Penns Grove High School

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Penns Grove High School
334 Harding Highway
Carneys Point, NJ 08069
Type Public
Established 1908
School district Penns Grove-Carneys Point Regional School District
Principal Jocelyn Brown
Asst. Principal Juan Arbelaez
Chris Castner
Faculty 64.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 565 (as of 2011-12)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 8.83:1[1]
Color(s)      Red
Athletics conference Tri-County Conference
Team name Red Devils

Penns Grove High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Carneys Point Township and Penns Grove in Salem County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Penns Grove-Carneys Point Regional School District. A majority of students in grades 9-12 from Oldmans Township, New Jersey attend the district's high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Oldmans Township School District, with the balance attending Woodstown High School in the Woodstown-Pilesgrove Regional School District.[2][3] The school is located in Carneys Point Township.

Penns Grove High school is also home to the regional Academy of Chemical and Technological Engineering program that prepares students for engineering majors that they might seek when entering college. The Academy of Chemical and Technological Engineering operates in partnership with Rowan University, Salem Community College, DuPont and various other contributors.

As of the 2011-12 school year, the school had an enrollment of 565 students and 64.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 8.83:1. There were 291 students (51.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 36 (6.4% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 256th-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.[4] The school had been ranked 251st in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 253rd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[5] The magazine ranked the school 266th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[6] The school was ranked 220th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[7]


Penns Grove High School is one of the member schools in the Tri-County Conference, which operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[8] With 401 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as South Jersey, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 182 to 473 students in that grade range.[9]

The 2009 Football Team won the Tri-County Conference Championship. Other recent championships include the Tri-County Diamond Division Championship for Cross Country in 2006 and 2007,[10] the South Jersey Group I sectional title for outdoor track in 2007 and 2008, and a number of relays won by the Outdoor Track team.

The football team went 9-3 in 2008 reaching the school's first state championship game before falling to rival Glassboro High School. The team was also able to win their first home playoff game in school history in the semifinals.[11][12]

In 1986, the boys' track team set the New Jersey state record for most consecutive dual meet wins with 117.[13] That same year, the track team not only went 10-0 in its dual meets but won every relay meet entered, won the Salem County Meet (10th straight), Tri-County Conference Meet (10th straight), South Jersey Group 1 Sectional meet (10th straight) and its second State Group Title (its first coming in 1984).[14] The indoor track team that year also won the State Group 1 Relay Meet and Individual Meet[citation needed].

Marching band[edit]

The school's marching band was Tournament of Bands Chapter One Champions in 1973-1975, 1977 and 1979 (Group 1). The marching band was Atlantic Coast Champion in Group 1 (1975, 1977 and 1979) and Atlantic Coast Champion in Group 2 in 1976.[15] The band also won the Cavalcade of Bands Group 1 Open Championship in 2006.[16]


Core members of the school's administration are:[17]

  • Dr. Paul T. Rufino, Principal
  • Juan Arbelaez, Assistant Principal
  • Chris Castner, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Data for Penns Grove High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed October 14, 2014.
  2. ^ Oldmans Township School District 2014 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed February 18, 2015. "Oldmans sends students in grades 9-12 to the Penns Grove-Carneys Point and Woodstown School Districts, as well as the Academy Programs, and the Salem County Vocational Technical School."
  3. ^ Bumpus, Robert L. "Salem County Report on Consolidation and Regionalization", Office of the Executive County Superintendent of Salem County, March 15, 2010, available at the website of the Asbury Park Press. Accessed July 5, 2011. "A contiguous elementary district, Oldmans Township, sends its students primarily to Penns Grove High School and a smaller number of students to Woodstown High School."
  4. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  5. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 5, 2012.
  6. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed June 26, 2011.
  7. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  8. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 14, 2014.
  9. ^ 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for South Jersey, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed October 14, 2014.
  10. ^ S. Jersey Scoreboard,, October 10, 2007. Accessed October 24, 2007. "(1, Robert Konopka, PG, 17:55; Penns Grove clinched Tri-County Diamond Division.)"
  11. ^ Callaway, Rob. "Despite loss, Penns Grove is on the rise", Today's Sunbeam, December 8, 2008. Accessed June 26, 2011. "The Red Devils were playing in a South Jersey final for the very first time. Although it didn't end the way they wanted it to, they're clearly a program on the rise. Penns Grove finished at 9-3 and is miles ahead of where the program was when coach Kemp Carr took over the program five years ago."
  12. ^ Callaway, Rob. "Glassboro captures second consecutive S.J. Group I crown", Today's Sunbeam, December 7, 2008. Accessed June 26, 2011. "Stephen Davis isn't sure if football is in his future, so the Glassboro High School senior wanted to make the most of the present. That's exactly what he and the rest of the Bulldogs did on Saturday as they completed their second straight perfect season by beating Penns Grove, 28-8, to repeat as South Jersey Group I champions."
  13. ^ Tatum, Kevin. "State Track Titles Go To Willingboro And Penns Grove", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 1, 1986. Accessed June 26, 2011. "Penns Grove, with 33 points in Group 1, won its second state title in three years by outlasting Tri-County Conference foe Kingsway (31). Haddonfield was third with 22 points. 'It took a really tough effort,' said Penns Grove coach Jack Ware, whose team has a state-record 117 straight dual-meet victories.... Penns Grove, which won a Group 2 state title in 1984, had 14 points after Friday's competition and received first-place finishes from discus thrower Russ Willitt and hurdler George Bland yesterday."
  14. ^ Tatum, Kevin. "Penns Grove Wins Track Title For 10th Year In Row", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 25, 1986. Accessed June 26, 2011. "The South Jersey track championships were decided yesterday afternoon at Buena High, and for the 10th straight year, Penns Grove came away with a title.For the Red Devils, winners of a state-record 117 consecutive dual meets, it was their third title in Group 1. The seven others were in Group 2."
  15. ^ Tournament of Bands - Chapter One History, Tournament of Bands. Accessed July 5, 2007.
  16. ^ Champions, Cavalcade of Bands. Accessed June 26, 2011.
  17. ^ Home page, Penns Grove High School. Accessed October 14, 2014.
  18. ^ 1999 Hall of Fame Inductees, Sports Hall of Fame of New Jersey. Accessed February 4, 2007.
  19. ^ Cronin, Steven; and Shopes, Richard. "REP. (WILLIAM J.) HUGHES CALLS IT QUITS ELECTED 10 TIMES TO SERVE THE 2ND DISTRICT", The Press of Atlantic City, January 25, 1994. Accessed June 26, 2011. "Hughes was born in Salem and graduated from Penns Grove Regional High School."
  20. ^ Dunn, Phil. "Voices surfacing urging Penns Grove Middle School be renovated, not razed", Today's Sunbeam, January 15, 2011. Accessed June 26, 2011. "Many graduates of the school have gone on to positions of prominence on a national level, notably: Longtime U.S. Congressman and Ambassador to Panama William J. Hughes, actor Bruce Willis, and Olympic athletes Dave Romansky and Don Bragg."
  21. ^ Petersen, Melody. "Bruce Willis Drops Project, Leaving Town More Troubled", The New York Times, May 9, 1997. Accessed September 5, 2012. "Mr. Willis grew up in Carneys Point, attended Penns Grove High School and even worked in one of the Du Pont factories before he found fame on the television series Moonlighting and through his Die Hard films."

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