Eastern High School (New Jersey)
|Eastern High School|
|1401 Laurel Oak Road
Voorhees, New Jersey, 08043
|School district||Eastern Camden County Regional High School District|
|Vice Principals||William Westerby (9th)
Robert Cloutier (10th)
Fred Harris (11th)
Pamela Bolden (12th)
Phil Smart (Athletics)
|Faculty||63.0 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||1,034 (as of 2010-11)|
|Student to teacher ratio||16.41:1|
|Athletics conference||Olympic Conference|
Eastern High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school for students in grades 9 - 12 from three communities in Camden County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Eastern Camden County Regional High School District. The high school is located in Voorhees Township and also serves students from Berlin Borough, and Gibbsboro.
As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,034 students and 63.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 16.41:1. There were 68 students (6.6% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 29 (2.8% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch. As of the 2009-10 school year, the average academic class size was 20.0, daily student attendance averaged 92.6% and the annual dropout rate was 1.0%.
The district was established in 1965, with 35 professional staff and 495 students. It has grown rapidly with two additions to the original facility and the completion of Eastern Intermediate High School in 1992. There are over 1,000 students enrolled in grades 11 and 12 at Eastern Senior High School. Eastern Intermediate High School has approximately 1,150 students enrolled in grades 9 and 10. Eastern Senior and Eastern Intermediate are located on the same site. Eastern has a professional staff of more than 200. As a comprehensive secondary school, Eastern is accredited by the New Jersey Department of Education.
As of September 2012, the school has returned to one unit with the retirement of Dr. James Talarico in June 2012 and is referred to as "Eastern Regional High School" with Mr. Robert Tull serving as the principal of the merged school. The oldest parts of the school, which were constructed in 1965, 1970, and 1975 are now the "11-12 Building", and the 1992 addition is referred to as the "9-10 Building".
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 117th-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 86th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 79th in 2008 out of 316 schools. Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 133rd out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 46 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (86.0%) and language arts literacy (93.1%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The Eastern High School Vikings participate in the Olympic Conference, which consists of public and private high schools located in Burlington County and Camden County, and operates under the auspices of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. With 1,575 students in grades 10 to 12, the school is classified as South Jersey Group IV, a category that includes schools with enrollment of 1,135 to 1,946 in those three grades.
Eastern High School also has a separate ice hockey club that, while not officially affiliated with the school, is a member of the South Jersey High School Ice Hockey League.
The girls volleyball team won the Group IV state championship in 2001, defeating Hunterdon Central Regional High School by 15-7 and 15-11, after losing to Hackensack High School in the Group IV final in 2000.
The girls varsity soccer team won back-to-back Group IV state championships in 2005 and 2006. In 2005, they won the Group IV South sectional championship over Toms River High School East 1-0. The team then went on to win the state championship game by a score of 2-0 over Roxbury High School. The team repeated in 2006, defeating Washington Township High School 2-0 in the Group IV South sectional championship, and defeating North Hunterdon High School to capture the 2006 Group IV State Championship.
The football team won the NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV state sectional championship in 2003. Eastern has had a very consistent football team winning the South Jersey, Group IV title with a 14-7 win against Washington Township High School in 2003 and competing in the playoffs six out of eight years after winning their first state sectional title.
Field hockey team
Eastern is known for its dominating field hockey team, which has the longest consecutive unbeaten streak in the history of the National Federation. The 2003 team won the Group IV State championship with a 1-0 win over Lenape High School in the semifinals and a 6-0 win against Hunterdon Central High School in the tournament's final match. The 2004 team repeated as Group IV champion, again defeating Hunterdon Central High School in the tournament final. On November 19, 2006, Eastern's field hockey team won the 2006 Tournament of Champions, defeating West Essex High School 2-1. In 2007, the field hockey team won the South Jersey, Group IV state sectional championship in commanding fashion with a 10-0 win over Atlantic City High School in the quarterfinals, 8-0 over Cherokee High School in the semis and an 8-0 win over Washington Township High School in the tournament final. The team moved on to win the Group IV State Championship with a 10-0 win over Steinert High School in the semis and a 4-0 win against Bridgewater-Raritan High School in the finals. With this win, the team had won nine consecutive Group IV state titles, tying a national record. The team would go on to sweep Group IV and Tournament of Champions titles in 2008 and 2009. The Vikings currently hold the record for the longest streak of state championships in field hockey (12) and is one of only two teams to ever score more than 200 goals in a season.
