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 NJ.com 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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