North Hunterdon High School

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North Hunterdon High School
1445 Route 31
Annandale, NJ 08801

Type Regional public high school
Established 1951
School district North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District
Principal Dr. Richard A. Bergacs[1]
Assistant principals Greg Cottrell (Operations & Student Affairs)
John Deutsch (Athletic Director)
John Hahola (Curriculum & Instruction)[1]
Faculty 114.2 [2]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1,695 (as of 2010-11)[2]
Student to teacher ratio 14.84:1[2]
Color(s) Green and Gold
Athletics conference Skyland Conference
Nickname Lions, North

North Hunterdon High School is a four-year regional public high school located in Clinton Township, New Jersey, serving students from six municipalities in northern Hunterdon County as one of two high schools in the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District. Students in the high school hail from Clinton Town, Clinton Township, Bethlehem Township, Franklin Township, Union Township, and Lebanon Borough.[3]

As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,695 students and 114.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.84:1. There were 17 students (1.0% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 11 (0.6% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[2]

The school opened in September 1951 and has undergone several additions over the course of time. Clifford G. Singley was the school's first principal and the football field currently bears his name. Its team nickname is the Lions and its mascot's name is Reggie, in recognition of the early days, when the school was known as Regional.

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

For the 2001-02 school year, North Hunterdon High School was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education,[4] the highest award an American school can receive.[5][6]

In its 2013 report on "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast ranked the school 623rd in the nation among participating public high schools and 48th among schools in New Jersey.[7]

In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 23rd in New Jersey and 759th nationwide.[8] The school was ranked 654th nationwide, the 19th-highest in New Jersey, in Newsweek magazine's 2010 rankings of America's Best High Schools.[9] In Newsweek's May 22, 2007, issue, ranking the country's top high schools, North Hunterdon High School was listed in 587th place, the 11th-highest ranked school in New Jersey.[10]

The school was the 66th-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 60th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[11] The magazine ranked the school 43rd in 2008 out of 316 schools.[12] The school was ranked 37th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state.[13] ranked the school tied for 36th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 7 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (93.0%) and language arts literacy (98.6%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[14]


North Hunterdon High School competes in the Skyland Conference, which includes public and parochial high schools covering Hunterdon County, Somerset County and Warren County in west Central Jersey, operating under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[15] With 1,265 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2011-12 school year as North II Group IV, a category that included schools with enrollment of 1,200 to 3,015.[16]

North Hunterdon High School's football team competes in the annual Milk Can Game against rival Voorhees High School. After the conclusion of the game, a golden milk can is awarded to the winner. This school receives bragging rights and ownership of the can until the next year's game. The 36th annual Milk Can Game was played on November 18, 2011, with Voorhees winning 13-7 at Voorhees.[17]

The girls softball team won the 2007 North II, Group IV state sectional championship with an 8-0 win over J. P. Stevens High School.[18] The 2008 team repeated as sectional champions with a 9-8 nine inning nailbiter over Bridgewater-Raritan High School.[19]

North Hunterdon won the boys team foil state championship in 2002.[20] The boys fencing team took home the épée state title in the 03-04 season. In the 08-09 season, the boys fencing team took home the foil state title.[21] The girls fencing team has taken home foil district champions in 05-06, and 06-07 seasons in addition to a sabre district championship title during the 05-06 season.

In 2010 North Hunterdon Lady Lions varsity basketball team went 27-3, winning the program's fourth Group IV state final with a 53-36 win over Eastern High School.[22] The team lost in the Tournament of Champions to Neptune High School by a score of 53-47.[23]

In 2012, the North Hunterdon Boys Cross Country team won the Skyland Conference Cross Country Championship.

On May 12, 2012, the girls lacrosse team won the Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex Championship against their rivals, Hunterdon Central, 14-10, on their home field. Once again in 2013, the girls lacrosse team defended its HWS title against the undefeated Sparta, 20-12, on their home field.

Marching band[edit]

The North Hunterdon High School Golden Lion Marching Band performs at the football games. The band currently has 133 members and is led by Vincent Angeline and Perry Andrews.

In the 05-06 marching season, the band won first place in the Columbus Day Parade, and performed New York, New York with Joe Piscopo.