Eastern's dominance against New Jersey opponents finally came to an end on November 14, 2007, when they lost to Group I Oak Knoll 3-2 in overtime of the Tournament of Champions semifinals. Dating back to 1998, the team had won 208 consecutive games to opponents from New Jersey, but still hold the national record unbeaten streak of 153 games. In the 2011-2012 school year, the Eastern field hockey team was ranked number one in the nation.
This 'Field Hockey Dynasty' was noted in an article in the Sunday edition of The New York Times, including profiles of team members. In 2013, the field-hockey program received a Special Achievement Award from the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association, in recognition of its 14 straight N.J. state field hockey championships and its 2013 victory in the N.J. Tournament of Champions.
Eastern High School has run a very successful Model United Nations team and program. In 2001, the South Jersey Model UN Consortium was started by the former advisor, Janet E. Rabin. The program runs the South Jersey Model United Nations one-day conference every fall and visits college conferences in the fall and spring. The Model UN team has won such awards as Best Small and Large Delegation at Rutgers Model UN, Best Small Delegation at Harvard Model United Nations, in addition to others. The Model UN team has attended conferences at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, Rutgers University, and Harvard University, consistently winning awards at all of these prestigious schools. The program was recently ranked the 21st best High School Model UN team in the country. The Model Congress team has also had much success at Rutgers Model Congress.
The school's marching band was Tournament of Bands Chapter One Champions in 1976 and 1981 (Group 1), and Chapter One State Champions in 2011 and 2012 (Group 2). The marching band was 1981 and 2012 Atlantic Coast Champions in Group 1.
Eastern conducts an award-winning theater program that includes team theater (New Jersey State Champions 2008-09 and 2nd Place finishers in both 2011-12 and 2102-13), annual Fall Play and Spring Musical, and One-Acts Festival. Eastern's 2010 musical, 'Chicago.' earned Sarah Cheatham a Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star nomination for her lead performance as 'Roxie.' Eastern's 2011 musical, Cats, earned the award for Outstanding High School Musical in the 8-county Philadelphia region by the Greater Philadelphia Cappies, as well as both Best Actor and Best Actress in a Musical. In 2012, for the 2nd year in a row, an Eastern musical was nominated for 'Outstanding Production' in New Jersey by the Rising Star Awards sponsored by the State Theatre of New Jersey, Paper Mill Playhouse. Sarah Cheatham was nominated for Lead Actress for 'Anna' in Eastern's "The King and I."
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Robert Tull, Principal
- Steve Young, Vice Principal 12th Grade
- Robert Cloutier, Vice Principal 10th Grade
- Fred Harris, Vice Principal 11th Grade
- Alice Ryan, Vice Principal
- Phil Smart, Vice Principal Athletics
- William Westerby, Vice Principal 9th Grade
- Chris Canty (defensive back) (born 1976), a first-round pick (29th overall) in the 1997 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints of the NFL.
- Rachel Dawson (born 1985), Olympic field hockey midfielder.
- Sarah Dawson (born 1982), field hockey forward / midfielder.
- Dana Hall (born 1969), jazz musician.
- Kelly Ripa (born 1970), host of Live! with Kelly (formerly co-host with Regis Philbin) and co-star with Faith Ford in Hope & Faith.
- Mark Planamente (born 1983), 2011 Maryland State Track and Field coach of the year and current collegiate track coach at CCBC-Essex 
- Logan Ryan (born 1991), NFL cornerback with the New England Patriots.
- Adam Taliaferro (born 1982), former Penn State Football player who overcame paralysis, and subject of the book Miracle in the Making.
- Phil Trautwein (born 1986), NFL offensive tackle.
- Toyelle Wilson (born 1981), Prairie View A&M University Women's Basketball Head Coach, three time SWAC division I Women's Basketball Champion.
- Bryan Winchester (born 1981), hip-hop recording artist, who performs using the stage name "Braille".
- Data for Eastern High, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 8, 2012.
