East Side High School (Newark, New Jersey)

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East Side High School
Location
238 Van Buren Street
Newark, NJ 07105

Information
Type Public high school
Established April 1, 1911
School district Newark Public Schools
Principal Dr. Mario Santos
Vice Principals Dr. Thelma Jones
Edwin Mendez
Anthony Tavares
Vernie Young
Faculty 83.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1,250 (as of 2010-11)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 15.06:1[1]
Color(s) red and black
Athletics conference Super Essex Conference
Nickname Red Raiders
Website

East Side High School is a four-year public high school in Newark, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Newark Public Schools. The school serves the Ironbound community.[2] The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1929.[3]

As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,250 students and 83.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 15.06:1. There were 804 students (64.3% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 111 (8.9% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

The planned opening date for the school was February 1, 1911, which was delayed to April 1, 1911, with about 250 students beginning classes at was initially called the East Side Commercial and Manual Training High School.[4]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 319th-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 293rd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[5] The magazine ranked the school 301st in 2008 out of 316 schools.[6] The school was also ranked 301st in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[7]

Athletics[edit]

The East Side High School Red Raiders now compete in the Super Essex Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[8] Prior to the reorganization, the school had competed in the Watchung Conference, which consisted of public and private high schools in Essex County, Hudson County and Union County in northern New Jersey.

The school offers the only high school ice hockey program at any Newark public school.[9] The school offers the city's only public high school lacrosse team.[10]

The school's basketball team has been successful in recent years under Head Coach Bryant Garvin, and Assistant Coach Anthony Tavares. From 2001-2013, Tavares and Garvin have won five Newark Public Schools Christmas Tournament Championships, three Essex County championships, four sectional titles and a two state championships, making East Side arguably the most consistent team in Newark. NBA guard Randy Foye also played for the Red Raiders, and led them to one of their state titles.

Controversy[edit]

In June 2007, Marion A. Bolden, the Newark Public Schools superintendent made the decision to block out a kiss between Andre Jackson and his boyfriend, David Escobales out of the high school's yearbook. New Jersey gay rights group, Garden State Equality, demanded that Bolden publicly apologize, saying “The school district’s erasure of this student and his boyfriend is a tragic metaphor of the school district trying to erase the lesbian and gay community from its schools, and we won’t stand for it.”[11][12] By the end of June, the district changed its mind about the photo, issuing a statement in which it apologized to Jackson, stated that copies of the yearbook would be reissued and affirming that the district respects its diversity and "supports all our students, regardless of race, gender, ethnic background or sexual orientation".[13]

Administration[edit]

Core members of the school's administration are:[14]

  • Dr. Mario Santos, Principal
  • Dr. Thelma Jones, Vice Principal
  • Edwin Mendez, Vice Principal
  • Anthony Tavares, Vice Principal
  • Vernie Young, Vice Principal

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Data for East Side, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 8, 2012.
  2. ^ Lawlor, Julia. "A Home Away From Home for Immigrants", The New York Times. January 11, 2004. Accessed July 5, 2011.
  3. ^ East Side High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed July 5, 2011.
  4. ^ Historical Information, East Side High School, last updated March 12, 2011. Accessed July 5, 2011.
  5. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 1, 2012.
  6. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed July 5, 2011.
  7. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  8. ^ League Memberships – 2010-2011, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 23, 2011.
  9. ^ Coyne, Kevin. "Hockey in Newark? It’s Not Just for Pros", The New York Times, April 16, 2009. Accessed July 5, 2011. "To the coaches of the only high school hockey team in Newark, though, it looked like salvation.“We started with six kids,” said Keith Veltre, 33, about the team at East Side High School that was about to fold when he and Dennis Ruppe, his old roommate and hockey teammate from William Paterson University, took over in 2003."
  10. ^ Araton, Harvey. "Planting the Seeds of Lacrosse in Newark", The New York Times, May 16, 2010. Accessed July 5, 2011. "At East Side, in the Ironbound section, the only public school in the city where lacrosse is played, the game was a mystery that had to be solved and then sold by John Dudley, the coach."
  11. ^ Fernandez, Manny. "School Officials Black Out Photo of a Gay Student’s Kiss", The New York Times, June 24, 2007. Accessed June 5, 2011.
  12. ^ Fahim, Kareem. "METRO BRIEFING | NEW JERSEY; Newark: Impact of Yearbook Kiss Photo", The New York Times, June 27, 2007. Accessed July 5, 2011.
  13. ^ Fahim, Kareem. "School Official Apologizes for Removing Photo of Kiss", The New York Times, June 26, 2007. Accessed July 5, 2011. "Yesterday, the school district reversed course, and released a statement apologizing to Mr. Jackson and saying the yearbook would be reissued with the picture unmarked. “Superintendent Marion A. Bolden personally apologizes to Mr. Jackson and regrets any embarrassment and unwanted attention the matter has brought to him,” read the statement, which was issued by the Newark public schools’ general counsel, Perry L. Lattiboudere. “The district takes pride in its diverse student population and supports all our students, regardless of race, gender, ethnic background or sexual orientation.”"
  14. ^ Administration, East Side High School. Accessed July 5, 2011.
  15. ^ Randy Foye profile, NBA.com. Accessed June 14, 2007.
  16. ^ Fitzgerald, Barbara. "Who Is Dina Matos McGreevey?", The New York Times, December 8, 2002. Accessed July 5, 2011. "The family settled in the Ironbound section of Newark, a neighborhood dominated by Portuguese families. Maria Matos ran a gift shop while Ricardo Matos worked for the railroad. Dina attended Wilson Avenue School, East Side High School and Rutgers University in Newark, where she studied political science but did not earn a degree."
  17. ^ Mandel, Stewart. "Another black eye for the Buckeyes?Lawsuit reveals more allegations against Ohio State basketball program", Sports Illustrated, June 9, 2004, last updated March 10, 2006. Accessed July 5, 2011. "Before coming to Columbus, Savovic played his senior year of high school at East Side High School in Newark, N.J. According to a 1998 New York Daily News story, he lived with his 'uncle,' Spomenko (Semi) Pajovic. A 2001 Dayton Daily News report alleged that Pajovic was a de facto agent who helped place numerous Serbian players at American colleges and high schools, among them Savovic and his brother, Predrag, who played at UAB and Hawaii."
  18. ^ Sarah Vaughan, Newark Symphony Hall. Accessed August 16, 2008. "Vaughan initially attended Newark's East Side High School, later transferring to Arts High School, which had opened in 1931 as the United States first arts magnet high school."

External links[edit]

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