In April 2010 they went to Disney World to perform in the Dream Come True Parade. For the 2010-11 season, they played the music of Billy Joel. The band also performs annually in the New York City Columbus Day Parade, the Clinton Christmas Parade, and the Flemington Memorial Day Parade.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Administration, North Hunterdon High School. Accessed September 29, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Data for North Hunterdon Reg High, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 10, 2012.
  3. ^ About the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District, North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District. Accessed March 28, 2011. "North Hunterdon High School educates students from: Bethlehem Township, Clinton Town, Clinton Township, Franklin Township, Lebanon Borough, Union Township"
  4. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed March 28, 2011.
  5. ^ "CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department", Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."
  6. ^ "Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test", The Washington Post. September 29, 2005 "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school."
  7. ^ Streib, Lauren. "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast, May 6, 2013. Accessed May 9, 2013.
  8. ^ Mathews, Jay. "The High School Challenge 2011: North Hunterdon High School", The Washington Post. Accessed August 2, 2011.
  9. ^ Staff. "America's Best High Schools: The List", Newsweek, June 13, 2010. Accessed March 27, 2011.
  10. ^ "The Top of the Class: The complete list of the 1,200 top U.S. schools", Newsweek, May 22, 2007. Accessed May 24, 2007.
  11. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 7, 2012.
  12. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 28, 2011.
  13. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  14. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Accessed February 26, 2012.
  15. ^ League Memberships – 2012-2013, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 27, 2012.
  16. ^ 2011-2012 Public Schools Group Classification for ShopRite Cup–Tennis–Soccer–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for North II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 4, 2012.
  17. ^ Loigu, Andy. "Voorhees High School upsets North Hunterdon in Milk Can Game", Lehigh Valley Live, November 19, 2011. Accessed November 19, 2011. "The seniors for Voorhees High School walked off Rich Degnan Field as winners of The Milk Can for the first time in their rivalry game against North Hunterdon on Friday evening after a 13-7 win over North Hunterdon."
  18. ^ 2007 Softball - North II, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 1, 2007.
  19. ^ 2008 Softball Tournament - North II, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 28, 2008.
  20. ^ Prunier, Tom. "North Hunterdon boys capture state foil title; Pingry girls win sabre", Courier News, March 3, 2002. Accessed August 2, 2011. "Senior Raph Mannino won nine of his 10 matches to lead the North Hunterdon High School boys fencing team to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association team foil championship Saturday at Voorhees High School."
  21. ^ Staff. "Columbia, North Hunterdon and Ramapo take titles at boys squad tournament", The Star-Ledger, March 1, 2009. Accessed September 7, 2011. "Columbia won epee, North Hunterdon took foil and Ramapo earned the sabre title at the NJSIAA/Bollinger squad championships yesterday at North Hunterdon in Annandale."
  22. ^ Miller, Barry. "North Hunterdon girls capture Group 4 basketball championship", The Express Times, March 14, 2010. Accessed August 2, 2011. "Sophomore guard Jess Pellechio scored 21 points as the North Hunterdon girls basketball team captured its fourth state championship, knocking off Eastern Regional, 50-36, at the Ritacco Center at Toms River North High School.North Hunterdon had previously won three Group 3 championships."
  23. ^ Dunleavy, Ryan. "North Hunterdon girls basketball team falls to Neptune in NJ Tournament of Champions semifinal", Home News Tribune, March 18, 2010. Accessed August 2, 2011. "Fifth-seeded North Hunterdon was made to digest a sour taste of its own medicine Thursday by top-seeded Neptune, which scored 10 of the first 11 points and led by 14 at the end of eight minutes on the way to a 53-47 win in the Tournament of Champions semifinals at the Ritacco Center."
  24. ^ Hyman, Vicki. "Literary Jersey: a look at the state's most famous characters and locations", The Star-Ledger, March 15, 2010. Accessed May 4, 2011. "Christian Bauman, who graduated from North Hunterdon High School and spent a year couch-surfing in Hoboken after getting out of the Army, writes of that time in his novel “In Hoboken,” set in the mid-’90s, as the Mile-Square City transitioned from “In the Waterfront” to “Friends,” a river removed."
  25. ^ Wilson, Brad. "North Hunterdon's Brendan Cusack competes in World Fencing Championships in Azerbaijan", The Express-Times, April 4, 2010. Accessed August 2, 2011. "To top it all off, Cusack, a junior at North Hunterdon Regional High School in Clinton Township, will be competing for the Republic of Ireland at the worlds. It's not the typical Easter-break jaunt. Then again, Cusack is not the typical athlete. Cusack, 17, has been fencing since he was 10; he started at the club he still trains at, the Clinton Fencing Club, under coach Eric Bowden. Scholastically, he's a three-time, all-state fencer and went 77-2 last season for North Hunterdon."
  26. ^ Blake, Corky. "Julie Culley advances to U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials final in women's 5,000 meters", The Express-Times, June 26, 2012. Accessed June 30, 2012. "Culley, a North Hunterdon High School and Rutgers University graduate, crossed the tape in Heat 1 in a time of 15 minutes, 41.29 seconds."
  27. ^ Biography, Congressman Leonard Lance. Accessed May 4, 2011. "Lance was born in 1952 and raised in Hunterdon County, where he attended North Hunterdon Regional High School."
  28. ^ USATF News & Notes, June 5, 2002.
  29. ^ Jordan, Chris. "TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone survives high school in Hunterdon County", Home News Tribune, June 4, 2009. Accessed May 4, 2011. "Kyp Malone of Clinton didn't quite fit in at North Hunterdon High School in the late '80s and early '90s."
  30. ^ Reich, Ronni. "NJ tenor James Valenti sings at the Richard Tucker Gala", The Star-Ledger, November 15, 2010. Accessed May 4, 2011. "He sang pop songs in high school — he’s a Billy Joel fan, and he still often pays tribute to his Jersey roots by making Bon Jovi’s "Living on a Prayer" his karaoke anthem — but it was his choir teacher at North Hunterdon High School, David Lockart, who convinced him to try out the role of Lt. Cable in South Pacific."
  31. ^ Regis. North Hunterdon High School Yearbook, 1999, p. 44.
  32. ^ Tasting Some New South American Wines – Episode #976 (Podcast). Jan 2011. Retrieved Jan 27, 2011. "I went to North Hunterdon High School" 

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