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St. Anthony High School in Jersey City to close at end of school year

A private Jersey City high school known for its legendary basketball program will be shutting its doors at the end of the 2017 school year. A private Jersey City high school known for its legendary basketball program will be shutting its doors at the end of the 2017 school year.
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A private Jersey City high school known for its legendary basketball program will be shutting its doors at the end of the 2017 school year.

“Despite a valiant effort by faculty, staff and stakeholders of the storied urban Catholic high school, Saint Anthony's has been unable to build enrollment or provide for a long-term financial support to sustain itself,” a spokesperson for St. Anthony High School said in a statement.

Famed high school basketball coach and school president Bob Hurley has been leading a charge for months to raise enough funds to keep the school open. Hurley even made a plea to keep the school open during a Showtime documentary about his career as a high school coach.

The school says that enrollment at St. Anthony’s has gone down over the last 10 years. Only 11 students sought to enroll at the school for the next school year.

Hurley says that school officials will help students find alternate Catholic schools for those students who still have several years to complete in their high school careers.

The school will officially close June 30.

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