- Eastern Regional High School 2010 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed July 7, 2011. "Our district is a limited purpose, public, regional system consisting of two schools: Eastern Intermediate High School (grades 9 and 10) and Eastern Senior High School (grades 11 and 12), located on the same site. Our student population is multicultural and reflects the diversity of the three communities it serves: Berlin Borough, Gibbsboro and Voorhees Township."
- Eastern Regional High School 2010 Report Card, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed July 7, 2011.
- History, Voorhees Township. Accessed July 7, 2011. "Before Eastern Regional High School opened in 1965, Voorhees students attended other high schools including Camden, Haddonfield, Lower Camden County and Collingswood."
- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 11, 2012.
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- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 5, 2012.
- Streib, Lauren. "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast, May 6, 2013. Accessed May 9, 2013.
- League Memberships – 2012-2013, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 11, 2012.
- Olympic Conference, accessed April 11, 2007.
- 2011-2012 Public Schools Group Classification for ShopRite Cup–Tennis–Soccer–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for South Jersey, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 7, 2012.
- Varsity Tier I Teams, South Jersey High School Ice Hockey League. Accessed April 11, 2007.
- Pope, Kristian. "Eastern girls grab state volleyball championship The Vikings took out top-seeded Hunterdon Central, 15-7, 15-11, for the Group 4 crown.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 18, 2011. Accessed July 7, 2011.
- NJSIAA Girls Volleyball Group Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 7, 2011.
- 2001 NJSIAA Girls Volleyball - Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 19, 2011.
- 2005 Girls Soccer - South, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, accessed May 11, 2007.
- 2006 Girls Soccer Tournament - South, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 11, 2007.
- Pincu, Simeon. "Girls Soccer: Corners costly to North", Courier News, November 19, 2006. Accessed July 7, 2011. "As the No. 4 seed in its section with an unimpressive 10-7 record entering the postseason, the North Hunterdon High School girls soccer team might have been the last squad anyone would have expected to play for a state title. [...] while North's unlikely run ended Saturday at The College of New Jersey with a 2-0 loss to Eastern in the Group IV final, the Lions didn't lose the game on the field, they lost it in the corners."
- History of NJSIAA Girls Soccer, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 7, 2011.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 7, 2012.
- Staff. Deptford caps a magic season with push-ups", The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 11, 2003. Accessed July 11, 2011. "Eastern had been 0-5 in sectional finals before it edged Washington Township, 14-7, in Tuesday's Group 4 final."
- Staff. "High School Sports Roundup", The Press of Atlantic City, December 10, 2003. Accessed July 11, 2011. "Eighth-seeded Eastern Regional upset sixth-seeded Washington Township 14-7 for the South Jersey Group IV football championship on Tuesday."
- Narducci, Marc. "Eastern ties unbeaten streak The Vikings shut out Triton, 6-0. Now only Cherokee stands in the way of a national record.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 29, 2003. Accessed July 7, 2011. "In a way it was, like the 103 others that had preceded it, not to mention the two ties. Yesterday's interdivisional Olympic Conference game tied the national record for the longest unbeaten streak in field hockey.Since 1999, Eastern is 104-0-2, tying the mark of 106 set by the Casady School of Oklahoma City, which went 106-0 from 1959 to 1969."
- Auerbach, Nicole. "Trio of high school teammates sticks together as Wolverines", The Michigan Daily, September 1, 2008. Accessed July 7, 2011. "The girls all grew up in southern New Jersey and attended Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees, where they played varsity field hockey for one of the country’s most prestigious programs.... But the program’s claim to fame isn’t a trophy or a top ranking — it’s a record. Eastern owns the nation’s longest unbeaten streak in high school field hockey history with 153 straight games. Its winning streak against in-state opponents is equally impressive. From 1998 to 2007, Eastern won 208 consecutive games against New Jersey opponents, a streak that ended last November."
- 2003 Field Hockey - Semifinals / Group Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 29, 2007.
- 2004 Field Hockey - Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 29, 2007.
- 2006 Field Hockey Tournament - Tournament of Champions, accessed November 26, 2006.
- 2007 Field Hockey - South, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 12, 2007.
- 2007 Field Hockey - Group Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 13, 2007.
