Bergen Catholic High School

Bergen Catholic High School is an all-male Roman Catholic high school in Oradell, Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in ninth through twelfth grade.

Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, Bergen Catholic currently has enrollment of approximately 850 pupils. Bergen Catholic's reputation draws students from a wide geographic area that includes North Jersey, Rockland County in New York and Pennsylvania. People of many ethnicities and creeds come to Bergen Catholic for its academic and athletic programs. Bergen Catholic has a long-standing rivalry with fellow Catholic school, Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey.

As of the 2005-06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 816 students and 48.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 16.7.


Bergen Catholic High School was founded by the Congregation of Christian Brothers and opened on September 11, 1955 with an enrollment of 114 freshmen. Classes were originally held at Our Lady of Visitation School in Paramus, New Jersey while construction was being completed on the school. Brother Eugene D. McKenna was appointed the first principal. The students chose Crusaders as the school symbol and scarlet and gold as the school colors. In keeping with the Crusaders symbol, the school motto "Deus Vult" ("God Wills It") was chosen.

The campus now occupies twelve acres of land on the corner of Oradell and Forest Avenues in Oradell, New Jersey. An additional academic wing was built onto the school in the early 1960s, and a new and larger library was added in 1984. In 1989, a special weight training facility was erected. The school building also houses a student chapel, science laboratories, cafeteria, computer science laboratory, and gymnasium. A parking area is on the property. In 1998, the football field underwent a revitalization when one of the first FieldTurf fields in the nation was installed. In 2003, the Nicholas G. Saingas Weight Training Center and Wrestling Room was added. Over the 2008 summer the school has planned for a renovation of the football field including new FieldTurf and the possibility of a baseball field. Although the baseball field is planned there is still speculation whether or not it will be included in the final renovations.

The library is currently under construction to relocate the current faculty room which will become a smaller classroom primarily used for AP classes.

Mission statement

"Bergen Catholic High School is a Catholic community of men and women which deepens religious faith, develops academic excellence, and strengthens social consciousness and responsibility in young men.

Technology program

Bergen Catholic High School is noted for its laptop program, in which the students buy a ThinkPad through the school as their own laptop for completing work that requires internet access and for taking notes. Other notable parts of the computer include the use of an interactive whiteboard and Edline. The program was phased in starting with the class of 2007. Every student now carries a laptop.

Edline is a website utilized so that Bergen students can communicate with their teachers, and stay up to date with their homework assignments and standing in the class. Aside from Edline, Bergen Catholic has recently introduced TurnItIn, a website that boasts an extensive plagiarism prevention tool utilized by most of the faculty. Its GradeMark and Peer Review features have proven to be very useful in the second full year of its integration.

Awards and recognition

Bergen Catholic High School won the 1991 National High School Mock Trial Championship, held in New Orleans.


Activities within the school include CCA (Crusaders for Catholic Action, a Catholic activist group), the Student Government, The Herald school newspaper, The Crusader yearbook, a chorus group (which plays at all school liturgies), a jazz ensemble which performs both in and out of school, a dramatics club, ski club, chess club and team, math club and team, guidance club, stock market club, an award-winning mock trial team and a quiz bowl team.

Bergen Catholic also offers a program of intramural sports for students not on the schools interscholastic teams: golf, basketball, tennis, bowling, volleyball, and street hockey. A program of weight training is available.

BCTV is the school's own television crew. BCTV presents a TV show every day in the morning of first period which shows the cafeteria menu for the day and the current news for the day. BCTV is headed by Mr. Charles Flynn.

Bergen Catholic has one of the most successful Mock trial teams in the State, with many state and county championships and one National Championship. The club is headed by the students, and moderated by Mr. Coleman and Mrs. Sainclivier, J.D.. In 1991, Bergen Catholic High School won the National High School Mock Trial Championships held in New Orleans, Louisiana. In the 2005-06 season they made it to the County Semi-Finals before losing to Immaculate Heart Academy, a Catholic, all-girls school in Washington Township.


Bergen Catholic Offers fourteen sports at the varsity level:


Bergen Catholic is known for being a state powerhouse in football.. The Crusaders are 16-time state champions (1963, 1965, 1966, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2004), while holding an all-time record of 365-130-12. In 1998, they won the Parochial Group IV championship by defeating rival St. Joseph Regional 35-9 in the final at Giants Stadium, along with the Star Ledger Trophy and a #9 national ranking in USA Today's final "Super 25" poll. In 2004, the team went to Giants Stadium to play archrival Don Bosco Preparatory High School and won the state championship with a 13-10 victory.


The Crusader wrestling program has been the most successful in Bergen County over the past two decades. Bergen Catholic has won the Bergen County Championship 15 times (1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007), most in county history. They also hold the record for most consecutive titles by winning 8 straight from 2000-2007. The Crusaders have excelled at the state level, as well. They have won the North Parochial "A" state sectional title 12 times (1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008) and in 5 of those seasons they have gone on to win the overall Parochial "A" state championship (1991, 1994, 1995, 2002 and 2003). The most memorable of those state championship wins coming in Trenton in 2003 where the Crusaders upset heavily favored Camden Catholic 40-30. In addition to state and county titles, BC has won the District 7 crown in 19 consecutive seasons.

BC has also seen 4 of its wrestlers win individual state championships: Jason Hernandez (1994, 130 lbs.), Jim Finn (1995, 185 lbs.), Joe Trause (2x - 2006, 119 lbs. and 2007, 125 lbs.) and Frank Cagnina (2007, 103 lbs.)


  • President: Br. Lawrence T. Murphy
  • Principal: Timothy J. McElhinney
  • Vice Principal: Francesca Tambone-Puzio
  • Vice Principal of Technology and Student Affairs: Joseph Haemmerle

Notable alumni


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