Greetings Ironmen Fans,

With a commitment to developing the entire person, Don Bosco Prep believes in the importance of providing our young men areas in which they can develop their individual athletic talents. On a daily basis, over 900 young men use our athletic facilities. Since 1915 it has been the mission of the Don Bosco Prep Athletic Department to field athletes who pride themselves in wearing that Don Bosco Prep uniform.

The name of the Ironmen was officially given the Don Bosco Prep community in 1936. Previously known as the Dons, the Don Bosco Prep basketball team had entered three basketball tournaments: the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association Tournament, the New Jersey Catholic High School Tournament and the Metropolitan Basketball tournament. When it was all said and done, the team had finished first in the State Tournament, second in the Catholic tournament and third in the Metropolitan Tournament. The team played nine games in thirteen consecutive days to earn their places in the tournaments.

Mr. Al DelGreco, sports editor for the Record and the time, referred to the Don Bosco team as the Polish Ironmen for their achievements. Since those days, when the student population was comprised mostly of Polish boys, our nickname has evolved to the more familiar Ironmen of today.

Over these years, the Ironmen have developed into a nationally recognized contender for annual league, county and state championships. This is made possible through the hard work and dedication to the student athletes by our coaches. While the Ironmen football team has gained recognition as a national powerhouse, the winning does not stop there. Over the years the Ironmen athletic programs have combined for 53 State Championships and 4 National Championships.

The experience and lessons learned by our students through their participation in athletics is something our young men will carry with them through their lives. They learn discipline, integrity, how to overcome adversity and the pursuit of excellence. Don Bosco Prep prides itself on building men of character. Coach John Wooden said “Successful leadership is not about being tough or soft, sensitive or assertive, but about a set of attributes. First and foremost is character.” That is the mission we in the athletic department strive for. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions regarding our Athletic Department.

Brian McAleer
Athletic Director
Don Bosco Prep

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492 N. Franklin Turnpike, Ramsey, NJ 07446
Phone: 201-327-8003 Fax: 201-327-3397