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Roman Catholic High School is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Front row (l to r): Taj Montgomery, Nate Nicholson, Nasir Lett, Justin Lai, Nick Tolomeo
Back row (l to r): Semaj Mills, Allen Betrand, Lynn Greer III, Hakim Hart, Seth Lundy, Jourdan Greene, John Kelly, Gabe Perez


Number Name Grade Height
0 Allen Betrand Sr. 6’4’’
2 Semaj Mills Jr. 6’0’’
3 Lynn Greer III So. 6’3’’
4 Gabe Perez Jr. 6’2’’
5 Nate Nicholson Sr. 5’7’’
10 Louie Wild Jr. 6’0’’
13 Hakim Hart Jr. 6’5’’
21 Justin Lai Sr. 5’8’’
22 Nasir Lett Jr. 5’10’’
23 Seth Lundy Jr. 6’6’’
30 Nick Tolomeo Jr. 5’8’’
33 Michael Anderson Fr. 5’7’’
40 John Kelly Sr. 6’5’’
44 Jourdan Greene So. 6’5’’

The Team

In Matt Griffin’s first season as head coach, the Cahillites finished 20-6 overall and third in the Philadelphia Catholic League, after being picked to finish eighth. This year, the team returns three starters, junior Seth Lundy, sophomore Lynn Greer III, and senior Allen Betrand, a Towson University (MD) commit.  All three starters averaged better than 10 points per game last season.  Seth Lundy led the team in rebounds per game and Lynn Greer led the team in assists.

In addition to the returning starters, Roman Catholic has brought up multiple junior varsity and freshman players as well as two transfers: Louie Wild and Hakim Hart.  The entire coaching staff is back this year.  Joining Head Coach Matt Griffin are assistants Bill Goebig (8th season), Mike Wild (2nd season), Bill Lally (2nd Season) and Mike Ringgold (2nd Season).

Team Administration

  • Head Coach: Matt Griffin
  • Assistant Coaches: Bill Goebig, Mike Wild, Bill Lalley
  • President: Rev. Joseph Bongard
  • Principal: Mrs. Patricia Sticco
  • Athletic Director: Daniel DiBerardinis
  • Moderator: Dennis Seddon
  • Athletic Director: Daniel DiBerardinis
  • Trainer: Ken Eaves
  • Manager: Chris Marino
  • Scorekeeper: Mike Griffenberg
  • Video: Joe McKeever
  • Mascot: The Cahillites
  • Location: Philadelphia PA
  • Conference: Philadelphia Catholic League
  • Colors: Purple and Gold
  • Website:

The School

Roman Catholic, or simply “Roman”, as it is often called, was founded by Thomas E. Cahill, a 19th-century Philadelphia merchant. He saw the need to create a school that offered a free Catholic education for boys past their grammar school years. He died before he saw his vision come to life.  However, the wishes that he laid out in his will were followed. Roman Catholic opened its doors in 1890 and offered a free education to its students. As the costs of staff and facilities increased over time, tuition free education at the school ended in the 1960s. The first free Diocesan Catholic high school for boys in the nation, Roman Catholic High School continues its tradition of excellence as it strives to offer a comprehensive academic curriculum within a disciplined Catholic environment. Enriched by its cultural, racial, and religious diversity, Roman Catholic provides a community where each young man can learn to appreciate and respect the uniqueness of others, while becoming a man of personal integrity. Roman Catholic High School strives to bring the Gospel values of Jesus Christ to its students, while forming a Catholic community that embodies the Christian spirit of service to all.

Mindful of the Church’s constant teaching on the role of the parents as the primary educators of their children, Roman Catholic High School strives to integrate the parents into its educational mission. This partnership creates a structured environment in which young men can develop their God-given talents as they grow toward Christian adulthood. Attracted by the school’s policy of open enrollment that extends to all parts of the Delaware Valley of Pennsylvania, students who attend Roman Catholic High School become part of and contribute to the rich racial and cultural diversity which is a hallmark of the school. Their choice challenges them to become witnesses to the Christian values of brotherhood and charity which they are taught and encouraged to demonstrate in their lives.

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