Mahwah High School
|Mahwah High School|
|50 Ridge Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Mahwah Township Public Schools|
|Principal||John P. Pascale|
|Asst. Principal||Linda Bohny|
|Faculty||80.5 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||1,063 (as of 2010-11)|
|Student to teacher ratio||13.20:1|
|Athletics conference||Big North Conference|
Mahwah High School (MHS) is the four-year comprehensive public high school serving students from Mahwah, Bergen County, New Jersey, operating as the only high school of the Mahwah Township Public Schools. The school is accredited by the New Jersey Department of Education and has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1962.
As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,063 students and 80.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.20:1. There were 54 students (5.1% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 14 (1.3% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 55th-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 56th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 68th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 46th in the magazine's 2006 rankings. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 79th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 18 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (90.9%) and language arts literacy (94.8%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
Construction on the $3.25 million campus-style facility began in August 1958, with 13 buildings spread out over 20 acres (8.1 ha) of the 62 acre property to accommodate 600 students from Mahwah and Allendale. Delays in starting the work meant that the initial set of classrooms would not be available until November 1958, with completion of the 1,200-student capacity facility due for February 1959. Before the buildings opened, the district rented space from Ramsey High School, with Allendale and Mahwah students who had already started in the Ramsey district remaining there until graduation. With the opening of the high school, the Mahwah district's elementary schools were changed from K-8 to K-6, with the new high school serving students in grades 7-12.
In May 1963, voters in Allendale and Upper Saddle River approved a referendum to create Northern Highlands Regional High School, with the expenditure of $3.65 million to build a facility on a 40-acre site, with plans to complete the building in time to start classes in September 1965. The Northern Highland school building, completed at a cost of $4 million, was dedicated in February 1966. The first all-Mahwah graduating class was in 1967.
The present school building was constructed in 1984 with three floors on the site of the original school, with an addition completed in "March 2005" (along with the expansion of Ramapo Ridge Middle School), according to a plaque in the new wing.
In Fall 2009, the Freshman Advisory, a full year freshman transition program, was implemented. Freshman Advisory is a required course for all freshman students, and it is taught by upperclassmen (juniors and seniors) and supervised by the high school faculty. The following topics are addressed: study and organizational skills, time management, coping skills, peer pressure, Habits of Mind, and college/post-secondary planning.
Advanced Placement offerings
Mahwah High School offers 18 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, which include AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP Economics (includes one semester of macroeconomics and one semester of microeconomics), AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP European History, AP French, AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP Psychology and AP US History. For the 2013-2014 school year, AP United States Government and Politics will be added to the course offerings as an option for students to enroll in. In the 2009-10 school year, 128 students participated in Mahwah High School's AP course offerings, taking a total of 258 examinations that year of which 87% achieved a grade of 3 or higher.
Mahwah's athletic and other teams are called the "Thunderbirds". Mahwah 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 (NJSIAA). With 756 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2011-12 school year for most sports as North I, Group II, a category that included schools with enrollment of 517 to 756. Prior to the 2010 realignment, Mahwah was one of the member schools of the North Bergen Interscholastic Athletic League.
Sports listed with an asterisk (*), although they are technically two teams that compete and score separately, usually practice and have their events with each other.
- Fall sports: Cross country (boys)*, Cross country (girls)*, Football (boys), Soccer (boys), Soccer (boys), Soccer (girls), Tennis (girls), Volleyball (girls), Marching Band and Fall Cheerleading.
- Winter sports: Basketball (boys), Basketball (girls), Bowling (boys)*, Bowling (girls)*, Ice hockey (boys), Track (boys)*, Track (girls)*, Wrestling (boys) and Winter Cheerleading
- Spring sports: Baseball (boys), Golf (boys)*, Golf (girls)*, Softball (girls), Tennis (boys), Track (boys)*, Track (girls)*, Lacrosse (boys) and Lacrosse (girls)
The football team won the NJSIAA North I Group I state sectional championship in 1978, 1979 and 1981.
On November 20, 2010, the girls varsity soccer team defeated Arthur L. Johnson High School in the NJSIAA Group II state finals, with a final score of 3-1. The team had made it to the 2009 NJSIAA Group II State Finals, before losing 2-1 in overtime to Haddonfield Memorial High School.
The 2012 baseball team defeated Buena Regional High School by a score of 11-4 to capture the NJSIAA Group II State Championship, earning the first baseball state championship in the team's 52 season history.
Some of the extra-curricular activities offered at Mahwah High School are Ani-Pals, Art Club, Athletes in Action, Audio-Visual Club, Calliope (literary magazine), Current Events Club, Environmental Club, Executive Student Council, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), French National Honor Society, Gay-Straight Alliance, Junior Classical League, Marching band, Mock trial, Model United Nations, Multi-Cultural Club, National Honor Society, Omni Club, Philosophy Club, Reaching Everyone By Exposing Lies (REBEL), Robotics Club FIRST Robotics Competition, Science National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Stage Crew, Ski Club, Step Dance, Student Council, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE), Thunderbird (yearbook), Tom-Tom (school paper), Ultimate Frisbee Club, Interact, Wood Tech Club and Young Politicians Club. Additionally, freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior class activities are offered.
The Mock Trial Team is one of the most successful public schools in the county, winning three Bergen County titles, in 2008, 2011 and 2012. They also made an appearance in a fourth final, when they lost to Bergen Catholic High School in 2010.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Principal - John P. Pascale
- Vice Principal - Linda Bohny
- Curt Blefary (1943-2001), American League Rookie of the Year, 1965.
- Frank Chamberlin (born 1978), NFL linebacker with the Houston Texans.
- Brad Fischetti (born 1975), member of the pop band Lyte Funky Ones.
- Kevin Haslam (born 1986), NFL offensive tackle with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- Bob Kratch (born 1966), former guard for the New York Giants and New England Patriots.
- Gregg Lalka (born 1975), Emmy Award-nominated reporter / weather anchor for ABC affiliate, KXTV, in Sacramento, California.
- Maria Pitillo (born 1966), actress who appeared in the 1998 film Godzilla.
- Randy Reutershan (born 1955), defensive back who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Chris Wragge (born 1970), news anchor for WCBS-TV.
- Data for Mahwah High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 10, 2012.
- Mahwah High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed June 10, 2011.
- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 2, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 10, 2011.
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- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 1, 2012.
- Mathews, Jay. "The High School Challenge 2011: Mahwah High School", The Washington Post. Accessed September 11, 2011.
- Streib, Lauren. "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast, May 6, 2013. Accessed May 9, 2013.
- Staff. "MAHWAH BUILDING A CAMPUS SCHOOL; 13 Buildings of Junior-Senior High Will Occupy Only 20 of Site's 62 Acres", The New York Times, August 3, 1958. Accessed August 21, 2011.
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- Robbins, William. "Jersey School Is Equipped for Space Age Library Has Glass Walls", The New York Times, March 27, 1966. Accessed August 21, 2011.
- Mission and Belief Statement: Profile, Mahwah High School. Accessed July 30, 2008.
- Freshman Advisory Curriculum, Mahwah Board of Education approved, February 2009
- Profile 2010-2011, Mahwah High School. Accessed March 7, 2011.
- League Memberships – 2012-2013, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 2 7, 2012.
- 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 7, 2012.
- League Memberships – 2009-2010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 12, 2012.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 7, 2012.
- Staff. "Mahwah 10, Bergen Catholic 6", The Star-Ledger, May 9, 2010. Accessed June 10, 2011. "Mark Glicini scored three goals and assisted on two others and Ryan Magner sank three goals and had one assist to power top-seeded and undefeated Mahwah to the Bergen County Tournament championship on Sunday in Franklin Lakes. Mahwah (15-0) is only in its second varsity season and first with head coach Ernie Yenco."
