Eastside High School (Paterson, New Jersey)
|Eastside High School|
|150 Park Avenue
Paterson, NJ 07501
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Paterson Public Schools|
|Faculty||189 (on FTE basis)|
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Enrollment||1,738 (as of 2009-10)|
|Student to teacher ratio||9.20:1|
|Athletics conference||Big North Conference|
Eastside High School (or EHS) is a four-year public high school in Paterson, New Jersey, United States, that serves the eastern section of Paterson. EHS, which serves grades 9 through 12, operates as part of the Paterson Public Schools. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1928.
Eastside High School opened on February 1, 1926. The school mascot is the Ghost.
Awards, recognition and rankings 
The school was the 311th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 316 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2008 cover story on the state's Top Public High Schools. The school was ranked 309th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 370th out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2009-10 rankings which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the language arts literacy and mathematics components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
Demographics and achievement 
EHS is 55% Hispanic of various Latin American nationalities, 43% Black, 2% White. 37% of the school speaks Spanish in their homes while another 32% speaks another language that isn't English at home. There are also Limited English Proficiency students or LEPs who compose 12% of the school. Limited English Proficient students cannot speak, read, or write in English and are placed in "bilingual" classes. 45% of the students participate in the free or reduced price lunch program.
The average class size is 39 students, excluding special education. The school's ratio of students to computers is 9 to 1, with the state average being 4 to 1.
On the Language Arts section of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA), 51% scored proficient and 46% scored partial. On the Math section of the test, 39% scored proficient and 57% scored partial. The average SAT score is 736 out of 1600. The Advanced Placement Program (AP) participation is 2%. The average attendance rate is 87%. As of the 2004-05 school year, EHS had a suspension rate of 10%. 60% of Eastside High School seniors graduated. 71% of the school graduated via the SRA process and 10% graduated through the LEP SRA process. Roughly 38% of the graduating seniors go on to four-year colleges and another 34% of the graduating seniors go on to two-year college.
The faculty gets paid $46,500 a year while the state average is $52,563. The administrators get paid $105,000, the state average is $102,755.
The Eastside High School Ghosts now compete in the Big North Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. For the 2009-10 season, the school competed in the North Jersey Tri-County Conference, an interim conference established to facilitate realignment. Prior to the realignment, the school had participated in the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League.
Eastside plays an annual Thanksgiving Day football game against Kennedy High School. In 2011, Eastside won the 87th annual match-up between the two schools by a score of 17-12, ending the series at 40 wins, 40 losses and 7 ties.
Popular culture 
Notable alumni 
- Johnny Briggs (born 1944), major league baseball player with Phillies, Brewers, and Twins.
- Essence Carson (born 1986), 7th draft pick in the 2008 WNBA draft. Played college basketball at Rutgers University.
- Christos Cotsakos (born 1948), former CEO of E*TRADE.
- Larry Doby (1923–2003), Hall of Fame baseball player.
- Allen Ginsberg (1926–1997), beat poet.
- Bob Giraldi (born 1939), film/TV director.
- Gary Jennings (1928–1999), author of historical novels.
- Bernard Kerik (born 1955), former New York City Police Commissioner.
- Devon McDonald (born 1969), NFL linebacker who played for the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals.
- Ricardo McDonald (born 1969), NFL linebacker who played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Chicago Bears.
- Ken Parker (born 1946), NFL cornerback for the New York Giants.
- Joseph D. Pistone (born 1939), former FBI agent, subject of the film Donnie Brasco.
- Paul Plishka (born 1941), principal basso, Metropolitan Opera Company.
- Rory Sparrow (born 1958), NBA basketball player
- James Scott (born 1972), NBA basketball player who played for the Miami Heat in 1996.
- Joseph Weber (1919–2000), physicist, developer of the laser and the gravitational wave detector.
- Data for Eastside High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed August 12, 2012.
- Eastside High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed January 2, 2012.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2009-2010, Schooldigger.com. Accessed December 29, 2011.
- Abbott Districts, New Jersey Department of Education, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 15, 2009. Accessed January 2, 2011.
- League Memberships – 2012-2013, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 2, 2012.
- League Memberships – 2009-2010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 12, 2012.
- Staff. "Paterson Kennedy (12) at Paterson Eastside (17) - Football", The Star-Ledger, November 24, 2011. Accessed January 2, 2012. "Cequan Wharton and Jaron Addison each scored first-half touchdowns for Paterson Eastside, which held off a late rally to defeat Paterson Kennedy, 17-12, yesterday in Paterson.The Eastside victory evened the Thanksgiving series at 40-40-7."
- Costello, Brian. "No. 9, Johnny Briggs", Herald News, July 13, 2003. Accessed November 28, 2007.
- White, Nicola M. "Paterson senior shines in many pursuits", The Record (Bergen County), April 29, 2004. Accessed August 1, 2008.
- Reiss, Richard. "Trading on a great education WP's Richard Reiss has a conversation with E*TRADE CEO Christos Cotsakos", WP: The Magazine of William Paterson University, Fall/Winter 1999. Accessed December 6, 2007. "Born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey, Cotsakos was a 1965 graduate of Eastside High School. He will tell you -- 'barely.'"
- Stapleton, Art. "He was just Mr. Doby", The Record (Bergen County), June 24, 2003. Accessed May 31, 2007. "On Monday morning, Bradley stood on the corner outside the Trinity United Presbyterian Church and reminisced with friend Vince Fiasconaro, both of whom were varsity teammates of Doby's at Eastside High School."
- via Associated Press. "PATERSON HAILS DOBY; Indians' Negro Star Welcomed by Mayor, Band and Ex-Coaches", The New York Times, October 19, 1948. Accessed January 2, 2011. "Larry Doby, center fielder for the world champion Cleveland Indians, got a royal welcome home today, especially from the pupils of East Side High School, who were given half a day off for the purpose. "
- Contributions to Periodicals by Allen Ginsburg, Questia. Accessed May 31, 2007.
- Bob Giraldi: Partner, StarChefs. Accessed January 2, 2012. "Born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1939, Bob Giraldi was educated at Paterson Eastside High School and Pratt Institute, where he graduated with a BFA in 1960."
- Jennings, Gary. "The Journeyer, p. 785. Macmillan Publishers (United States), 2010. ISBN 0765323494. Accessed January 30, 2011. "The family moved to New Jersey in the early '40s and he graduated from Eastside High School (of Lean on Me fame) in Paterson, New Jersey.
- "N.J. native to lead Homeland Security", The Record (Bergen County), December 3, 2004. Accessed December 21, 2007. "Kerik, 49, was born in Newark and grew up in Paterson, where he attended Eastside High School."
- via Associated Press. "Former NYPD top cop now asked to protect nation", USA Today, December 2, 2004. Accessed January 2, 2012. "Kerik, 49, grew up without knowing his birth mother, a tough kid in Paterson, N.J., where he usually cut classes from the trouble-filled Eastside High School later depicted in the 1989 film Lean on Me."
- Idec, Keith. "Where are they now? Eastside's Ricardo McDonald", The Record (Bergen County), March 7, 2011. Accessed May 5, 2012. "While many of them suffer from debilitating physical ailments, financial difficulties and marital problems that often lead to divorce in their post-NFL lives, McDonald is in good physical condition, is a happily married father of four and is part-owner of a thriving truck stop 90 minutes outside of Pittsburgh, where the ex-Eastside star was a collegiate standout for the Panthers.... He and his twin brother, former Kennedy star and NFL linebacker Devon McDonald, were among the best high school football players in North Jersey during the 1980s. They also experienced personal tragedy that made them want to provide positive examples to Paterson’s youth."
- Wallace, William N. "Rookie Linebacker From Grambling Is Impressive at Giants' Tryout Camp", The New York Times, June 20, 1968. Accessed January 30, 2011. "Parker last played football for East Side High in Paterson, NJ, in 1963."
- Ken Parker, databaseFootball.com. Accessed January 30, 2011.
- Hamill, Denis. "Brighton Beach Memoir'falcone,' A New Cbs-tv Series For The Fall, Comes To Life (and Death) On The Streets Of Brooklyn", Daily News (New York), April 18, 1999. Accessed January 2, 2012. "Pistone is standing with childhood pal Lou DiGiaimo, a top casting director who is also one of five executive producers on the pilot, which will air in September. 'Oh, man, looking great,' says DiGiaimo. 'If it looks anything like yesterday's dailies, it'll be amazing,' says Pistone. These two men have been friends since Eastside High in Paterson, N.J., in the early '60s. After high school, they lost touch."
- Staff. "OPERA DELIGHTS 150 JERSEY PUPILS; Housewife Appears as Mimi as Patterson Group Plays at Public School", The New York Times, October 26, 1958. Accessed January 30, 2011.
- Fox, Ron. "STUDY HALL ON EASTSIDE INDUCTEES", The Record (Bergen County), April 26, 1999. Accessed August 26, 2008.
- James Scott, Basketball-Reference.com. Accessed March 5, 2012.
- Eastside High School
- Paterson School District
- Eastside High School's 2010–11 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Paterson Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics