Back in April the Diocese of Camden announced that five local schools including Wildwood Catholic and St. Joe's of Hammonton high schools would be closing their doors.

Today, the Wildwood Catholic Academy was born.

According to a press release, the school will open its doors on July 1, 2020 after weeks of fund raising to help keep the school open.

Wildwood Catholic is one of the top boys's basketball programs in the area, winning three-straight boys basketball Cape-Atlantic League titles.

As for St. Joe's of Hammonton, the news was not as good.

Per the social media account, StJoeGottaBelieve, the diocese declined their bid to save the high school and St. Joseph Elementary School.

The statement said a task force wants to operate as an independent, private school with no relation to the diocese, with an offer to buy the school, and athletic fields.

A final announcement on the fate of the school is expected Friday.

The Wildcats are of course of the of the top football programs in not only South Jersey, but in the state of New Jersey.

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