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Father Judge High School

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Father Judge High School
3301 Solly Avenue
Holmesburg, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19136
United States
Coordinates 40°2′55″N 75°1′25″W / 40.04861°N 75.02361°W / 40.04861; -75.02361Coordinates: 40°2′55″N 75°1′25″W / 40.04861°N 75.02361°W / 40.04861; -75.02361
Type All-Male
Motto Non Excidet
(He shall not fail)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) St. Francis de Sales
Established 1954
President Mr. Brian P. King
Principal Mr. Peter Chapla
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 900 (2015)
Average class size 29
Student to teacher ratio 20:1
Color(s) Sheridan Red and Columbia Blue         
Athletics conference Philadelphia Catholic League
Mascot Crusader
Team name Crusaders
Rival North Catholic (traditional) Archbishop Ryan (modern)
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Publication Writer's Bloc (literary magazine)
Newspaper The Crusader
Yearbook The Quest
Affiliation Oblates of St. Francis de Sales
Admissions Director Mark Gudas
Athletic Director Jake Serfass

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.[2] 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.[3]


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.[4]

Clubs and activities

Father Judge Model United Nations Team

2006 World Model United Nations Champions


  • UNA-USA Model United Nations Conference 1st place (1999, 2002, 2006, 2007,2008 (only school to have won this title in back to back to back seasons, and three consecutive years in a row. Father Judge is also the only school to have won this award five times).[5][6]
  • North American Invitational Model United Nations 1st place (2003)[7]
  • Honorary resolutions from both the Philadelphia City Council and Pennsylvania State Senate for their achievements in debate.[8]

Crusader News Network

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.[citation needed]

Athletics & Wellness

Athletic programs

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.

Athletic facilities

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.

Patrick S. McGonigal '81 Center for Fitness and Wellness

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.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". MSA-CSS. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-06-29. Retrieved 2007-06-05. 
  3. ^ "Departments". Fatherjudge.com. Retrieved 2011-10-22. 
  4. ^ "Father Judge High School - Advanced Placement Courses". Fatherjudge.com. Retrieved 2011-10-22. 
  5. ^ The Catholic Standard & Times - Next step critical for Pa. marriage amendment Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Model United Nations". Fatherjudge.com. Retrieved 2011-10-22. 
  7. ^ [1] Archived November 17, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Resolution No. 060514:Resolution honoring Father Judge High School for achieving top honors at Model United Nations Archived October 2, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.." Journal of the City Council of Philadelphia. June 1, 2006

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