Inaugural Induction Class to the SJP Hall of Excellence

The Hall of Excellence was established to recognize individuals who represent the ideals of the Prep through their pursuit of becoming men and women for others. Inductees will be enshrined and celebrated in the J. Anthony Hayden ’62 Hall of Excellence on the first floor of Villiger Hall.

The Hall of Excellence honors alumni and members of the St. Joseph’s Prep community who have distinguished themselves in the areas of “AMDG”:


alumni, coaches, or teams who have excelled during or after their time at St. Joseph’s Prep

  • Curtis Cockenberg
    Class of 1971 (Track)
  • Phil Martelli
    Class of 1972 (Basketball)
  • 1977 City Championship Football Team
  • Rich Gannon
    Class of 1983 (Football)
  • Pete Cipollone
    Class of 1989 (Crew)


alumni who have lived a life of service and have demonstrated their personal commitment to being a man for and with others

  • Rev. John Deeney, S.J.
    Class of 1939
  • Rev. Edward Bradley, S.J.
    Class of 1946
  • Rev. Rob Currie, S.J.
    Class of 1958
  • Rev. George Bur, S.J.
    Class of 1959


alumni who have excelled in their field of endeavor

  • John McShain
    Class of 1919
  • Hon. Stephen McEwen
    Class of 1950
  • Dr. Peter Mattei
    Class of 1982

Generational Impact

alumni, faculty, or staff who have left a lasting impact on the life of St. Joseph’s Prep

  • Dr. Earl Hart
    Class of 1939
  • Nick Kueny
    Class of 1943
  • Bernard “Gus” Kueny
    Class of 1953
  • Rev. J. Vincent Taggart, S.J.

Bio videos for each inductee can be found here.

“In this first class alone, we have a surgeon who has worked with children suffering with difficult cancers, priests who have worked as missionaries to work with those who are marginalized, athletes who have achieved the highest measure in their sport, the man ‘who built Washington D.C.,’ and several legends who impacted generations of Prep graduates,” says President John Marinacci. “It is truly an illustrious group and we could not be more proud to honor them.”

Nominations were solicited from alumni and then presented to committees consisting of alumni, faculty, staff, and administrators. These committees then submitted names to Mr. Marinacci who made the final selection for the 2023 Induction Class. Nominations for the 2024 Class will be solicited in the fall of 2023.

The hall is housed on the first floor of Villiger Hall in the J. Anthony Hayden ’62 Hall of Excellence, a gift of the Hayden Family in memory of Tony who exemplified the characteristics that the Hall celebrates.