Dumont High School
|Dumont High School|
|101 New Milford Avenue
Dumont, NJ 07628
|School district||Dumont Public Schools|
|Asst. Principal||Ryanne Hutchinson
|Faculty||68.8 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||875 (as of 2011-12)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.72:1|
|Athletics conference||Big North Conference|
|Rivals||Bergenfield High School|
|Website||Dumont High School|
Dumont High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grade from Dumont, in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Dumont Public Schools.
The current Dumont High School opened in 1932. The original high school was founded in 1918 and located at what is now the Dumont Municipal Building. In 1961, construction on the current building yielded a new gymnasium, a library, over 20 classrooms, and a cafeteria. Another addition was added to the school in 2007. A state-of-the-art media center, modern science labs, and an elevator were part of the new construction. The school operates under the authority of the New Jersey Department of Education and has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1939.
As of the 2011-12 school year, the school had an enrollment of 875 students and 68.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.72:1. There were 64 students (7.3% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 21 (2.4% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 101st-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. The school had been ranked 118th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 106th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 162nd in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 174th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 179th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 10 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (78.0%) and language arts literacy (95.0%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The Dumont High School Huskies compete in the Big North Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 621 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as North I, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 481 to 749 students in that grade range. The school had previously been part of the Bergen County Scholastic League (BCSL) American Conference, made up of private and public high schools located in Bergen County and Hudson County. The school colors are brown, orange and white.
In the fall of 1998, the boys soccer team won the school's first ever Bergen County Soccer Tournament game, beating Hackensack High School in penalty kicks, before losing Bergen Catholic in the quarter finals. The team was named the Small School (Group 1 & 2) Team of the Year by the Bergen Record, finishing the year 18-3-2, setting the school record for wins in a season.
On September 21, 2007, the 2007 Dumont boys varsity football team, under the direction of head coach Chris Andreadis, defeated Westwood Regional Jr./Sr. High school for the first time in school history, 24-12.
On May 16, 2008, the baseball team won the BCSL American League Championship for the first time since 1988, defeating rival River Dell Regional High School by a score of 5-4 in nine innings. John O'Rourke allowed no earned runs over eight scoreless innings (8 IP, 4 R, 0 ER, 8 H, 6 K, BB). They finished the year at an overall record of 17-6, losing in the opening round of the North I, Group II State Tournament to Mahwah, 8-3.
Prior to the 2008-09 school year, the district completed renovations of the majority of DHS athletic facilities. The project included the installation of a state-of-the-art six-lane track, artificial FieldTurf playing surface and lights at the high school. In addition, a new baseball and soccer field were installed at Honiss School, while a new softball and soccer field were installed at Selzer School.
In 2009, the girls varsity bowling team were the Bergen County Scholastic League American League Champions for the first time in Dumont's history. The bowling team is coached by Marc Ferrara.
On May 19, 2009, the baseball team repeated as BCSL American League champs by defeating River Dell Regional High School 8-0. The Dumont Huskies baseball team have won their 11th league title in school history.
On May 10, 2010, the Dumont Huskies captured their third straight BSCL American Championship title by defeating the Tenafly Tigers, 8-1. Danny Burd threw a complete game for Dumont as he allowed one run over five hits while striking out five.
The 2009-10 Dumont boys baseball team, under the direction of head coach Jason Cannici, finished with an overall of record of 20-7 and finished first in the BCSL American at a record of 15-3. They advanced to the semifinals of the North 1, Group 2 State Tournament losing 1-0 to North Warren Regional High School, with the only run of the game scoring on a suicide squeeze.
Dumont High School has been known for its music department. The Dumont High School Marching Band has been performing at the North Jersey High School Band Festival for over 30 years, as one of the largest marching bands in Bergen County. In the past the band has played half-time shows for the New York Jets at Giants Stadium. The concert band and chorus perform music of the highest level and have performed throughout the United States and Canada. At music festivals, throughout the United States, the band has received superior ratings as has the chorus. The concert band and marching band are well known throughout the Eastern United States. The music department has always had an outstanding jazz program which encourages and teaches jazz improvisation.
Theatre and arts
The Dumont High School proudly produces four productions a year with their Youth Theatre actors. In the fall is the straight play, winter is the London Play, spring is the musical and late spring is the student written and produced One Acts. Such shows included Godspell, Grease, Anything Goes, Matchmaker,Romeo and Juliet, The Pajama Game, Little Shop of Horrors Midsummer Night’s Dream A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,The Two Month Rule, and Seussical the Musical.
