Ghost Stories

June 24, 2016




There are just too many highlights to include here from the 2015-2016 Year.  These are just a few examples of the successes and top news items from the year.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook (Holy Ghost Prep), Twitter (@holyghostprep), Instagram (HolyGhostPrep) and SnapChat (username: holyghostprep) to keep up with the latest HGP news.  

HGP Welcomes Greg Geruson '79 at First Lay President in School History - Click Here

Forensics Team Wins State Championship - Massimo Cifelli '16 Wins National Championship - Click Here

HGP Athletes Succeed on the State, National and World Stage - Basketball Team Wins District Championship, Steve Cerbara '16 Wins State Golf Championship - Chris Crawford '12 Competes at the US Open, Nolan Jones '16 Drafted by the Cleveland Indians, Jim McDade '12 Signs with the San Diego Padres 

HGP Builds STEM Programs Through Flipped Classrooms, COMAPS and TEAMS 

HGP Class of 2016 Earns $22 Million in Scholarships and Grants to Colleges and Universities all Over the United States

HGP Welcomes Nearly 100 Brothers for the first Bring Your Brother to School Day- Click Here

HGP Activity Center Planning Begins  - Click Here




Monthly Notes from the Principal


Mothers' Guild

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Faculty Directory

Athletic Information

Community Service Information

Alumni Association

Upcoming Events and Games:

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HGP News and Events




HGP Summer Forensics Program - July 25-29

Students in grades 6 through 11 are welcome to attend the 2016 Summer Forensics Camp taught by Hall of Fame Coach Tony Figliola.  The camp is from 8:30am to Noon and will help students interested in speaking and acting.  Boys and Girls are welcome to attend.  Click Here to Register

For more information, Contact Tony Figliola - 215-639-2012 ext. 231 or email

HGP Summer Camps - Still Time to Register for:   Enrichment, Lacrosse, Basketball, Soccer, Music and Forensics

HGP offers a variety of summer experiences for students interested in HGP - including enrichment, fine arts and sports.  

Click here to register for an HGP summer camp! 

Admissions Office Continues to Review Potential Transfer Students for 2016-2017 School Year

The admissions office at HGP continues to receive transfer applications for the 2016-2017 School Year.  Students currently in 8th through 11th grades are welcome to apply to become part of HGP.  Contact the admissions office for more information: 215-639-0811 or

HGP Annual Fund - Join Us

Thank you to all who have given to the Holy Ghost Prep Annual Fund this year! Through the generosity of our HGP Community, we've reached$530,000! If you haven't already made your gift this year to Holy Ghost, please join fellow alumni, parents and friends by June 30th to help us reach $550,000! Every gift matters - join us!  Click Here to Give Today.

College Guidance Office Seeking Alums to Participate in Fall Semester Career Days

HGP's College Guidance Department and Office of Development are seeking to enlist alumni participants for the ongoing series of Career Days. Each session consists of approximately 8-10 alumni who meet with current juniors (Friday, September 23) or seniors (Wednesday, October 12) from 8 a.m. until approximately 11 a.m. If interested please contact Alexis Gettings, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement, at

Mothers' Guild News

Senior Moms Order the 2016 Graduation and Memory Video

Each year All Occasion Video Production creates a two disk video set that includes the Ring Mass, Junior/Senior Prom, Mother-Son Dance, Baccalaureate Mass, and the entire 2016 Graduation.   Please click here for the order form.

Volunteers Needed for Craft Show Committees

 Believe it or not, planning is beginning for the 2016 HGP Mothers’ Guild Craft Show on November 12-13, 2016.  The success of the Craft Show depends on you---the Moms of HGP. At this time we are recruiting Committee Co-Chairs for Center Stage, Café, Decorating and Publicity.  If you are interested in getting more involved with the Craft Show please contact Anne Marie Horgan at mothersguild@holyghostprep.orgFor a description of the committees, please click here.

HGP Athletics News

HGP Fall Sports Information.  All students interested in Crew, Cross-Country, Golf, Soccer or Ultimate Frisbee should read the fall sports information letter at  Coaches contact information can be found at this link as well.

Basketball Coach Tony Chapman Honored by Coaches Vs. Cancer Foundation. The Coaches vs. Cancer will hold a banquet in 2017 to honor some local coaching legends: Speedy Morris (SJP), Jim Fenerty (Germantown Academy) and Tony Chapman will be honored next spring.

Mandatory Concussion IMPACT Testing.  Mandatory Concussion Education and ImPACT Testing for Fall Athletes.  Read the information flyer at

Athletic Recognition Night Summary.  The Athletic Recognition Night was held on Thursday, June 2 in Chapman Arena.  Over 400 HGP students and parents attended the annual celebration of the year in athletics.  View the awards summary at

HGP Hall of Fame Committee Announces 2017 Nominees for Induction.  View the list at

12th Annual C.A.R.E.S. Walk Registration has begun!  Join us for this annual event in support of Coaches vs. Cancer on Sunday, October 2.  View the information flyer and register at

The Cross Country Team makes distance running fun! New members are welcomed to explore their athletic gifts and talents! Visit for more information on becoming part of the HGP XC tradition of success!

Note from Ethiopia In Recognition of HGP Artists' Participation in the Memory Project

Dear Ms. Smallen and Artists,

I’m very happy to let you know that the kids in Ethiopia have received the portraits, and they absolutely loved them!

In total my two team members delivered portraits to kids at five different locations.  They took video footage of the kids receiving the portraits at three of those locations, and here you will see just how excited the kids were to receive their special gifts:

At the other two locations they took photos of the kids individually holding their portraits.  I matched you with kids at one of those two locations so that you would have these individual delivery photos, and they are now in your Ethiopia folder at:

As is always the case, a number of children and teens were away when the delivery took place.  Those portraits were photographed in the hands of their friends just to document their arrival, and then given to their caretakers who will see that they reach the proper children.  Also, if you notice that some of the kids look rather serious, please know that is usually just because they feel shy and nervous in front of the camera:

I think you will also be pleased to know that we were able to make a collective financial donation of $3,550 to help support the kids' education, thanks to the participation fees you contributed.  So please be proud that you helped to provide that gift along with the portraits.

Thanks so much to all of you for being part of the Memory Project.  You have given these children meaningful keepsakes to last a lifetime.  I hope you’ll be involved again!  

Most Gratefully,

Ben Schumaker
Founder & Director
The Memory Project

Firebird Yearbook On Sale Now

Click Here to Order the 2015-2016 Yearbook

HGP Pix - Courtesy of Catalano Studio

Click Here for the Galleries

HGP Blankets for Sale

Interested in HGP Blankets? 

Contact Custom Made Comfort - Click Here

Baby on the Way?

Know an alum who recently had a baby? If/when you get the news about the child, can you pass along that information (boy/girl & name) to Advancement? We can be sure that our database gets updated while taking the opportunity to send a gift to the newborn! 

Contact Alexis Gettings: .

In Memoriam

Violet Flynn, Mother of Tom Flynn '63 - Click Here for Obituary



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