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Don Bosco Prep
492 N. Franklin Turnpike
Ramsey, NJ 07446

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Release Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Media Contact: Caryl Bixon-Gordon (201) 796-7788

Year-Long Series of Public and Private Events to Begin January 30 with Feast of Don Bosco

RAMSEY, N.J., Jan. 14, 2015 – Don Bosco Prep has announced the details of its year-long Centennial Celebration, which will mark its official opening with a Feast of Don Bosco on January 30, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. The gala reception for alumni, parents, faculty and students will be held at the Sheraton Mahwah Hotel, 1 International Boulevard, Route 17 N., in Mahwah, N.J.

Don Bosco Prep's centennial coincides with the bicentennial of the birth of St. John Bosco, also known as Don Bosco, who was the founder of the Salesian Society of priests and brothers. The Salesians of St. John Bosco founded and serve as administrators of the private, Catholic college preparatory high school for young men in grades 9 through 12.

"Since 1915, Don Bosco Prep has empowered young men for life following St. John Bosco's educational philosophy of reason, religion, and kindness," said Fr. James Heuser, director and president of Don Bosco Prep. "Our centennial year is an opportunity to look back at this rich past with gratitude, to commit in the present to the best possible education of young people, and to look forward to the future with great optimism."

Don Bosco Prep's 100th birthday celebration will feature a series of events and activities geared towards its students, parents, alumni and community supporters. These include a spring pilgrimage to Rome and Turin, Italy, where St. John Bosco's work began, as well as a school trip to the Marian Shrine in Stony Point, New York, which houses a replica of Don Bosco's birthplace. Highlights of the Centennial Weekend for alumni, set for September 25 – 27, include two football games, outdoor activities, a mass and dinner.

Annual school events such as commencement and the mass for the opening of the academic year will feature high-profile speakers and church officials. These include Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who will lead the mass for the opening of the 101st year on September 14, 2015; and Bishop John O'Hara, a 1963 graduate of Don Bosco Prep, who will serve as commencement speaker for the Class of 2015.

The centennial year will conclude with the school's annual President's Gala on November 5, during which individuals and groups will be recognized for the impact they have made on the school over the last 100 years.

Don Bosco Prep, located on a 35-acre campus in Ramsey, offers rigorous academics at the AP, honors and college preparatory levels. Broad offerings are also provided in extracurricular activities, clubs and athletics. The school's population averages 900 students representing over 150 towns throughout the metropolitan area.

For more information about the Centennial Celebration of Don Bosco Prep, visit or call (201) 327-2049.


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Photo 1: Don Bosco Prep was founded as Don Bosco Polish Institute in 1915 in Ramsey, N.J., as a Catholic college preparatory high school for sons of Polish immigrants.

Photo 2: From its humble beginnings as a wooden farm house, the Don Bosco Prep campus now comprises three academic buildings and two athletic complexes situated on 35 park-like acres. The school serves an average population of 900 students representing over 150 towns throughout the metropolitan area.

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