Audubon High School
|Audubon High School|
|350 Edgewood Avenue
Audubon, NJ 08106
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||"A Tradition of Pride and Excellence"|
|School district||Audubon School District|
|Principal||John H. Ross|
|Vice Principals||Robert Buchs
|Asst. Principal||Bonnie Smetlzer|
|Faculty||68.9 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||796 (as of 2011-12)|
|Student to teacher ratio||11.56:1|
|Athletics conference||Colonial Conference|
|Team name||Green Wave|
Audubon High School is a comprehensive six-year community public high school that serves students in seventh through twelfth grades from Audubon, in Camden County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Audubon School District.
As of the 2011-12 school year, the school had an enrollment of 796 students and 68.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.56:1. There were 105 students (13.2% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 50 (6.3% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 181st-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology. The school had been ranked 147th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 172nd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 195th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 238th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
Audubon High School is a member school in the Colonial Conference, which is composed of small schools whose enrollments generally do not exceed between 750-800 students for grades 9-12 and operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. With 505 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as South Jersey, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 486 to 748 students in that grade range.
The football team won the South Jersey Group II state sectional championship in 1975.
From the early 1990s to the early 2000s, many considered Audubon's baseball team a dynasty; winning state championships in 1994, 95, 96, 98 and 2001. The 2001 team won the Group II State Championship with an 8-1 win over Newton High School
In 1997, the wrestling team won its first ever District 28 Championship with Head Coach, Dave Lang, winning Coach-Of-The-Year, and Michael Loeffler winning Most Outstanding Wrestler.
In 2006, the boys' soccer team won the Patriot Division of the conference for the first time in school history.
The girls' soccer team secured their third straight Patriot Division title in 2006.
The girls' field hockey team won the 2005 and 2006 Patriot Division championships.
The school's marching band was Tournament of Bands Chapter One Champions in 1991 (Group 1). The marching band was 2005 Atlantic Coast Invitational Champion in Group 2 and 2004 Atlantic Coast Invitational Champion in Group 3. They also took first as Group II A Northern State Champions with the caption of Best Color Guard and Best Visual in 2010 with their show Celestial Journey. In 2013, they won TOB New Jersey States Championships for group II, as well as South Jersey Group II Championships.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Donald Borden, Superintendent
- John H. Ross, Principal
- Robert Buchs, Vice Principal
- Frank Corley, Vice Principal
- Bonnie Smeltzer, Assistant Principal / Student Personnel Services
- Dan Baker (born 1946, Class of 1964), stadium announcer for both the Philadelphia Phillies and the Philadelphia Eagles for more than two decades.
- John Barr (Class of 1975), Executive Director of East Coast Scouting for the San Francisco Giants.
- Edward Clyde Benfold (1931–52, Class of 1949), Navy Medal of Honor recipient, Korean War (attached to the Marine Corps).
- Nelson V. Brittin (1920-1951, Class of 1939), Army Medal of Honor recipient, Korean War.
- Joe Flacco (born 1985, Class of 2003), starting quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens and Super Bowl XLVII MVP.
- Edward P. McNeff (born 1924, Class of 1942), Air Force Major General and member of the Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey.
- Vic Obeck (1917–1979), professional football player and general manager.
- William Siri (1919-2004, Class of 1937), was a part of the Manhattan Project which was responsible for the development of the atomic bomb. He also was co-leader of the first American expedition to successfully climb Mt. Everest and went on to climb every major mountain range in the world.
- Ben Vaughn (Class of 1973), worked as the musical composer for the award-winning TV sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun and also provided music for other TV shows including That 70's Show, Men Behaving Badly, Normal, Ohio and Grounded for Life.
Project Memorial Site
- Medal of Honor Memorial
A memorial outside the high school (350 Edgewood Ave.) was dedicated to the school's three Medal of Honor recipients on July 4, 1994:
- HM3 Edward C. Benfold, US Navy (US Marine Corps), Korean War
- SFC Nelson V. Brittin, US Army, Korean War
- CPL Samuel M. Sampler, US Army, World War I
- Data for Audubon High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 8, 2014.
- Nicolosi, Peggy. "Report on Non-Operating School District: Audubon Park", Camden County Executive County Superintendent, June 30, 2009. Accessed February 22, 2014. "In addition to students from Audubon Park, Audubon also receives high school students from Mount Ephraim Public Schools."
- Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 10, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed June 11, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 8, 2014.
- 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for South Jersey, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed September 8, 2014.
- Goldberg, Jeff. N.J.S.I.A.A. FOOTBALL PLAYOFF CHAMPIONS, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 17, 2011.
- Carchidi, Sam. "Records broken as Audubon takes state title", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 10, 2001. Accessed August 27, 2008. "Andrew Noe and Nate Schill put their names in the South Jersey record book as they led Audubon High to a surprisingly easy 8-1 win over Newton in the NJSIAA Group 2 state baseball championship yesterday. With 800 fans watching on a postcard-perfect day at Toms River North, Audubon won its sixth state title - and its fifth in the last eight years. It was the Green Wave's first state crown since 1998"
- Staff. "Comer leads Seneca to title", Asbury Park Press, June 11, 2011. Accessed June 12, 2011. "Audubon 8, Waldwick 6: ... the Green Wave (23-5) claimed the Group I title. It is the program's seventh state title and first since 2001 when it won Group II."
- Audubon Alumni High School Accessed July 26, 2007.
- Staff. "Audubon 54, Haddon Township 7 (High school Football scores and results) - Football ", The Star-Ledger, November 25, 2010. Accessed August 27, 2011. "Chris Borgesi score three touchdowns and Brian Flacco rushed for two as Audubon defeated Haddon Township, 54-7, yesterday in Audubon. Audubon leads the Thanksgiving Series with a 31-16-1 record."
- Tournament of Bands - Chapter One History, Tournament of Bands. Accessed July 5, 2007.
- Goebel, Caryn. "Congratulations I Open, II A, IV A - VI A Northern States Champions!", USSBA, October 31, 2010. Accessed August 27, 2011.
- Administration, Audubon High School. Accessed June 11, 2011.
- Six, Jim. "Phillies PA announcer happy and busy", South Jersey Newspapers, October 19, 2008. Accessed June 11, 2011. "Saturday. In the morning, he will be inducted into the elite Audubon High School Ring of Honor and give an acceptance speech. He's a '64 Audubon grad."
- Ostrum, Gus. "From Audubon To The Mets, Front-office Style", The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 28, 1987. Accessed June 11, 2011. "In a little over two years, Audubon High graduate John Barr has made his mark as a rising star in the front office of the New York Mets organization.... Barr, 29, who graduated from Audubon in 1975, was an assistant baseball coach at two colleges, a public accountant, a salesman and a stockbroker before landing with the world champion Mets."
- Edward Benfold, Medal of Honor website. Accessed February 13, 2008.
- "Flacco anchors high-powered Blue Hens offense", Courier-Post, November 4, 2007. Accessed November 29, 2007. "Joe Flacco just has a way about him.... That's why Flacco is so suited for the role of starting quarterback for the University of Delaware's football team. The former Audubon High School star is sure-handed, sure-footed and just gets it done on the football field, always has."
- "Military Bio: Major General Edward P. McNeff". Accessed February 28, 2013
- Dean, Robert. Popularity Of Football Owes Much to Vic Obeck: McGill Coach Unofficial Ambassador of Good-Will for Fall Pastime, The Canadian Register, October 2, 1948. Accessed June 4, 2014. "When Vic was of high school age, his family moved to New Jersey, where he starred on the Audubon High School eleven, New Jersey high school champions."
- Duane, Daniel (September–October 2005). "Career Climber". Sierra Magazine. Retrieved December 30, 2009.
- Appleford, Steve. "Backseat Man Ben Vaughn, Straight Out Of Camden, Has Found Soundtrack Success In Hollywood. But His Ride - And Sometime Recording Studio - Is Still An Aqua Rambler, Vintage 1965.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 18, 1997. Accessed June 11, 2011. "Few of his friends would be surprised at Vaughn's choice of mobile studio. Now 41, the Mount Ephraim native has driven nothing but Ramblers since Audubon High School, where even his love life hinged on acceptance of the boxy little cars."
- "Tribute in Audubon Slated for Thursday." Courier-Post, May 24, 2000.
- Audubon High School
- Audubon School District
- Audubon School District's 2012–13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Audubon High School, National Center for Education Statistics
- South Jersey Sports: Audubon HS