Fort Lee High School

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Fort Lee High School
3000 Lemoine Avenue
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Type Public high school
Established 1916
Principal Frank Calabria
Assistant principals Patrick Ambrosio
John Coviello
Faculty 71.5 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 to 12
Enrollment 983 (as of 2010-11)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 13.75:1[1]
Color(s) Orange and Black
Athletics conference Big North Conference
Nickname Bridgemen
Newspaper Fort Lee-Der

Fort Lee High School is a four year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grade from Fort Lee, in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Fort Lee School District. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1931.[2]

As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 983 students and 71.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.75:1. There were 109 students (11.1% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 50 (5.1% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]


Fort Lee High School was first established in 1916. It was relocated to its current location in 1928. A new wing was added in 1964. New classrooms were constructed in 1968. The school was completely renovated in the 1980s.[3]

2009 transcript scandal[edit]

On March 3, 2009, a scandal concerning the transcript records of the students was discovered. The transcripts of students from 2003 to the current senior class were reported by Raymond Bandlow, the superintendent of schools, to have been tampered with. The Fort Lee Board of Education began its investigation of the scandal on March 4, 2009, and attempted to ascertain as to who exactly was involved after it was reported that in some instances, grades were changed, and in others low grades were deleted. Students of the class of 2009 expressed their discontent and anger regarding the scandal, as changes in their transcripts could jeopardize their chances of being admitted to colleges.[4]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 52nd in New Jersey and 1,611th nationwide.[5] In 2006, the school was ranked 217th out of the top 1000 High Schools in the United States by Newsweek magazine.[6]

The school was the 97th-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 72nd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[7] The magazine ranked the school 75th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[8] The school was ranked 99th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state.[9] ranked the school tied for 137th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 1 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (85.6%) and language arts literacy (93.2%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[10]

The Academic Decathlon team has won numerous awards over the years,[citation needed] as has the varsity debate team.[citation needed]


The Fort Lee High School Bridgemen compete in the Big North Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[11] Prior to realignment, the team participated in the Bergen County Scholastic League (BCSL) American Conference, made up of private and public high schools located in Bergen County and Hudson County.[12]

In 2011, Nancie Sophias set the school record for the 800m that had been set in 1977 and became the high school's first woman to qualify for the NJSIAA State Track Meet of Champions in the event.[13]

The varsity boys tennis team was top-seeded in the North II, Group II state sectional tournament, but lost in the semifinals 3-2 to James Caldwell High School.[14]

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


Core members of the school's administration include the following:[17]

  • Priscilla Church - Principal
  • James Albro - Assistant Principal
  • John Coviello - Assistant Principal

Board of Education President- Mr. Yusang Park 2013


  1. ^ a b c d Data for Fort Lee High, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 8, 2012.
  2. ^ Fort Lee High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed June 13, 2011.
  3. ^ School History, Fort Lee High School. Accessed June 13, 2011.
  4. ^ Pegues, Jeff. "Grade scandal at Fort Lee High", WABC-TV, March 5, 2009. Accessed June 13, 2011.
  5. ^ Mathews, Jay. "The High School Challenge 2011: Fort Lee High School", The Washington Post. Accessed August 21, 2011.
  6. ^ The Complete List of the 1,000 Top U.S. Schools, Newsweek. Accessed December 13, 2006.
  7. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 1, 2012.
  8. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 13, 2011.
  9. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  10. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Accessed March 5, 2012.
  11. ^ League Memberships – 2012-2013, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 17, 2012.
  12. ^ School Info, Bergen County Scholastic League American Division. Accessed March 9, 2008.
  13. ^ Murray, Chris. "Fort Lee Senior Track Star Makes History: Nancie Sophias Keeps on breaking her own records and will be doing something that no other female from Fort Lee High School has ever done.", FortLeePatch, June 6, 2011. Accessed July 16, 2011. "Sophias, a senior, qualified to run in the NJSIAA State Track Meet of Champions in the 800 meter race on Thursday in Old Bridge at Carl Sandburg Middle School. With Sophias’ qualification she became the first female runner in the history of Fort Lee High School to run in this major and prestigious event."
  14. ^ Boys Tennis - 2011 NJSIAA Tournament - North 2, Group 2, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 16, 2011.
  15. ^ Fasbach, Laura. "Voss ends juggling, resigns council seat", The Record (Bergen County), April 18, 2004. Accessed October 24, 2008.
  16. ^ Sarnoff, David. "A Conversation with Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich". Fort Lee Patch. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  17. ^ About Us, Fort Lee High School. Accessed June 13, 2011.

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