Burlington Township High School

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Burlington Township High School
610 Fountain Avenue
Burlington Township, NJ 08016

Type Public
Established 1964
School district Burlington Township School District
Principal Phil Brownridge
Assistant principals Neal Canavan
Christopher Ilconich
Naomi Threadgill
Faculty 91.9 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 912
Enrollment 1,281 (as of 2011-12)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 13.94:1[1]
Color(s)      Black
Athletics conference Burlington County Scholastic League
Team name Falcons
Burlington Twp. High Falcons.gif
Rival Florence Twp. Memorial HS, Bordentown Regional HS, Northern Burlington Regional, Burlington City HS, Willingboro HS, Holy Cross HS, Delran HS

Burlington Township High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Burlington Township in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Burlington Township School District. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1971.[2]

As of the 2011-12 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,281 students and 91.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.94:1. There were 163 students (12.7% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 66 (5.2% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 178th-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 203rd in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 153rd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[4] The magazine ranked the school 140th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[5] The school was ranked 138th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[6] Schooldigger.com ranked the school as 186th out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (a decrease of 6 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 Burlington Township High School Falcons compete in the Burlington County Scholastic League, which includes public and non-public high schools in the Burlington County area, operating under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[8] With 958 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as South Jersey, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 772 to 1,082 students in that grade range.[9] Township and student population have drastically increased within the past decade. The school, during the first seven years of competition in the Burlington County League, was considered a "Group I" then "Group II" category.

Main rivals are Burlington City High School, Delran High School, Florence Township Memorial High School and Holy Cross High School.[10][11]

The 2010-11 boys basketball team won the Central Jersey Group III Sectional championship with a 70-64 win over Colts Neck High School, overcoming a deficit of 13 points in the fourth quarter.[12] The 2011 sectional title was the program's tenth overall and its first since 1992. All of its previous championships - including state titles in 1985, 1987 and 1992 - had come while the school was categorized as Group I.[13]

The football team won the South Jersey Group I state sectional championships in 1976 and 1977.[14] The BTHS football team had won two consecutive Patriot Division titles and were moved up to the Liberty Division, where they pulled through the 2006-07 season with a 1-7 record. The first two games of the 06-07 season were forfeited due to an ineligible running back, overturning two games the team had won.[15]

The 2011 Boys Soccer Team won the BCSL Liberty Division for the first time is school history having a 7-1-2 record, the title was also the first in the Boys soccer program's history.[16]

The BTHS boys bowling team won the BCSL division championship with an 11-1 division record, and went 14-5 overall, and repeated as division champion in 2012.[17]

Allegations of religious intolerance[edit]

On March 22, 2007, Burlington Township High School scheduled a simulated Columbine-like school shooting, lockdown and evacuation where Burlington Township Police detectives posed as Christian fundamentalists who became angry (when a student was expelled for praying before class) and began shooting students in order to "seek justice".[18]

In response to the news coverage, the Burlington Township School District issued an official statement saying:

"Any perceived insensitivities to our religious community as a result of the emergency exercise are regrettable. It was certainly not the intent to portray any group in a negative manner. We cherish, respect, and celebrate the diversity of cultures and faith that exist within our community." The district respected the right of students and faculty to pray on school grounds.[19][20]


Core members of the school's administration include:[21]

  • Phillip Brownridge - Principal[22]
  • Neal Canavan - Assistant Principal
  • Christopher Iiconich - Assistant Principal
  • Naomi Threadgill - Assistant Principal