The London Play is a British company that hires writers to produce straight plays and musicals. They are then chosen by high schools and performed. The best are chosen and have the opportunity to be performed overseas in London. DHS was given the chance to perform Moonfleece (2004) in London but had to decline due to current US events.
Dumont High School is also a member of the New Jersey Drama and Forensics League. The students have the opportunity to act around the state of New Jersey against other high schools in pair pieces, scenes, monologues, improvisation, speeches and storytelling. Dumont won the championship in 2002, taking home the inaugural Looby Cup. Dumont High School took home the Looby Cup once again in 2010 after accumulating a total of 256 points at a championship tournament at Raritan High School. The team won by a margin of 63 points over second place finisher Mainland Regional High School. Dumont High School kept the Looby Cup at home after winning the state championships for a second straight time in 2011. Dumont won the team sweepstakes with a total of 235 points, only 5 points more than second place finisher Absegami High School.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- James Wichmann, Principal
- Ryanne Hutchinson, Assistant Principal
- Scott Wisniewski, Assistant Principal
- Rich Edson (born c. 1981), Fox Business Network correspondent.
- Sean Lissemore (born 1986), defensive tackle for the San Diego Chargers.
- Geoff Rickly (born 1979), lead singer of the band Thursday.
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- School Overview; Click on "Rankings" for 2003-11 HSPA results, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 7, 2012.
- League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2014.
- School Info, Big North Conference. Accessed August 19, 2011.
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- League Memberships – 2009-2010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, backed up by the Internet Archive as of July 24, 2011. Accessed November 19, 2014.
- Mills, Ed. "Where are they now? Kevin McMullan of Dumont", The Record (Bergen County), June 29, 2010. Accessed August 19, 2011. "Then he made a 20-yard field goal with four seconds remaining to lift Dumont past the Braves, 29-28, in the North 1, Group 2 semifinals. In the title game against previously unbeaten Hawthorne, he scored two touchdowns and had 16 points overall, including a field goal and an extra-point kick, as the Huskies defeated the Bears, 23-20, to win the sectional title."
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 7, 2012.
- 2002 Baseball - North I, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, accessed May 4, 2007.
- Dumont wins league title: It's a long story, NorthJerseySports.com. Accessed May 18, 2008.
- Staff. "North Warren High roundup", Warren Reporter, June 2, 2010. Accessed June 12, 2011. "NWHS 1, Dumont 0 — Winning pitcher Nick Macaione’s suicide-squeeze bunt in the seventh inning produced the only run the Pats needed May 25 as they nipped the fifth-seeded visitors (20-7) from Bergen County in the sectional semifinals."
- The History of "The Looby Cup", New Jersey Drama and Forensics league. Accessed May 25, 2008.
- State Championship Tournament, Raritan H. S. 2-26-11, North Jersey Drama and Forensics League. Accessed June 12, 2011.
- Staff. "Absegami takes second in statewide forensics",Shore News Today, March 4, 2011. Accessed June 12, 2011.
- Home page, Dumont High School. Accessed February 26, 2013.
- Staff "Cheryl Cappiello and Rich Edson", The New York Times, July 20, 2008. Accessed September 24, 2011. "The bridegroom, 26, is a Washington correspondent for Fox Business Network. He graduated from Rutgers and received a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia. He is the son of Emily Edson of Dumont. His mother is a nurse at the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J. Ms. Cappiello and Mr. Edson met in 1995 as members of the Dumont High School marching band. She was starting her senior year; he was a freshman."
- Waldrop, Melinda. "W&M's DT Sean Lissemore: Run fast, hit hard", Daily Press (Virginia), October 1, 2009. Accessed June 12, 2011. "Athletes who competed against William and Mary defensive tackle Sean Lissemore at Dumont High in Dumont, N.J., didn't always have to imagine. Lissemore, a linebacker on his high school team, a wrestler and, yes, a shot putter, also ran the 100 and 200 meters, with his best time of 11.2 seconds in the 100 mere slivers from his school's record of 10.9."
- Dumont High School
- Dumont Public Schools
- Dumont Public Schools's 2012–13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Dumont Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics