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Bergen Catholic High School is an all-male Roman Catholic high school in Oradellmarker, Bergen Countymarker, New Jerseymarker, United Statesmarker, 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 Countymarker in New Yorkmarker and Pennsylvaniamarker. 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 Schoolmarker in Ramseymarker.

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.

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.

Activities

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 school's 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 news of the day.

Bergen Catholic has one of the most successful Mock trial teams in the State, with many state and county championships and one National Championship. In 1991, Bergen Catholic High School won the National High School Mock Trial Championships held in New Orleans, Louisianamarker. Bergen Catholic returned to the national championship hosted in Columbia, South Carolina in 2000 after going undefeated in the County, Regional and State tournaments. The 1999-2000 team ultimately finished 4th in the country, with three "Outstanding Attorney" awards. In the 2005-06 season they made it to the County Semi-Finals before losing to Immaculate Heart Academymarker. In the 2008-09 season the team made it to the county finals, losing to Indian Hills High School.

Athletics

Bergen Catholic is member of the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League.Bergen Catholic offers 15 sports at the varsity level:



Football

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. A record of 99-10 between 1990 and 1999 made Bergen Catholic the most winning football program in the state of New Jersey for the decade of the 1990’s. The undefeated 1992 team's championship game with Paramus Catholic, which Bergen won 44-34, was voted "Game of the Century" by the Bergen Record. Quite possibly the most anticipated high school game in New Jersey history was their championship game in 1998, when BC won the Parochial Group IV championship by defeating rival St. Joseph Regionalmarker 35-9 in the final at Giants Stadiummarker. The 1998 team was 12-0, #1 in New Jersey, #9 in USA Today national poll, and was voted "Team of the Century" by the Bergen Record. In 2004, the team went to Giants Stadiummarker to play archrival Don Bosco Preparatory High Schoolmarker and won the state championship with a 13-10 victory, thanks in large part to the heroics of Brian Cushing. Cushing would later go on to become an All-American at USC and a 1st round draft pick of the Houston Texans.

Wrestling

The Crusader wrestling program has been the most successful in Bergen Countymarker 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 9 straight from 1999-2007. The Crusaders have excelled at the state level, as well. They have won the North Parochial "A" state sectional title 13 times (1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009) 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 20 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, . and 2007, 125 lbs.) and Frank Cagnina (2007, 103 lbs.)

Basketball

Bergen Catholic's basketball program is one of the top programs in North Jersey. The basketball program credits the majority of its success to New Jersey legendary coach, Chris Donfield. Donfield led the Crusaders to great success for more than 30 years, from 1966-2000. Bergen Catholic won their first Bergen County Jamboree in 1977, and has a total of 8 county championships with the most recent one in 2003. Bergen has dominated the Bergen County Jamboree throughout its history with the most total games played, total wins, and championship appearances. They also rank second in appearances and championships. Bergen has won 9 North Parochial "A" state sectional championships and 3 Parochial "A" state championships. Their most recent success came in the 2001-02 and 2002-03. The 2001 team captured the school's first state championship in more than 10 years with a 71-69 win over St. Augustine Prepmarker. The team would make it to the semi-finals of the Tournament of Champions where they eventually fell to national powerhouse, St. Anthonymarker. Bergen would continue their success the next season in becoming one of the top teams in New Jersey and the country. The 2002-03 team consisted of 5 Division I players led by Sean Banks, the school's leading scorer. They finished with a 25-4 record and a #3 ranking in New Jersey. They captured the school's most recent Bergen County Jamboree along with another sectional championship. Their dream of the school's first ever Tournament of Champions championship ended when they lost to Camden Catholicmarker 45-44 in the Parochial "A" state championship game.

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