Hillside High School (New Jersey)
|Hillside High School|
|1085 Liberty Avenue
Hillside, NJ 07205
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Hillside Public Schools|
|Principal||Dr. Lee D. McCaskill|
|Vice Principals||Victoria Palmer-Gilliard
|Faculty||75.2 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||916 (as of 2010-11)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.18:1|
|Athletics conference||Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference|
Hillside High School is a comprehensive community four-year public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Hillside, in Union County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Hillside Public Schools.
As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 916 students and 75.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.18:1. There were 327 students (35.7% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 81 (8.8% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 166th-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 217th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 287th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 262nd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
In 2001, students from David Brearley High School and Hillside High School collaborated to develop literary and art projects about bigotry presented at an exhibit, "Making Connections: Two Culturally Diverse Schools Address Prejudice and Hatred by Studying the Holocaust Together." The exhibit was presented at Kean University, and was viewed together with local Holocaust survivors and concentration camp liberators.
Hillside High School on Liberty Avenue was originally constructed in 1947, replacing the Coe Avenue (A.P. Morris) School which became a grammar school. Additions were later added to accommodate the baby-boomers of the 1950s and 1960s. In the mid-sixties the high school held some 1,500 students.
Hillside High School now competes in the Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). Before the 2010 realignment, the school had participated in the Mountain Valley Conference, which consisted of public and parochial high schools in Essex County and Union County.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Christine Sidwa - Principal
- Victoria Palmer-Gilliard - Vice Principal
- Rahim Graham - Vice Principal
- Marc Leepson (born 1945, class of 1963), journalist, historian, author of Saving Monticello, Flag: An American Biography, Desperate Engagement and editor of the Webster's New World Dictionary of the Vietnam War.
- Jerron McMillian (born 1989), safety who has played in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers.
- Arthur Seale (born 1946, class of 1964), responsible for the kidnapping and murder of Sidney Reso, the Vice President of International Operations for Exxon on April 29, 1992.
- Hela Yungst (c. 1952-2002), Miss New Jersey 1971, representing the state in the Miss America Pageant. She changed her name to Hela Young and became the New Jersey Lottery representative on television.
- Rollie Massimino (born 1934), coach at Hillside who went on to become a college basketball coach, best known for leading the Villanova Wildcats to an NCAA championship in 1985.
- Data for Hillside High, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 9, 2012.
- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed August 23, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 23, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- "Two-school project fights prejudice; Kenilworth, Hillside art and computer classes team up.", The Star-Ledger, June 7, 2001
- League Memberships – 2012-2013, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 12, 2012.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 10, 2011.
- Administration, Hillside High School. Accessed February 23, 2011.
- "Jerron McMillian", Maine Black Bears football. Accessed December 24, 2013. "Played quarterback and safety for coach Jim Hopke at Hillside H.S. ... served as team captain ... earned all-state, all-county and All-Mountain Valley Conference honors ... also played basketball"
- McQuiston, John T. "Details Given On Suspects In Abduction", The New York Times, June 21, 1992. Accessed August 12, 2008.
- via Associated Press. "Nets reportedly land Massimino with $375,000 per year contract", Boca Raton News, June 20, 1985. Accessed December 10, 2011. "He then returned to Hillside High School where he complied a 71-24 mark and led his team to the state finals twice in four seasons."
- Hillside High School
- Hillside Public Schools
- Hillside Public Schools's 2010–11 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Hillside Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics