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The History of Marist in Bayonne Return to top

Marist High School is a private Roman Catholic co-educational college preparatory secondary school. It is owned and operated by the Marist Brothers of the Schools, an international religious congregation of educators with schools in over seventy countries.

Marist first opened its doors in September, 1954. Under the leadership of Brother Leo Sylvius, the school's first principal, Marist High School quickly established a reputation for excellence. Strong support from parents and the wider community made it imperative to plan a new and larger school. In 1962 the present campus was acquired, and on April 23, 1964 ground was broken for a new building which would tie together existing buildings on the campus.

The result was a modern structure with twenty-four classrooms, lecture rooms and laboratories for physics, chemistry, biology and earth science, an art studio, a computer center and a fully equipped weight room. An extensive library with a complete audio-visual department, a guidance complex with a career resource center, together with a large gymnasium-auditorium complex and a spacious cafeteria complete the school building. In 1977, additional land was acquired for expanding the school's athletic facilities. In 1995, an athletic field was built in back of the school.

In 1986, due to changing demographics, Marist decided to open its doors to young women and became a co-educational high school. Marist prides itself on its multicultural diversity. Students from throughout Hudson and Essex counties and the surrounding metropolitan area attend the school. While Marist is established primarily for Catholic students, the school does welcome and provide for the admission of students of other religious traditions. Marist strives to maintain an atmosphere of acceptance and hospitality for all, to create a family of care and concern, and to nurture a community that fosters acceptance, generosity, and mutual respect, all while creating an atmosphere conducive for learning.

For over fifty years, Marist High School has fostered three distinct traditions: the pursuit of academic excellence, the heritage of Catholic education, and the unique spirit and heritage of the Marist Brothers. Marist assists students in forming their consciences by emphasizing the dignity of the individual and Christ's call to serve others. The faculty of Marist is committed to the charism of the founder, Saint Marcellin Champagnat: "To make Jesus known and loved through the Christian education of youth." Marist's hope is that each of its graduates is committed to life-long learning.

The Marist Mission Return to top

Marist High School is a Catholic, college preparatory, co-educational school, inspired and motivated by the charism of St. Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist Brothers.

The school creates a community of lifelong, faith-filled learners who are prepared to take their places as enlightened, educated members of a complex, diverse society.

Marist's commitment to excellence fosters the development of mind, body, and spirit through a partnership of families, faculty, school directory, and staff by offering a curriculum, infused with Gospel values, that challenges an academically diverse student body.

Our Philosophy & Goals Return to top


Inspired by Saint Marcellin Champagnat, Marist High School stands in the Marist Brothers of the Schools' tradition of Catholic education: a tradition whose highest values are the sacred integrity of the individual and his/her Christian responsibility to his/her society; a tradition whose ultimate aim is to make Jesus known and loved among the students.

This mission is carried out by a dedicated faculty and staff. Marist High School strives to create a community of lifelong, Christian learners who are prepared to take their places as open-minded, generous, educated members of a complex, diverse society.

Building a caring and affirming community means that we recognize and appreciate the abilities and talents of both the faculty and the student body. Self-esteem and a positive attitude toward education are fostered through competent instruction which recognizes and works effectively with a wide range of academic abilities, tempered discipline, and prudent counseling.


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