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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Jones saddened by Monsignor Bonner's closure


JERSEY CITY – Jeff Jones remembers his time at Monsignor Bonner High School in suburban Philadelphia well.

He remembers scoring 1,923 points over his career. He remembers becoming the all-time leading scorer in the Philadelphia Catholic League.

Now he knows that his scoring record at Monsignor Bonner will never be broken.

The school, along with its sister institution, Archbishop Prendergast will shut down at the end of the academic year. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced the closing of 45 elementary schools and four high schools Friday as part of sweeping budget cuts. Conwell-Egan Catholic will also shut down at the end of the year.

“I’m heartbroken,” Jones said Sunday afternoon after scoring 13 points for the Rider men’s basketball team in its 72-58 victory over St. Peter’s.

“That’s where I came from and it was the best four years of my life. It was hard for me. I got a lot of friends there, a lot of teachers, faculty members – so it’s hard for me.”

Jones averaged 22.7 points per game in his senior season at Monsignor Bonner and was the 2007 Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year.

He signed with the Virginia and spent three seasons there before transferring to Rider.

“It’s bittersweet,” said Jones, when it dawned on him that nobody from Monsignor Bonner would get the chance to break his scoring record. “I wish they would have many more years so that somebody could probably break it. It’s hard but things happen.”

Jones said he plans to get together with friends and go back to the school’s campus in Drexel Hill, Pa., before it closes its doors for good.

“(Bonner) helped me a lot,” Jones said. “That’s where it started for me. That’s where I got a lot of recognition. Now it’s closing. That’s heartbreaking.”

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please come to mass at the Basilica in Philadelphia this Sunday at 6pm. The Bonner and Prendie community is joining together in prayer, while showing our school pride. Details are on facebook. Your continuing support of our school is greatly appreciated!

January 11, 2012 at 11:43 AM 

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