Harrison High School (New Jersey)
- For schools with a similar name, see Harrison High School.
|Harrison High School|
|800 Hamilton Street
Harrison, NJ 07029
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Harrison Public Schools|
|Assistant principals||Steve Lipski
|Faculty||51.5 (on FTE basis)|
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Enrollment||624 (as of 2010-11)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.12:1|
|Color(s)||Blue and White|
|Athletics conference||North Jersey Interscholastic Conference|
Harrison High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in Harrison, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Harrison Public Schools. Students from East Newark attend Harrison High School as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the East Newark School District.
As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 624 students and 51.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.12:1. There were 348 students (55.8% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 137 (22.0% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 205th-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 213th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 216th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 227th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 285th out of 367 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).
Harrison High School has numerous team sports, and is a member of the Meadowlands Division of the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Prior to the 2010 realignment, the school had participated in the Bergen County Scholastic League (BCSL). The school is classified by the NJSIAA as North II, Group I.
Sports played at Harrison High School include:
- Boys' Sports - Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, and Baseball
- Girls' Sports - Volleyball, Tennis, Soccer, Basketball, and Softball
- Co-Ed - Football, Cross Country, Swimming, Cheerleading, and Bowling
The boys soccer team holds the United States high school record with 24 state championships. It won the 2006 North II, Group I state sectional championship with a 2-1 win against Glen Ridge High School, then won the Group I State Championship with a 2-0 win over Waldwick High School in the semifinals and a 6-0 win against Metuchen High School in the finals. The 2007 team repeated as North II, Group I state sectional championship with a 3-1 win over Jonathan Dayton High School in the tournament final. The 2007 team won the Group I state championship with a 2-1 win over Arthur P. Schalick High School, the team's 23rd state championship. The 2008 team won the Group I state championship with a 2-1 win over South River High School.
The new Harrison High School
The new Harrison High School opened its doors in September 2007 for the 2007-08 academic year. The new school, located on the former site of Clayton Container, initiated construction in January 2005 and lasted over two years, with the bulk of its electrical work completed in the summer of 2007. A new athletic complex constructed adjacent to the school building was completed in September 2006, which includes a football/soccer field, baseball diamond, softball diamond, track around the fields, and three tennis courts. Spaces for the high school include thirty general classrooms, four special education classrooms, two classrooms for small group instruction, two gymnasiums (one big, one small), a dance/aerobics studio, instrumental/vocal music room, cafeteria, auditorium, media center, science labs, three computer rooms, and faculty spaces. The building has three floors. The first floor consists of the main office, the nurse's office, the gymnasiums, and the main places. The classrooms are located on the second and third floors. There is a block scheduling of classes (84 minutes per period, with four periods per day and lunch straddling the 3rd period. Schedule alternates between 'A' and 'B' days). The building formerly known as Harrison High School opened as the new Washington Middle School in September 2007 for students in grades 6-8.
- Timothy Adams (born 1967), model and soap opera actor.
- Dave D'Errico (born 1952), former professional soccer player.
- Bhairavi Desai, Director, Taxi Workers Alliance.
- Daisy Fuentes (born 1966), model.
- Ray Lucas (born 1972), NFL quarterback.
- McDonald, Terrence T. "Harrison names former Jersey City Councilman as assistant principal of high school", The Jersey Journal, July 12, 2012."Former Jersey City Councilman Steve Lipski is giving up his role as head of the city Economic Development Corporation and accepting an assistant principal position at Harrison High School."
- Data for Harrison High, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 8, 2012.
- Duger, Rose. "East Newark Harrison merging dispatch service", The Jersey Journal, December 30, 2010. Accessed March 25, 2011. "Kearny handles all health-related functions through its Board of Health, while East Newark high school children attend Harrison High School and the borough contracts with Harrison to provide street cleaning, snow removal, ambulance and library services."
- Rundquist, Jeanette. "15 N.J. schools named as national 'Blue Ribbon' winners", The Star-Ledger, September 24, 2013. Accessed September 24, 2013. "Five Catholic schools, six county vocational-technical schools and a Yeshiva are among the list of honored schools in New Jersey. Also named as 2013 Blue Ribbon Schools were Dover, Harrison and Wildwood high schools."
- 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools All Public and Private, pp. 15-17. United States Department of Education, National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Accessed September 24, 2013.
- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 1, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 25, 2011.
- "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.
- League Memberships – 2012-2013, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 27, 2012.
- League Memberships – 2009-2010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 7, 2012.
- NSCAA Boys High School Records, National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Accessed July 27, 2007.
- 2006 Boys Soccer Tournament - North II, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 1, 2007
- 2006 Boys Soccer Tournament - Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 25, 2007.
- 2007 Boys Soccer - North II, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 13, 2007.
- 2007 Boys Soccer - Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 24, 2007.
- Schutta, Gregory. "Harrison flexes its muscles", The Record (Bergen County), November 18, 2007. Accessed November 24, 2007. "Harrison has won a record 23 State boys soccer championships. But Saturday's 2-1 victory over Schalick in the Group 1 final may have been the sweetest of all."
- Schools Construction Corporation: Harrison District Information, New Jersey Schools Construction Corporation. Accessed May 7, 2006.
- Dave D'Errico Interview, Goal Seattle.com. Accessed October 11, 2007. "My high school, Harrison High, had and still has an amazing tradition. We have won the most state championships in NJ history despite having a total of 700 plus kids."
- "Harrison has advantages", Jersey Journal, March 3, 2005. Accessed August 1, 2007. "And, Harrison's melting pot is further evident in the school system, which includes Lincoln No. 3 for kindergarten through grade 5, Washington No. 1 for grades 6 through 8, and Harrison High School, the alma mater of television personality/model Daisy Fuentes."
- Archer, Todd. "RAY LUCAS MAY HAVE A NEW UNIFORM, BUT THE QB WILL ALWAYS BE NEW JERSEY", The Palm Beach Post, April 30, 2001. Accessed August 1, 2007. "Harrison is where Lucas grew up dreaming of playing in the NFL. He was the starting quarterback at Harrison High School beginning midway through his freshman year."
- Official website
- Harrison Public School District's Website
- Harrison High School's 2012–13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Harrison Public School District, National Center for Education Statistics