Montclair High School (New Jersey)
|Montclair High School|
Children our future, Diversity our strength
|100 Chestnut Street
Montclair, NJ 07042
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Montclair Public Schools|
|NCES School ID||341056002166 |
|Asst. Principal||Frank Cooper
|Faculty||115.3 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||1,948 (as of 2010–11)|
|Student to teacher ratio||16.90:1|
|Color(s)||Blue & White|
|Athletics conference||Super Essex Conference|
Montclair High School is a comprehensive four-year public high school located in Montclair, in Essex County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Montclair Public Schools. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1928.
As of the 2010–11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,948 students and 115.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 16.90:1. There were 233 students (12.0% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 97 (5.0% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Founded in the late 19th century, MHS quickly outgrew its original location (torn down in the 1930s) on Orange Road, the site of which is now the field of Hillside School. The current "Main Building" was then opened, and it is one of the older public high schools in New Jersey. It initially was only the "Main Building," as it is colloquially referredto, but as time went on and the enrollment grew, the board of education allowed the high school to annex George Inness Junior High School school across the street, which is called "the Annex", "Ninth Grade Academy" or the "Freshman Building", in which many of the ninth grade classes take place.
The school holds classes in two buildings on opposite sides of Park Street. The Main Building of the high school is located on the west side of Park Street, and the George Inness Annex / Ninth Grade Academy / Freshman Building is located on the east side of the street. Traffic is stopped eight times a day for five minutes between periods to allow students to cross the street. Many fences and a crosswalk have been installed for the purpose of restricting the students' routes to a 1½ meter path. Gym classes are sometimes held at Woodman Field of Essex Park, two blocks away, otherwise in the school's four gymnasiums. Occasionally gym classes will transform into "Breakfast Club" and will be held at Sunrise Bagels in the Watchung Plaza area.
Montclair High School has an outdoor amphitheatre through which a brook flows, which is where graduation ceremonies are held, weather permitting. This Amphitheater is also the site of pep rallies, concerts, and public movie showings. The brook is Toney's Brook, which also goes through Rand Park, also on the campus.
Students grades 10 to 12 at Montclair High school can all leave the campus for lunch and free periods, by an open campus policy. Grade 9 used to be able to as well, but due to an incident caused by students of the class of 2012, Freshmen are no longer able to leave Rand Park for lunch. Trucks park at the school and sell food to students, students eat in Rand Park, which is partially on the school's campus, and eat at local restaurants and shops.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 99th-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 94th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 85th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 90th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school as 201st out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (a decrease of 56 positions from the 2009 rank) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the language arts literacy and mathematics components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
In Newsweek's May 22, 2007 issue, ranking the country's top high schools, Montclair High School was listed in 896th place, the 24th-highest ranked school in New Jersey. The school was listed in 214th place, the eighth-highest-ranked school in New Jersey, in Newsweek's May 8, 2006, issue, listing the Top 1,200 High Schools in The United States.
In 2001, Montclair High School came in 2nd place in the National High School Mock Trial Championships held in Omaha, Nebraska and was the New Jersey High School Mock Trial Championships in 2006.
In 2005, the Montclair High School FIRST robotics FRC Team 555 won the Arizona Regional in Phoenix, Arizona. They also won second place in the New York City Regional as well as the web design award and the Johnson & Johnson Sportsmanship award. The team then went on to win the Johnson & Johnson Sportsmanship award at the international championship in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2007, the Montclair High School FIRST robotics team won the Denver Regional and the Regional Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award in Denver, Colorado. In 2008, the FIRST team won the New York City Regional and went to the quarter finals at the Championship Event in Atlanta.
In 2007 and 2009, MHS won the Euro Challenge championship. The first place cash prize was $1,500 in 2007 and $1,250 in 2009 for each of the five team members. In 2008 and 2011, MHS took a close second place in the Euro Challenge championship. Each team member received $1,000.
In 2009, 2011 and 2012, the members of the Model Congress/Model United Nations Club won "Best Delegation" at the University of Pennsylvania Model Congress Conference.
The Montclair High School Mounties compete in the Super Essex Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Prior to the 2010 realignment, the school had competed in the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League, which comprised high schools located in Bergen County, Passaic County and Essex County. With 1,440 students in grades 10–12, the school is classified by the NJSIAA as North I Group IV, a category that includes schools with enrollment of 1,120 to 2,479. The Mounties have an abundance of successful sports programs, including rowing (sport), baseball, football, lacrosse, soccer, ice hockey, basketball, volleyball, softball, track and field, fencing, golf, cross country, field hockey, gymnastics, swimming, wrestling, tennis, and bowling.
