THE BRONX, NY — February 6, 2016 — Saint Barnabas High School’s gym was rocking on Thursday, February 4th as the Bears hosted rival Aquinas High School and senior Maggie Murray scored 20 points, bringing her all-time basketball career point total to 1,012 points. The final game score was Barnabas 59 – Aquinas 53.
Maggie decided to transfer to Saint Barnabas High School for her senior year when Good Counsel Academy closed last year. She had a full house of supporters for the big event including her proud parents, Maureen and Tim Murray and one of her three brothers, Matthew, as well as friends and classmates. SBHS Principal Sr. Joan Faraone RJM ‘68, former Good Counsel Academy Principal Sr. Laura Donovan RDC, St. Barnabas Pastor Mgr. Edward Barry, SBHS staff, and her former Varsity Coach at GCA, Maura Lynch, were all cheering Maggie on to victory.
A signed team ball was presented to Maggie by her SBHS coaches and teammates, while GCA staff and friends presented her with a signed chair from her former school – all taking place amid colorful floral bouquets and balloons spelling out 1000!
The last known Barnabite to break the 1,000 point career scoring record was Eileen McGuire ’84. In true Barnabas sisterhood, Ms. McGuire sent her congratulations to Maggie. McGuire, a former basketball star at Canisius College, is currently the Principal of Mamaroneck Avenue School in White Plains. Also on hand for the milestone event was Ms. McGuire’s former SBHS Basketball Coach, Alumna Julie Mulrey Kaen’76, now SBHS Dean of Plant Operations and Events. Maggie’s current Basketball Coach, Margaret Collins O’Brien ’75 is also a former SBHS Varsity star basketball player.
SBHS Principal Sr. Joan Faraone, RJM said, “It is always rewarding to see one of our students reach their full potential on and off the court. It is a testament to the spirit that envelopes the school. Our warmest congratulations go to Maggie on this accomplishment. The reunion of former players and coaches was also a wonderful tribute to the past and present at SBHS.”
“Maggie is one of those rare players who promotes the concept of team and is humble in her success. It’s gratifying to coach an individual with her talents and I am delighted for her in reaching this milestone.” commented Coach O’Brien.
After the game Maggie Murray reflected, “It was a rush of emotions. There is no other feeling like the one you get when the entire crowd is chanting your name. It was a great achievement, but I never really planned on it, I just love the game. I couldn’t have gotten here without the support and encouragement of my previous and current teammates and all my coaches. It is certainly something I will always remember! Thank you to Good Counsel and Saint Barnabas for allowing me to thrive both athletically and academically.”
Saint Barnabas High School has had a long history of outstanding basketball players. Two such headliners are:
Margaret Collins O’Brien ‘75 has the distinction of receiving the first scholarship for women’s basketball at Iona College. She has been coaching basketball at Saint Barnabas High School for six years since her retirement from Verizon.
Marianne Reilly ‘78/SBHS Board Member was the first female to receive a basketball scholarship to Manhattan College and later had the honor of becoming the first woman to be inducted into Manhattan College’s Sports Hall of Fame. Reilly is currently Senior Associate Director of Athletics at Fordham University.
Saint Barnabas High School, located at 425 East 240th Street, Bronx, NY 10470 is a Catholic college preparatory school for young women. Inspired by the Sisters of Charity and their foundress, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the school continues her legacy of providing a quality education in a caring environment. With a challenging curriculum, an array of extracurricular activities and an emphasis on service, the Saint Barnabas family works in the spirit of charity to develop the whole person through effective communication, mutual respect, and openness to new ideas. The school’s goal embraces global diversity and educates young women to develop confidence and recognizes their fullest potential to be Christian leaders who will change the world.