Rev. Edwin D. Leahy, O.S.B. Headmaster of Saint Benedict’s Preparatory School, New Jersey
Fr. Edwin began his work at St. Benedict’s Prep in 1967, teaching biology, religion, and assisting with the wrestling/football teams.
Following the suspension of operations of St. Benedict’s in 1972, Father Edwin was named to direct the efforts of monks, interested parents, alumni and friends to re-open the School as soon as was feasible.
Under his direction St. Benedict’s re-opened in 1974 with 89 students and 14 faculty members.
St. Benedict’s has now grown to 580 young men, most from African American and Hispanic backgrounds, and 67 faculty members.
95% of the school’s graduates go on to college, with the most academically talented attending prominent institutions.