MHS recently expanded and refurnished their field house which is located at Woodman Field in Essex Park. The field house houses restrooms, locker rooms and meeting areas for many of the Montclair sports teams, in particular, football. Finished for the 2008–2009 school year at an estimated cost of $5 million, the field house accommodates a new, state-of-the-art weight lifting gym with glass walls looking over Woodman Field, a film screening room for the Montclair Mounties football team, observation rooms looking over Woodman Field, and more. After receiving a pledge from the Furlong family of $3 million towards the project, the Furlong Field House at Montclair High School was constructed, with a ribbon cutting ceremony held in October 2008.
Towards the end of every hockey season, the Montclair Mounties host the "Montclair Cup". This competition is highly anticipated by the players and students. Every year, at Clary Anderson Arena (the Mounties home hockey arena), Montclair High School faces off against in town rival, Montclair Kimberley Academy. The MKA team won the 2011, 2012 and 2013 games, though MHS retains a 14–7 edge in the series overall.
The football team won the North II Group IV state sectional championships in 1983, 1994, 1996, and 2002.
In October 2008, a Montclair High School football player, Ryne Dougherty, died as a result of a brain hemorrhage in a football game.
Clubs and Activities
As of the 2013 school year, Montclair High School has 106 clubs. Most meet after school, but a few, like the school's newspaper, have a prerequisite. To participate in these clubs, students must also take a related class during the school day.
Montclair High School has its own performing arts program, called the School of Visual and Performing Arts (SVPA). The program includes a Dance Company for elite dancers, Technical Theater for those interested in behind-the-scenes work, and other activities. Most performances take place in the theater in Inness Annex, called the "Little Theater." Some significant productions include the Fall Showcase, a musical revue, and a musical, performed in the spring of each school year.
Students protested New Jersey governor Chris Christie's appearance on school grounds on March 30, 2010 in response to ensuing budget cuts that affected the school.  Over 100 students walked out of their classes in protests of the budget cuts in April of the same year. 
Core members of the school's administration are:
- James Earle, Principal
- Shirlene Powell-Sanders, Assistant Principal, Unit 1
- Damen Cooper, Assistant Principal, Unit 2
- John Jeffries, Assistant Principal, Unit 3
- Eileen Gilbert, Assistant Principal, George Inness Annex
- John Porcelli, Assistant Principal, Athletics and Student Activities
- Scott White, Director of Guidance
Montclair High School has been featured in or used as a filming location for several films, commercials, and television shows including:
- The original 1950 film version of Cheaper by the Dozen
- Mean Girls
- Ed – NBC series
- The Sopranos – HBO series
- Imaginary Heroes
- Seven Minutes in Heaven
- NBA Back to School Commercials – Featuring many famous basketball stars
- Lymelife (2009) featuring Emma Roberts, Cynthia Nixon and Alec Baldwin.
- Buzz Aldrin (born 1930), second human to step on the Moon.
- Albert Anderson (born 1950), guitarist and songwriter who played with Bob Marley & The Wailers, The Wailers Band, Peter Tosh, Black Uhuru, Lauryn Hill, Ben Harper, The Centurions, Traffic and UB40.
- Yael Averbuch (born 1986), soccer player.
- Me'Lisa Barber (born 1980), sprinter.
- Allen B. DuMont (1901–65), television pioneer.
- Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr. (1911–2001) and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey (1908–2006), son and daughter of famed Frank Bunker Gilbreth and Lillian Moller Gilbreth, and co-authors of Cheaper by the Dozen.
- Rees Jones (born 1941), golf course architect.
- Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (born 1939, class of 1957), golf course architect.
- Julie Kane (born 1952), Poet Laureate of Louisiana, 2011–2013.
- Daniel Karcher (born 1964), NPR host and filmmaker, best known as host for WBGO and production of The Blair Witch Project and Family Guy.
- Nicole Leach (born 1979), actress.
- Aubrey Lewis (1935–2001), The Star-Ledger's Football Player of the Century and University of Notre Dame football and track star.
- Warren Littlefield (born 1952), former President of NBC Entertainment.
- Anne McCaffrey (1926–2011), author of science fiction and fantasy novels.
- John McMullen (1918–2005), former owner of the New Jersey Devils and Houston Astros.
- John Miller – Journalist who conducted interview with Osama Bin Laden.
- Christina Ricci (born 1980), actress.
- Anwar Robinson (born 1979), American Idol finalist.
- Adam Schlesinger (born 1967), Bassist for the band Fountains of Wayne.
- Benjamin Strong, Jr. (born 1872), first governor of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
- David Tyree (born 1980), wide receiver who played for the New York Giants.
- Joe Walsh (born 1947), musician with the Eagles.
- Richard Wilbur (born 1921), former United States Poet Laureate, who has won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.
- Alex Winter (born 1965), actor, best known for his role in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.
- Ingrid Wells (born 1989), soccer player.
- "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Montclair High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
- Montclair High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed June 28, 2011.
- Montclair High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. accessed June 28, 2011.
- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed November 6, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed June 28, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2009–2010, Schooldigger.com. Accessed January 24, 2012.
- "The Top of the Class: The complete list of the 1,200 top U.S. schools", Newsweek, May 22, 2007. Accessed May 24, 2007.
- Top 1,200 High Schools in The United States, Newsweek May 8, 2006.
- 2001 National High School Mock Trial Championships results, accessed July 18, 2006.
- 2005–2006 Mock Trial Competition Results NJSBF press release, dated March 28, 2006.
- Indian Creek High School Named a Finalist in 'Fed Challenge' National Competition, accessed October 23, 2006.
- Euro Challenge, accessed March 13, 2007.
- "Wow! Model Congress Club At MHS Wins Best Delegation Award—Again! ", Montclair Patch. Accessed April 2, 2012.
- League Memberships – 2012–2013, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 24, 2012.
- 2011–2012 Public Schools Group Classification for ShopRite Cup–Tennis–Soccer–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for North Jersey I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 24, 2012.
- "New Field House Design Approved", Montclair Public Schools. Accessed January 24, 2012.
- "Ribbon-Cutting for Furlong Field House: October 25", Montclair Public Schools. Accessed January 24, 2012.
- Smith, Brian. "Behind two goals from Haracz, Cougars dominate Mounties in Montclair Cup, 3-0", The Montclair Times, January 6, 2011. Accessed June 28, 2011. "Sophomore Eddie Haracz scored two goals in leading MKA to a 3–0 win over Montclair High School at Clary Anderson Arena Wednesday evening in the 19th Montclair Cup."
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 12, 2011.
- Botte, Peter. "New Jersey high school football player Ryne Dougherty dies", Daily News (New York), October 16, 2008. Accessed April 10, 2011. "Ryne Dougherty, the 16-year-old Montclair High School football player who suffered a brain hemorrhage and collapsed during a game Monday in Ramsey, died Wednesday night. He became the third student-athlete in north New Jersey to die this year because of on-field football activity."
- "2013–2014 Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities and Athletic Teams." Montclair High School 2013–2014 Student Handbook. N.p.: SchoolMate, n.d. 10–18. Print.
- Matt Friedman and Lisa Fisher. "Governor Chris Christie Gets Chilly Response at Montclair High School Visit", March 30, 2010. http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/03/gov_chris_christie_gets_chilly.html.
- "Protest at Montclair High School". April 29, 2010. http://westessexjerseytomatopress.com/stories/Protest-at-Montclair-High-School,3770
- Diane Lilli. "Montclair High School Kids and Governor Christie Have Open Dialogue about School Cuts". March 30 2010. http://westessexjerseytomatopress.com/stories/Montclair-High
- "Governor Christie Student Protestors about budget cuts". March 30, 2010. http://www.baristanet.com/2010/03/gov-christie-student-protesters-at-montclair-high-school/
- "New Jersey's Governor Comes to Montclair High".Montclair Public Schools News. March 31, 2010. http://www.montclair.k12.nj.us/Article.aspx?Id=563
- Winnie Hu. "In New Jersey, a Civics Lesson in the Internet Age". The New York Times. April 27, 2010. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/28/nyregion/28jersey.html?_r=0
- Shelly Emling."Jeopardizing Our Future: A Montclair High School Sophomore Speaks Out". August 19, 2010. http://montclair.patch.com/groups/schools/p/jeopardizing-our-future-a-montclair-high-school-sophob1fbe0ab7a
- John Kalwaic. "Thousands of Students Strike in New Jersey High Schools Against Budget Cuts". June 6, 2010. http://defenestrator.org/jersey_student_strike
- Sandy English. "New Jersey: Thousands of high school students walk out to protest education cuts". April 28, 2010. https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2010/04/stud-a28.html
- Home Page, Montclair High School. Accessed September 27, 2011.
