The History of Our School

1957

Essex Catholic High school opens its door in Newark, NJ

 

1961

Archbishop Boland Dedication Ceremony on January 22.

 

One Mile Relay Team sets a NJ record in the 1961 National Indoor Championships at Madison Square Garden (Callahan, Hayes, Moritz and Krumeich).

 

Jerry Krumeich sets Parochial A record in 60 yard Dash 6.6 seconds.

 

Track Team wins first annual Essex County Track Championships

 

1962

Football is established as a varsity sport

 

Jerry Krumeich, established himself as the best sprinter at Nationals. Setting school records of 10.1 in the 100 and 6.4 in the 60.

 

Richard Caruso and Tom Boutsikaris were selected for the NJ State Junior Olympic Team. Fencing Team completed a perfect 10-0 season

 

1963



Cross-Country team captures 1st Non-Public A State Championship

 

Essex Catholic captured 1st Place in the Catholic Relay Championships

 

Project 300: entered into Planning Phase under Mr. T.C. Murray to celebrate the 1964 Tercentenary of New Jersey

 

Drama Club was instituted under the direction and guidance of Brother Martin

 

Established the formation of the local chapter of the National Honor Society, the Mater Dolorosa chapter.

 

Two Mile Relay Team (Cummings, O'Leary, Rebenack and Murray) won the Catholic Conference Championships and finished 2nd at the Melrose Games.

 

Wrestling participated in its first varisty season under coach Gene D'Alessandro

 

1964



Cross-Country team captures its 2nd consective Non-Public A State Championship

 

Project 300: Essex Catholic High School salutes New Jersey's Tercentenary

 

First State Championship and undefeated season for Cross Country team. Advocate newspaper selects Essex Catholic 14-man team as All-State Team. Newark Star-Ledger calls the Cross Country Team "best team ever."

 

Indoor Track Team wins their 1st Non-Public State Track and Field Championship

 

Two Mile Relay Team (Hayes, Rooney, O'Leary and Rebenack) win at the National Interscholastic Indoor Track&Field Championship at Madison Square Garden

 

1965

Cross-Country team captures its 3rd consective Non-Public A State Championship

 

Football team powered its way to the Parochial A State Championships withan 8-0-1 record

 

John Suminski ended his high school basketball career with over thousand points in his four years at Essex Catholic.

 

Cross Country Team wins NJ State Championships and Eastern State Champioinships

 

Fencing Team completes undefeated season (15-0) and win the NJ State Championship.

 

1966

Cross-Country team captures its 4th consective Non-Public A State Championship

 

ECHS Band is accorded the honor of performing in New York's St. Patrick's Day Pararde.

 

February 18th, The ECHS "300" organization presented the exhinbitions commemorating the 300 year Anniversary of Newark, NJ

 

Running back, Larry Schumacher, earns 1st Team All-State honors and completes a distinguished career as ECHS all-time leading scorer.

 

Cross Country team competes 2nd consecutive undefeated season, State Championship and 2nd straight Eastern States Chamionship

 

Indoor Track Team won the Non-Public State Track and Field Championship

 

Track Team earns two National championships: Martin Liquori for the flat-floor mile and Two-mile Relay Team (Scheidmann, Lane, Martin and Liquori)

 

Fencers dominate State for 2nd straight year

 

Baseball Team captures 1st ever Parochial A State Championship

 

1967

Cross-Country team captures its 5th consective Non-Public A State Championship

 

Essex Catholic celebrates ten years of existence. In those ten years, Essex Catholic graduated 2,234.

 

Martin Liquori, best High School distance runner wins All-American Invitational in San Francisco and 1st High-Schooler to run in Wanamaker Mile at Madison Square Garden.

 

Jim Scheidemann wins the Parochial A 400mm title with a time of 51.8 seconds. 

 

Cross-Country win State Championship, finish second in Eastern States.

 

Mark Murro was selected to the high school All-American Track & Field Team for the javelin. Mark set a NJ State Group record for the javelin of 244'00.00," a record which still stands today.

 

 

Fencers continue undefeated, win State Title, Centrulo and Metropolitan Foils Championship for the 3rd straight year.

 

Soccer Program begins at Essex Catholic, team finishes 7-1-1.

 

Tennis Team captures their 1st ever  Non-Public Group State Champiohship by defeating Christian Brothers Academy.

 

1968

March 28th, a historic day for ECHS Drama club, Brother Gray's first endeavor of Rodgers & Hammerstein's renowned musical, Oklahoma.

