Livingston High School (New Jersey)

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Livingston High School
Livingston High School (New Jersey).jpg
A Tradition of Excellence
30 Robert Harp Drive
Livingston, NJ 07039
Type Public high school
Established 1953
School district Livingston Public Schools
Principal Mark Stern[1]
Assistant principals Bronawyn O'Leary
Gregory Vacca
Jennifer Wirt[1]
Faculty 155.1 (on FTE basis)[2]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,755 (as of 2011-12)[2]
Student to teacher ratio 11.32:1[2]
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Green      and white     
Athletics conference Super Essex Conference
Team name Lancers

Livingston High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grade from Livingston, in Essex County, New Jersey, operating as part of the Livingston Public Schools. It receives all eighth grade graduates from Heritage Middle School. It is the only high school in the Livingston Township. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1958.[3]

Livingston High School offers 28 Advanced Placement (AP) courses within eight department areas. The principal is Mark Stern.[1]

As of the 2011-12 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,755 students and 155.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.32:1. There were 11 students (0.6% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 7 (0.4% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[2]

Building and facilities[edit]

As of 2011, LHS completed a $50 million renovation and expansion project featuring a new science wing, orchestra room, atrium and a "fitness and wellness center" (Gymnasium with Weight room). The cafeteria, auditorium, digital design room, freshmen locker room, and TV studio was refurbished as part of the multi-million dollar renovation. All of the new additions feature LEED-certified energy saving fixtures. In addition, existing areas of the building, originally built in 1953, was upgraded with a host of new technology. This includes, but not limited to, a new security system, centralized HVAC, a state of the art fire safety system as well as new audio-visual equipment for every class rooms. Cosmetic changes to the interior include new ceiling tiles, lighting, flooring and paint.[4] The project was paid for with the proceeds of a $51.5 million bond issue approved in a 2005 referendum and included the addition and renovation of more than 160,000 square feet (15,000 m2) of space.[5]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

For the 1997–98 school year, Livingston High School received the Blue Ribbon Award from the United States Department of Education, the highest honor that an American school can achieve.[6]

The school was ranked 9th in New Jersey, 3rd among non-magnet schools, and 142nd in the nation in the Newsweek 2013 report on "America's Best High Schools".[7] The school was ranked 153rd in the nation and 13th in New Jersey on the list of "America's Best High Schools 2012" prepared by The Daily Beast / Newsweek, with rankings based primarily on graduation rate, matriculation rate for college and number of Advanced Placement / International Baccalaureate courses taken per student, with lesser factors based on average scores on the SAT / ACT, average AP/IB scores and the number of AP/IB courses available to students.[8] Prior to 2011, Newsweek used a different methodology with calculation derived only from a single factor.[9][10] In Newsweek's June 8, 2009, issue, ranking the country's top high schools, Livingston High School was listed as the 25th-highest ranked school in New Jersey. The ranking was calculated using one main factor that is the ratio of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Cambridge tests given at a school.[11]

The school was the 16th-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.[12] The school had been ranked 24th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 22nd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[13] The magazine ranked the school 20th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[14] The school was ranked 14th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state.[15]

Livingston High School has a history of success in academics and the arts. Recent accomplishments are:[16]


The Livingston High School Lancers compete in the Super Essex Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[42] Until the 2009–10 school year, Livingston competed in the Iron Division of the 20-member Iron Hills Conference. With 1,373 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as North I, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,108 to 2,479 students in that grade range.[43]

The football team won the 2008 North I, Group IV state sectional title, the program's first, with a 28–8 win over Hackensack High School in a game played at Giants Stadium.[44][45][46]

In 2011, the Livingston boy's varsity tennis team won the Tournament of Champions over Delbarton School, completing a perfect 36-0 season and winning their first tournament title since 1977.[47]

Notable alumni[edit]

Bold Names indicate members of the Livingston Education Foundation's Livingston High School Alumni Hall of Fame[53]


Core members of the school's administration are:[1]

  • Mark Stern, Principal
  • Gregory Vacca, Assistant Principal
  • Bronawyn O'Leary, Assistant Principal
  • Jennifer Wirt, Assistant Principal


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