- Chung, Jen. "Sopranos Series Finale: What Did You Think?", Gothamist, June 10, 2007. Accessed July 15, 2011. "AJ leaves the film production office in a new BMW M3, proving that his parents will do anything to keep him from enlisting. He tries to justify the purchase of the car by saying it has good mileage on the highway and there's not public transport at the production office. He picks up Rhiannon from Montclair High School."
- Gaul, Lou. "'Be Cool,' 'Pacifer,' and ' Heroes' bloom", Burlington County Times, March 4, 2005. Accessed July 15, 2011. "Twenty-four-year-old filmmaker Dan Harris makes his directing debut with the R-rated picture, which was partially shot at Montclair High School and seems to in some ways parallel Ordinary People."
- Read, Philip. "Montclair on screens big and small", The Star-Ledger, May 13, 2008. Accessed August 21, 2008. "Earlier this spring, filmmakers quietly lined up Montclair High to film Lymelife, a drama that chronicles the moral deterioration of a family as it navigates the pitfalls of a failing marriage."
- Biographical Data for Buzz Aldrin, NASA. Accessed April 10, 2011.
- James, Grasshopper. "Reggae Guitar Player Al Anderson", GuitarBites.com, June 7, 2010. Accessed July 15, 2011. "Anderson attended Montclair High School where he learned to play the trombone before getting expelled. He later attended the Berklee College of Music, and took up bass guitar. He joined The Centurions, which brought him to the attention of Chris Wood of Traffic, who invited him to play on the band's next album."
- Araton, Harvey. "SPORTS OF THE TIMES; When Dreams Come True", The New York Times, December 8, 2006. Accessed January 24, 2012. "It was time, finally, for Averbuch to win for her school and to better appreciate why her sister, Shira, who is also on the national-team track, recently finished her junior season for Montclair High School."
- Bloom, Marc. "RUNNING; Teammates at the Meet, Strangers at Practice", The New York Times, July 11, 1998. Accessed January 24, 2012. "Melisa and Mikele Barber, 17-year-old twins and graduating seniors who are going on to the University of South Carolina, practice under the Montclair coaches Ray Spivey and Doris Ellis at the high school track."
- Biography of Dr. Allen Balcom DuMont, accessed December 25, 2006.
- Staff. "LILLIAN GILBRETH ENGAGED TO MARRY; Montclair Girl's Betrothal to Donald D. Johnson of That City Is Made Public. SHE IS SMITH GRADUATE Prospective Bridegroom Headed Princeton Track Team and Was in 1933 Class.", The New York Times, October 19, 1934. Accessed April 10, 2011.
- Rothman, Evan. "Eminence Green: Golf course designer Rees Jones chats about redoing two of New Jersey's most prestigious courses—Baltusrol and Montclair Golf Club.", New Jersey Monthly, April 11, 2011. Accessed January 28, 2012. "While proud of his accomplishments, Jones hastens to add, "Don't forget to mention that I'm in the Montclair High School Hall of Fame." That illustrious group, he notes, includes astronaut Buzz Aldrin and former New Jersey Devils owner John McMullen."
- Kiersh, Edward. "Leonardo of the Links", The New York Times, November 13, 1988. Accessed January 28, 2012. "Still, he's resentfully viewed as an interloper by his older brother. 'Whatever I did, Rees followed,' says Jones Jr. 'I was in the Boy Scouts. He went to the Boy Scouts. I went to Montclair High School and Yale. He went to Montclair and Yale. I went to California. Rees went to California. It's a little strange.'"
- Julia Kane, Poets At Work. Accessed December 12, 2011. "Education... Montclair (NJ) High School, 1970"
- Oguss, Elizabeth. "Still hanging out at the Amphitheater", copy of article from The Montclair Times, June 4, 2009. Accessed January 1, 2012. "At first, Dan Karcher, a 1983 graduate of Montclair High School who now lives in Pattenburg, resisted joining Facebook, the social networking site middle-aged people have been flocking to."
- Jaeger, Barbara. "N.J. child actresses take their roles to heart: Musical benefits the AIDS fight", The Record (Bergen County), April 28, 1995. Accessed September 17, 2007. "Last year, Leach, a sophomore at Montclair High School, participated in 'Kids Care,' which she said helped raise approximately $25,000 for the AIDS battle."
