High School Celebrates 125 Years

by Diane Norek Harrison

SOUTH AMBOY-On March 25, over 100 alumni, faculty members and others gathered at the Grand Marquis in Old Bridge to celebrate Cardinal McCarrick/St. Mary’s High School’s 125th anniversary.

Some of the noted speakers for the gala were: Jean Kline, school principal, Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington, for who the school is now named for, Most Rev. Paul Gregory Bootkoski, bishop of Metuchen, Sayreville Mayor Kennedy O’Brien and Robert Blache, president of the Diocese School Council.


The following alumni from 1930 to 2010 were honored at the gala: Martha McKeon Hartle ’35, Doris O’Connor Hanson ’40, Gail Gleason Milgram ’59, Harold J. Cassidy ’64, Brian Stratton ’75, Jamie Norek ’83, John Kobiernick IV ’99 and the Lussier Family, Carly ’05, Danielle ’06 and Victoria 2010. William Ryan, a teacher at the school from 1973 to present, was also recognized for his dedication to education.

Students from the school showed their musical talents with a performance of songs from the upcoming school play, “Back to the 80’s.” Frank Norek from the Class of ’45 sang his rendition of “The Bells of St. Mary’s.”

The milestone event was organized by the Cardinal McCarrick/St. Mary’s High School Diocese School Council Members and included a silent auction with items donated by local businesses and alumni of the school.

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