Father Judge High School
3301 Solly Avenue


United States
Coordinates40°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
MottoNon Excidet
(He shall not fail)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s)St. Francis de Sales
OversightArchdiocese of Philadelphia
PresidentBrian P. King
PrincipalPeter Chapla
Enrollment900 (2015)
Average class size29
Student to teacher ratio20:1
Color(s)Sheridan Red and Columbia Blue   
Athletics conferencePhiladelphia Catholic League
Team nameCrusaders
RivalNorth Catholic (traditional) Archbishop Ryan (modern)
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
PublicationWriter's Bloc (literary magazine)
NewspaperThe Crusader
YearbookThe Quest
AffiliationOblates of St. Francis de Sales
Admissions DirectorRyan Kilkenny
Athletic DirectorJake 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 ten Advanced Placement classes for sophomore, junior, and senior students: U.S. Government & Politics, English Language and Composition, Literature, Calculus, European History, U.S. History, Psychology, Physics, Environmental Science, and Biology.[4]

Clubs and activities

Father Judge Model United Nations Team

2006 World Model United Nations Champions
2006 World Model United Nations Champions


Crusader News Network

CNN (Crusader News Network) is Father Judge's television station. CNN was renovated in 2013–2014 with the help of a few students. The students helped and consulted with Father Judge as to what equipment would be best for its line of work. The student-run network provides live announcements during homeroom via the schools' YouTube Channel.[citation needed]

Athletics & Wellness

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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. Archived from the original on 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-06-29. Retrieved 2007-06-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Departments". Fatherjudge.com. Archived from the original on 2008-08-17. Retrieved 2011-10-22.
  4. ^ "Father Judge High School - Advanced Placement Courses". Fatherjudge.com. Archived from the original on 2011-09-30. 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. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. 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