- Goldstein, Richard. "Aubrey Lewis, 66, Athlete Who Was an F.B.I. Pioneer", The New York Times, December 13, 2001. Accessed January 28, 2012. "A native of Glen Ridge, N.J., Lewis was an all-American halfback at Montclair High School in the early 1950s, running for 49 touchdowns and close to 4,500 yards (4,100 m) in leading the school to two state championships. He set state records in the 100-yard (91 m) dash, the 220 and the discus, and he played on undefeated basketball teams."
- Porter, Mark S. "Lucky Number 13", The Montclair Times, April 21, 2011. Accessed January 28, 2012. "'Troop 13 gave me not only a lot of knowledge, but it gave me a lot of confidence,' noted Warren Littlefield, who rose to the rank of Eagle Scout in the Troop. In 1969, a year before he graduated from Montclair High School, Littlefield presented Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who also grew up in Montclair, with an honorary Boy Scout Aeronautics Merit Badge after Aldrin and Neil Armstrong returned to Earth after landing on the Moon."
- Montclair High School Hall of Fame, accessed April 19, 2007.
- Anne's Biography, The World's of Anne McCaffrey. Accessed February 6, 2012. "Anne was educated at Stuart Hall, Staunton Virginia, Montclair High School, Montclair, New Jersey, and graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, majoring in Slavonic Languages and Literatures."
- Sherman, Ted. "Fantasy writer, former N.J. resident Anne McCaffrey dead at 85", The Star-Ledger, November 23, 2011. Accessed February 6, 2012. "Born in Cambridge, Mass., McCaffrey was raised in New Jersey, where she graduated from Montclair High School."
- LaPointe, Joe. "IN PERSON; At Home on the Ice", The New York Times, June 11, 1995. Accessed January 24, 2012. "The team's owner, John McMullen, is a local businessman and graduate of Montclair High School, but even he is exploring the possibility of carpetbagging the franchise to Nashville."
- Kiesewetter, John. "Miller is reluctant co-anchor on '20-20'", The Cincinnati Enquirer, January 6, 2002. Accessed June 28, 2011. "As a ninth-grader in Montclair, N.J., in 1973, he would listen to the police scanner and ride his bike to crime stories. He'd take photographs and sell them to New York newspapers."
- New Jersey Entertainers, Famous New Jerseyans. Accessed January 1, 2012. "Christina Ricci – b. 1980, Montclair, NJ: Born in Santa Monica, California, the family moved to Montclair, where Christina attended elementary, middle and high school."
- Bruder, Jessica. "Idolatry, But In A Good Way", The New York Times, March 27, 2005. Accessed January 1, 2012. "Raised in Newark by his mother, Elaine Robinson, he began singing in third grade at the age of 8. He attended the Newark Boys Chorus School and, when the family moved in 1994, he transferred to Montclair High School as a sophomore."
- Youngs, Stuart. "Great Scott!: Fountains of Wayne tap Montclair connection for album track", The Montclair Times, October 26, 2005. Accessed August 10, 2007. ""That's very cool," the Montclair High School grad said with a relief that would make one wonder whether he has offended a family member or former girlfriend in the past.
- Ahamed, Liaquat (2009). "A Safe Pair of Hands". Lords of Finance. Penguin Books. p. 50. ISBN 978-0-14-311680-6.
- Red and Blue play for Green: Basketball game raises $32,000 for Green family, Montclair Times, January 19, 2005.
- James Gang: Joe Walsh, The Aquarian Weekly, August 16, 2006.
- Richard (Purdy) Wilbur, from the Dictionary of Literary Biography. Accessed January 1, 2012. "Wilbur showed an early interest in writing, which he has attributed to his mother's family because her father was an editor of the Baltimore Sun and her grandfather was an editor and a publisher of small papers aligned with the Democratic party. At Montclair High School, from which he graduated in 1938, Wilbur wrote editorials for the school newspaper."
- Schindegette, Susan. "An Excellent Dude Goes to Hell", People (magazine), August 12, 1991. Accessed July 15, 2011. "After graduating from high school in Montclair, N.J. (where he moved with his mother after her divorce), Alex signed up at New York University film school, only to drop out because of 'complete financial breakdown.'"
- "Georgetown Women's Soccer Announces the Signing of Seven Recruits", CSTV, February 12, 2007. Accessed January 24, 2012. "An NSCAA All-American, Wells enjoyed an exceptional career at Montclair High School where she was named New Jersey Star Ledger High School Player of the Year and First Team All-State."
- Montclair High School webpages
- Montclair Public Schools
- Montclair Public Schools's 2010–11 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Montclair Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics