Barringer High School

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Barringer High School
Barringer HS Newark jeh.jpg
90 Parker Street
Newark, NJ 07104
Type Public high school
Established 1838
School district Newark Public Schools
Principal Shonda A. Davis[1]
Vice Principals K. Brown
P. Pontoriero
C. Wallace[1]
Faculty 95.0 (on FTE basis)[2]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,476 (as of 2010-11)[2]
Student to teacher ratio 15.54:1[2]
Language English
Area Urban
Color(s) Blue and White
Team name Blue Bears

Barringer High School, formerly Newark High School, is a four-year comprehensive public high school in Newark, in Essex County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Newark Public Schools. Some consider it to be the third oldest public high school in the United States. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1981.[3]

As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,476 students and 95.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 15.54:1. There were 976 students (66.1% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 46 (3.1% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[2]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 313th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2012 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 311th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[4] The magazine ranked the school 306th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[5] The school was ranked 303rd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[6]


In 1838, Nathan Hedges opened a high school in a building on Bank Street. On January 7, 1853, a three-story building was opened at the corner of Washington and Linden and had an enrollment of 498 boys and girls.[7]

In 1875, Dr. William N. Barringer was hired to succeed George B. Sears as Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Barringer oversaw the construction of a second high school building at a cost of $300,000, which is now the faculty parking lot. Construction started in 1878 and was completed in 1899. In 1907, the name of Newark High School was officially changed to Barringer, in honor of Dr. Barringer.[7]


Barringer High School now competes in the Super Essex Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[8]

Notable alumni[edit]

Arts and Literature[edit]


Hall of Famer Andre Tippett




  1. ^ a b Administration, Barringer High School. Accessed October 24, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d Data for Barringer, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 8, 2012.
  3. ^ Barringer High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. accessed June 28, 2011.
  4. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 1, 2012.
  5. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 12, 2011.
  6. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  7. ^ a b History of Barringer High School, Barringer High School. Accessed December 26, 2006.
  8. ^ League Memberships – 2012-2013, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 27, 2012.
  9. ^ Slonimsky, Nicholas and Laura Kuhn (ed). Kern, Jerome (David)". Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Volume 3 (Schirmer Reference, New York, 2001), accessed May 10, 2010 (requires subscription)
  10. ^ Message from Amiri Baraka, New Jersey and Newark Schools' Poet Laureate, dated July 1, 2003, accessed April 13, 2007. "Now, in an attempt to prevent my appearance at Barringer High School (my alma mater) June 30, to give the Commencement Address, they threatened to picket Barringer and otherwise cause disruption."
  11. ^ Ted Fiorito: The Newark Son of Italian Immigrants who Became One of Greats of American Music. Virtual Newark. Accessed December 26, 2006.
  12. ^ Acocella, Nick "Moe Berg: Catcher and spy",, July 29, 2004, accessed April 13, 2007. "Morris Berg was born in a cold-water tenement on East 121st Street in Manhattan on March 2, 1902, to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents – Bernard, a druggist, and Rose.... He later starred at Barringer High School."
  13. ^ Araton, Harvey. "A Fearless Prediction by Yanks’ Cano", The New York Times, October 9, 2010. Accessed October 24, 2011. "Cano finished eighth grade and enrolled at Barringer High School, but he failed to make it through his freshman year or to play an inning of high school baseball in New Jersey."
  14. ^ "THE ULTIMATE NEW JERSEY HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK: T-Z AND ALSO...", The Star-Ledger, June 27, 1999. Accessed August 4, 2007.
  15. ^ Resolution Adopted by the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States to Record Our Deep Respect and Affection for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., accessed December 26, 2006. "The Justice graduated from Barringer High School in 1924."
  16. ^ Schwaneberg, Robert. "Education building honors a champion: Rights lawyer Carter argued Brown case", copy of article from The Star-Ledger, November 21, 2006, at the Warren County Education Association. Accessed March 5, 2012. "Almost 54 years ago, Robert L. Carter stood before the U.S. Supreme Court and argued that segregated schools can never be equal.... Yesterday, the Trenton building that houses the state Department of Education was dedicated in honor of Carter, who grew up in Newark and East Orange and is now a federal judge in New York.... Born in Florida, Carter was 6 weeks old when his family moved to Newark. He attended Barringer High School in Newark and East Orange High School, graduating at age 16 after skipping two grades."
  17. ^ Donald Milford Payne, Jr., Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed June 8, 2007.
  18. ^ Peter Wallace Rodino, Jr., Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed December 26, 2006.
  19. ^ George Marvin Wallhauser, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed June 8, 2007.
  20. ^ Local Talk News Editor "Stephen N. Adubato to be awarded honorary degree from Kean University",, May 7, 2010. Accessed May 17, 2010.

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Coordinates: 40°45′24″N 74°10′45″W / 40.756539°N 74.179286°W / 40.756539; -74.179286