Prep Legends Inducted into Hall of Excellence

At a ceremony held on campus this spring, St. Joseph’s Prep celebrated the induction of the second class into its Hall of Excellence. Established in 2023, the Hall of Excellence honors those who have achieved greatness across many walks of life; and who are always committed to Ad maiorem Dei gloriam (AMDG). Using the letters AMDG, we celebrate alumni who excel in areas of Athletics, Mission, Distinction, and Generational Impact.

Inductees were enshrined and are celebrated in the J. Anthony Hayden ’62 Hall of Excellence on the first floor of Villiger Hall.

The 2024 Class of Inductees

Athletics

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

  • Jim Murray ’59, longtime Athletic Director and one of the most successful soccer coaches in Pennsylvania history
  • 1997 Crew Team, the first crew team to ever sweep Stotesbury
  • 2002-03 Basketball Team, which won the program’s first Catholic League championship in 33 years

Mission

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

  • Rev. William J. Byron, S.J. ’45, one of the most respected American Jesuits of the 20th Century; former President of Catholic University, the University of Scranton, Loyola University New Orleans, and St. Joseph’s Prep; as well as a prolific spiritual writer
  • Cardinal John Foley ’53, longtime director of Vatican communications and the only Prep graduate to be named a
  • Cardinal Dominic Vallone ’71,  one of the founders of Camden’s Cathedral Kitchen

Distinction

Alumni who have excelled in their field of endeavor

  • Henry Jones ’31, famed actor who is the only Prep graduate to win a Tony Award
  • Capt. Edward Davis ’57, decorated Vietnam War hero
  • Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach ’59, internationally-renowned cancer specialist and former head of the Food and Drug Administration
  • Hon. Michael Nutter ’75, former Mayor of Philadelphia and a public servant

Generational Impact

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

  • Dr. Henry Bender ’63, former Classics teacher who gave generations of Prep students their first international experiences to Italy and Greece
  • A4 Mentor Program Founders, who worked with students of color to help them feel connected to the school academically and socially
  • Jerry Taylor, a legend for the 47 years he taught history at the Prep, and a master teacher whose classes alumni often referred to as “the best class I took at the Prep”
  • Sr. Kate Woody, G.N.S.H., longtime head of Mission and Ministry and former teacher who led more than 100 Kairos retreats over 30+ years at the Prep
The 2024 Induction Class enshrined in the J. Anthony Hayden ’62 Hall of Excellence
The A4 Mentor Program Founders (l-r) Howard Tucker ’82, Wadell Ridley ’77, HL Ratliff ’78, Robert Jones ’72, and Anthony Twyman ’79 with St. Joseph’s Prep President John Marinacci
Beloved longtime Campus Minister and Teacher Sr. Kathleen Woody, G.N.S.H., with Prep President John Marinacci
Dominic Vallone ’71, founder of the Cathedral Kitchen in Camden, with Prep President John Marinacci
The 2002-03 Catholic League Championship Basketball Team