About CBA

CBA At a Glance

The HISTORY of Christian Brothers Academy

From an old Monmouth County horse farm to a national award-winning institution of learning, 60 years in the making.

Early in 1958, a group of devoted laymen, headed by Mr. John C. Henderson, Mr. Peter E. Fleming and Doctor George A. Sheehan, realized the need for another Catholic high school in Monmouth County. With the approval of the Most Reverend Bishop George W. Ahr, they initiated a drive to raise funds for the purchase of a piece of property. The Brothers of the Christian Schools, under the leadership of their Provincial, Brother Anthony John Halpin, agreed to staff the school and finance its construction.

The former Whitney Greentree Stables, a 157-acre farm, was purchased and one building was converted into what is now Henderson Hall. The school opened its doors in September of 1959 with six Brothers and 150 students. Two years later, the new school building was completed and ready for use. Continuous improvements to campus facilities, such as the additions of the Henderson Theater, the McKay Gym and the state-of-the-art science labs, were made possible by generous benefactors during the 30-year administration of Brother Andrew O’Gara. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the school and under the direction of the school’s second president, Brother Frank Byrne ’75, a new library & media center, administrative main office, guidance center, additional labs and classrooms were added.

Now 60 years later, what began on an old horse farm as a shared dream has evolved into one of the nation’s premier institutions for learning. With an alumni network approaching 11,000 and school traditions that span several generations, becoming “an Academy man” means joining an elite class of life-long learners, spanning every industry and present in all 50 states.

About the Brothers of the Christian Schools

Christian Brothers Academy has the distinction of being directed by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, a religious teaching order of Brothers in the Roman Catholic Church. Founded in Rheims France in 1680 by Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the Brothers have been directing youth education and educational enterprises for over three centuries. Presently, the Brothers conduct schools in 84 countries worldwide. The Brothers are lay religious (not priests) who profess vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and service to the young through education and fidelity to the call of their brotherhood.

Working in close collaboration with the Brothers is a group of dedicated lay partners who bring to the Academy a wealth of talent, expertise and experience. Because of their exemplary commitment to a Christian way of life and their support of the ideals of the Brothers’ schools, Christian Brothers Academy is enriched by their presence and their support.

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As this 1950's New York Times article details, the opening of the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line made it easier for businessmen from the shore to commute to New York City leading to a boom in population in the Monmouth County area.