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Montclair Prep ends athletic program

July 18, 2011 |  3:17 pm

Photo: Torey Lovullo went from Montclair Prep to success in the majors. He is currently the first-base coach for the Toronto Blue Jays. Credit: Eric Miller / Reuters Van Nuys Montclair Prep -- a school that has produced many outstanding athletes and teams over the years -- announced Monday it is dropping its athletic program for financial reasons.

The news stunned alumni and students of the school founded in 1956.

School Director Mark Simpson said a letter has gone out to the more than 200 students remaining in the school in grades seven through 12 about changes set for the 2011-12 school year.

"As a result of this economy and overwhelming requests for financial aid, we had to restructure," Simpson said.

Besides eliminating the sports program, the school will also discontinue grades seven and eight and become a ninth-through-12th-grade school and no longer offer financial aid.

Read more about Montclair Prep's athletic program at the Varsity Times Insider blog.

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Photo: Torey Lovullo went from Montclair Prep to success in the majors. He is currently the first-base coach for the Toronto Blue Jays. Credit: Eric Miller / Reuters

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