Park Ridge High School
|Park Ridge High School|
|2 Park Avenue
Park Ridge, NJ 07656
|Type||Public high school / middle school|
|School district||Park Ridge Public Schools|
|Vice principal||Mark Cosgrove|
|Faculty||53.0 (on FTE basis)|
|Grades||7 - 12|
|Enrollment||618 (as of 2012-13)|
|Student to teacher ratio||11.66:1|
|Athletics conference||North Jersey Interscholastic Conference|
Park Ridge High School is a six-year comprehensive community public high school with an integrated two-year middle school located in the borough of Park Ridge in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in seventh through twelfth grades as the lone secondary school of the Park Ridge Public Schools. The school is accredited by the New Jersey Department of Education. The school is located on the corner of Park Avenue and Pascack Road in the center of Park Ridge. The school is one of the three public schools in the town of Park Ridge, along with East Brook Elementary School and West Ridge Elementary School, which both serve grades K-6.
Park Ridge High School's building has two sections: the "main" building of three floors and the "A-wing" of two. The main building contains a multipurpose venue known as the "little theater," which hosts arts events such as the annual Middle School Variety Show, including seasonal theatrical productions. The A-wing branches off into two spacious gymnasiums through its lower floor.
As of the 2012-13 school year, the school had an enrollment of 618 students and 53.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.66:1. There were 22 students (3.6% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 3 (0.5% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Park Ridge offers several Advanced Placement (AP) classes, run by the College Board. Average SAT scores for the class of 2013-14 were 528 in Critical reading, 559 in Mathematics and 546 on the Writing component for a composite score of 1633, compared to statewide averages of 496 / 521 / 497 respectively, and a composite score of 1514. There were 59.0% of students who met the standard of a 1550 composite score on the SAT, which College Board research shows to be indicative of college success, vs. 44.6% statewide.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 37th-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. The school had been ranked 14th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 18th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 31st in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 40th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 167th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 77 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (79.0%) and language arts literacy (95.8%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
Under the nickname Owls, Park Ridge High School boasts a rich tradition of athletics. The school hosts several sports in statewide competition, including football, soccer, track and field, basketball, baseball, and several others. The school's athletic complex consists of several acres of open fields and a full sized high school football infield, surrounded by a recently constructed running track.
Park Ridge High School competes in the Patriot Division B of the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC), following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 306 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as North I, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 117 to 478 students in that grade range. Prior to realignment that took effect in the fall of 2010, Park Ridge was a member of the Bergen County Scholastic League (BCSL).
The school runs a combined cooperative wrestling team with Emerson Jr./Sr. High School. Park Ridge/Emerson wrestling coach Stan Woods set a New Jersey record with his 602nd win in 2011 in a meet against Nutley High School. Park Ridge has done very well athletically in past years, especially with girls' sports, wrestling, and the track & field program.
The football team won the NJSIAA North I Group I state sectional championship in 1995.
In 2006, Park Ridge Boy's Spring Track went undefeated on their way to a BCSL Olympic Championship, their first in 30 years. The Girl's team lost only once, and also proceeded to win a championship.
In 2007, the girls soccer team won the North I, Group I state sectional championship with a 2-0 win over Pompton Lakes High School in the tournament final, marking the first sectional title in team history.
In 2008, the boys winter track team won their first state sectional meet.
The Boys baseball team won the 2009 Group I NJSIAA State Championships, defeating County Prep High School 10–0 in the semi-final round, and taking the title with a 4–2 win over David Brearley High School in the championship game.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Principal - Troy Lederman
- Assistant Principal - Mark Cosgrove
- Jedh Colby Barker (1945–1967), awarded the Medal of Honor.
- Karen Duffy (born 1961; class of 1979), model, television personality, and actress.
- James Gandolfini (1961–2013; class of 1979), star of the HBO TV show, The Sopranos.
- The Roches, folk singers.
- Travis Stever (born 1978), lead guitarist of Coheed and Cambria.
- School Data for Park Ridge High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 29, 2015.
- 2013-14 School Performance Report for Park Ridge High School, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 28, 2015.
- Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
- 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 April 11, 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 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 6, 2012.
- League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 23, 2014.
- Home page, North Jersey Interscholastic Conference. Accessed August 23, 2011.
- 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for North I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed November 23, 2014.
- League Memberships – 2009-2010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, backed up by the Internet Archive as of July 24, 2011. Accessed November 23, 2014.
- Cooper, Darren. "Cooper: Emerson/Park Ridge wrestling coach Stan Woods closes in on state wins record", The Record (Bergen County), February 1, 2011. Accessed July 25, 2011. "At age 71, the head wrestling coach at Emerson – now Emerson/Park Ridge – since 1967, Woods is about to become the winningest wrestling coach in New Jersey history. He has 599 wins; Ralph Ross, formerly of Highland Regional, holds the record with 601."
- 2014-2016 Co-operative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 23, 2014.
- Fenwick, Alexandra. "Faces In The Crowd",Sports Illustrated, April 18, 2011. Accessed July 25, 2011. "Stan Woods EMERSON, N.J. - Wrestling: Woods, 71, broke the alltime New Jersey high school wrestling wins record with his 602nd career team victory in February, when his Emerson--Park Ridge High team defeated Nutley High 52--25. Woods began his career at Randolph High in 1964 and joined the Emerson program in '67. His teams have won 31 league titles, 10 county titles and eight sectional titles."
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 6, 2012.
- 2007 Girls Soccer - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 15, 2007.
- Bondy, Stefan. "Park Ridge tough on Cards" The Record (Bergen County), November 9, 2007. "The victory represented Park Ridge's first-ever sectional title, according to Schneider, and highlighted a playoff run that included impressive victories over Midland Park and Belvidere."
- 2008 NJSIAA/Star-Ledger/M-F Athlete Sectional Boys & Girls Track & Field Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 19, 2013.
- 2009 Baseball Tournament - Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 25, 2009.
- Administration, Park Ridge High School. Accessed November 23, 2014.
- Dawkins, Walter. "Park Ridge service keeps a hero's memory alive", The Record (Bergen County), September 27, 2007. "He was also an outstanding athlete -- captain of the high school football and baseball teams and a member of the basketball and track teams."
- Staff. "TSU to honor alumni veterans", KTVO, November 9, 2011. Accessed March 6, 2012. "Jedh Barker enrolled at Truman State University in the mid-1960s following a standout athletic career at Park Ridge High School in Park Ridge, N.J."
- Lauro, Patricia Winters. "COMMUNITIES; A Mob Town, And Proud of It", The New York Times, November 24, 2002. Accessed March 6, 2012. "For a tiny town, Park Ridge has its share of famous people. Karen Duffy, a model, MTV vee-jay and author of 'Model Patient: My Life as an Incurable Wiseass' (HarperCollins, $24), was raised in the borough and graduated in 1979 with Mr. Gandolfini."
- Park Ridge High School
- Park Ridge Public Schools
- Park Ridge Public Schools's 2012–13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Park Ridge Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics