This Thursday evening, September 28th, Pope John Paul II High School (PJP) will host a HOME football game against Phoenixville High School at the Conshohocken “A” Field (100 East 11th Ave, Conshohocken, PA
) at 7:00 p.m. The “A” Field was used as the home field for the football teams from Saint Matthew’s High School, Archbishop Kennedy High School and Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School.
For this occasion, the flags of the Legacy schools will be taken to the Conshohocken “A” Field, and alumni from these schools have been warmly invited to attend this historic game and cheer on an undefeated (5-0) PJP football team! Many of the parents and grandparents of current PJP students are legacy alumni, and legacy t-shirts will be available for purchase and thrown into the crowd by the PJP cheerleaders. Prior to the start of the game, a member of the PJP football team will run the PJP flag around the field to be placed in the center of the legacy school flags, symbolizing the connection between the generations and traditions.
LEGACY ALUMNI HISTORY
Pope John Paul II High School’s rich history dates back to St. Matthew of Conshohocken, which was founded in 1866. In 1966, on the 100th anniversary of St. Matthew High School, the decision was made to change the name of the school to Archbishop Kennedy High School in honor of Archbishop Thomas Kennedy, the second principal of Saint Matthew High School. A decade before that, in Norristown, PA, the former St. Patrick’s High School was rebuilt and named Bishop Kenrick High School. Archbishop Kennedy and Bishop Kenrick were athletic rivals and would play on the Conshohocken “A” Field, which was considered St. Matthew’s/Archbishop Kennedy’s HOME field.
In the fall of 1993, Archbishop Kennedy High School in Conshohocken and Bishop Kenrick High School in Norristown merged together to form Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School at the Bishop Kenrick site in Norristown. Kennedy-Kenrick adopted the colors blue in honor of St. Matthew and Archbishop Kennedy and gold in honor of St. Patrick and Bishop Kenrick.
For over a century, many thousands of students passed through the halls of St. Matthew, St. Patrick, Archbishop Kennedy, Bishop Kenrick and Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic. These schools created rich legacies that will live on forever in the hearts of their alumni and communities.
In 2008, it was announced that Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School and St. Pius X High School, in Pottstown, would close, and the school communities would merge into a modern, state-of-the-art high school in Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County, about halfway between Norristown and Pottstown. Both schools held their final graduation ceremonies in June, 2010.
Pope John Paul II High School opened in September 2010, and we honor the traditions of our six legacy schools. This will be the first time we are honoring the traditions of four of our legacy football teams by playing on the Conshohocken “A” Field.