Kearny, New Jersey
|Kearny, New Jersey|
|Town of Kearny|
|Nickname(s): Soccer Town, U.S.A.|
Location of Kearny within Hudson County and the state of New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Kearny, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||April 8, 1867|
|Named for||Philip Kearny|
|• Mayor||Alberto G. Santos (term ends December 31, 2017)|
|• Administrator||Michael J. Martello|
|• Clerk||Pat Carpenter|
|• Total||10.193 sq mi (26.399 km2)|
|• Land||8.775 sq mi (22.726 km2)|
|• Water||1.418 sq mi (3.673 km2) 13.91%|
|Area rank||209th of 566 in state
3rd of 12 in county
|Elevation||7 ft (2 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2013)||41,664|
|• Rank||51st of 566 in state
7th of 12 in county
|• Density||4,636.5/sq mi (1,790.2/km2)|
|• Density rank||122nd of 566 in state
11th of 12 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC−5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC−4)|
|ZIP codes||07032, 07099|
|Area code(s)||201 and 973|
|GNIS feature ID||0885266|
Kearny (// KAR-nee) is a town in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States and a suburb of Newark. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town's population was 40,684, reflecting an increase of 171 (+0.4%) from the 40,513 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 5,639 (+16.2%) from the 34,874 counted in the 1990 Census.
Kearny is named after Civil War general Philip Kearny. It began as a township formed by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 8, 1867, from portions of Harrison Township. Portions of the township were taken on July 3, 1895, to form East Newark. Kearny was incorporated as a town on January 19, 1899, based on the results of a referendum held two days earlier. The Arlington section of town was named for Arlington Station on the Erie Railroad at the Arlington Mill plant, owned by Arlington Mills of Lawrence, Massachusetts.
- 1 Geography
- 2 History
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Government
- 5 Education
- 6 Commerce
- 7 Transportation
- 8 Notable people
- 9 References
- 10 External links
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town had a total area of 10.193 square miles (26.399 km2), of which, 8.775 square miles (22.726 km2) of it was land and 1.418 square miles (3.673 km2) of it (13.91%) was water.
The town is bordered by East Newark, Harrison, New Jersey and North Arlington. The Passaic River separates the town from Newark and Belleville, and the Hackensack River separates it from Jersey City.
The town is varied in topography and roughly divided into three parts: the Kearny Uplands, the Kearny Meadows and Kearny Point. Main thoroughfares include the eponymous Kearny Avenue (the local segment of Ridge Road / Frank E. Rodgers Boulevard), Bergen Avenue, Midland Avenue, Schuyler Avenue and Passaic Avenue.
A number of small parks running along Passaic River are collectively called Riverbank Park. The largest, located on the colloquial "Bunnyland Hill", is a gift from Kearny's veterans. It is named after a small zoo named Bunnyland, which was maintained by the local Kiwanis Club, that occupied part of the present Bunnyland Hill in the 20th century. During Kearny's Fourth of July celebrations (which include a fireworks display), Bunnyland Hill is the primary gathering spot for celebrants and observers. The largest park is West Hudson Park, shared with Harrison, which contains a variety of sports fields, recreational areas, and an artificial pond. The second largest recreational zone is the Kearny Playground at Gunnel Oval.
The unincorporated community of Arlington is located within Kearny.
The area of Kearny Township, created in 1867, had been part of the original Crown Grant of 30,000 acres (120 km2) obtained by Major William Sandford of Barbados on July 4, 1668. Major Sandford named it New Barbadoes Neck after his old home. As was the custom of the time, the Major paid 20 pounds sterling to Chief Tantaqua of the Hackensack tribe for all their reserve rights and titles.
Sanford's friend Major Nathaniel Kingsland acquired the property in 1708 and sold the upper western tract of the Grant for 300 pounds sterling to Captain Arent Schuyler two years later. The new purchase included present-day Kearny, North Arlington, Lyndhurst and Kingsland.
