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The Mon Don Wiki is a source for everything related to the history of Donovan Catholic High School, formerly known as Monsignor Donovan and St. Joseph's. This is an independent project, and it strives to be as objective as possible.  For six years, this has been the leading (umm, only) independent encyclopedia on Donovan Catholic. It exists to educate students, alumni, and everybody else about the school's history and (to some extent) future.

In these articles, you will find information on the people of the community (excluding current students), notable Griffin TV programs, Academic Challenge trivia, and much more.  Information on sports teams is being added.

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  • Emily Ostermann, Class of 2018, was one of only three students in the entire world to receive a perfect score on the AP Chemistry exam in 2017. [1]
  • Meghan Winch (Class of 2002) appeared on Jeopardy on October 28, 2016 and finished in third. [2]
  • Old stories may be found below, dating back to 2009. This site is being updated.
  • Mrs. Naomi Buechner passed away suddenly on March 1. Mass was said in the gym that day.
  • The Academic Challenge team won the Ocean County round of the 2016 Consumer Bowl, and advanced to the state finals of Academic Decathlon.
  • The entire school watched the Pope's address to Congress on the large screens in the Church. Later, a ceremony featuring a "Popemobile" golf cart and a cardboard cutout of the Pope was held on the football field.
  • The third annual Griffinfest was held on June 13.
  • 180 members of the Class of 2015 graduated in the church on June 8.
  • Chelsea Crowe '15 became the ninth basketball player in school history to achieve 1000 points.
  • The Academic Decathlon team won numerous awards at the regional competition on January 31, with the sixth-highest score in New Jersey and the fourth-highest in Region III.
  • Michael Quigley '15 achieved the highest score at the Geography Olympiad- part of the National History Bowl- at Seton Hall University.
  • Two teams qualified for the playoffs of the Donovan Catholic Academic Challenge on November 17.[3]  The JV team lost to CBA in the semifinals; the varsity A team defeated 2nd-seeded Lenape to advance to the semifinals for the second straight year.  East Brunswick defeated Donovan in that round and won the final round for the second straight year.
  • The girls' tennis team won its second straight division title.
  • The Academic Challenge team finished fourth in a tournament at Stevens Institute of Technology on October 18.
  • The varsity football team lost to Jackson Liberty 21-17 in the Homecoming Game on October 10.
  • In memoriam: Brian Brice (Class of 2007) died on August 15, and former football coach Charles Hayes died on July 28.
  • On the morning of July 22, MDHS announced it had changed its name to Donovan Catholic, effective immediately. [4]
  • The Class of 2014 graduated in the church on June 9.
  • Academic Challenge team "Mon Don 2" was a quarterfinalist at the Great Adventure Academic Open, losing to eventual champion CBA.[5]
  • Dana Carbone (Class of 2014) became the third player in the history of Mon Don girls' basketball to achieve 1500 career points, and was also voted the best player in Non-Public A and all of New Jersey in Star-Ledger polls.  The team lost the Non-Public A quarterfinal playoff match to Gloucester Catholic following a first-round bye.
  • In memoriam: Francis Duddy (Class of 2013) died tragically in a car accident on February 8.
  • The Academic Challenge team advanced to the finals of Biotechnology High School's BioBowl, losing to Allentown High by only 25 points.[6]
  • "Mon Don A-1" advanced to the playoffs in the 2013 World Volkswagen Academic Challenge: [7]  They advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2004, before falling to eventual champion East Brunswick.
  • The football team lost to Delbarton in the first round of the playoffs, 49-22.
  • Mon Don ran its first television commercial: [8]
  • The Class of 2013 graduated on June 3 in the church.
  • "Griffinfest" was held in the Quad on May 17, and the Alumni Golf Outing was held on May 21.
  • Mon Don's website now has a Student Merit section, which lists students' achievements by category.
  • The new baseball field was dedicated on April 13.
  • Six former high school basketball standouts' numbers were officially retired on January 26.
  • The Academic Challenge reunion- which included a four-team competition and a two-team buzzer tournament- occurred on January 10 in the cafeteria.
  • In memoriam: Ms. Colette Casey, a religion and English teacher from 1976 to 1994, passed away on January 6.
  • The annual alumni Christmas party was held on December 28 in Forked River, instead of at the Beachcomber in Seaside Heights.  Because of the venue change, there was a low turnout.
  • The Hall of Fame induction was held on November 30.  Here is a clip highlighting the 2000 Academic Challenge team's accomplishments: [9]
  • Academic Challenge teams competed in the World Volkswagen tournament, held at Mon Don. [10]
  • Mon Don reopened on November 12.
  • School was closed from October 29 to November 9, 2012 due to Hurricane Sandy.  About 30 families of students, faculty, and staff were displaced.
  • 50th anniversary celebrations are going on for the entire 2012-2013 school year. This is SJHS/MDHS's 51st year of operations.
  • September 15 was the 50th anniversary of the school's opening.
  • Mr. John Navarra retired after 22 years of teaching physics, astronomy, and electronics. At least four of his former students have gone on to receive degrees in physics, and many others have received engineering and other science degrees.
  • The 2012 Hall of Fame inductees have been announced.[11] The 1976 football team and the 2000 Academic Challenge team are among the large group of noted alumni being inducted. It will be the first Hall of Fame ceremony since 2008.
  • Two members of the Class of 2012 became the first National AP Scholars in Mon Don history.
  • Mr. Joseph Gomulka became Mon Don's third athletic director in July, following Mr. Dennis Toddings's retirement.
  • On July 1, Fr. G. Scott Shaffer replaced Fr. John Bambrick as the parish's pastor and the schools' Director.
  • On June 4, the Class of 2012 graduated in the church.
  • The "Big Blue Singing Crew" held a 20th anniversary celebration; many Show Choir alumni attended. Their director for all twenty years has been Ms. Cynthia Wald-Hardyal.
  • The 2012-2013 school year has been declared the "Year of the Golden Griffin" in honor of Mon Don's 50th anniversary. A special Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on November 30.
  • Most of the trees in the Quad have been cut down.
  • In memoriam: Sister Carmella DiMatteo, principal from 1971 to 1988, passed away on November 20.
  • The Gateway Toyota competition's first round was held on November 15. The Academic Challenge team "Mon Don A-1" advanced to the second round. Standings: [12]
  • The 2011-2012 school year will be the first full year in which the modified Honor Roll will be used.
  • June 6: The Class of 2011 graduated in the church.
  • The Wrestling Room is under construction in the basement.
  • The Open House for the prospective Class of 2015 was held October 18-19.
  • June 14: 228 members of the Class of 2010 graduated in the church.
  • Spirit Week was March 1-5, 2010. However, because of an in-service on the 5th, Almost Anything Goes was rescheduled to March 12.
  • An early dismissal was declared on February 25; Saturday detention on the 27th was cancelled two days in advance. See Blizzard of 2010.
  • Catholic Schools' Week is February 1-5, 2010.
  • The Kairos I-L reunion, the first of its kind, was held on January 2, 2010.
  • MDHS has completed its fifth decade in operation (the 2000's), in its 48th year.
  • Mon Don won the football Homecoming Game on November 20 and held the Homecoming Dance on November 21.
  • On June 8, 2009, 243 members of the Class of 2009 graduated in the church.
  • The Academic Challenge team took the 2nd place trophy at the Great Adventure Academic Open, advancing to the finals for the first time since 2004.
  • The Class of 2009 won the Almost Anything Goes competition on March 6.