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Miracle on High Street: The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J. Hardcover – November 1, 2010

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"This wondrous story of faith in the power of education, spiritual tenacity in an old American city, and redemption for generations of hardscrabble boys along Newark's High Street is important and timely. Tom McCabe's Miracle. captures the complicated history of the Benedictines on old American ground, shedding a brilliant light on why they have mattered, and still do, to the survival of inner city parochial education in the United States. It also persuasively argues that the decision, in retrospect an extraordinary one, to reopen the school was yet another symbol of Newark's Renaissance and the Benedictine challenge to racism. A triumph!" - Clement Alexander Price


"A dramatic, riveting account of a school and a city that rose and fell together, and the community of monks who dared to wed hopes for a revived St. Benedict's with Newark's precarious dreams of rebirth. Thomas A. McCabe is a gifted historian; he has crafted this highly lucid narrative with an insider's passion and a scholar's balance and grace." - James T. Fisher


"The inner-city school's remarkable revival shows that American education can bridge achievement gaps between white and black as well as rich and poor." - Publishers Weekly


"The captivating true story of a Catholic prep school that helped turn around a community falling prey to urban blight."--Midwest Book Review


"McCabe's lively history of St. Benedict's Miracle on High Street, may be a local story, but it's also a microcosm of the ebb and flow of the Catholic presence in many American cities."-Teresa Malcom, National Catholic Reporter


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Thomas A. McCabe is Visiting Professor in the History Department at Rutgers University-Newark, where he teaches seminars on race and ethnicity in the United States and American cities and suburbs. McCabe received his Ph.D. in American History from Rutgers University in 2006. Previously, he worked as an administrator and teacher at St. Benedict's for more than 15 years.
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  • Hardcover: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press; 1 edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823233103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823233106
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.1 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,426,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thomas McCabe's Miracle on High Street, tracing the history of Newark's Saint Benedict's Prep, is a truly superb and carefully researched historical work. Eloquent and genuinely heartfelt, McCabe's solid scholarship, nevertheless, ensures that his portrait is carefully presented in the context of shifting historical currents be they social, political or demographic. The essence of Saint Benedict's through the years, the character building and the sense of community that was and remains its core function, is superbly captured. The profiles of the Benedictine monks, the visionary leaders, the teachers and the athletic coaches are likewise noteworthy. McCabe's depiction of Newark's rapid decline leading to the school's eventual closure in 1972 made me revisit not only all of the deep sadness I felt as a freshman that year but also pride in having had the Bendict's "experience", albeit abbreviated. Finally, McCabe's depiction of Benedict's rebirth, true to its Benedictine values, is captivating and rightly credits the inspired leadership, organizational skill and relentless energy of a handful of remaining monks and the corporate benefactors and alumni leveraged in support.

Miracle on High Street is a seminal work that provides insight into an important Catholic educational institution that has over the years quietly and effectively taught and mentored generations of young men. It should be of keen interest not only to alumni and friends of Saint Benedict's, but also to those interested in American urban history, Catholic education in America and the history of Newark. Highly recommended!
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Miracle on High Street: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J. is the captivating true story of a Catholic prep school that helped turn around a community falling prey to urban blight. In the 1960s, deindustrialization, suburbanization, and racial violence caused an exodus from Newark. Benedictine monks that lived, worked, and prayed on High Street observed its decay into Newark's notorious Skid Row. Enrollment in St. Benedict's Prep School declined, and it closed in 1972. But a few monks drew inspiration from the Benedictine values of stability and adaptability to reopen it one year later, determined to offer young African American and Latino males opportunities for education and a better future. Thirty years later, St. Benedict's is an outstanding success story and an inspirational model; 95 percent of its graduates go on to college. St Benedict's has even been termed the "Miracle on High Street", and its contributions to the community offer invaluable lessons for turning around the difficult problems of inner city decay. Highly recommended.
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Tom McCabe's comprehensive history of St. Benedict's Prep School--one of the most successful urban schools in the nation--is not just an inspiring story, but also a primer on Newark's complicated past. The first chapter is a brillant and incredibly detailed description of an American, 19th-century, religious-inspired, ethnically-divided, urban riot. Protestants battled Catholics in one of America's largest cities. The outcome was the birth of one of the most successful Benedictine abbeys in the world. Anyone with an interest in urban education or the history of Newark will benefit greatly from McCabe's book.
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I found the book excellent. This book will certainly be of interest to people interested in American Catholic history, the history of religious communities, urban history and especially the history of the city of Newark. I would say that it has a lot to say to educators in general.
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