- Schnatz, Pete. "Vikings tie mark with 9th title in row", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 12, 2007. Accessed November 13, 2007. "Youth served Eastern well yesterday, when the Vikings tied a national record by winning their ninth consecutive state field hockey championship by defeating Bridgewater-Raritan, 4-0, in the NJSIAA State Group 4 final played at Toms River East."
- History of the NJSIAA Field Hockey Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 7, 2011.
- Eastern's field hockey reign ends, The Courier-Post, accessed November 15, 2007.
- Strauss, Robert. Eastern also lost to the first New Jersey team in years, Washington Township on September 19, 2008. "Impressed by Threepeats? How About a 23-Peat?", January 7, 2007. Accessed October 24, 2007. "West Essex had a string of championships in the 1990s, but in recent years Eastern has invariably been No. 1, having defeated every New Jersey opponent in the last eight years and at one point winning 153 straight matches, a national record for the sport."
- "PSWA’s 110th annual Sports Awards Dinner: Who is going to be there?". Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. January 20, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-09.
- South Jersey Model UN Consortium, Eastern Regional High School Gifted & Talented, backed up by the Internet Archive as of September 16, 2008. Accessed September 19, 2011.
- America’s Best High School Model UN Teams: Top 16-25, BestDelegate.com, March 23, 2011. Accessed September 19, 2011.
- Tournament of Bands - Chapter One History, Tournament of Bands and 2003 USSBA All-state champions. Accessed July 5, 2007.
- Staff. "Greater Philadelphia Cappies winners announced", Montgomery News, May 21, 2011. Accessed May 8, 2012. "The Cappies Award for Musical went to Eastern Regional High Schools of Camden County for its production of “Cats.” Julia Udine received the award for Lead Actress in a Musical and Brandon Davis received the award for Lead Actor in a Musical, both from the cast of “Cats” from Eastern Regional High Schools."
- Administration, Eastern Camden County Regional School District. Accessed September 19, 2011.
- Miles, Gary. "NFL Market For Phila.-area Picks Not Cornered By Canty And Knight", The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 19, 1997. Accessed October 20, 2013. "Chris Canty, cornerback, Kansas State. A graduate of Eastern High School in Voorhees, Canty (5-9, 193) is almost certain to go in the first round."
- Rachel Dawson, USA Field Hockey. Accessed December 20, 2007.
- Sarah Dawson, USA Field Hockey. Accessed December 20, 2007.
- Transcript of Interview With Regis Philbin, CNN Larry King Live, accessed April 11, 2007. "PHILBIN: Save your prom dress. We'll take a look at it now. Here is Kelly's prom dress from 1988. That's her at Eastern High School in Voorhees, New Jersey. The No. 1 song that year was "Faith" by George Michaels."
- "Kenwood Track Coach Joins CCBC Essex as an Assistant", Essex Patch, Accessed September 17, 2012.
- Staff. "Eastern graduate Logan Ryan drafted by Patriots in third round Friday", Courier Post, April 27, 2013. Accessed June 4, 2013. "Rutgers junior cornerback Logan Ryan, an Eastern High School graduate, was selected in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots"
- Logan Ryan, New England Patriots. Accessed June 4, 2013.
- Gormley, Chuck. "Legal action shocks Samaritans", Courier-Post, April 30, 2007. Accessed May 11, 2007. "Taliaferro, an Eastern graduate Spittal had coached, was paralyzed after making a tackle in a 2000 football game for Penn State."
- Whittaker, Celeste E. "Trautwein turns skeptics into believers", Courier-Post, January 6, 2009. Accessed January 26, 2011.
- Redd, C. Kalimah. "Eastern Star Wilson Has Become One Of South Jersey's Big Names", The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 1, 1999. Accessed June 4, 2013. "Toyelle Wilson is sprawled on the floor, face down, behind Eastern's bench with a large ice pack tucked under the elastic of her shorts. She was kneed in the head when she took a charge in the game against Gloucester, and she bruised her tailbone when she landed."
- Braille Interview April 21, 2008 by Kevan Breitinger at CM Central.
- Eastern Camden County Regional High School District
- Eastern High School's 2012–13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Eastern Camden County Regional High School District, National Center for Education Statistics
- South Jersey Sports: Eastern HS
- Eastern Regional High School Alumni Association