Shortly after Schuyler's purchase of his new homestead, a peculiar green stone was uncovered. It was sent to England for analysis and he learned that that it contained 80% copper. His opening of a copper mine brought the first steam engine to America from England; it was used to pump out the deep mine shaft. The engine was secretly delivered by its engineer, Josiah Hornblower. The engine and mines were destroyed by fire in 1772 and remained idle for some years.
Schuyler Mansion played a role during the American Revolutionary War Era. When Lord Howe of England took possession of New York Harbor, the proximity of Schuyler Mansion drew many of his officers. They generally traveled over a road that today is referred to as the Belleville Turnpike, which was originally constructed in 1759 using cedar logs from the nearby swamps.
During September 1777, General Henry Clinton, head of the British Expeditionary Forces in America, selected Schuyler Mansion for his headquarters during one of his more important raiding operations which included the famed Battle of Second River. The Mansion stood until 1924, a period of 214 years, when it was torn down by a land development company, despite the company's offers to transfer the land an organization that would be able to pay to maintain the property.
In the middle 19th century, Kearny was the upper, or northern, section of the Township of Harrison. A prominent citizen and resident of the upper section, General N. M. Halsted, felt it was impossible under these political conditions for his section to obtain proper recognition. He engaged an energetic campaign for an independent township. He succeeded when the NJ Legislature of 1867 on March 14, adopted “an act creating the Township of Kearny”. The town was named to honor Major General Phil Kearny, Commander of the New Jersey Forces in the Civil War and the owner of the mansion known as Belle Grove (or Belgrove), locally called "Kearny Castle".
On April 8, 1867, the first election of town officers was held. General N. M. Halsted was elected Chairman. The first official seat of Government was three rooms in the old Lodi Hotel, on the northeast corner of Schuyler and Harrison Avenues.
In the early 1870s, Kearny erected its first Town Hall, on the corner of Kearny and Woodland Avenues, the present site of the Knox Presbyterian Church Parish Hall. This served as a Town Hall, Court House, and Schoolhouse. The Minute Book of the Township states on August 16, 1870, the first step toward establishing Kearny's present public school system was taken. The first schoolhouse was housed in the Town Hall built at Kearny and Woodland Avenues in 1873.
The town's nickname, "Soccer Town, U.S.A." is derived from a soccer tradition that originated in the mid-1870s, when thousands of Scottish and Irish immigrants settled in the town, after two Scottish companies, Clark Thread Company and Nairn Linoleum, opened two local mills and a factory.
When the town's growth demanded larger quarters, the present Kearny Town Hall, built of Indiana limestone, was erected in 1909.
The early influx and development of industry in Kearny dates back to 1875 when the Clark Thread Company of Paisley in Scotland extended its activities to the United States by erecting two large mills in Kearny, and adding two others in 1890. These mills brought to Kearny thousands of Scots immigrants. Many of them would play on Kearny's soccer teams in National Association Football League. Many are buried at Arlington Memorial Park in the Kearny Uplands.
In 1876, the Mile End Thread Mills started operating, giving employment to several hundred operators.
In 1883, the Marshall Flax Spinning Company of England erected a large plant in Kearny, known as the Linen Thread Company. Their need for experienced flax spinners brought an influx of workers from other sections of the British Isles. Families of those early textile workers were the nucleus of Kearny's present population.
The Puraline Manufacturing Company, later called the Arlington Company, which became a subsidiary of E. I. DuPont de Nemours Company, had purchased a large tract of land east of the Arlington Station on the Erie Railroad extending well out, north of the railroad embankment, into the meadowland.
In 1887, Sir Michael Nairn established the Nairn Linoleum Company of Kirkcaldy in Scotland, now the Congoleum Nairn Company of Kearny, giving further impetus to local industrial growth. This also lead to the growth in the Scottish American population which In the 1960s was about 21,000.
In 1902, the Lovell–Dressel Company, manufacturers of marine and railway lamps and fixtures, located in Kearny adjacent to the Erie Railroad.