 

Cross Country captures 5th consecutive State Championship.

 

Track Team captured impressive victories: gained State Indoor Champiionship and won Eastern Indoor Championship for the 1st time.

 

Jim Hickey, District champ, becomes 1st Essexman to win State wrestling championship.

 

Fencers complete undefeated season (21-0), team receives National recognition for its record 76 consecutive wins. Team wins State and Centrulo tournament trophies.

 

ECHS Swim Team completes 1st season with a 10-10 record.

 

Tennis Team captures their 2nd consecutive Non-Public Group State Champiohship by defeating Christian Brothers Academy.

  

1969

Student Council persuade the administration to allow sportshirts instead of jackets and ties in the warm months.

 

Brother Naclerio and Mr. Dwyer are sent to represent Essex Catholic as they travel to see the athletes (Marty Liquori and Mark Murro)  they'd coached perform in the Olympics.

 

Soccer Team completes season (12-3-2), beats Harrison for 1st time and wins State Championship against Don Bosco (3-1). Lead by MVP Ed Austin.

 

Wrestler Sal Federico completes an undefeated season (13-0) and wins Distrcit championship.

 

1970

Soccer Team completes season (10-2-2), lead by Captain and MVP Ed Austin and top scorer, Vic Silva. Won Parochial State Championship for 2nd consecutive year.

 

Fencing Team captured sixth consecutive State Championship, won the Cetrulo Tournament and finished season at 141-9.

 

Fencers: Pete Westbrook won Sabre State Champion, U-19 North Atlantic Champion. Paul Accaria won Foil State Champion, U-19 North Atlantic Champion. Tony Papciak won the the Epee Interscholastic Championship.

 

Bowlers won the State Regional Championship.

 

Don Braxton wins Parochial A title in 60 yard Dash with a time of 6.5 seconds

 

1971

Cross-Country team captures the Non-Public A State Championship

 

Rudy Guevara won the State Championship in Shot Put with a mark of 61'-10"

 

1972

Al Wujciak won the State Championship in Shot Put with a mark of 58'-3"

 

Indoor Track Team won the Non-Public State Track and Field Championship

 

1973

Indoor Track: Chris Inman ran the two-mile run in 9.07.8. A record which still stands today

 

1974

Basketball Team wins 1st Parochial A State Championship

 

Indoor Track Team won the Non-Public State Track and Field Championship

 

Keith Royster wins the Parochial A 400mm title with a time of 53.2 seconds.

 

1975

Basketball Team wins 2nd consecutive Parochial A State Championship

 

Indoor Track Team won its 2nd consecutive Non-Public State Track and Field Championship

 

Rodger Hoskins wins Parochial A title in 60 yard Dash with a time of 6.6 seconds

 

Keith Royster wins his 2nd consecutive Parochial A 400mm title with a time of 51.5 seconds.

 

1976

Indoor Track Team won its 3rd consecutive Non-Public State Track and Field Championship

 

Baseball Team catures Non-Public A State Championship

 

1977

Basketball Team wins Parochial A State Championship

 

1979

Indoor Track Team won the Non-Public A State Track and Field Championship

 

1980

Essex Catholic High School opens its door at 135 Glennwood Ave, East Orange NJ

 

1982

Vic St. Preux wins the Parochial A 400mm title with a time of 52.0 seconds.

 

1984

Wrestling Team captures 1st ever Parochial A State Sectional Championship

 

1985

Wrestling Team captures 2nd consecutive Parochial A State Sectional Championship

 

1986

Ben Goodwyn wins Parochial A title in 60 yard Dash with a time of 6.6 seconds

 

1997

Rep. Donald M Payne proclaims the 40th Anniversary of Essex Catholic High school on the floor of the US Senate

 

1999

School is re-named: Bishop Francis / Essex Catholic High School

 

2003

School closes its doors, 135 Glenwood Ave building sold by Archdioese of Newark

300 Broadway, Newark NJ
135 Glenwood Ave, East Orange, NJ

Where Are They Now?

 

As we all remember, the friendships we built at Essex Catholic provided a sense of brotherhood for many of us. Outside of school, we all had our childhood friends; but, these Essex friendship will never be forgotten. For all of us, life took us in different directions and sometimes away from our original paths (even away from New Jersey). In this new section: Where Are They Now? we hope to provide a glimpse of where many of our brothers went and what they are doing with their lives after Essex Catholic.

 

Hope you enjoy the new section and pleae let us know if there are any of our Brothers who you wish to recognize. Please do not hesitate to write a note in the Contact Us section of this website.

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