Cliffside Park High School
|Cliffside Park High School|
|Palisade & Riverview Avenues
Cliffside Park, NJ 07010
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Cliffside Park School District|
|Principal||Lorraine S. Morrow|
|Vice principal||Ken Schmitt|
|Faculty||73.0 (on FTE basis)|
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Enrollment||986 (as of 2010-11)|
|Student to teacher ratio||13.51:1|
|Color(s)||Red and Black|
|Athletics conference||Big North Conference|
|Team name||Red Raiders|
|Publication||The Cliffside Courier|
Cliffside Park High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grade from Cliffside Park, in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Cliffside Park School District.
As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 986 students and 73.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.51:1. There were 428 students (43.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 80 (8.1% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch. as of the 2011-2012 school year, 36.1% of students at the high school spoke English as their first language at home, while 44.4% spoke Spanish, 4.4% speak Arabic, 3.8% speak Portuguese, 1.9% speak Korean, 1.9% speak Turkish and 7.6% speak other languages. Among the graduates of the Class of 2010, 51.2% planned to attend four-year colleges, while 38.5% planned on attending two-year colleges.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 256th-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 235th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 220th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 195th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
The Cliffside Park High School Red Raiders compete in the Big North Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Cliffside Park had previously competed in the Bergen County Scholastic League (BCSL) American Conference, which included private and public high schools located in Bergen County and Hudson County.
The football team won the NJSIAA North I Group III state sectional championships in 1977.
The 2007 boys soccer team won the North II, Group II state sectional championship with a 1-0 win over Hackettstown High School in the tournament final for the team's second sectional title, the program's only other win coming in 1992 when it won the North I, Group III sectional title. The 2008 team shared the Group II state championship with Delran High School after a 2-2 tie in which Cliffside Park took a 2-1 lead with a goal with 74 seconds left in regulation but Delran tied the score with a goal nine seconds later. In 2010, the team won its four consecutive state sectional title with a 3-1 win against Bernards High School. The 2010 boys soccer team was recognized by The Record as the North Jersey Boys Soccer Team of the Year after winning the Group II state championship with a 1-0 win over Haddon Heights High School, the first sole possession of the state title in the program's history after sharing the Group II title in 2008.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Lorraine S. Morrow - Principal
- Ken Schmitt - Vice Principal
- Gerald Calabrese (born 1925), longtime mayor of Cliffside Park, who played in the NBA for two seasons with the Syracuse Nationals.
- Bruce Elia (born 1953), former NFL linebacker, primarily with the San Francisco 49ers.
- Ed Mioduszewski (born 1931), quarterback in the NFL for the Baltimore Colts.
- Ted Rzempoluch (born 1941), defensive back in the NFL for the Washington Redskins.
- Data for Cliffside Park High, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 8, 2012.
- 2011-2012.pdf Profile 2010 – 2011, Cliffside Park High School. Accessed October 4, 2011. "Cliffside Park is a residential community of approximately 23,000 residents and a geographical size of one square mile. It is a suburb of and less than one mile from New York City. The neighboring town of Fairview is a K – 8 district and Cliffside Park is the receiving district for Fairview’s 9 – 12 students. Fairview has a population of approximately 13,300."
- Cliffside Park High School 2011-2012 School Report Card, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 13, 2013.
- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 1, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 21, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- League Memberships – 2012-2013, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 27, 2012.
- School Info, Bergen County Scholastic League American Division. Accessed March 9, 2008.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 24, 2011.
- 2007 Boys Soccer - North II, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 13, 2007.
- "Cliffside captures first title since '92", The Record (Bergen County), November 10, 2007. Accessed November 13, 2007. "Jaafar scored on a header in the 57th minute Friday to give the top-seeded Red Raiders a 1-0 victory over No. 3 Hackettstown in the North 2, Group 2 final at Cliffside Park. This marked Cliffside Park's second sectional title and first since it won the North 1, Group 3 crown in 1992, coach Jim Fucci said."
- Staff. "Late goal gives Delran share of title", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 23, 2008. Accessed July 25, 2011. "The Delran boys' soccer team admittedly was deflated after Cliffside Park took a 2-1 lead yesterday with 74 seconds remaining in regulation of their Group 2 state title game at Hillsborough High. What looked like a grim situation turned into an improbable comeback, which is why the Bears didn't mind sharing the championship after playing to a 2-2 tie with Cliffside Park through regulation and two overtime periods."
- Lewis, John. "Delran's Allibone fulfills role of captain to the end", Burlington County Times, November 24, 2008. Accessed July 25, 2011. "Beyond his defensive contributions, Bob Allibone took it upon himself to be the one who rallied the Delran High School boys soccer team after it fell behind with just 1:14 remaining in Saturday's state Group 2 championship game.Dominic Nocito, who re-tied the game nine seconds later, said it was Allibone, a senior captain, who rallied the team at that point and got them ready for one more run ..."
- Staff. "Cliffside Park rallies to capture North 2, Group 2 title", The Record (Bergen County), November 12, 2010. Accessed July 25, 2011. "Cliffside Park's seniors completed their sweep Thursday, coming back with three goals in the second half to beat Bernards, 3-1, and win their fourth consecutive North 2, Group 2 boys soccer championship."
- Giuffra, Brian A. "Boys soccer Team of the Year: Cliffside Park", The Record (Bergen County), December 14, 2010. Accessed July 25, 2011. "It won three straight State sectional titles, three straight league titles, been to two straight Group 2 championships and shared a Group 2 title. But even with that success, the Red Raiders never were content, even when it seemed things couldn’t get any better. This year, they did. Cliffside Park put together the best season in school history and earned the North Jersey Boys Soccer Team of the Year honor after duplicating its success from the last three years and finishing the season with its first Group 2 championship in school history."
- Staff. "Haddon Heights falls to Cliffside Park in Group 2 boys' soccer championship", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 22, 2010. Accessed July 25, 2011. "A Cliffside Park team that played picturesque possession soccer used a first-half goal from Exau Paz and defeated Haddon Heights, 1-0, in Sunday's state Group 2 championship at the College of New Jersey."
- TRIBUTE TO GERALD CALABRESE -- HON. ROBERT G. TORRICELLI, United States House of Representatives, March 13, 1991. Accessed June 2, 2007. "I have known Gerry Calabrese for many years. He has been a leader in Cliffside Park, NJ since he led Cliffside Park High School to a State basketball championship."
- Bruce Elia player profile, DatabaseFootball.com. Accessed October 4, 2011.
- Levin, Jay. "Alan “Bucky” Kempton, former HS football coach, dies at 78", Bergen.com, March 10, 2009. Accessed October 4, 2011. "Alan “Bucky” Kempton, who coached Cliffside Park High School football for 14 years and led the squad to a state title in 1977, died Friday. He was 78 and lived in Gettysburg, Pa.... One of Mr. Kempton’s players from 1969-71, Bruce Elia, had a pro career with the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers."
- Ed Mioduszewski. Databasefootball.com. Retrieved on September 5, 2013.
- Ted Rzempoluch profile, databaseFootball.com. Accessed July 10, 2007.
- Staff. "Prep Finds He Has Broken Leg--4 Games Later", Chicago Tribune, November 20, 1958. Accessed October 4, 2011. "Ted Rzempoluch, Cliffside Park High school football player, was hurt four games ago, but no matter. In three games since, Rzempoluch, who plays fullback, has become his team's leading scorer, with 42 points."
- Cliffside Park High School
- Cliffside Park School District
- Cliffside Park School District's 2010–11 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Cliffside Park School District, National Center for Education Statistics