsity head coaching job. Lehmann, 27, was appointed in October as the girls' basketball coach at Holy Cross, his alma mater."
- On The Air by Laura Nachman, Bucks County Courier Times, June 2, 2006.
- Phillies Broadcasters, Philadelphia Phillies. Accessed August 8, 2019. "Born in Meadowbrook, Pa., Gregg was raised in Mt. Laurel, N.J. and played baseball at Holy Cross High School in Delran, N.J."
- Sacharow, Fredda. "Half-century strong", Burlington County Times, November 16, 2007. Accessed February 14, 2011. "Former Philadelphia newscaster Jerry Penacoli (Class of 1974) and Dennis Malloy (Class of 1975), of the Dennis and Judy Show on radio station 101.5..."
- Ryan Peters, Burlington County, New Jersey. Accessed January 19, 2018. "After graduating from Holy Cross High School in Delran, Peters received a B.S. in political science, cum laude, from the United States Naval Academy in 2004 where was the captain of the Division I varsity soccer team and a Fellow at the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference."
- Staff. "Get real with Gervase Peterson", The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 29, 2011. Accessed September 20, 2012. "From: Germantown, then Willingboro, N.J. He graduated from Holy Cross High School, in Delran."
- Staff. "Eagles give offensive lineman Hicks 6-year deal", Courier-Post, April 17, 2004. Accessed July 26, 2011. "According to Hicks' agent, John Rickert, the deal could be worth as much as $9 million, if Hicks reaches all the incentives, including trips to the Pro Bowl.... 'Its a great deal for him,' said Rickert, a native of Delran, who attended Holy Cross High School.
- Gayle, Tim. "Tide's gamble on Saunders starting to pay off", Montgomery Advertiser, September 23, 2006. Accessed February 14, 2011. "Saunders had just one after playing tight end and defensive end at Holy Cross High in Willingboro, NJ."
- Blockus, Gary R. "Scott Semptimphelter: A Predator In The Arena The Former Lehigh University Quarterback Has Thrown For 36 Touchdowns And Has Put His Team Into The Playoffs.", The Morning Call, July 31, 1997. Accessed August 21, 2014. "In the off-season, Semptimphelter helps coach his old high school, Holy Cross in Florence, N.J., and helps in the family restaurant and car lot businesses."
- Bellano, Anthony. "Chicago Cubs Sign Cinnaminson's Mark Zagunis; Zagunis, a Holy Cross High School graduate, was drafted No. 78 by the Cubs on June 6.", Cinnaminson Patch, June 26, 214. Accessed June 18, 2015. "Cinnaminson resident and Holy Cross High School graduate Mark Zagunis signed his first professional baseball contract with the Chicago Cubs this week, the Burlington County Times reports."
- Narducci, Marc. "A catcher with all the tools, plus speed", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 7, 2011. Accessed June 18, 2015. "Mark Zagunis entered the baseball season with the reputation as one of the best prospects in South Jersey. He has done nothing to dissuade this notion during a torrid first five weeks. And while the Holy Cross senior catcher has earned a scholarship to Virginia Tech, he has quietly made a pitch to be selected in Major League Baseball's first-year draft, which will begin June 6."
- Staff. "The debate's over, here's South Jersey's best", Courier-Post, September 4, 1999. Accessed February 14, 2011. "After starting his career at Holy Cross, Jeff Zaun moved to Shawnee for the 1988 season and became the catalyst for the century's top team."
- Roncace, Kelly. "Former Phillies slugger to be inducted into SJ sports museum", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, March 31, 2016. Accessed November 28, 2017. "Luzinski retired from the MLB in February 1985, and began coaching baseball at Holy Cross High School in Delran in March of the same year. 'I started with baseball, then moved to football when the former coach went to Moorestown High School,' he said. He continued coaching until January 1992 when he retired from the position and moved to Florida."