Linden High School (New Jersey)

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Linden High School
Linden High School (New Jersey).jpg
121 West St. George Avenue
Linden, NJ 07036
Type Public high school
School district Linden Public Schools
Principal Yelena Horre
Vice Principals Frank Bandinelli
Leanora Fleming
Jean Forstenhausler
Kevin Thurston
Steve Viana
Faculty 131.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1,751[1] (as of 2012-13)
Student to teacher ratio 13.37:1[1]
Color(s)      Orange
Athletics conference Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference
Team name Tigers

Linden High School is a comprehensive community public high school located in Linden in Union County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in ninth through twelfth grades as the lone secondary school of the Linden Public Schools. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1928.[2]

As of the 2012-13 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,751 students and 131.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.37:1. There were 696 students (39.7% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 199 (11.4% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Linden High School has been an IB World School since July 2001, offering students the IB Diploma Programme.[3]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 253rd-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology.[4] The school had been ranked 326th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 284th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[5] The magazine ranked the school 299th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[6] The school was ranked 293rd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[7]


The Linden High School Tigers compete 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).[8] With 1,285 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as North II, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,087 to 3,896 students in that grade range.[9] Prior to the 2010 realignment, the school had participated in the Watchung Conference, a high school sports association made up of public high schools covering Essex County, Hudson County and Union County.[10]

Coached by Phil Colicchio, the boys basketball team won the 2006 North II, Group IV sectional championship with a 64-38 win over Plainfield High School.[11] In 2007 the team won the Group IV NJSIAA State Championship, edging Passaic County Technical Institute 57-56 in the semifinals and defeating South Brunswick High School 63-54 for the title.[12]


Core members of the school's administration are:[13]

  • Yelena Horre, Principal
  • Frank Bandinelli, Vice Principal
  • Leanora Fleming, Vice Principal
  • Jean Forstenhausler, Vice Principal, Alternative Education/Adult Education
  • Kevin Thurston, Vice Principal
  • Steve Viana, Vice Principal

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School Data for Linden High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 26, 2015.
  2. ^ Linden High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed July 23, 2011.
  3. ^ Linden High School, International Baccalaureate Organization. Accessed May 1, 2008.
  4. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  5. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 11, 2012.
  6. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed July 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  8. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 22, 2014.
  9. ^ 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for North II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed September 22, 2014.
  10. ^ Home Page, Watchung Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive as of February 7, 2011. Accessed December 16, 2014.
  11. ^ 2006 Boys Basketball - North II, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 30, 2007.
  12. ^ 2007 Boys Basketball - Public Group Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 29, 2007.
  13. ^ Administration, Linden High School. Accessed December 23, 2012.
  14. ^ Helfand, Candice Leigh. "Dancing queen", The Star-Ledger, November 2, 2007. Accessed November 21, 2007. "Yesterday, she came back to her alma mater to teach current Linden High School dance majors the same steps she performed with the other Miss New Jersey-USA contestants in the Oct. 21 pageant, and to discuss her experiences."
  15. ^ Markus, Robert. "Charles Smiles Now in Glory of Rose Bowl", Chicago Tribune, December 28, 1966. Accessed September 11, 2012. "There may be some who have waited longer for Purdue to get to the Rose Bowl, but none could be happier to be here at last than John Charles.... 'I probably got my scholarship at Purdue as a player, because I was an All-State and All-America on offense at Linden High in New Jersey.'"
  16. ^ Linden Athletic Hall of Fame. Accessed January 30, 2009.
  17. ^ Gibson, Lydialyle. "Science? Fiction? For 41 years Stanton Friedman, SB'55, SM'56, has traveled the world with a simple message: UFOs are real.", The University of Chicago Magazine, September / October 2011. Accessed October 27, 2011. "In 2001, decades after challenging his fifth-grade teacher on the motion of the solar system, Friedman returned to Linden for his 50th high school reunion."
  18. ^ Sales, Bob. "'I'll Treat Sox Like Men'--Kasko", Boston Globe, October 3, 1969. Accessed July 23, 2011. "Born June 27, 1931 Linden N.J. Home Richmond Virginia Graduate of Linden High School"
  19. ^ Caroom, Eliot. "U.S. ambassador returns to Linden", copy of article from The Star-Ledger, may 5, 2009. Accessed July 7, 2010.
  20. ^ Thomsen, Ian. "HE'S IN A STATE OF ANTICIPATION; BC'S STRADFORD EYES A BIG YEAR", The Boston Globe, August 27, 1985. Accessed July 20, 2012. "He was a 5-foot-8-inch basketball player who could dunk two- handed, but [Troy Stradford] was mainly a 1,000-yard tailback each of his last two years at Linden High School."
  21. ^ Craig Taylor player profile, database Football. Accessed August 27, 2007.
  22. ^ Vrentas, Jenny. "Former Linden High star Muhammad Wilkerson likely to be first New Jerseyan selected in 2011 NFL Draft", The Star-Ledger, April 25, 2011. Accessed July 23, 2011. "Raised in Elizabeth and Linden, Wilkerson grew up a Giants fan until he became simply a fan of the game. The third of four children, he and his mother share a close connection, reinforced by their tradition of sending “hugs” in daily text messages."
  23. ^ Martin, Douglas. "John J. Fay Jr., 76, Ombudsman For the Elderly of New Jersey", The New York Times, October 29, 2003. Accessed July 7, 2010.

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