Morris Catholic High School is a coeducational college preparatory school, founded in 1957 as a regional high school of the Diocese of Paterson. The school enrolls approximately 420 students, grades 9 through 12. The student body is comprised of Catholic and non-Catholic students from 45 nearby communities of northwest New Jersey.
It is located in Denville, New Jersey, a suburban town, 38 miles west of New York City. Denville is widely regarded as the hub of Morris County, with a vibrant downtown, popular restaurants and a commitment to open space. Situated on 18 scenic acres, Morris Catholic is easily accessible to Routes 80 and 46 and NJ Transit train service.
Morris Catholic is proud to be a school within the Diocese of Paterson. As a Catholic school, we welcome those students who may not have been raised in the Catholic faith and at the same time, we promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ as it has been passed on through the Tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. While some schools see their faith tradition as an “add on” to their academic program, we see it as practiced best when it is integrated into academic life, athletics and the arts.
The Sisters of Christian Charity have taught at MCHS since its founding in 1957 and their convent was converted (in 2015) into Assumption College for Sisters. We are also staffed with one priest-chaplain. Our President, Dr. Robert Stickles and Principal, Mr. Robert Loia, ensure that the school’s Catholic identity is strong and vibrant.
A well-qualified team of nearly 50 teachers and administrators, 70% of whom possess advanced degrees, staffs Morris Catholic. Several hold doctorate degrees.
The school’s environment is rich with tradition, spirituality, respect and warmth. Visitors often comment on their feeling welcomed and comfortable in our school. This sense of welcome and acceptance, coupled with a healthy awareness of order, make MCHS an ideal placement for the college-prep high school student.
Our graduates are accepted to and attend some of the finest colleges and universities in the United States. Acceptances routinely include Notre Dame, UPenn, Georgetown, Coast Guard Academy, Wake Forest, Boston College, Rutgers and many more. These statistics clearly reflect not just the fine academic program at MCHS, but the high caliber of the hard-working students that contribute to the community.
Morris Catholic has much available in terms of extra-curricular activities, which complement our well-defined, core academic program. Our Athletic Department offers fifteen varsity programs. In addition to Athletics, Morris Catholic offers more than two dozen clubs covering interests in government, economics, art, photography, podcasting, sewing, guitar and leadership. Morris Catholic sponsors a nationally-recognized performing arts program (Troupe 23) in which students have opportunities to participate in a Fall Drama, Spring Musical and Summer Nationals.
Morris Catholic is known not only for its faith tradition and strong academics but for its unique commitment to leadership development. It is a learning lab for emerging leaders. We like to say that at Morris Catholic “leadership comes to life”, meaning that every student has the opportunity to take responsibility for his/her future success. Each student then brings that success into the next chapters of their lives.