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Seton Hall Preparatory School
Hazard Zet Forward
Latin: Despite hazard,forward
120 Northfield Avenue
West Orange, New Jersey New Jersey, (Essex County), 07052
 United States
Coordinates 40°46′30″N 74°14′52″W / 40.775°N 74.24778°W / 40.775; -74.24778Coordinates: 40°46′30″N 74°14′52″W / 40.775°N 74.24778°W / 40.775; -74.24778
Type Private, All-Boys
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Established 1856
Headmaster Msgr. Michael Kelly
Assistant Headmaster Michael Gallo
Grades 912
Enrollment 980 (2008)
Average class size 18
Campus Suburban
Campus size 55 acres
Color(s) Blue and White         
Song Alma Mater sons be loyal, keep her name in purest light. Never waver from her precepts, guard her banner blue and white. O sing her praise to highest skies and be ye faithful in her eyes, for she will foster all your dreams, her name is Seton Hall. Her name is Seton Hall.
Athletics conference Super Essex Conference
Mascot Pirate
Nickname SHP or The Prep
Team name Pirates
Accreditation(s) Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Publication Spectrum (literary magazine)
Newspaper The Pirate
Yearbook Tower
Tuition $11,150
Affiliation Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark;
New Jersey Association of Independent Schools
Dean of Faculty Kevin McNulty
Dean of Men Mark Smith
Dean of Studies Matthew Cannizzo
Athletic Director Joseph Walsh
Admissions Director Matthew Cannizzo
for the university see Seton Hall University

Seton Hall Preparatory School, generally called Seton Hall Prep, is a Roman Catholic boys' high school of the Archdiocese of Newark, located in the suburban community of West Orange in Essex County, New Jersey. Founded in 1856 with an original enrollment of 5 boys, Seton Hall Prep was originally located on the campus of Seton Hall University where it became commonly known as "The Prep" as a way to distinguish it from "The University." In 1985, The Prep moved to its present location which was, at the time, West Orange High School. Seton Hall is the oldest Catholic college preparatory school in New Jersey. The Prep provides an academic environment to approximately 980 young men from over 130 communities.

Seton Hall students follow a college preparatory program, with four-year requirements in the English language, mathematics, and theology. After completing a traditional core program during the first two years, students may establish a curriculum geared to their college and career plans from a wide selection of courses in science, history, language, fine arts, English and physical education. College-level Advanced Placement Program (AP) courses are available in seventeen areas.

The Seton Hall Prep Pirates participate in the Super Essex Conference.

"The Prep" is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and is a member of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools.[2]



Founded in 1856, Seton Hall Preparatory School is the oldest Catholic college preparatory school in New Jersey.

Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley, first Bishop of Newark and nephew of Elizabeth Ann Seton, began to plan and organize Seton Hall. Bayley purchased an estate in Madison, NJ, using money donated by Catholic Charities. Five priests and eight laymen formed a Board of Directors, which transformed the site into a Catholic preparatory school, college and seminary. The inaugural class was five students on December 1, 1856.

By the end of 1857 the growing institution needed larger facilities; Seton Hall President Rt. Rev. Bernard McQuaid purchased an estate in South Orange, to which the school moved in 1860. The Prep subsequently would spend the next 125 years on the institution’s South Orange campus.

Until 1928 the President of Seton Hall College was also the head of the Preparatory Division. At that time, Rev. D.A. Mulcahy became the high school’s first director. The following year Rev. William Bradley was named director, then principal and ultimately the school’s first headmaster in 1938.

The Prep school’s population grew further over the next decades, with booms during World War II and in the mid 70’s and with a significant portion of the student body boarding on campus. The school occupied three main buildings on the university campus— Mooney Hall, Duffy Hall and Stafford Hall. The last of the boarding students graduated in the mid-50’s.

In the early and mid twentieth century Prep drew its students principally from Essex and Union counties, but as the state’s transportation system expanded in the sixties and seventies, the Prep began to draw students from further afield, with growing contingents from Morris, Bergen, Passaic and Middlesex counties.

In 1980, Rev. Michael E. Kelly became the first alumnus headmaster. Five years later The Prep acquired an eleven-acre campus of its own in nearby West Orange, and became self incorporated in that location.