Other industries which located in Kearny include: Swift & Company, Koppers Company, Theobald Industries, Standard Tool & Manufacturing, Wilkata Box Company, Harris Steel Company and L & R Manufacturing. Between 1926 and 1986, the Kearny Works of Western Electric employed as many as 24,000 in producing a variety of hardware and supplies for the Bell System and was the home of the "Kearny Standard" for tools and equipment, and was sold by AT&T in 1984 by which time the plant had 4,000 employees who earned a total of $128 million a year, making it one of the county's largest employers.
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1930–1990 2000 2010
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 40,684 people, 13,462 households, and 9,921 families residing in the town. The population density was 4,636.5 per square mile (1,790.2/km2). There were 14,180 housing units at an average density of 1,616.0 per square mile (623.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 73.57% (29,933) White, 5.37% (2,186) Black or African American, 0.40% (163) Native American, 4.41% (1,793) Asian, 0.08% (32) Pacific Islander, 12.53% (5,099) from other races, and 3.63% (1,478) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 39.95% (16,253) of the population.
There were 13,462 households, of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 15.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.3% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.28.
In the town, 20.7% of the population were under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 26.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.4 years. For every 100 females there were 106.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.7 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $58,698 (with a margin of error of ±$3,838) and the median family income was $66,272 (±$3,803). Males had a median income of $45,360 (±$2,598) versus $38,668 (±$3,893) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,977 (±$1,022). About 7.6% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.2% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 40,513 people, 13,539 households, and 9,802 families residing in the town. The population density was 4,433.2 people per square mile (1,711.4/km²). There were 13,872 housing units at an average density of 1,518.0 per square mile (586.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 75.75% White, 3.97% African American, 0.37% Native American, 5.50% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 10.04% from other races, and 4.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 27.34% of the population.
There were 13,539 households out of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.28.
In the town the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 35.7% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 106.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.0 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $47,757, and the median income for a family was $54,596. Males had a median income of $38,672 versus $30,620 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,886. About 6.1% of families and 8.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.1% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.
Kearny is governed under the Town form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and Town Council comprising eight council members. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters at-large to a four-year term of office. The Town Council is elected by the voters to four-year terms of office in partisan elections, on a staggered basis, with one of the two seats from each ward coming up for election in two consecutive years followed by two years with no elections. The Mayor and Council operate on a legislative basis, with the Mayor having veto power. The day-to-day operations are the responsibility of the Town Administrator whose duties are specified by local ordinance, and who generally carries out the policies adopted by the Mayor and Council.
As of 2014[update], the Mayor of Kearny is Al Santos, who has been Mayor of Kearny since January 1, 2000, and whose current term of office ends December 31, 2017. Before his election as mayor, Santos served as councilman of Kearny's Second Ward for one year. Members of the Town Council are:
- Council members 1st Ward: Alexa P. Arce (D, 2017) and Albino Cardoso (D, 2014)
- Council members 2nd Ward: Jonathan D. Giordano (D, 2014) and Richard P. Konopka (D, 2017)
- Council members 3rd Ward: Carol Jean Doyle (D, 2017) and Eileen Eckel (D, 2014)
- Council members 4th Ward: Michael D. Landy (D, 2017) and Susan McCurrie (D, 2014)
The town is protected by the Kearny Fire Department, which operates out of four fire stations. The current Chief of Department is Steve Dyl. Below is a list of fire station locations and apparatus of the Kearny Fire Department.
- Engine 1 2006 American La France 1500/700/10/50
- Squad 2 2009 American La France 1500/750
- Engine 3 1997 Emergency One 1250/750 (Ex Engine 2)
- Engine 4 2011 Stuphen 1500/750
- Engine 5 1997 Emergency One 1250/750 (Ex Engine 4)
- Ladder 1 1990 Emergency One 100' rear-mount arial
- Ladder Tower 2 2004 American La France 94' mid-mount arial
- Foam Tender 1 2005 International 7600/National Foam 0/0/4000 6x6
- Rescue 2 1985 Ford C8000/Saulsbury
- Marine 3 25 1/2 Lake Assault 1250
- MPV 1990 Army truck 6x6
- Car-1 2013 Chevy Tahoe (Chief)
- Car-2 2013 Chevy Tahoe (Deputy Chief)
- Car-3 2002 Chevy Tahoe (Safety Officer)
- Car-4 2000 Ford Crown Victoria
- Car-61 2013 Chevy Tahoe (Fire Official)
- Car-62 1998 Chevy Blazer (Fire Inspector)
- Car-63 1998 Chevy Blazer (Fire Inspector)
- Car-64 1999 Van (Fire Prevention)
- Quick Attack 2012 Ford F-350 200/0/0
- Service 2 1999 GMC pick up (Mechanic)
|Alarm Type||Companies Assigned|
|EMS or Wire Down||1 Engine or 1 Ladder|
|Car Fire||2 Engines or 1 Engine 1 Ladder|
|Fire Alarms MVA with entrapment||2 Engines 1 Ladder 1 Deputy|
|1st Alarm||Engine 1 Squad 2 Engine 3 Engine 4 Tower 2 Car-2(DC)|
|Working Fire||Kearny Car-1(chief) Car-3 Harrison Ladder 1 Car-2 East Newark Engine 1|
|2 Alarm||Jersey City 2 Engines 1 Ladder 1 Battalion|
|3rd Alarm||North Arlington 1 Engine 1 Ladder 1 Rescue 1 Chief Belleville engine 2|
|4th Alarm||North Hudson 2 Engines 1 Ladder 1 Battalion 1 MSU|
|5th Alarm||Bayonne 1 Engine 1 Ladder Hoboken 1 Engine 1 Ladder|
|6th Alarm||Lyndhurst 1 Engine 1 Ladder 1 Rescue 1 Chief Rutherford 1 Engine 1 Ladder|
|7th Alarm||Secaucus 2 Engines 1 Ladder|
|8th Alarm||Newark Engine 9 Engine 15 Engine 28 Ladder 6 Battalion 2|
|9th Alarm & up||2 Engines 1 Ladder|
|Engine company||Ladder company||special unit||Command unit||Address|
|Engine 1||2 Zodiac Boats||47 Davis Avenue|
|Squad 2||Ladder Tower 2||Technical Rescue 2||Car 2 Incident Officer||109 Kearny Avenue|
|Engine 3 Reserve Engine 5||Reserve Ladder 1||Marine 3 Quick Attack Car-61 (Fire Officials) Car-62,63,64 (Fire Inspectors)||Car 3 Safety Officer||109 Midland Avenue|
|Engine 4||Foam Tender 1 MPV 4||Car 4||83 John Miller Way |
Federal, state and county representation
Kearny is split between the 8th and 9th Congressional Districts and is part of New Jersey's 32nd state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, Kearny had been part of the 9th Congressional District and the 13th Congressional District, a change made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections. In the redistricting that took effect in 2013, 22,572 (about 55%) Kearny residents were placed in the 8th District, with the remaining 18,112 (about 45%) located in the extreme northwest corner of the town placed in the 9th District.
New Jersey's Eighth Congressional District is represented by Albio Sires (D, West New York). New Jersey's Ninth Congressional District is represented by Bill Pascrell (D, Paterson). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus, 2019).
The 32nd District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Nicholas Sacco (D, North Bergen) and in the General Assembly by Angelica M. Jimenez (D, West New York) and Vincent Prieto (D, Secaucus). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
Hudson County is governed by a directly elected County Executive and by a Board of Chosen Freeholders, which serves as the county's legislative body. As of 2015[update], the County Executive is Democrat Thomas A. DeGise, whose term of office ends December 31, 2015. Hudson County's nine Freeholders (with district, municipalities in district and place of residence) are Kenneth Kopacz (District 1, Bayonne and parts of Jersey City; Bayonne), William O'Dea (District 2, parts of Jersey City), Gerard M. Balmir (District 3, parts of Jersey City), Chairman E. Junior Maldonado (District 4, parts of Jersey City), Anthony Romano (District 5, Hoboken and parts of Jersey City; Hoboken), Vice-Chairman Tilo Rivas (District 6, Union City), Caridad Rodriguez (District 7, Guttenberg, Weehawken and West New York; West New York), Chairman Pro-Tempore Anthony P. Vainieri, Jr. (District 8, North Bergen, parts of Jersey City and Secaucus; North Bergen) and Albert Cifelli (District 9, East Newark, Harrison, Kearny and parts of Secaucus; Kearny), all Democrats serving terms of office ending December 31, 2017. Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Barbara A. Netchert, Sheriff Frank X. Schillari and Surrogate Joseph J. Ryglicki.
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 16,348 registered voters in Kearny, of which 7,030 (43.0%) were registered as Democrats, 1,922 (11.8%) were registered as Republicans and 7,390 (45.2%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 6 voters registered to other parties.
In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 60.4% of the vote here (6,953 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 37.9% (4,365 votes) and other candidates with 1.1% (121 votes), among the 11,508 ballots cast by the town's 18,057 registered voters, for a turnout of 63.7%. In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 57.0% of the vote here (6,363 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush with 41.7% (4,650 votes) and other candidates with 0.5% (87 votes), among the 11,154 ballots cast by the town's 16,633 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 67.1.
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 52.9% of the vote here (3,838 ballots cast), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 38.5% (2,790 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 5.4% (390 votes) and other candidates with 1.1% (80 votes), among the 7,249 ballots cast by the town's 16,417 registered voters, yielding a 44.2% turnout.
The Kearny School District serves public school students in preschool through twelfth grade. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's seven schools had an enrollment of 5,921 students and 442.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.38:1. Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are six elementary schools — Franklin School (PreK–8; 1,066 students), Garfield School (PreK–6; 663), Lincoln School (PreK–8; 795), Roosevelt School (PreK–6; 465), Schuyler School (PreK–6; 520) and Washington School (PreK–8; 681) — and Kearny High School (9–12; 1,735).
Schools in Kearny include:
- Kearny Christian Academy, a Christian school founded in 1981 by the City of Hope International Church that serves students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade.
- Mt. Carmel Guild School
- The Little Neighborhood Learning Center
- Happy Time Preschool & Day Care
In the face of declining enrollment, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark closed Mater Dei Academy at the conclusion of the 2011–12 school year. Mater Dei had been opened three years earlier as the merger of two existing schools, St. Stephen's and Holy Cross, but attendance declined from 250 in its first year to 170 in its final year
Library and museum
The Kearny Public Library is one of New Jersey's remaining Carnegie libraries, and houses a museum on its third floor which mounts exhibitions related to the history and culture of the town and has a collection of artifacts related to the town's namesake.
Portions of Kearny are part of an Urban Enterprise Zone. In addition to other benefits to encourage employment within the Zone, shoppers can take advantage of a reduced 3½% sales tax rate at eligible merchants (versus the 7% rate charged statewide) at eligible merchants.
Roads and highways
As of 2010[update], the town had a total of 70.89 miles (114.09 km) of roadways, of which 50.75 miles (81.67 km) are maintained by the municipality, 7.30 miles (11.75 km) by Hudson Countyand 7.73 miles (12.44 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 5.11 miles (8.22 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
The Belleville Turnpike (Route 7) forms the northern border of the town with North Arlington and crosses the Rutgers Street Bridge over the Passaic River into Belleville. Kearny Avenue passes through the town and continues north as Ridge Road, the beginning of NJ 17. US 1/9 (Pulaski Skyway) and US 1/9 Truck pass through. The Essex Freeway (Interstate 280) passes through the town and ends at Interstate 95(W) (the New Jersey Turnpike eastern and western spurs) at the tollgate for Exit 15W.
New Jersey Transit offers bus service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan and to other New Jersey communities. Bus service to Newark is available on the 1, 30, 40, 43, 76 and 80 routes.
