Madison High School (New Jersey)

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Madison High School
170 Ridgedale Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940

Type Public high school
School district Madison Public Schools
Principal Greg Robertson
Asst. Principal John Connolly
Faculty 57.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 795 (as of 2010-11)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 13.95:1[1]
Color(s)      Maroon
Athletics conference Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference
Team name Dodgers

Madison High School is a four-year public high school serving students in grades 9-12 in Morris County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Madison Public Schools. The school is located in the borough of Madison, and a portion of its property extends into the neighboring borough of Florham Park. Students from Harding Township attend the school as part of a sending/receiving relationship.[2]

As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 795 students and 57.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.95:1. There were 44 students (5.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 19 (2.4% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1] Over 90% of the district's graduates move on to a four-year or two-year college or enter the military.[2]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 6th-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 15th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[3] The magazine ranked the school 35th in New Jersey out of 316 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2008 cover story on the state's Top Public High Schools and was ranked 48th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state.[4] ranked the school 66th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 33 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (88.9%) and language arts literacy (98.0%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[5]

In its 2013 report on "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast ranked the school 296th in the nation among participating public high schools and 24th among schools in New Jersey.[6]

In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 38th in New Jersey and 1,208th nationwide.[7]

Academic offerings[edit]

Madison High School offers four world languages (Spanish, French, and Italian, as well as new in the 2009-10 school year, Mandarin), in addition to a full array of academic majors in English, History, Mathematics and Science. Among the 17 Advanced Placement courses offered are AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language and Composition, AP United States History, AP European History, AP United States Government and Politics, AP Calculus AB, AP Statistics, AP Spanish Language, AP French Language, AP German Language, AP Italian Language and Culture, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Environmental Science, and AP Music Theory.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The school offers the Personal Development Program in addition to the Peer Group Connections Program, a freshman orientation and guidance program led by upperclassmen. The music program includes an orchestra, concert band, chorus, jazz band and chorus, guitar ensemble, show band, marching band and musical theater.


Madison High School now competes in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[8] Madison High School offers dozens of clubs and 23 interscholastic sports. Madison is well respected in the region because of the consistent successes of its Field Hockey and Boys' lacrosse teams. Madison is also one of very few schools in the division to have a synthetic turf field. The Sportexe "PowerBlade" turf was completed on September 22, 2006, and publicly unveiled the following day in a varsity football game against division rival Delbarton School.

In 2003, the field hockey team won the Group II State championship with a 5-1 win over Pequannock Township High School in the semifinals and a 2-1 win against Allentown High School in the tournament's final match.[9]

In 2007, the field hockey team won the North II, Group II state sectional championship with a 4-2 win over Hackettstown High School (which like Madison, is now part of the new Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference) in the tournament final.[10]

In 2009, the field hockey team finished the season ranked 4th in the state by The Star-Ledger,[11] having won the North II, Group II state sectional championship, the Morris County Championship (for the 4th consecutive year), the NJAC Conference Championship, and, most notably, the Group II State Championship with a 3-1 win against Bishop Eustace Preparatory School.[12]

The football team won the NJSIAA North II Group II state sectional championship in 1975, 1977–79, 2010, 2011, and 2012 and won the North II Group I title in 1998.[13] In 2010, the Madison football team won the North II Group II state sectional title with a 28-21 win against James Caldwell High School, ending the season with a 12-0 record and earning the program's sixth sectional title.[14] In 2011, the Madison football team again won the North II Group II state sectional title with a 47-7 win against Summit High School, ending the season with a 12-0 record and earning the program's seventh sectional title.[15] In 2012, the team won their third consecutive state championship, beating Mountain Lakes High School by a score of 13-0 in a game played at Kean University, finishing the season with a 12-0 record and marking their 37th consecutive victory.[16]

In 2010, the girls volleyball team came in second place in the Morris County Tournament after losing a close game against West Morris. They won the Group I South sectional finals against Secaucus High School, but lost to Bogota High School in two sets in the Group I state finals, ending their season with a 24-4 record.[17]

In 2012, the Madison High School's boys' winter track team coached by Dr. Mark Ladolcetta won the North II Group I sectional title.[18]

As of 2012 Madison has discontinued their high school cheerleading program.

Spring musical[edit]

Madison High School added an operetta to its list of extracurriculars in 1961. The 2011 performance was of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. In March 2010, Madison High School celebrated its 50th Annual Spring Musical, 42nd Street, under the direction of current choir director, Caryn Elefante.

Fall Drama[edit]

Madison High School staged a Fall Drama/Comedy Production for the first time in 1978. These productions include Barefoot in the Park (1978), Arsenic and Old Lace (1979), Don't Drink the Water (1980), Shubert Alley (1981), Blithe Spirit (1982), See How They Run (1983), The Murder Room (1984), You Can't Take it With You (1985), The Man Who Came to Dinner (1986), Don't Drink the Water (1987), The Odd Couple-Female Version (1988), Play On! (1989), Morning at Seven (1990), Brighton Beach Memoirs (1991), Night of January 16th (1992), The Odd Couple-Male and Female Version (1993), The Diary of Anne Frank (1994), A Murder is Announced (1995), The Miracle Worker (1996), The Enchanted April (1997), Exit the Body (1998), The Importance of Being Earnest (1999), I Remember Mama (2000), Our Town (2001), The Mousetrap (2002), The Odd Couple-Male and Female Version (2003), Twelve Angry Men (2004), Murder at the Vicarage (2005), Father of the Bride (2006), Play On! (2007), The Crucible (2008), You Can't Take It With You (2009), The Importance of Being Earnest (2010), The Odd Couple (2011), "The Real Inspector Hound" (2012), and "Midsummer Jersey" (2013). The productions were under the direction of Julie Harding, an English teacher at the school until 2012. Megan Niper is currently the director of these productions, with assistance from Doug Oswin, also an English teacher at the school.

Madison Marching Dodgers[edit]

In 2009, Madison High School revived its Marching Band, which hadn't performed since its departure almost 25 years earlier. Russel Batsch, the current Band Director, is the head of the Marching Band along with a staff composed of his former students, who are mainly volunteers. In 2010, the Marching Dodgers embarked upon their first competitive season. Not only did the Marching Dodger Band place 1st in each regular season competition, taking home awards for High Music and High Visual,but they also placed 1st at the Championship Competition held at West Essex High School. The Marching Dodger Band went on to win 2nd place in Class 2A of the Tournament of Bands at the Atlantic Coast Championships out of almost 135 other bands on the East Coast within their region. In their 2011 season, they won every comptetition the same way as the previous year. As of the 2012 season the marching dodger are competing as a part of chapter 2 open class, in Tournament of Bands.

Plagiarism scandal[edit]

During Madison High School's 2005 graduation ceremony, School Board President Melissa Elias gave a commencement address plagiarized from a graduation address delivered by Anna Quindlen at Mount Holyoke College in 1999.[19] Before Elias' resignation, the Madison School Board released a statement declaring that "the board does not condone nor tolerate plagiarism within the Madison School community and expects all members of our community to adhere to the highest ethical standards."[20]


Core members of the school's administration are:[21]

  • Greg Robertson - Principal
  • John Connolly - Dean of Students

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Data for Madison High, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 10, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Madison High School 2011 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed October 16, 2012. "Madison High School also enjoys the benefits of our sending-receiving relationship with Harding Township, a nearby K-8 school district. Students from Harding and Madison become a cohesive class in their four years together."
  3. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed August 24, 2012.
  4. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  5. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Accessed February 27, 2012.
  6. ^ Streib, Lauren. "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast, May 6, 2013. Accessed May 8, 2013.
  7. ^ Mathews, Jay. "The High School Challenge 2011: Madison High School", The Washington Post. Accessed August 17, 2011.
  8. ^ League Memberships – 2012-2013, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 27, 2012.
  9. ^ 2003 Field Hockey - Semifinals / Group Finals, NJSIAA. Accessed July 29, 2007.
  10. ^ 2007 Field Hockey - North II, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 12, 2007.
  11. ^ Bruno, Paul. "NJ FIELD HOCKEY: FINAL TOP 20 THOUGHTS", The Star-Ledger, December 8, 2009. Accessed August 17, 2011.
  12. ^ Iezzi, Bill. "Eustace lacks finishing touch, falls to Madison", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 16, 2009. Accessed August 17, 2011. "In their third trip to the state tournament, the Crusaders went home for the third time without a trophy as Madison ran to a 3-1 victory yesterday to capture the state Group 2 crown at Toms River East."
  13. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 7, 2012.
  14. ^ Davidove, Gerry. "Football - 2010 NJSIAA Tournament - North 2, Group 2 - Madison 28, Caldwell 21", The Star-Ledger, December 4, 2010. Accessed August 17, 2011. "Holding off a Caldwell team that produced three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, Madison came away with a 28-21 victory in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2 final last night before 2,500 at Kean University in Union. The victory earned Madison its first state title since 1998 and its sixth overall playoff title."
  15. ^ Kitchen, Mark. "Dodgers Dominate Summit for State Title", MadisonPatch, December 3, 2011. Accessed December 3, 2011. "Last year, the Madison football team proved it could handle the spotlight of a state title game. This year, the Dodgers put on a show. Junior tailback Justin Goodwin rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns and passed for another to lead Madison to a 47-7 rout of Summit in the NJSIAA North 2, Group II state title game held on the turf at Kean University's Alumni Field on Friday night."
  16. ^ Michelin, Robert. "Football: Madison beats Mountain Lakes, 13-0, for North 2, Group 2 championship", The Star-Ledger, December 8, 2012, Accessed December 10, 2012. "The feeling should have been expected though after Madison, No. 13 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, captured its third straight section title by defeating Mountain Lakes, 13-0, in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2 final Saturday morning at Kean University in Union.... Madison ends the season by extending its state-leading winning streak to 37 games."
  17. ^ Kernan, Brian. "Bogota 2, Madison 0 (High school Girls Volleyball scores and results)", The Star-Ledger, November 13, 2010. Accessed October 16, 2012. "The seniors finished their careers on form, leading Bogota (31-4), No. 10 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, to a dominant 25-15, 25-12 victory over No. 11 Madison (24-4) for the NJSIAA Group 1 title yesterday."
  18. ^ 2012 NJSIAA North II Group 1 Section, DyeStat, February 9, 2012. "Essex Tech girls win the team crown by 59 points over Hanover Park. Hanover Park also get 2nd in the boys team scores behind team champs Madison"
  19. ^ L. Vernon-Sparks, "Madison board leader quits over 'plagiarism'"
  20. ^ Side by side:Two texts in plagiarism furor," The Madison Eagle
  21. ^ Madison Public Schools. Accessed March 12, 2011.
  22. ^ Capone, Sally. "What’s her secret? Ex-Bunny tells all", Madison Eagle, July 19, 2007. Accessed August 24, 2012. "Born in Morristown, Antonaccio grew up in the home on Roscoe Avenue where her parents still live. A 1967 graduate of Madison High School, Antonaccio remains good friends with classmate Margaret Finn of Sayre Court."
  23. ^ Staff. "Patient's death earns fake MD 20 years; She was found in suitcase under concrete at his home", NewarkOnline, December 5, 2006. Accessed August 24, 2012. "Faiello, president of the National Honor Society at Madison High School, was a college dropout with no medical training. He operated a medical clinic in Manhattan and also treated patients at home."
  24. ^ Leung, Rebecca. "Vanished", 48 Hours Mystery, February 11, 2009. Accessed August 24, 2012. "Dean Faiello, who was remembered by friends as being driven in academics and sports, grew up in Madison, N.J., a small affluent town close to New York City. He graduated in 1977, and was voted 'Most Likely to Succeed.'"
  25. ^ "They Got Game: Today they're all stars. But in school they were all-stars (well, some at least). Celebrities tell us which sports they played--and whether or not they made the cut.", In Style, May 1, 2004. "JANEANE GAROFALO - I played field hockey for Madison High School in New Jersey. I wasn't good, but I didn't mind the uniforms--they were like gym bloomers with skirts."
  26. ^ Cohn-Sheehan, Ariana. "Madison's Janeane Garofalo in Film Shot in Passaic", MadisonPatch, May 17, 2012. Accessed August 24, 2012. "Garofalo attended Madison High School, but moved her senior year."
  27. ^ Vincent A. Larusso, Filmspot. Accessed October 19, 2007. "He graduated [sic] from Madison High School, Madison in 1996, and later in 2000, from the Boston School of Management [sic]."
  28. ^ Eskenazi, Gerald. "PRO FOOTBALL;Jets Waste No Time Wooing O'Donnell", The New York Times, February 17, 1996. Accessed March 7, 2012. "He is a local product, having grown up and played football at Madison High School in New Jersey, not far from where the Giants have run their summer camp."
  29. ^ Minutes of Madison Borough Council meeting, held January 5, 1999.
  30. ^ Duffy, Jamie. "Madison grad's green designs break the mold", Daily Record (Morristown), March 15, 2012. Accessed February 18, 2014. "Daniel Silverstein, a 2006 graduate of Madison High School, and his business partner, Marge Bacon, have taken their eco-consciousness to the next level by designing carefully crafted clothes without wasting fabric."
  31. ^ Horowitz, Ben. "Hard-rock jock blares his independence weekly", copy of article from The Star-Ledger, April 16, 2000. Accessed November 8, 2008. "Trunk, 35, grew up in Madison and continues to live in Morris County. His radio career began with a summer show at the Drew University radio station while he was a student at Madison High School."

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