NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP)Gov. Chris Christie was at St. Anthony’s High School on Thursday acknowledging the school’s success on the hardwood and touting their exploits in the classroom.

The Jersey City school has won four basketball national titles and 24 state titles in the past 30 seasons.  However, Christie was more impressed with the fact that St. Anthony’s has sent 100 percent of its graduates to college over the last 17 years.

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“You are an example.  What you are doing every day is an example that inspires people,” Christie said, delivering a proclamation to honor the school.

Christie told the school that setting high standards and demanding performance can “inspire the young men and women who come to your school” to realize their full potential.

Using the school’s success as a backdrop, Christie also named New Jersey’s first secretary of higher education.  Rochelle Hendricks, a former education commissioner, was tapped to help oversee policy at the state’s public and independent higher education institutions.

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“Education matters.  It matters to our economic prosperity,” Hendricks said. “It is the key to maintaining our quality of life,” Hendricks said.

Hendricks joined the state Education Department in 1987 and most recently served as deputy education commissioner.

She ran the department for a time last year after Gov. Chris Christie fired Education Commissioner Bret Schundler over a mistake on an application that might have cost the state a $400 million federal education grant.

Hendricks also oversaw Newark schools as an interim superintendent until last week when a permanent one was named.

She must be confirmed by the Senate.

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