Hanover Park High School

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Hanover Park High School
Hanover Park High School Seal.png
63 Mount Pleasant Avenue
East Hanover, NJ 07936
Type Public high school
Established 1956
School district Hanover Park Regional High School District
Principal Thomas J. Callanan
Asst. Principal Christopher Kelly
Faculty 75.4 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 894[1] (as of 2012-13)
Student to teacher ratio 11.86:1[1]
Color(s) black and gold
Athletics conference Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference
Team name Hornets

Hanover Park High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from East Hanover Township and Florham Park, in Morris County, New Jersey, United States, operating as one of the two secondary schools of the Hanover Park Regional High School District. Hanover Park's sister school is Whippany Park High School, which serves students from Hanover Township, where the school is located.[2] The school opened in 1956.[3]

As of the 2012-13 school year, the school had an enrollment of 894 students and 75.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.86:1. There were 23 students (2.6% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 8 (0.9% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 26th-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.[4] The school had been ranked 57th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 96th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[5] The magazine ranked the school 67th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[6] Schooldigger.com ranked the school 117th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 2 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (85.2%) and language arts literacy (96.3%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[7]

In its 2013 report on "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast ranked the school 575th in the nation among participating public high schools and 45th among schools in New Jersey.[8]

Hanover Park High School was recognized as a 2013 New Jersey and National District of Character. Hanover Park Regional High School District is the first New Jersey School District to receive a Character Education Partnership National School District of Character.[9][10]


The school's original master plan envisioned a series of one-story buildings (labeled A-H, with A-F academic, G for the gymnasium, H for wood/metal shop) A-F consisting of five classrooms, H in two, 32 in all. A spacious central core building housed administration, an auditorium, and separate wings with more classrooms for music (band and choir), drama, arts, and home economics. Up until 2008, the students had no lockers and walked outdoors after each succeeding period. The design, good for West Coast schools, was quickly deemed inappropriate for the heavy rains and harsh winters of northern New Jersey. The school was reconfigured in the 2000s, and by enclosing buildings between existing structures, the campus now has five larger structures rather than the original ten smaller ones. As part of a construction project, students were provided with individual book lockers that were available at the start of the 2007-08 school year.[11]


Hanover Park High School competes in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[12] With 653 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as North II, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 493 to 732 students in that grade range.[13] Prior to the NJSIAA's 2009 realignment, the school competed in the Iron Hills Conference.[14]

Hanover Park and Whippany Park maintain co-operative sports programs for boys golf, boys lacrosse and boys / girls swimming.[15]

The football team won the North II Group II state sectional championships in 1990.[16]

In the 2010-11, 2011–12, and 2012–13 seasons, the Park Regional Hockey Team (Hanover Park combined with Whippany Park) won back-to-back-to-back Haas Cup Championships.[17]

Academic team[edit]

The Hanover Park High School Academic Decathlon Team, led by Coach Joseph Lunetta, won the 2008 New Jersey State Championship. They scored 42,405.5 out of 60,000 possible points for a 102.7-point victory over runners-up Parsippany Hills High School.[18]

At the national finals held in Garden Grove, California, the Academic Team placed sixth in Division III and twentieth overall with a score of 39,337.0. Senior Stephanie Wang was the highest scorer on the team, obtaining 8199.8 out of a possible 10,000 points.[19] The team won the Division III Rookie Award, given to the school competing at the finals for the first time that amasses the largest amount of points.[20]


Core members of the school's administration are:[21]

  • Thomas J. Callanan - Principal
  • Christopher Kelly - Assistant Principal
  • Michael Menditto - Assistant Principal / Athletic Director

Sister school[edit]

Whippany Park High School, whose doors opened in 1967, serves Hanover Township. The school is located in the Whippany section of Hanover Township.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

  • Wendell Wear, basketball and baseball coach inducted into the NJSIAA Hall of Fame in New Jersey High School Athletics who played minor league baseball for the Kokomo Dodgers in 1960, a team affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers.[25]


  1. ^ a b c d School Data for Hanover Park High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 16, 2015.
  2. ^ Hanover Park Regional High School District 2014 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 16, 2015. "The Hanover Park Regional High School District is comprised of two high schools. Hanover Park High School is located in East Hanover, receives students from East Hanover and Florham Park, and has an enrollment of 878 students. Whippany High School is located in Hanover Township, receives students from Hanover Township and has an enrollment of 727 students."
  3. ^ 2010-2011 School Profile, Hanover Park High School. Accessed June 22, 2011.
  4. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  5. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed August 26, 2012.
  6. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 20, 2011.
  7. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 4, 2012.
  8. ^ Streib, Lauren. "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast, May 6, 2013. Accessed May 9, 2013.
  9. ^ 2012-2013 District Highlights - Hanover Park Regional High School District is the first New Jersey School District of Character to be awarded the Character Education Partnership National School District of Character, Hanover Park Regional High School District. Accessed December 31, 2014.
  10. ^ Hanover Park Regional High School District, Character Education Partnership. Accessed December 31, 2014.
  11. ^ Staff. "Hanover Park Regional has new superintendent", Daily Record (Morristown), August 12, 2007. Accessed July 19, 2013. "New facilities for the fall include... individual student lockers on newly constructed hallways -- students will no longer have to use their physical education lockers to store books and personal belongings."
  12. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 26, 2014.
  13. ^ 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for North II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed November 26, 2014.
  14. ^ Home Page, Iron Hills Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive as of February 2, 2011. Accessed November 26, 2014.
  15. ^ 2014-2016 Co-operative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 26, 2014.
  16. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 20, 2011.
  17. ^ Teodoro, Nick. "Ice Hockey: Panthers Ice Hockey Falls In OT Thriller of Haas Cup Finals", Suburban Trends, February 27, 2012. Accessed May 15, 2012. "With six minutes remaining and clinging to a 2-1 lead the Pequannock ice hockey team could taste a Haas Cup Championship, but much like their previous semifinal victory Park Regional proved their resilience scoring with 5:28 remaining in regulation and going on to eventually win in overtime over the Panthers for their second consecutive Haas Cup Championship."
  18. ^ Academic Decathlon of New Jersey, Academic Decathlon of New Jersey. Accessed January 29, 2009.
  19. ^ United States Academic Decathlon, United States Academic Decathlon. Accessed January 29, 2009.
  20. ^ United States Academic Decathlon, United States Academic Decathlon. Accessed January 29, 2009.
  21. ^ Home page, Hanover Park High School. Accessed May 9, 2013.
  22. ^ Italian American Athlete of the Year: Joe DiRocco, East Hanover Italian American Club. Accessed July 25, 2012. "Joe DiRocco started playing baseball in his hometown of East Hanover’s Tee-Ball League. He is presently playing for the Everett Aquasox, a Class A-affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. During his outstanding four years at Hanover Park High School, Joe received many state and local awards."
  23. ^ O'Halloran, Ryan. "Inside the game: Entry-level spot with key duties for Jaguars", The Florida Times-Union, November 19, 2013. Accessed December 31, 2014. "Fisch attended Hanover Park High School in East Hanover, N.J., when Sorrentino’s father was the football coach."
  24. ^ "THE ULTIMATE NEW JERSEY HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK: T-Z AND ALSO...", The Star-Ledger, June 27, 1999. Accessed August 4, 2007.
  25. ^ Wendell Wear, Baseball-Reference.com. Accessed June 22, 2011.

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