Hawthorne High School (New Jersey)
|Hawthorne High School|
|160 Parmelee Avenue
Hawthorne, NJ 07506
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Hawthorne Public Schools|
|Vice principal||Dario Sforza|
|Faculty||41.8 (on FTE basis)|
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Enrollment||705 (as of 2010-11)|
|Student to teacher ratio||16.87:1|
|Athletics conference||North Jersey Interscholastic Conference|
Hawthorne High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grade from Hawthorne, in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Hawthorne Public Schools.
As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 705 students and 41.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 16.87:1. There were 84 students (11.9% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 20 (2.8% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The school's mean SAT scores for 2008-09 school year were Verbal 489, Essay 489 and Mathematics 510. The NJ state mean SAT scores for the 2008-09 year were Verbal 494, Essay 494 and Mathematics 515. Hawthorne's District Factor Group mean SAT scores for the 2008-09 year were Verbal 474, Essay 473 and Mathematics 494.
The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "DE". District Factor Groups organize districts statewide to allow comparison by common socioeconomic characteristics of the local districts. From lowest socioeconomic status to highest, the categories are A, B, CD, DE, FG, GH, I and J.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 234th-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 171st in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 148th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 157th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
Starting in the 2013-14 school year, Hawthorne High School will be switching to a modified rotating drop schedule, making more opportunities for new classes. The school will offer 19 honor classes along with 12 Advanced Placement classes and 25 new electives.
The Hawthorne High School Bears compete in the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC), made up of private and public high schools located in Bergen County, Hudson County and Passaic County, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Prior to realignment that took effect in the fall of 2010, Hawthorne was a member of the smaller Bergen-Passaic Scholastic League (BPSL).
As of 2012 the band director for the Hawthorne High School Marching band is Mr. Robert Dubois, and assistant band director Mr. Larry Silano. There are approximately 65 students, grades 9 through 12 in the marching band and colour guard. On October 15, 2011 the Hawthorne High School Marching Band competed at the Wayne Hills festival against a variety of other bands and received a rating of 83.4 percent, which won them an excellent rating and a silver medal. Leading the band to a excellent rating was drum major Michael McCarthy and colour guard captain Lisa Patmos. The band went on that year to win many awards and ranked superior in their out of state trip, which was to Cleveland Ohio. After the Marching Band’s out of state trip the Hawthorne High School Marching Band went on to play in various parades throughout the month of May, such as the Memorial Day parade in the cities of Hoboken, Franklin Lakes, and in Hawthorne. In the parades, the band played the songs “Sousa” by John Phillip Sousa and “American Pride” arranged by Allen Gray and Carl Major.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Barry Cohen - Principal
- Dario Sforza - Vice Principal
- Fulvio Cecere (born 1960, class of 1978), actor.
- Lois A. Cuccinello, who has served on the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders since 1997. In January 1999 she was selected to serve as Freeholder Director, making Freeholder Cuccinello the first woman to hold that position in four decades.
- Debbie Harry (born 1945), lead singer of Blondie, Class of 1963.
- Ivan Sergei (born 1972), actor best known for his work in television, Class of 1989.
- Data for Hawthorne High, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 9, 2012.
- "NJ 2008-09 Report Card"
- NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed October 27, 2009.
- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed August 21, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed September 25, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- 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 21, 2012.
- Contacts, Hawthorne High School. Accessed September 25, 2011.
- Koetting, Rebecca. "Local acts way to ‘NYPD Blue’ fame", The Shopper News. Accessed May 6, 2012. "Pete Davida, an ex con and murder suspect on next Tuesday night’s episode of NYPD Blue, might look familiar to residents. The part is being played by Fulvio Cecere, of the Hawthorne High School Class of 1978."
- Biography of Freeholder Lois A. Cuccinello, Passaic County. Accessed December 20, 2006
- Jennings, Rob. "Treasure trove of Jersey lore", Asbury Park Press, December 28, 2006, accessed April 24, 2007. "Deborah Harry was perhaps the biggest pop sensation of the late 1970s, scoring huge hits with "Call Me" and "Heart of Glass" and becoming a worldwide sex symbol. Before all that, she was fencing at Hawthorne High School. Harry and her band, Blondie, made their mark in New York City but Harry's roots are in the Jersey suburbs. She graduated from Hawthorne in 1963."
- Rohan, Virginia. "North Jersey-bred and talented too", The Record (Bergen County), June 18, 2007. Accessed June 25, 2007. "Debbie Harry: Class of 1963, Hawthorne High School....Ivan Sergei: Class of 1989, Hawthorne High School"
- Hawthorne High School
- Hawthorne Public Schools
- Hawthorne High School Forum
- Hawthorne Public Schools's 2010–11 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Hawthorne Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics