Belleville High School (New Jersey)

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Belleville High School
100 Passaic Avenue
Belleville, NJ 07109
Type Public high school
School district Belleville School District
Principal Russell C. Pagano, Jr.
Vice principal Paul Aiello
Vice principal Joseph R. Rotonda
Faculty 120.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1,516[1] (as of 2012-13)
Student to teacher ratio 12.63:1[1]
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Athletics conference Super Essex Conference
Team name Buccaneers

Belleville High School is a four-year comprehensive community public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grade from Belleville, in Essex County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Belleville School District. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1964.[2]

As of the 2012-13 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,516 students and 120.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.63:1. There were 492 students (32.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 135 (8.9% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 294th-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.[3] The school had been ranked 160th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 214th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[4] The magazine ranked the school 2008 out of 316 schools.[5] The school was ranked 241st in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[6] ranked the school 311th out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (a decrease of 12 positions from the 2009 rank) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the language arts literacy and mathematics components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[7]


The Belleville High School Buccaneers now compete in the Super Essex Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[8] Until the NJSIAA's 2009 realignment, the school had participated in Division A of the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League, which was made up of high schools located in Bergen County, Passaic County and Essex County.[9] Its school colors are blue and gold. With 1,108 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as North I, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,108 to 2,479 students in that grade range.[10]


Core members of the school's administration are:[11]

  • Russell C. Pagano, Jr., Principal
  • Paul Aiello, Vice Principal
  • Joseph R. Rotonda, Vice Principal

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School Data for Belleville High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 23, 2015.
  2. ^ Belleville high School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed August 12, 2011.
  3. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  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 April 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. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2009-2010, Accessed January 14, 2012.
  8. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 8, 2014.
  9. ^ Home Page, Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 9, 2009. Accessed December 15, 2014.
  10. ^ 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for North I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed September 8, 2014.
  11. ^ BHS Faculty & Staff, Belleville High School. Accessed September 8, 2014.
  12. ^ Uschak, Roman J. "Six added to Belleville High School’s Wall of Recognition", Belleville Post, October 20, 2010. Accessed June 5, 2011. "The Wall of Recognition honors those with notable achievements after they graduate from Belleville High. The master of ceremonies last week was Major League Baseball umpire Phil Cuzzi, himself a Wall of Recognition member."
  13. ^ Fink, Jerry. "Vegas man knows ‘Jersey Boys’: Before Tommy DeVito came to town, he started the Four Seasons, gave Frankie Valli a platform", Las Vegas Sun, April 2, 2008. Accessed April 13, 2011. "He quit school after the eighth grade. (Belleville High made him an honorary graduate last year.)"
  14. ^ Bondy, Halley. "Belleville to honor hometown girl, the resilient Connie Francis", The Star-Ledger, October 22, 2009. Accessed April 13, 2011. "Francis graduated from Belleville High School in 1955. Her first hit, 'Who’s Sorry Now?' took off in 1958 after airing on Dick Clark’s 'American Bandstand."
  15. ^ Karidis, Maria. "Fox anchor's career dream started at BHS", Belleville Times, September 30, 2010. Accessed April 13, 2011. "Good Day New York anchor Ines Rosales visited her alma mater on Thursday, speaking with Belleville High School mass communication students."
  16. ^ Grushkin, Paul. Rockin' Down the Highway: The Cars and People That Made Rock Roll, p. 190. Voyageur Press, 2006. ISBN 0-7603-2292-9. Accessed June 5, 2011.
  17. ^ Macadam, Harry. "Geeks become No1 emo stars", The Sun, October 23, 2006. Accessed April 13, 2011. "But old snaps reveal just how much the American goth rocker has changed from his days as a tubby teen. His is taken from the 1995 yearbook for Belleville High School, New Jersey, when Gerard, then 18, posed for the camera alongside other students in his leaving year."
  18. ^ a b Uschak, Roman J. "Rock band with Belleville roots, My Chemical Romance, breaks up", Belleville Times, April 18, 2013. Accessed July 15, 2013. "Lead singer and co-founder Gerard Way graduated from Belleville High School in 1995.... Way's younger brother, Mike, the bassist for My Chemical Romance, also grew up in Belleville and is a 1998 BHS graduate."

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Coordinates: 40°48′14″N 74°09′45″W / 40.803794°N 74.162606°W / 40.803794; -74.162606