In 1993, the school purchased a 44-acre tract of land on nearby Prospect Avenue, overlooking the New York City skyline. Beginning in 1993 The Prep began construction on the Edward D. and Helen M. Kelly Athletic Complex there.

In 2005 the school celebrated two milestones, marking The Prep’s 150th anniversary, as well as the 25th anniversary of Msgr. Kelly’s headmastership.

Prep life

The Prep offers an co-curricular activities program, with numerous academic, service, performance, cultural, publication, and recreation clubs and activities. Additionally, the Prep offers fifteen interscholastic sports, most with accompanying sub-varsity level teams. The main campus, accessible to Interstate 280 and several bus and train routes, is augmented by a nearby 44 acre (178,000 m²) site, The Kelly Athletic Complex (KAC), providing auxiliary athletic facilities, including a 400m all-weather track, a game field for lacrosse and soccer, and practice fields.


Students coming from ten New Jersey counties and Staten Island, the breadth of background the students bring to academic and extracurricular activities is a source of great pride. Drawing students from such a wide area, more than 130 towns, even Staten Island, the Prep draws its student population from points as far as Jamesburg and Edison and White House Station, to Chester and Denville, to Lyndhurst and Montville, to Pompton Plains and Kinnelon as well as Paterson. At the same time more than 80 students come from West Orange itself, 75 from neighboring So. Orange/Maplewood and East Orange, and large contingents from close-by Bloomfield, Cedar Grove, the Caldwells, Verona, Morristown, Florham Park, East Hanover, Livingston and Morris Plains.


Seton Hall takes as its mission the development of the whole man—spiritual, intellectual, social and physical. Seton Hall community proceeds from a belief that growth as a whole person is not limited to secular knowledge but involves the spiritual fulfillment that has been a central concern in its educational tradition. In as much as such growth and maturity are rooted in personal and social responsibility, a code of conduct and expectations is in place to guide the student community in their daily activities. Consequent to its Catholic identity, the Prep seeks to foster an ecumenical and diverse community, faithful to a Judeo-Christian heritage.

Extracurricular activities



Following the 2007 baseball season, the Pirates were ranked 1st in the country by a number of media outlets. The team was led by Rick Porcello who was selected by the Detroit Tigers as the 27th pick overall in the first round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.[3] He signed a contract with the Tigers in August for $7 million, the richest deal ever for a high school player. In its May 28, 2007 update, Baseball America ranked Seton Hall Prep third in the country, the only New Jersey school on its Top 50 ranking.[4] The team won the Baseball - North A state sectional championship with a 3-0 shutout of Immaculata High School in the tournament final.[5] The 2007 team moved on to win the North A State Championship with a 10-1 win against St. Joseph High School.[6]


The boys basketball won the 2005 Non-Public, North A, state sectional champion, defeating Saint Joseph Regional High School, 63-54 in the final game.[7] The team went on to win the 2005 Tournament of Champions, with a 63-60 win over St. Patrick's High School, in a game played at Continental Airlines Arena.[8]

The Basketball Team's long time head Coach Bob Farrell has achieved his 700th career win during the 2007-2008 season, the same night that then senior Ashton Gibbs broke Kevin McDonald's all time scoring record.

Also in 2008, senior guard Ashton Gibbs, broke Keven McDonald's over 30-year old all-time scoring record of 1,774 points. Gibbs was a highly touted recruit and currently attends the University of Pittsburgh and has seen considerable playing time as a freshman, most recently in the elite eight loss to Villanova University on March 28, 2009.[9]

In 2008, freshman Sterling Gibbs was ranked fourteenth from Hoop Scoop's exclusive ranking of the top players at the Freshman All American camp at Hoop Magic Sports Academy in Chantilly, Virginia

Seton Hall Prep has had three professional basketball players, Ira Bowman, Brevin and Brandin Knight. Brevin plays for the Utah Jazz, while Brandin had a short stint with the Houston Rockets.


