Morris Catholic High School is a coeducational college preparatory school, founded in 1957 by Bishop McNulty in the Diocese of Paterson. We enroll approximately 450 students, grades 9 through 12. The community is diverse and seeks to nurture the growth of each student. Our culture reflects the belief that every student has infinite value, every student matters. Our community offers excellent academics and seeks to meet the needs of all students. We offer 19 AP courses, a science and humanities academy, and tiered support services for different learners. Participation in co-curriculars is essential to the Morris Catholic experience. We offer twenty-one varsity sports, an award winning theatre program, a full palette of choices in the arts, a strong retreat and service program, and an array of activities such as robotics, model UN, and forensics. Students also learn to lead by participating in the house system and Student Council, as well as through their other activities. Our young men and women thrive in this environment and go on to be highly sought-after alumni who continue to have a significant impact on our world, all for the glory of God.
The 18 acre campus is located in beautiful Denville, New Jersey. The school is 38 miles west of New York City and is easily accessible to Routes 80 and 46, as well as the NJ Transit train service.
We are Crusaders...
Leading the Way
One of the goals of Morris Catholic is to teach each student how to recognize his or her own potential for leadership through academics, Catholic identity, service, athletics or the arts. Here are the pillars of leadership that distinguish Morris Catholic as the place where leadership comes to life:
As a Catholic school with the Diocese of Paterson, Morris Catholic integrates the Catholic faith tradition into all aspects of student life. As a Catholic school, we welcome those students who may not have been raised in the Catholic faith and at the same time, we strive to model and promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ as it has been passed on through the Tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. 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 two priests, our President and Chaplain. Along with the entire faculty and staff, our President, Fr. Peter Clarke and our Principal, ensure that the school’s Catholic identity is strong and vibrant.
Faculty & Staff
Teachers are the first direct models of leadership for students, and we seek to provide its students with the best. Morris Catholic employs a well-qualified team of devoted teachers and administrators, 49% of whom possess advanced degrees, staff Morris Catholic. Visit the Faculty and Staff section of our website to get to know our teachers better.
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. These statistics clearly reflect not just the fine academic program at MCHS, but the high caliber of the hardworking students that contribute to the community. Please visit our Graduation Statistics Page to see the type of colleges and universities our students are being accepted into, as well as scholarship statistics.
Beyond the Classroom
Morris Catholic has much available in terms of extra-curricular activities, which complement our well-defined, core academic program. Our Athletic Department offers sixteen 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. Visit the Athletics and Arts sections of the website to see what our talented students are doing, and to connect with these departments.