- Chapman, Brian. "Mahwah 3, Johnson 1 (High school Girls Soccer scores and results), The Star-Ledger, November 20, 2010. Accessed August 21, 2011. "Truglio, with a little help from classmate Jordyn Davis, scored her second goal of the game with just under four minutes remaining to propel Mahwah, No. 15 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, to a 3-1 victory over upstart Johnson in the NJSIAA/The Sports Authority Stores Group 2 championship match yesterday at The College of New Jersey in Ewing."
- Staff. "Girls Soccer - 2009 NJSIAA Tournament - Group 2, Public Semis/Finals - Round 2 - Game 1 - Girls Soccer ", The Star-Ledger, November 21, 2009. Accessed August 21, 2011. "After the slick forward gathered a rebound of her initial shot, her delicate cross to the far post found an unmarked Johnston, who calmly scored from six yards with just over four minutes elapsed in the first overtime to lift Haddonfield to a 2-1 victory over Mahwah, No. 19 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, yesterday in the NJSIAA/Investors Savings Bank Group 2 final before 600 at The College of New Jersey in Ewing."
- Conrad, JJ. "Baseball: Mahwah rallies to first state title in its 52-year history", The Record (Bergen County), June 10, 2012. Accessed June 20, 2012. "Mahwah’s magical postseason run culminated Saturday with its first state championship in the program’s 52-year history, defeating South Jersey champion Buena, 11-4."
- Boucicaut, Barbara. "Mock trial team keeps eyes on the prize", Mahwah Suburban News, March 3, 2011. Accessed June 14, 2011.
- Administrative Team, Mahwah High School. Accessed June 21, 2013.
- Curt Blefary biography page, Society for American Baseball Research. Accessed July 16, 2010.
- Goldstein, Richard. "Curt Blefary, 57, Outfielder And A.L. Rookie of the Year", The New York Times, January 30, 2001. Accessed June 14, 2011. "A native of Brooklyn, Blefary was a high school baseball and football star in Mahwah, N.J., and signed with the Yankees in 1962 for a reported $40,000 out of Wagner College on Staten Island."
- Frank Chamberlin player profile, NFL Players Association, accessed April 11, 2007. "Attended Mahwah High School, where, as a senior, two-way football star he rushed for 900 yards and 14 TDs while logging 114 tackles with 6 forced fumbles … Also as a senior, won state shot put championship."
- Ivry, Bob. "LFO, A K A VIPS -- BOY BAND DU JOUR HITS THE ROAD WITH BRITNEY SPEARS", The Record (Bergen County), February 26, 2000. Accessed March 23, 2008. "Brad Fischetti, 1993 graduate of Mahwah High School and one-third of the platinum-selling singing combo LFO, is not too proud to admit that he thinks the teen vixen is 'really cute.'"
- Sargeant, Keith. "Kevin Haslam thinks versatility helped him make Jaguars roster", Home News Tribune, September 7, 2010. Accessed January 25, 2011.
- Bob Kratch, database Football. Accessed January 25, 2011.
- Bio for Gregg Lalka, KXTV News10. Accessed April 23, 2008.
- Ivry, Bob. "Upstaged By A Lizard -- Mahwah's Maria Pitillo Finds Glory In Godzilla's Giant Shadow", The Record (Bergen County), May 23, 1998. Accessed December 2, 2013. "For Maria Pitillo, competing in the 100 meters for the Mahwah High School track team was good practice for Godzilla. In the role of Audrey, the aspiring TV reporter, she runs an awful lot."
- Fox, Ron. "WHERE'S WHAT'S-HIS-NAME?", The Record (Bergen County), December 28, 1991. Accessed June 1, 2013. "Despite his slender build, Randy Reutershan was known as a hardnosed football player. From Mahwah High School to the University of Pittsburgh to the Pittsburgh Steelers, he was an aggressive, punishing hitter."
- Chris Wragge profile, WCBS-TV, accessed April 11, 2007. "Born in Hackensack, New Jersey, Wragge attended Mahwah High School in Bergen County."
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- Mahwah High School's 2010–11 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Mahwah High School, National Center for Education Statistics
- The Mahwah Schools Foundation
- The Mahwah 10k Race