Iron Mikes Strong! Trenton Catholic Academy Saved From Closure

May 20, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– The Diocese of Trenton and Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. have completed an agreement with Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy, at the McCorristin Campus to reopen as an independent Catholic school in the fall of September 2021.

The agreement will preserve and save the legacy of this nationally recognized Pre-K through 12th grade school, also known as Saint Anthony High School and McCorristin High School. Since 1962with over 10,000 graduates, the school has been a bedrock of outstanding academics, STEM education and athletics with a 100% graduation rate, and its acclaimed powerhouse championship “Iron Mikes” sports teams. The agreement will also carry on Monsignor McCorristin’s dream to enrich students’ lives through affordable quality Catholic education. In addition, the vision is to create a thriving, well-respected educational institution dedicated to academic excellence and to focus on the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical needs of the students as was supported throughout the years by Sr. Dorothy Payne, SSJand many other distinguished administrators.

In the new agreement, the Diocese of Trenton will lease the school property on which TCA school currently exists to the newly formed academy, which will assume the operations and management of the school on July 1, 2021.

The academy is now accepting student enrollment and registration. Contact the Upper School at (609) 586-3705, Fax: (609) 586-6584 or the Lower School at (609) 586-5888, Fax: (609) 631-9295.

Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy is a New Jersey, not for profit corporation and is supported by the Iron Mike Foundation.In addition, TCPA is actively looking for additional worldwide sponsors, partners, donors and philanthropists to join their school team to assist with operating costs. Adopt a School today and support, encourage and celebrate diversity, inclusion and outstanding academics for children in grades Pre-K through 12th.

To support Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy go to to donate or email at to join their team.

Newly Formed Founding Board of Trustees Quotes:

Margaret Raymond Flood:

“A group of us went into action when we heard the school was closing to put together a workable plan in an effort to keep it open for the many students and families who depend on it. My family and I went to school here, and I felt it important to do whatever was possible to preserve it.  We worked with the Diocese and a group of dedicated volunteers, and we are very happy to be part of continuing the legacy of our nationally recognized school,” said Margaret Flood, a 1984 graduate, founding board member and President.

Tracey Destribats:

“It’s been an incredible experience to work together and save this much needed academic institution that has been so important to so many students and their families.  We are proud to continue the mission started by Monsignor Michael McCorristin and the volunteers that helped build our school.  We thank our alumnae for all their support and look forward to welcoming everyone back to Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy, “ said Tracey Destribats, a 1981 graduated and founding board member.

Paul Pennacchi:

“We want everyone to join our team and get involved, from past graduates to worldwide sponsors, to keep these doors open for many years to come. We are actively looking for additional partners, donors and philanthropists to assist with ongoing educational services and operating costs,” said Paul Pennacchi, a 1985 graduate, founding board member and Facilities Advisor. 

 Denise Viola:

“We’re a not for profit school and we’re definitely going to need everyone’s help with fundraising efforts and donations to the Your generosity will change lives forever and create a brighter future for young people by giving them a chance to thrive, live, succeed and become the leaders of tomorrow,” said Denise Viola, founding board member and Fundraising Advisor. 

 Ann Marie Williams-Gray:

“This school gave me the foundation to excel in life, so it was important to work extremely hard to keep this outstanding school open, because of its firm commitment and dedication to inspiring excellence, while embracing service, diversity, inclusion and acceptance for all,” said Ann Marie Williams-Gray, a 1982 graduate, founding board member and Media & Marketing Advisor.

 John H. Rittley:

“We are confident that the nurturing environment, outstanding academics and championship sports records will help increase enrollment at Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy, McCorristin Campus in the next few years,” said John H. Rittley, 1975 graduate, founding board member and Board Attorney.