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|Father Judge High School|
3301 Solly Avenue|
Holmesburg, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19136
(He shall not fail)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Patron saint(s)||St. Francis de Sales|
|President||Mr. Brian P. King|
|Principal||Mr. Peter Chapla|
|Average class size||29|
|Student to teacher ratio||20:1|
|Color(s)||Sheridan Red and Columbia Blue|
|Athletics conference||Philadelphia Catholic League|
|Rival||North Catholic (traditional) Archbishop Ryan (modern)|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools |
|Publication||Writer's Bloc (literary magazine)|
|Affiliation||Oblates of St. Francis de Sales|
|Admissions Director||Mark Gudas|
|Athletic Director||Jake Serfass|
|Website||Official school webpage|
Father Judge High School is a Roman Catholic high school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. It was established in 1954 by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia and is run by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.
The school is named for Father Thomas Augustine Judge (1868–1933), who dedicated his life to organizing lay missionaries in the northeastern United States. Fr. Judge founded the congregation of sisters whose "motherhouse" is located next to the high school; these sisters then donated a portion of the land to the archdiocese on which the school was built.
The school offers nine Advanced Placement classes for its junior and senior students: English Language and Composition, Literature, Calculus, European History, U.S. History, Psychology, Physics, Enviormental Science, and Biology.
CNN (Crusader News Network) is Father Judge's television station. The student-run network provides announcements and information during homeroom periods via their YouTube channel.
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The school is a member of the Philadelphia Catholic League (PCL) and the Philadelphia City (now PIAA District XII). The Athletic Department currently offers 14 interscholastic athletic programs, as well as 2 club sports programs. The athletic programs offered at Father Judge include: Soccer, Football, Golf, Cross Country, Fall Crew, Basketball, Wrestling, Bowling, Indoor Track, Baseball, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Tennis, Spring Crew, and club sports Ice Hockey and Rugby. The school has participated in 59 PCL Championships and 18 City (District XII) Championships over its 60-year history, with the most recent teams of Soccer, Wrestling, and Bowling capturing their titles in the 2013-2014 season. Joe Galasso was the first wrestler from the city of Philadelphia to win a State Title at 138lb weight class for wrestling.
The school has two gymnasiums (The Fox Gymnasium and the Mitchell Activity Center), a wrestling training room, a weight room and fitness center, a track & athletic complex, a synthetic turf multi-purpose (football, soccer, lacrosse, rugby) field, a synthetic turf baseball field, three locker rooms, and a cross country course in nearby Pennypack Park.
The Patrick S. McGonigal '81 Center for Fitness and Wellness was launched in 2013 to offer fitness and wellness programming open to the entire student body. The weight room, fitness center, and gymnasium in the Mitchell Activity Center is open daily for students to participate in the programs offered after school. The Center offers fitness programming, strength training, intramurals, and an Outdoor Recreation Club.