The Little Guy’s project

In the 1960’s, through the generosity – direct and indirect – of Hudson County political boss (and Saint Peter’s Prep alumnus), John V. Kenny, the school added an impressive modern building on Warren Street. A life-long resident who worked for the City of Jersey City during the reign of J.V.K. reported that a crew of City employees was assigned to “The Little Guy’s project,” as the Saint Peter’s Prep construction site then was known. (John V. Kenny’s nick-name was “The Little Guy.”) This was during an era of deferred maintenance for Jersey City’s public schools and municipal buildings that produced a downward spiral of decay.

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