Indian Hills High School (New Jersey)

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Indian Hills High School
97 Yawpo Avenue
Oakland, NJ 07436

Type Public high school
Established 1964
School district Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District
Principal Joseph Collins
Assistant principals Daniel Guido
Linda Sisto
Faculty 88.3 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 – 12
Enrollment 1,181 (as of 2010-11)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 13.37:1[1]
Color(s) Blue      and Gold     
Athletics conference Big North Conference
Nickname Braves

Indian Hills High School is a comprehensive four-year public high school located in Bergen County, New Jersey. The school is a part of the Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District, serving students from Franklin Lakes, Oakland and Wyckoff. The high school is located in Oakland. Ramapo High School is the other high school in the district. Students from the three feeder districts may make the choice in eighth grade of which high school to attend.[2]

As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,181 students and 88.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.37:1. There were 18 students (1.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and no students eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 43rd-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 35th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[3] The magazine ranked the school 40th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[4] The school was ranked 36th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state.[5] ranked the school 89th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 5 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (86.9%) and language arts literacy (97.2%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[6]

In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 56th in New Jersey and 1,647 nationwide.[7]

Indian Hills has been locally noted in recent years for strong performances by their Academic Decathlon team, in the 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2014 seasons under their coach Michael Catelli, with the 2010 team ranked second in the state[8] and the 2012 team finishing third in the statewide competition. In 2014 the team competed in the online national competition and was ranked second in the nation in their division[9]


Indian Hills High School now competes in the Big North Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[10] The school had previously participated in the North Bergen Interscholastic Athletic League. With 877 students in grades 10-12, the school is classified by the NJSIAA for most sports as North I, Group II, which includes schools with enrollment of 819 to 1,112.[11]

Indian Hills High School has a long-standing rivalry with Ramapo High School, most notably with the school's football, lacrosse, and ice hockey teams.[12] The Indian Hills-Ramapo football rivalry had been a yearly tradition since the founding of Indian Hills in 1964. Ramapo won the first two games of the series as only the class of 1966 was eligible to play for Indian Hills. However once that class became seniors Indian Hills began a dominant streak winning 20 of the next 24 games. After a period of even play Ramapo has dominated the modern era winning 12 of 13 games. Ramapo won the 2009 by a score of 41-0, though realignment and the disparity in size between the two schools makes continuation of the series for scheduled games increasingly unlikely.[13]

The 2003 Girls Soccer team won the North I Group II tournament, defeating River Dell Regional High School 1-0 in the final.[14]

The Girls Softball team won the 2003 North I, Group II title over Hopatcong High School, winning by a score of 6-1.[15][16]

In 2005, the Girls Tennis team took the North I, Group II championship, beating Tenafly High School 3½-1½.[17]

In 2006, the Boys Soccer team won the NBIAL Division Championship for the first time since 1988.

The baseball team took the North I, Group II state sectional title in 2007 with a 5-0 win over Westwood Regional High School.[18]

The 2010 softball team won leagues, counties, state sectionals and state groups with only two losses the entire season. Indian Hills got its 31st win of the season, defeating Pequannock Township High School by a score of 1-0 to take the North I, Group II, sectional title, making it the 14th team in New Jersey history to win 31 games in a season.[19]

The 2009-10 Winter Track team won the League, North I Group II sectional Championship, and Group II State Championship.[20]

The 2010 Spring Track Team won the League, County Group B, and North I Group II Sectional Championship making them triple crown winners two years in a row.[21]

The 2014 girls softball team won the Group III state championship, defeating Ewing High School in the tournament final by a score of 8-5 to become the first team to finish their season undefeated with a 34-0 record.[22]


Core members of the school's administration are:[23]

  • Joseph Collins - Principal
  • Daniel Guido - Assistant Principal
  • Linda Sisto - Assistant Principal

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Data for Indian Hills High, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 9, 2012.
  2. ^ Eighth Grade School Choice, Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District. Accessed August 4, 2011.
  3. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 1, 2012.
  4. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed June 16, 2011.
  5. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  6. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Accessed March 1, 2012.
  7. ^ Mathews, Jay. "The High School Challenge 2011: Indian Hills High School", The Washington Post. Accessed August 21, 2011.
  8. ^ N.J. STATE ACADEMIC DECATHLON RESULTS - March 2010, Academic Decathlon of New Jersey. Accessed June 25, 2012.
  9. ^ 2012 State Results, Academic Decathlon of New Jersey. . Accessed June 25, 2012.
  10. ^ League Memberships – 2010-2011, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 17, 2012.
  11. ^ 2011-2012 Public Schools Group Classification for ShopRite Cup–Tennis–Soccer–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for North I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 97, 2012.
  12. ^ Cummins, Jeff. "Indian H. stuns Ramapo", The Record (Bergen County), November 29, 2003. "Nathanson kicked a 38-yard field goal in The driving rain with 42 seconds left to give Indian Hills a 16-14 win over arch-rival Ramapo on Friday night."
  13. ^ Staff. "Devonshuk leads Ramapo over rival Indian Hills", Franklin Lakes - Oakland Suburban News, September 24, 2009. Accessed August 4, 2011. "With the start of the 2010-11 school year, Ramapo and Indian Hills will be in different leagues and will not play football against each other due to the disparity in the two schools’ enrollment. Ramapo has considerably more students and is a Group 3-sized school; Indian Hills is a Group 2 school."
  14. ^ 2003 Girls Soccer - North I - 2, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, accessed April 29, 2007.
  15. ^ "Emerson shuts out Midland Park", The Record (Bergen County), May 30, 2003. Accessed August 1, 2007. "North 1, Group 2: INDIAN HILLS 6, HOPATCONG 1 - Danielle DeCarlo, Ashley Funari, and Erin Kindle each had an RBI as the top-seeded Braves jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of the sectional final."
  16. ^ 2003 Softball Tournament - North I, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, accessed April 29, 2007.
  17. ^ 2005 Girls Team Tennis - North I, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, accessed April 29, 2007.
  18. ^ 2007 Baseball - North I, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 22, 2007.
  19. ^ Reilly, Sean. "Softball - 2010 NJSIAA Tournament - North 1, Group 2 - Round 4 - Game 1 - Softball", The Star-Ledger, May 28, 2010. Accessed June 16, 2011. "Perri Goldberg of Indian Hills figured that yesterday's game against Pequannock for the championship of the NJSIAA/Blue Ribbon Awards North Jersey, Section 1, Group 2 tournament was going to be a close one.... Katie Enright (29-2) pitched a five-hitter for Indian Hills (31-2), which became the 14th team in state history to win 31 games in a season."
  20. ^ Vorkunov, Mike. "NJSIAA Group II Track - Zebras' Barlow wins girls hurdles; Rahway boys finish 2nd",, February 20, 2010. Accessed June 16, 2011. "Rahway finished second in Group II boys with 36 points. Indian Hills won the group with 44 points."
  21. ^ NJSIAA/Star-Ledger Track & Field Championship Sectionals - North I - Groups II and III - 5/21/2010 to 5/22/2010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 4, 2011.
  22. ^ Holcomb, Dave. "Softball state championships: Indian Hills beats Ewing for Group 3 title and finishes 34-0", The Star-Ledger, June 7, 2014. Accessed June 9, 2014. "Not only was the team defending its Group 3 state title, Indian Hills needed one more victory to become the first New Jersey softball team ever to complete a season 34-0.... St. John Vianney (2004) and Indian Hills (2010) were the only teams in New Jersey to win 33 games in a season. This year's Indian Hills squad was the first team to win 34 and remain unbeaten."
  23. ^ Contact Information Administration, Indian Hills High School. Accessed October 1, 2013.
  24. ^ Staff. "Bored to Death", The Oakland Journal, September 2009. Accessed April 22, 2012. "Jonathan Ames is also the author of several novels, a performance artist, and an occasional actor. He is less well known for being an alumni of Indian Hills High School."
  25. ^ Barone, Matt. "Happy to Be 'Bored to Death'", Inside Jersey, April 2011. Accessed April 24. 2012. "The prolific 47-year-old writer was born and raised in Oakland, where he attended Indian Hills High School."
  26. ^ McAleavy, Teresa M. "Two Win Science Honor", The Record (Bergen County), September 28, 1993. "Sheeri Kritzer and Joshua Kritzer, sophomores at Indian Hills High School in Oakland, have earned entry into Columbia University's Science Honors Program."
  27. ^ Longsdorf, Amy. "N.J. writer puts her mark on Hollywood", The Record (Bergen County), July 20, 2009. Accessed August 4, 2011. "Screenwriter and former Oakland resident Karen McCullah Lutz is the first to admit she owes New Jersey a big debt of gratitude. Spending four years at Indian Hills High School sparked her love of Springsteen and the Paramus Park Mall, but Lutz is particularly grateful for an even more lasting Garden State gift."

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