Cresskill High School

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Cresskill High School
Location
One Lincoln Drive
Cresskill, NJ 07626

Information
Type Public high school
Established 1962
School district Cresskill Public Schools
Principal Michael Burke
Assistant principals Donald Bergamini
Faculty 24.5 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 561 (as of 2010-11)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 22.90:1[1]
Color(s) Black/Gold          
Athletics conference North Jersey Interscholastic Conference
Team name Cougars
Website

Cresskill High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Cresskill in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Cresskill Public Schools.

As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 561 students and 24.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 22.90:1. There were 11 students (2.0% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 6 (1.1% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Cresskill's students in grades seven to twelve had attended Tenafly High School, until the initial wing of Cresskill's high school, constructed at a cost of $2.8 million, opened in October 1962. Students already in the Tenafly district for grades 11 and 12 when the Cresskill school opened remained at Tenafly High School until graduation, which meant that the first graduating class was the Class of 1965.[2]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 29th-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 55th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[3] The magazine ranked the school 2008 out of 316 schools.[4] The school was ranked 15th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state.[5] Schooldigger.com ranked the school 22nd out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 90 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (97.1%) and language arts literacy (99.3%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[6]

In its 2013 report on "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast ranked the school 361st in the nation among participating public high schools and 31st among schools in New Jersey.[7] The school was ranked 166th in the nation and tenth in New Jersey on the list of "America's Best High Schools 2012" prepared by The Daily Beast / Newsweek, with rankings based primarily on graduation rate, matriculation rate for college and number of Advanced Placement / International Baccalaureate courses taken per student, with lesser factors based on average scores on the SAT / ACT, average AP/IB scores and the number of AP/IB courses available to students.[8]

In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 7th in New Jersey and 369th nationwide.[9]

The school was ranked 209th in the 2010 Newsweek magazine ranking of the top 15,000 high schools in the United States, after being ranked 303rd in 2009. It was the sixth-ranked school in New Jersey, with 2.586 AP tests taken in 2008 per graduating senior and 52% of all graduating seniors passing at least one AP exam; The school was ranked 256th nationwide in 2008.[10] In Newsweek's 2007 ranking of the country's top high schools, Cresskill High School was listed in 209th place, the fifth-highest ranked school in New Jersey; the school had been ranked 202nd in the 2006 survey and in 93rd in 2005.[11]


Athletics[edit]

The Cresskill High School Cougars compete in the Patriot Division of the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC), following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[12][13] Prior to realignment that took effect in the fall of 2010, Cresskill was a member of the Bergen County Scholastic League (BCSL) in the Olympic Division. With 411 students in grades 10 to 12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2011-12 school year as North I Group I, a category that included schools with enrollment of 157 to 489 in those three grades.[14]

The football team won the NJSIAA North I Group I state sectional championship in 1984, 1987, 1989, 1992 and 1997.[15]

In 2010, the Cresskill boys basketball team defeated Boonton High School 60-59 to capture the North 1 Group 1 state sectional title on a basket scored with 10 seconds remaining in the game.[16][17]

The 2010 boys basketball team won the North I Group I tournament with a 60-59 win over Boonton High School.[18]

In both 2008 and 2009, Cresskill won the BCSL Olympic Division wrestling title.

The 2003 girls basketball team won the North I, Group I title with a win over previously unbeaten County Prep High School, by a 71-65 score.[19][20] The 2004 team repeated the feat, winning their third consecutive title by defeating North Warren Regional High School, 74-61, in the tournament final.[21][22] In 2008, the girl's varsity basketball team won the North I, Group I state sectional championship with a 59-44 win over Belvidere High School.[23][24]

In 2007 and 2009, Cresskill won its group at the Bergen County Meet in track.[25]

On November 9, 2006, Cresskill played in the finals of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) 2006 North I, Group I Girls Soccer Tournament, falling to Kinnelon High School by a score of 5-0.[26]

The girls tennis team defeated Verona High School 3-2, to win the 2005 North I, Group I sectional title.[27]

The 2001 boys tennis team won the North Jersey Group I sectional championship, defeating Waldwick High School 4-1.[28]

The girls volleyball team won the 2002 Group I championship, sweeping Secaucus High School 15-10, 15-7 in the final match.[29] The 2003 team repeated the title, defeating North Arlington High School in the final.[30]

The 2002 boys basketball team defeated Bogota High School by 15 points, to win the finals of the North I, Group I state sectional, finishing the season with a record of 22-5.[citation needed]

The 2001 boys basketball team defeated Secaucus High School by 61-50, to win the finals of the North I, Group I tournament. They finished with a school best 26-2 record.[31]

Administration[edit]

Core members of the school administration are:[32]

