Colonia High School

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Colonia High School
180 East Street
Colonia, NJ 07067

Type Public high school
School district Woodbridge Township School District
Principal Kenneth D. Pace, Sr.
Vice Principals Jennifer Murphy
Jamison Panko
Faculty 132.2 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,389 (as of 2011-12)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 10.51:1[1]
Color(s) Blue      and Gold     
Athletics conference Greater Middlesex Conference
Mascot The Patriot
Nickname Patriots
Newspaper The Declaration
Yearbook The Arch

Colonia High School is one of three four-year comprehensive public high schools that serve students in ninth through twelfth grades from Woodbridge Township in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Woodbridge Township School District. The other two high schools in the district are John F. Kennedy Memorial High School and Woodbridge High School. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1973.[2]

As of the 2011-12 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,389 students and 132.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.51:1. There were 273 students (19.7% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 91 (6.6% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 127th-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 182nd in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 192nd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[4] The magazine ranked the school 188th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[5] The school was ranked 208th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[6] ranked the school tied for 93rd out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 61 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (86.2%) and language arts literacy (97.6%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[7]


The Colonia High School Patriots compete in the Greater Middlesex Conference, which includes 33 public and private high schools located in the greater Middlesex County area and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[8] With 1,026 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as North II, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 758 to 1,061 students in that grade range.[9]

The boys basketball team won the 2007 North II, Group III state sectional championship, edging Union Hill High School 84-83 in the tournament final.[10]

In 2008, the Patriots finished their basketball season with a record of 22-7.[citation needed] This included a State Tournament Semi-Final win against the 7th ranked team in the state of New Jersey, Rahway High School. Also in the 07-08 school year, the Patriots were undefeated White Division Champions in football and also Co-White Division Champions, sharing the title with Monroe Township High School in Baseball. They also finished a close second in the White Division in Golf and finished third in the White Division in Cross Country. In the 07-08 school year, Colonia High School introduced three new sports, Volleyball (boys and girls), ice hockey and swimming.


Colonia High School's official newsletter is titled The Declaration. The Declaration is published seasonally, with one issue published and sent home each winter, spring, and summer.

The Arch is Colonia High School's annual yearbook. In additional to the physical yearbook, the yearbook club has worked to develop an interactive yearbook CD.


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

  • Kenneth D. Pace, Sr., Principal
  • Jennifer Murphy, Vice Principal
  • Jamison Panko, Vice Principal

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Data for Colonia High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 19, 2014.
  2. ^ Colonia High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed September 13, 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 7, 2012.
  5. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 26, 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 2010-2011, Accessed March 2, 2012.
  8. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2014.
  9. ^ 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for North II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed November 19, 2014.
  10. ^ 2007 Boys Basketball - North II, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 25, 2007.
  11. ^ Home page, Colonia High School. Accessed November 19, 2014.
  12. ^ Tom Higgins, database Football. Accessed November 14, 2007.
  13. ^ Stewart Krentzman Video | Interviews, OVGuide. Accessed September 7, 2012. "Krentzman graduated from Colonia High School (1969) in Colonia, New Jersey and from Fairleigh Dickinson University."
  14. ^ via Associated Press. "High schools to honor paralyzed Rutgers player Eric LeGrand", USA Today, October 22, 2010. Accessed March 28, 2011. "High school players around the state will pay tribute to the Rutgers University junior defensive tackle who was paralyzed from the neck down during a kickoff against Army last Saturday. Their helmets will feature Eric LeGrand's No. 52 in Rutgers' scarlet color. The idea came from LeGrand's alma mater, Colonia High School."
  15. ^ Kerkhoff, Blair. "Kickoff Classic Notebook", Kansas City Star, August 28, 1993. Accessed March 28, 2011. "Mason grew up in Woodbridge, NJ, and graduated from nearby Colonia High."
  16. ^ "Zack Rosen athletic biography". University of Pennsylvania athletics. Retrieved 2012-04-06. 
  17. ^ Chang, Kathy. "Young fencer enjoys living on the edge: Woodbridge resident hoping for a spot on 2008 Olympic team", Woodbridge Sentinel, August 16, 2006. Accessed July 8, 2008. "Wozniak graduated from Colonia High School in June. She heads to St. John's University in Queens, N.Y., this fall on a full athletic scholarship."

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Coordinates: 40°35′35″N 74°19′12″W / 40.593189°N 74.3199°W / 40.593189; -74.3199