St. Anthony's High School Basketball to Shut Down Due to Lack of Funding

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 5, 2017

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, file photo, Bob Hurley, head coach of the St. Anthony High School boys' basketball team, signs a game ball in Jersey City, N.J. In a half century at St. Anthony's, Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Hurley has won on an almost unparalleled level in high school. But now the school that has been a haven to the poor seeking a Roman Catholic education could soon be closing its doors. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, file)
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St. Anthony's High School will shut down at the end of the 2016-17 school year, putting an end to one of the most successful high school boys basketball programs in the country.

Jeremy Schneider of reported the news, noting the lack of funding and low enrollment.

Bob Hurley Sr. is the team's Hall of Fame coach as well as the school's principal.

Since the coach took over in 1972, the program has won 28 state titles in New Jersey and won over 1,000 games. Hurley was named national coach of the year three times and inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical noted his relationship with the school:

Hurley is also the focus of a six-part documentary on Showtime.

Per Kirsten Fleming of the New York Post, dwindling enrollment meant the school had to raise $600,000 this year to help pay off its $1.8 million debt. Patrick Villanova of the Jersey Journal noted the mark in September was $10-20 million to establish an endowment.

Clearly, the goal could not be reached as the school, which opened in 1952, will close its doors.


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