  • Michael Burke, Acting Principal
  • Donald Bergamini, Assistant Principal

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Data for Cresskill Jr Sr High Sch, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 8, 2012.
  2. ^ Slocum, John W. "NEW JERSEY; Bergen", The New York Times, September 3, 1962. Accessed July 22, 2011. "Cresskill will open the first wing of its $2,800,000 high school on Oct 1. Of the 495 pupils in grades seven through twelve, 280 junior and seniors will study in Tenafly High School until graduation."
  3. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 1, 2012.
  4. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed June 12, 2011.
  5. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  6. ^ School Overview; Click on "Rankings" for 2003-11 HSPA results, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 7, 2012.
  7. ^ Streib, Lauren. "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast, May 6, 2013. Accessed May 8, 2013.
  8. ^ Staff. "America's Best High Schools 2012", The Daily Beast / Newsweek, May 20, 2012. Accessed May 22, 2012.
  9. ^ Mathews, Jay. "The High School Challenge 2011: Cresskill High School", The Washington Post. Accessed July 22, 2011.
  10. ^ Staff. "The Top of the Class: The complete list of the 1,500 top U.S. high schools", Newsweek, June 8, 2009. Accessed June 10, 2009.
  11. ^ "The Top of the Class: The complete list of the 1,200 top U.S. schools", Newsweek, May 22, 2007. Accessed May 24, 2007.
  12. ^ League Memberships – 2012-2013, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 15, 2012.
  13. ^ Home page, North Jersey Interscholastic Conference. Accessed September 27, 2012.
  14. ^ 2011-2012 Public Schools Group Classification for ShopRite Cup–Tennis–Soccer–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for North I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 15, 2012.
  15. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 15, 2012.
  16. ^ Staff. "Cresskill 60, Boonton 59", The Star-Ledger, March 8, 2010. Accessed July 22, 2011. "Tom Hasenstab finished with 22 points and Rueben Torenberg scored 15, including the game-winning bucket with 10 seconds left, when Cresskill defeated Boonton, 60-59, for the championship of the NJSIAA/ShopRite North Jersey, Section 1, Group 1 tournament last night in Boonton."
  17. ^ Kitchin, Mark. "Boonton boys basketball has tough season-ending loss", Daily Record (Morristown), March 8, 2010. Accessed July 22, 2011. "Tom Hasenstab scored 21 points and Reuben Torenberg added 13 including the winning basket with 10 seconds left to give Cresskill a 60-59 victory over Boonton in the North 1 Group I state sectional title game on Monday."
  18. ^ 2010 Boys Basketball Tournament - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 7, 2012.
  19. ^ McIntyre, Jason. "Cresskill earns title on Ostrove's heroics", The Record (Bergen County), March 11, 2003. Accessed August 2, 2007. "Ostrove, a 5-foot-3 guard, sprinted from behind the three-point line to make a sensational block, and Cresskill held on for a 71-65 victory over previously unbeaten County Prep in the North 1, Group 1 girls basketball final."
  20. ^ 2003 Girls Basketball - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, accessed April 28, 2007.
  21. ^ Koo, Bob. "Cresskill not ready to give up the crown - Second-half surge gives Cougars third straight title", The Record (Bergen County), March 9, 2004. Accessed August 2, 2007. "The senior sharpshooter scored 17 of her 26 points in that third quarter as the top-seeded Cougars outscored No. 7 North Warren, 28-10, en route to a 74-61 win in Monday's North 1, Group 1 sectional girls basketball final."
  22. ^ 2004 Girls Basketball - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, accessed April 28, 2007.
  23. ^ 2008 Girls Basketball - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 19, 2011.
  24. ^ Doviak, Cory K. "Cresskill goes inside and comes out with a section title", NorthJerseySports.com, March 4, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2011. "Colleen Ahearn provided Cresskill with just such a target and the Cougars hit it over and over again in the fourth quarter of Monday night's North 1, Group 1 state sectional final.... Cresskill, which entered the fourth quarter trailing by three points, used Ahearn’s scoring and smart decisions by the rest of the team, to pull away for a surprisingly comfortable 59-44 win and its first section title since 2004."
  25. ^ Gene "Red" Lettler County Meet: Bergen County Group Champions, Bergen County Coaches Association. Accessed August 19, 2011.
  26. ^ 2006 Girls Soccer Tournament - North I, Group I Girls Varsity Soccer State Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, accessed December 10, 2006.
  27. ^ 2005 Girls Team Tennis - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, accessed April 28, 2007.
  28. ^ 2001 NJSIAA Boys Team Tennis - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, accessed April 28, 2007.
  29. ^ 2002 Girls Volleyball - Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, accessed April 28, 2007.
  30. ^ 2003 Girls Volleyball - Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, accessed April 28, 2007.
  31. ^ 2001 - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 28, 2007.
  32. ^ Administration, Cresskill High School. Accessed February 15, 2012.

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