The boys soccer team won the 2005 North A state sectional championship with a 5-0 win over Don Bosco Preparatory High School. In 2007 the team achieved a number one statewide ranking from The Star-Ledger and a number five ranking in a national coaches' poll. The 2007 team won the North A state sectional championship with consecutive 3-2 wins over No. 1 ranked Don Bosco, and then the new No. 1 team and rival Delbarton in the North Jersey Final.[10] The team moved on to win the Non-Public A State Championship with a 2-0 win over Christian Brothers Academy.[11] They finished the season at 22-1, with several school records: 16 shutouts, 22 wins, 95 goals.


In 2007, the Pirates established a school record 4 X 400M relay time of 3:13.83, which won the NJ Meet of Champions in 2007, and also won a State Championship for track. That team consisted of Grant Mayes, Corey Alexander, Patrick Blackie, and Clayton Parros. Patrick Blackie currently runs track for the University Of Miami, while Parros currently runs for the University of North Carolina. Grant Mayes is currently playing football, his first sport high school, at Syracuse.Corey Alexander is currently training to run 45 in the open 400meters at the George Mason University.


"The Prep" offers many activities. Most students are involved in some type of after school program. Some of these clubs are as follows.

  • Misc.- D&D Club, United and Divided Strategy Club, Break Dance Club, the Awesome Club, the Cookie Club, the "You Lost the Game" Club
  • Performing Arts — Art Club, Band, Brass Ensemble, Chorus, Fall Drama, Jazz Band, Spring Musical, F.A.C.E. (Free Association for Creative Expression), V.O.I.C.E. (Voices of Insight Causing Enlightenment)
  • Interscholastic Competition Clubs — Math Team, Math Club, Mock Trial/Future Lawyers Club, Forensics, Debate & Student Congress, Chess Club, Quiz Bowl.
  • Publishing — Pirate (School Newspaper), Spectrum (Literary Publication), Tower (Yearbook).
  • Science Clubs — Cichlid Association, Computer Club, Ecology Club, Science Club, I.T. Club.
  • Recreational Activities — Fishing Club, Ski/Snowboard Club, Break Dance Club, Guitar Club, Photography Club, Guitar Club, Video Game Club, Ping-Pong Club, The Cookie Club, Car Club, Cinema Club, Museums Club, Pirate Adventure Club, Pirate Nation.
  • Student Organizations — Ambassadors, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Peer Leadership, Student Council, St. Rose Tutoring Program, Knights of Setonia (the school's religious organization), Kairos.
  • Culture Clubs — The Prep features clubs for several ethnicities, and are some of the most popular amongst the student body: Deutscher Klub (Germany), Iberian Society (Spain and Portugal), the Spanish Club (for other Spanish-speakers not from Spain), Italian Club, West Indian Organization, Faces of African Descent (F.A.D.), and the all-around Cultures of the World Club.
  • Service Organizations - Operation Smile, Invisible Children, REBEL, Pax Christi, Nothing But Nets.

Other organizations at "The Prep" include Future Business Leaders of America, the Future Lawyers Club, and Future Physicians of America.

Notable alumni

Notable alumni of the school include:


  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  2. ^ School Search, New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. Accessed July 29, 2008.
  3. ^ Hill, Ben. "Seton Hall Prep features top draft talent: Porcello, Danieli expected to be prominent selections", Major League Baseball., May 28, 2007. Accessed May 31, 2007. "Yet, in the northeast portion of the Garden State resides Seton Hall Prep, a Catholic boys school that currently fields what is widely considered to be the best high school team in the entire country.... This season's team is especially notable in that it includes four players who have earned Division I baseball scholarships, two of whom -- pitchers Rick Porcello and Evan Danieli -- are expected to be prominent selections in the First-Year Player Draft on June 7. Porcello, in fact, is the consensus pick as the top high school pitcher in the country, and possibly the best right-hander available in this year's draft pool.
  4. ^ Matthews, Alan. "High School Top 50: May 28", Baseball America, May 28, 2007. Accessed June 6, 2007.
  5. ^ 2007 Baseball - North A, NJSIAA. Accessed July 22, 2007.
  6. ^ 2007 Baseball - Non-Public Finals, NJSIAA. Accessed July 22, 2007.
  7. ^ 2005 Boys Basketball - Non-Public, North A, NJSIAA. Accessed June 4, 2007.
  8. ^ 2005 Boys Basketball - Tournament of Champions, NJSIAA. Accessed June 1, 2007.
  9. ^ Winter Sports Action, Seton Hall Preparatory School. Accessed July 15, 2008.
  10. ^ 2007 Boys Soccer - North A, NJSIAA. Accessed November 14, 2007.
  11. ^ 2007 Boys Soccer - Non-Public Finals, NJSIAA and finished with a No. 5 National ranking. Accessed November 14, 2007.
  12. ^ a b Bienstock, Hal. "10 Things You Didn't Know About Ted Leo", HARP magazine, March / April 2007, accessed April 17, 2007. "My high school, Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, N.J., was musically prolific. I went there with Matt Sweeney from Skunk and Chavez, J. Colangelo from American Standard and Murphy’s Law, and Chris Infante, the first bass player for my old band Chisel. Other notable alumni include Bill Bellamy and, supposedly, Pancho Villa."
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  14. ^ Liss, Jason. "Talented Ira Bowman waits for his opportunity", The Daily Pennsylvanian, February 23, 1994. Accessed October 21, 2007. "After leading Seton Hall Prep to a 31-1 record and a spot in the New Jersey state finals during his senior year, and finishing as the school's second all-time leading scorer, Bowman considered a number of top-notch basketball schools."
  15. ^ Himmelsbach, Adam. "Georgetown Honors Player and Helps a Family Heal", The New York Times, September 9, 2006. Accessed October 14, 2007. "On the other side of the Hudson River, 16-year-old Alex Buzbee sat in a Spanish class and stared through a fourth-floor window at Seton Hall Prep, which sits atop a hill in West Orange, N.J."
  16. ^ Alex Buzbee profile, CSTV. Accessed October 14, 2007.
  17. ^ "Authors visit English Classes". Seton Hall Preparatory School. 2006-03-20. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  18. ^ Goldstein, Richard. "Walter Dukes, 70, a Standout At Seton Hall and in the N.B.A.", The New York Times, March 16, 2001. Accessed November 2, 2007. "A native of Rochester, Dukes moved to South Orange, N.J., in 1948 to attend Seton Hall Prep."
  19. ^ Yankee Profile: Eric Duncan, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, dated May 1, 2007. Accessed May 14, 2007. "Duncan attended Seton Hall Prep, the oldest Catholic college preparatory school in New Jersey, founded in 1856."
  20. ^ Kerry Keating, CSTV. Accessed November 17, 2007. "Keating was born on July 15, 1971 in Stoughton, Mass., and was raised in Rockville Centre, N.Y. He attended high school at Archbishop Molloy and graduated from Seton Hall Prep."
  21. ^ Brevin Knight profile, Cleveland Cavaliers, accessed April 17, 2007.
  22. ^ Brandin Knight profile, NBA Development League, accessed April 17, 2007.
  23. ^ Litsky, Frank (9 December 2000). "Jim Lansing, 81, Fordham Athlete and Coach". Obituary. The New York Times. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  24. ^ "Seton Hall Prep's Porcello wins Gatorade honor", USA Today, May 31, 2007. Accessed June 7, 2007. "Rick Porcello of Seton Hall Prep was named the 2006-07 Gatorade national baseball player of the year on Thursday."
  25. ^ Dorian Scott, CSTV. Accessed October 28, 2007.
  26. ^ Most Reverend Arthur J. Serratelli, S.T.D., S.S.L., D.D, Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson, accessed April 26, 2007. "Bishop Serratelli attended Ann Street School in Newark and completed his grammar school education at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Newark. He attended Seton Hall Preparatory School and Seton Hall University in South Orange."
  27. ^ Frank Verducci Bio - University of Notre Dame , Accessed 2009-11-04.
  28. ^ Tom Verducci - Writer Archive, Accessed 2008-10-30.
  29. ^ Chief Justice James R. Zazzali, New Jersey Supreme Court, accessed May 14, 2007. "He attended Seton Hall Preparatory School and was graduated from Georgetown College in 1958 and Georgetown Law Center in 1962."

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