Kearny was formerly served by trains of both the Erie Railroad's Newark Branch (later Erie-Lackawanna Newark Branch) and its Greenwood Lake Division (later the Erie-Lackawanna's Greenwood Lake-Boonton Line; and Conrail and New Jersey Transit's Boonton Line) which stopped at the now abandoned Arlington Station. Newark Branch service was terminated in October, 1966. New Jersey Transit discontinued Boonton Line service in 2002 when the Montclair Connection was opened. Through the early 1970s trains also stopped at a second station along this route known as West Arlington. This station was just to the east of the now abandoned WR Draw movable bridge. Prior to April 30, 1967, a station in South Kearny, was served by the Central Railroad of New Jersey's Newark and New York Railroad via the PD Draw over the Passaic River. This station was popular with employees of the giant Western Electric plant, and other industries in the area. In the final years of this service a pair of rush hour trains ran in each direction between South Kearny, and the CNJ's Broad Street Station in downtown Newark, as well as a single rush hour round trip between South Kearny, and Plainfield. This train operated via Elizabethport, and the CNJ main line.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Kearny include:
- Tomasz Adamek (born 1976), Polish professional heavyweight boxer who is the former WBC Light Heavyweight Champion and the former IBF & IBO & The Ring Cruiserweight Champion.
- Davey Brown (1898-1970), U.S. soccer forward who was inducted into the US Soccer Hall of Fame.
- Guy W. Calissi (c. 1909–1980), New Jersey Superior Court judge who lived in an orphanage here.
- Ownie Carroll (1902–1975), Major League Baseball pitcher who played nine seasons in the major, from 1925 to 1934 .
- Ted Gillen (born 1968), former professional soccer player.
- Albert Gonzalez (born 1981), government informant and computer criminal.
- Ed Halicki (born 1950), former professional baseball pitcher with a no-hitter to his credit, pitched on August 24, 1975, against the New York Mets.
- John Harkes (born 1967), professional soccer player.
- Al Hartley (1921-2003), comic book writer-artist known for his work on Archie Comics.
- Fred A. Hartley, Jr. (1909-1969), New Jersey Congressman best known for being the House of Representatives sponsor of the Taft-Hartley Act.
- Herbie Haymer (1916–1949), jazz saxophonist.
- Frank Iero (born 1981), rhythm guitarist and backup vocalist for My Chemical Romance.
- Jeffrey Klepacki (born 1968), three-time US Olympian in rowing and three-time world champion.
- Buzz Kulik (1922-1999), film director and producer.
- Joe Kyrillos (born 1960), politician who has served in the New Jersey Senate since 1992, where he represents the 13th Legislative District.
- Joan Lippincott (born 1935), concert organist.
- Hugh MacDonald (born 1985), soccer defender who was last rostered with New York Red Bulls.
- Kevin Maguire (born 1960), comic book artist.
- Tony Meola (born 1969), professional soccer player.
- Dots Miller (1886–1923), Major League Baseball player from 1909 to 1921.
- Tony Mottola (1918–2004), jazz guitarist.
- Shamus O'Brien (1907–1981), soccer player inducted in 1990 into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
- Greg Pason (born 1966), National Secretary of the Socialist Party USA.
- George Paxton (c. 1914–1989), big band jazz leader, saxophonist, composer, producer.
- Bill Raftery (born 1943), college basketball analyst and former college basketball player for La Salle University.
- Tab Ramos (born 1966), retired soccer midfielder.
- Harold Hill Smith (1910-1994), geneticist who first fused a human cell and a plant cell.
- Archie Stark (1897–1985), soccer pioneer in the United States and member of National Soccer Hall of Fame.
- Ray Toro (born 1977), My Chemical Romance lead guitarist.
- Alex Webster (born 1931), professional football player for the Montreal Alouettes and New York Giants.
- Dick Weisgerber (born 1913), professional football player for the Green Bay Packers.
- Kenneth G. Wiman (born 1930), U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral.
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