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Data for Burlington Township High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed October 19, 2014.
  2. ^ Burlington Township High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed August 29, 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 September 4, 2012.
  5. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 14, 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, Schooldigger.com. Accessed January 4, 2012.
  8. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 19, 2014.
  9. ^ 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 October 19, 2014.
  10. ^ Staff. "Burlington City tops Burlington Township, The Blue Devils got a 24-point performance from Keith Watson and stayed undefeated.", Philadelphia Inquirer, January 12, 2002. Accessed April 12, 2002. "Even before the junior varsity boys' basketball game had ended at Burlington City last night, the gymnasium stands were almost full. By the time the varsity teams took the court, there was not an empty seat to be found. That's the way it usually is when the Blue Devils meet crosstown rival Burlington Township."
  11. ^ Staff. "3 RIVALS ON THE RIVER HAVE THE BEST CHANCES", Philadelphia Inquirer, March 21, 1985. Accessed April 12, 2012. "A strong three-way race looms in the Burlington County League Freedom Division, a strong collection of small schools along or near the Delaware River from Palmyra to Bordentown. Burlington Township won this competitive division a year ago, but it will be hard-pressed to repeat. Depth of pitching points to Burlington, Florence and Delran as the top contenders, although Township will be up there somewhere."
  12. ^ Hadden, Doug. "S. Jersey Boys: Burlington Township defeats Colts Neck, 70-64, for Central Jersey Group 3 title", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 9, 2011. Accessed August 29, 2011. "Burlington Township, behind by 13 at one point in the fourth quarter, closed out Tuesday night's Central Jersey Group 3 basketball championship game with a 25-4 run and went home with an improbable title.The Falcons (21-9) shocked host Colts Neck, 70-64, and advanced to the state semifinals on Thursday against South Jersey champion Kingsway at 7 p.m. at Winslow Township."
  13. ^ Christopher, Chris. "Boys: Colts Neck blows 4th quarter lead to Burlington Twp in CJ Group III final", Asbury Park Press, March 8, 2011. Accessed August 29, 2011. "The Falcons, who began play in 1965, have won 10 sectional titles, including nine in South Jersey Group I. Burlington is 10-2 in sectional championship games. The Falcons captured their previous sectional championship in 1992. They won Group state titles in 1985, 1987 and 1992."
  14. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. N.J.S.I.A.A. FOOTBALL PLAYOFF CHAMPIONS, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 29, 2011.
  15. ^ Maderia calls his Holy Cross return special, The Courier-Post, October 17, 2006.
  16. ^ Lewis, John A. "Boys soccer: Township removes all doubt behind Machado", Burlington County Times, October 20, 2011. Accessed April 12, 2012. ""Burlington Township’s senior forward might easily have finished a hat trick in the biggest game of his high school career. He might easily have taken on the last defender and put his own stamp on the Falcons’ boys soccer team’s first division championship.... Burlington Township (9-3-2, 7-1-1) had a chance to clinch the Liberty against Cinnaminson last Tuesday, but found itself three goals down after 25 minutes and suffered a loss that brought Delran and Moorestown back into the race."
  17. ^ Staff. "Friday Local Roundup: Township rolls to second straight title", Burlington County Times, January 27, 2012. Accessed April 12, 2012. "Jordan Peluso had the high game for Burlington Township with a 178 and Josette Eckhardt had the high series with a 462 in its 4-0 win over Northern Burlington in girls bowling action on Friday. With the win, the Falcons claimed the Burlington County League Liberty Division title for the second straight year."
  18. ^ Levinsky, David. "Practice for worst-case scenario Hostage-crisis drill plays out in Burlington Township", Burlington County Times, March 23, 2007. Accessed January 4, 2012.
  19. ^ "Statement Regarding March 22, 2007 Emergency Exercise", Burlington Township School District.
  20. ^ Walsh, Jim. "Terror exercise is called offensive", Courier-Post, April 4, 2007. Accessed January 25, 2012. "'We cherish, respect and celebrate the diversity of cultures and faith that exist within our community,' the statement adds. It notes the district supports the right to pray, pointing to prayer groups and a Bible club in the high school."
  21. ^ Student - Parent Handbook 2012-2014, Burlington Township High School. Accessed November 12, 2014.
  22. ^ Public Report 8_31_2011.pdf Superintendent's Report, Burlington Township Schools, August 31, 2011. Accessed January 25, 2012. "After an extensive search and selection process, I am pleased to enthusiastically recommend Mr. Phil Brownridge for the positions of Principal of Burlington Township High School, replacing retiring principal, Mrs. Marie Phillips, who has served the district for the past four years. Upon approval, Mr. Brownridge would assume the post of Principal of BTHS on November 1, 2011."
  23. ^ Moeller, Jeff (February 22, 2013). "College Basketball: Township's Kevin Baggett growing into new role". PhillyBurbs.com. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 

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