Saint Mary's Parish in South Amboy opened a parochial school system in 1885, including grades one to eleven. A twelfth grade was added in 1918, and Saint Mary's High School was accredited by the state of New Jersey, Department of Education in 1919. The first graduating class was in 1922. The High School continued to expand, accepting more and more students from the surrounding region. In 1968, a new high school building was opened after the original structure was destroyed by fire.
In July of 1997 the high school became a Regional High School of the Diocese of Metuchen.
In September 2001, the school was renamed Cardinal McCarrick High School in honor of the first bishop of the diocese of Metuchen who was elevated to the rank of Cardinal in the Catholic Church.
The school continues to meet curriculum standards of the State of New Jersey Department of Education and is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
In March 2011, we held our 125th Anniversary Dinner Celebration. To view the slide show of vintage and current photos, you must have PowerPoint or use the following link to download and install the Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer. The show will take about five minutes to load before automatically running onscreen.