EDISON – As of July 1, Bishop George Ahr High School, a co-educational college preparatory school within the Diocese of Metuchen, has returned to its original name, St. Thomas Aquinas High School.
“The celebration of our 50th anniversary is a moment for us to honor our history and the accomplishments of our past, while celebrating our promising future and the legacy of our school’s patron saint, St. Thomas Aquinas,” said Felician Sister Donna Marie Trukowski, who has served as principal of the school for 36 years.
The name change signals the school’s commitment to the legacy of St. Thomas Aquinas, known as one of the great teachers of the Catholic Church, according to the school.
Originally founded as St. Thomas Aquinas High School in 1969, the school was renamed Bishop George Ahr High School in 1983. The decision to revert back to its original name came after careful discernment and consultation, in cooperation with the Diocese of Metuchen, according to the school.
“The decision to return the name of the school to St. Thomas Aquinas, which better reflects the mission of the school, was made after prayerful consideration and with the best interest of our students – past, present and future – in mind,” said Sister Donna.
The name change is one of several significant changes that will take place this year at the school.
St. Thomas Aquinas High School will introduce several innovative new programs, including the Aquinas Academy Honors Program, expansion of the school’s STEM curriculum, a partnership with Seton Hall University on the high school’s campus, the establishment of a formal program for students with specific learning needs, and the intentional formation of student prayer life.
“We are excited to embark on this new chapter, honoring our vibrant past while looking forward to another prestigious 50 years as St. Thomas Aquinas High School,” Sister Donna said.