By: Jim Halley / USA Today
St. Anthony (Jersey City) principal and basketball coach Bob Hurley had hoped to celebrate his school’s 100th anniversary this year. Instead, after announcing the school would close at the end of the school year Wednesday, he’s trying to find a new home for his 150 or so students.
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“We could have had a celebration this year,” he said. “The one thing that will be fun is we’re going to have our last event in White Eagle Hall (where the Friars once practiced) and we’re in the process of firming up a date, for what was going to be a Hall of Fame dinner. Now it’s going to be a ‘Thanks for the Memories’ thing that we’ll run in the bingo hall that was a legendary place in New Jersey.
“A lot of things need to done now. We have faculty replacement, we need to move kids, we need to empty the building, pay the vendors. The statement is made, but life goes on until the end of the school.”