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Sep 06, 2017

Holy Cross School in Rumson Welcomes New Principal

Holy Cross School announces the appointment of their new principal, Dr. Mark DeMareo. Dr. DeMareo has an extensive background in education throughout New Jersey, from his early years as a choral director and music teacher at Thompson Junior High School, followed by assistant principal at Middletown North and South High Schools. He then served as principal of Raritan High School and, later, Ramapo High School. He was then selected as the assistant superintendent of schools in Jackson and the superintendent of schools in Plumsted. His most recent position was Director of Educational Services for the Education Information and Resource Center (EIRC) at Camden Community College. His knowledge, expertise, and experience will take the National Blue Ribbon Catholic elementary school in Rumson to a new level of excellence.

Dr. DeMareo also has deep roots in the Catholic faith. He is a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus and was recently inducted into the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta. His family includes two aunts who are religious sisters and a great uncle, now deceased, who was a Jesuit priest. He has travelled the world extensively, most recently to Jaipur, India, to establish an academic scholarship in memory of his uncle, who founded a Catholic school there. He credits his mother, who taught CCD for nearly 26 years, and his father, a very devout practicing Catholic, for influencing his vocation as an educator.

Of his new position, he says, “I am honored to have been selected to join Holy Cross School, which is known far and wide for its dedication to excellence, but more importantly, to children. Over the past 35 years, I have worked as a teacher and administrator, but I consider my most important job to be that of a child advocate. I look forward to working with parents and faculty to provide a world-class educational experience for each child. With small student-to-teacher ratios, high academic standards, specialized arts, sports, extracurricular programs, and an emphasis on community values, Holy Cross School can develop students who are well-rounded and disciplined, with a better opportunity to succeed.”

Fr. Michael Manning, pastor of Holy Cross Church, served on the Principal Search Committee and was impressed with Dr. DeMareo’s experience, faith-filled life, and great sense of humor. He expressed to the parish community his hopes for this new chapter at Holy Cross School, saying, “We are confident Dr. DeMareo will continue to strengthen the academic and spiritual formation program at Holy Cross School. His extensive experience, both in the classroom and in administration, and his love of the Catholic faith will be a blessing for Holy Cross School and Parish.”

The Holy Cross community looks forward to the leadership and positive influence of Dr. DeMareo, who explains, “As an administrator, I love the transforming power of education. This is the desire that I want to transmit as an educator. Such enthusiasm is contagious and can even be life-changing.”

Holy Cross School is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence dedicated to educating the whole child in faith, knowledge, and character in a God-centered, family atmosphere. For more information, visit or call (732) 842-0348, ext. 1128 to schedule a visit.