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Mission and History



Mission Statement

DePaul Catholic High School is a co-educational diocesan college preparatory high school whose mission is to foster the spiritual, intellectual, physical and social growth of its students. DePaul Catholic enables all students to deepen their faith by teaching the doctrine and traditions of the Catholic Church; by strengthening their sense of social justice and societal responsibility, and by helping students form a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The school community also develops young men and women from varying backgrounds into skilled, compassionate citizens who respect the dignity of all people and leaders who are willing to meet the challenges of a complex global society.


DePaul Catholic High School was founded in 1956 by the Sisters of Charity of Convent Station. While construction ensued on Alps Road in Wayne, the second floor of Holy Spirit Elementary School in Pequannock, was home to DePaul Catholic. The first Director, Rev. Msgr. John P. McHugh supervised the completion of the original one-story building. The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place in late fall of 1957 as DePaul Catholic opened its doors to is first 200 students.

The building was one story, had fourteen classrooms, one cafeteria, one gym, and one practice multi-use field in the back the size of a normal football field. Groundbreaking for the "New Wing" began in 1959 and the two-story addition was completed in 1963.

For many years, most renovations were within the walls of DePaul Catholic or on the athletic field, but in 2002 an additional renovation upgraded the facility. Nine additional classrooms and office space were added in what was once the convent. The renovated convent chapel was then embraced as a part of DePaul Catholic High School. In addition, the entire facility added central air conditioning and state of the art technological networking.

Since 2013, DePaul Catholic has expanded/upgraded facilities to include a fitness center, aeorobics room, inovation lab, a school-wide Security System, and a new Admissions and Advancement Suite.

In 2010, DePaul Catholic instituted an 8th Grade Prep Program. Currently, the High School and the Prep, host approximately 470 students from 83 towns and 4 countries. It is this diversity that makes DePaul a vibrant and dynamic educational environment.

Apostle of Charity

The distinction of Apostle of Charity is presented to those who have made extraordinary contributions to DePaul Catholic.

  • Sister Jeanne Agans, S.C.
    • Sister Jeanne received DePaul Catholic's first Apostle of Charity award in 2015 for her lifetime of service to DePaul Catholic. Guided by the mission of the Sisters of Charity, Sister Jeanne has dedicated her life to encourage and support Catholic education.


  • Mr. William F. Martin
    • William F. Martin retired in December of 2017 after a long and productive tenure as the Chair of the Board of Trustees. An alumnus and past parent, Mr. Martin cares deeply for DePaul Catholic and spent his life dedicating his time, talent and treasure to our school.


  • Christa Hoeher Reddy, Esq.
    • Christa Hoeher Reddy, a member of the Class of 1972 and of DePaul's Board of Trustees, was the 2019 recipient in recognition of her tireless devotion, over many years, to the school�s welfare.